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Once Upon a Blog

February 18, 2010

Tell me a story. That edict drives journalism, a craft I chose to pursue when I entered USC in the fall of 1982. Good writing is the backbone of the storytelling done in journalism, along with the good reporting that…

Winner of the Provost's Mentoring Award 2009, USC College's Hanna Reisler (center front) stands with her students and postdocs in her chemistry lab. From left, Laura Edwards and Lee Ch'ng. Back row from left, Mikhail Ryazanov, Blithe Casterline and Andrew Mollner. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Good Listener, Great Mentor

February 16, 2010

A decade ago, Hanna Reisler, professor of chemistry in USC College, started a monthly brownbag lunch for women in sciences across departments, providing a place to relax and air issues. The networking group thrives today,…

Kristen Cavinder during the Miss America pageant's gown competition. The USC College alumna was a member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda service and honor society. Photo credit Zimbio, Inc.

From Ball Gown to Lab Coat

February 16, 2010

At first glance, Kristen "Kristy" Cavinder '09 may appear to be your typical pageant queen. At 21, the Orange County native has a radiant smile, fluid grace, and the natural confidence of someone who knows that others are…

Auteur Rockstar Strikes A Chord

Auteur Rock Star Strikes a Chord

February 11, 2010

Listening to a brooding cello concerto, the writer strikes the keyboard as he begins his short story or book. He begins, yet does not know where it will end until he arrives there. "You know, it's hard for me to do this -- to…

James McHugh of USC College has been offered a Society Fellowship at Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities to complete his book about scent in medieval India. Photo credit Steve Cohn.

The Sweet Smell of Success

February 9, 2010

Imagine a figure wrapped in fine silk, dripping with diamonds and bathed in a cloud of exotic perfume. Is this a celebrity, a diva, the ghost of Liberace? According to James McHugh, assistant professor of religion in USC…

USC College Magazine's Latest Issue Now Online

USC College Magazine's Latest Issue Now Online

February 5, 2010

View USC College Magazine's Fall 2009/Winter 2010 issue online.   From the Dean Fall 2009/Winter 2010 A new year brings a new edition of our award-winning USC College Magazine. I must confess to a special…

Professor of physics and astronomy, and leading expert on superstring theory Clifford Johnson. Photo credit Philip Channing.

A Quantum Leap into the Blogosphere

February 5, 2010

First, the highly popular Asymptotia is not a science blog. It's a blog that happens to be written by a scientist. Clifford Johnson, professor of physics and astronomy in USC College, blogs about his life and vast interests.…

As part of her Introduction to Research Methods course, Assistant Professor of Sociology Veronica Terriquez (left) offered students, including Danielle "Dannie" Taylor (center) and Jayme Wilson (right), the opportunity to conduct research connected to the work of graduate students or local organizations, or to choose their own topics. Photo credit Laurie Hartzell.

Researching the Human Condition

February 2, 2010

Ms. Kerry arrives at the Theresa Lindsay Senior Center by van, Ms. Nash by car. The two African American seniors share breakfast and then it's time to engage in their favorite activity — playing the card game Skip-Bo…

Lynn Swartz Dodd, curator of USC College's Archaeology Research Center, adjusts a bronze-gold figurine to be X-rayed at Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago during her and her students' first visit in July 2009. Dodd has been awarded a second grant to use the country's most powerful X-ray. Photo credit Elizabeth Friedman.

Beaming with Joy

January 29, 2010

For the second consecutive year, archaeologist Lynn Swartz Dodd of USC College has won "beam time," enabling her and her students to conduct research on ancient artifacts using the nation's most powerful X-ray. "The items…

Embedded with a highly clandestine black operations team, Brad Thor ’92 sits with two Afghans in a small village near Kabul. Researching his book, The Apostle, Thor visited scenes of horrific bombings and ambushes. Photo courtesy of Brad Thor.

The Thrill of Writing in the Trenches

January 29, 2010

Walk into any bookstore, make a beeline to The New York Times best-seller section and you will find a political thriller by Brad Thor. The 40-year-old author produces one book a year. To date, he has written eight novels…