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Gerardo Licón (left) and his brother Gustavo advised youth to avoid the "crab in a bucket" mentality — when one person tries to better him or herself and others try to pull them down. "Lift as you climb," Gerardo said. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Yes They Did

May 14, 2009

Gerardo "Lalo" Licon was a freshman at Inglewood High School when riots broke out between black and Latino students during a Cinco de Mayo celebration in 1990. Gerardo "Lalo" Licón was a freshman at Inglewood High…

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellows include Genevieve Carpio (left), Terrion L. Williamson, Abigail Rosas, Kiana M. Green, Chrisshonna Grant Nieva, Orlando Serrano and Imani Johnson. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellows

May 14, 2009

The total number of Ford Foundation Diversity Fellows currently in the American Studies & Ethnicity (ASE) Ph.D. program has increased to ten students, a record number for any Ph.D. program in any field in the…

Impending graduate and salutatorian Brenda Nuyen will enter medical school in the fall. Photo credit Dietmar Quistorf.

A White Coat is in Her Future

May 11, 2009

This summer, salutatorian Brenda Nuyen wants to learn how to surf. By recently mastering skateboarding, she feels up to the challenge. "I've been told this summer is my last free summer until retirement," said Nuyen, who…

Van Jones was appointed in March to serve on the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Photo courtesy of Green For All.

Taking a Stand for People and the Planet

May 8, 2009

During a recent ceremony, founding president of Green For All Van Jones was honored with USC College's 2nd annual Sustainability Champion Award. Jones' Oakland-based green jobs advocacy group strives to resolve the ecological…

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Arieh Warshel Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

May 5, 2009

Arieh Warshel, a pioneer in the field of computational biophysics and USC College veteran of more than 30 years, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. One of 72 new members selected at the 146th annual meeting…

Tyler Prize laureates Richard Alley (left) and Veerabdran "Ram" Ramanathan celebrate during a reception held at the Tyler Environmental Prize Pavilion at USC. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Tyler Prize Laureates On Global Warming

May 1, 2009

Scientists estimating ice-sheet shrinkage and subsequent sea-level rising would occur in the next century believe the phenomenon is happening now, glaciologist Richard Alley said during a lecture at USC. "They said the ice…

Danielle Lenglet (left), Sarah Fieber, Sue Kim and Wayetu Moore will head to Saratoga Springs this summer after earning scholarships for the New York State Summer Writers Institute program at Skidmore College. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

April 29, 2009

Wayetu Moore was four when her family escaped Liberia amid the country's economic collapse and civil war. The Moores left via Sierra Leone for Houston around the First Liberian Civil War. Her family's survival has inspired…

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The Chatter of Neurons

April 23, 2009

Close your eyes. Extend your arms and let your fingertips explore your surroundings. What textures and shapes do you feel? What can you infer about your immediate environment simply through touch? Just as your hands glide…

Karen Halttunen of USC College was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship that will enable her to finish her book about 19th century New Englanders. Born in Massachusetts, Halttunen has always felt a deep connection to New England. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Setting the Groundwork for a Guggenheim

April 22, 2009

Karen Halttunen, professor of history in USC College, has earned a Guggenheim Fellowship to support her book about 19th century New Englanders and their sense of identity in relation to place. "I see this project in terms of…

Chemistry senior Marie Anne Cuevas took two top prizes in the undergraduate symposium for her research on nanocrystals and their applications to nanocomposite dielectrics. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Remarkable at Any Rate

April 22, 2009

A former high school cheerleader interested in studying theater, Marie Anne Cuevas may seem an unlikely student to excel in nanoscience. But Cuevas is a quintessential Trojan skillful in both the sciences and humanities.…