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Coast Guard Approval for Connection to USC Catalina Campus

April 13, 2009

Travel to the USC campus on Catalina Island became much easier in early April when the U.S. Coast Guard approved passenger travel on a boat owned by USC and operated by the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. The…

Kenneth L. Servis, dean of academic records and registrar; Nien-Ling Wacker, Laserfiche CEO; Charles E. McKenna, chemistry department chair and professor.

Nien-Ling Wacker Honored by Department of Chemistry as Distinguished Alumna

April 11, 2009

USC College alumna Nien-Ling Wacker, president and CEO of Laserfiche, a leading provider of enterprise content management (ECM) software, was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College's Department of…

Shakespeare scholar Bruce Smith stands in front of the “spatial relations alphabet” and holds up a clay ball with the same symbols. He uses the unusual alphabet to jolt his students into looking at language differently. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

‘Thou Whoreson Zed! Thou Unnecessary Letter!’

April 7, 2009

Although Shakespeare is famous for his cerebral language, USC College's Bruce Smith wants his students to absorb the Bard with not only their minds — but their entire bodies. The Dean's Professor of English…

The Machine That Goes Ping

The Machine That Goes Ping

April 3, 2009

USC's 454 Life Sciences DNA sequencer is rather humble for a half-million dollar marvel on the frontier of science. "It's the machine that goes ping — sounds really impressive but looks really plain," said John…

John Tower, associate professor of biological sciences, received a grant from the National Institute on Aging to study the effects of aging on fruit flies. Photo credit Laurie Hartzell

A Flying Fountain of Youth

March 27, 2009

Fruit flies may be small enough to squish with your finger when they invade your kitchen, but these tiny creatures may soon play an important role in answering the question: Why does one person live longer than another? John…

Photo credit Theo Jemison

USC Launches Two New Bachelor of Arts Degrees

March 25, 2009

Beginning in fall 2009, USC College will offer admission to two innovative bachelor's degrees in narrative studies and human performance. The Bachelor of Arts in narrative studies is for students interested in developing and…

George Sanchez, professor of American studies and ethnicity and history in USC College and director of College diversity, discusses American Quarterly on March 6. Photo credit Taylor Faust.

American Quarterly Celebrates 60th Anniversary

March 18, 2009

“Mexican Nationalisms, Southern Racisms: Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the U.S. South, 1908–1939.” “Why American Studies Needs to Think about Korean Cinema, or, Transnational Genres in the…

Black Holes: Eternal Prisons No More

Black Holes: Eternal Prisons No More

March 13, 2009

If you ever fall into a black hole, don't give up. There is a way out! Celebrated physicist, Stephen Hawking, delivered an inspiring speech to a full house in Bovard Auditorium on March 10. USC College Dean Howard Gillman…

USC College associate professor of molecular biology Steven Finkel. Photo credit Philip Channing.

Biofilms: Even Stickier Than Suspected

March 12, 2009

Biofilms are everywhere — in dental plaque and ear canals, on contact lenses and in water pipelines — and the bacteria that make them get more resilient with age, finds a new study in FEMS Microbiology…

International Relations Faculty and Students Receive National Awards

International Relations Faculty and Students Receive National Awards

March 11, 2009

International relations and Middle-earth. The media and environmental foreign policy. Four USC College scholars are charting new territory in international studies and their colleagues throughout the world are taking note. At…