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An artist's impression depicts the Planck telescope against a background image of the large-scale structure in the Milky Way. Photo copyright European Space Agency.

Space Probe Peers Into Dark Cosmos

June 10, 2010

Imagine watching the birth of the universe — the Big Bang — from the outside. What would you have seen? At that moment and for the next 380,000 years, a Big Nothing, as photons and particles clung to each other…

Members of a student team from Santa Monica High School that participated in the 2010 QuikSCience Challenge. Photo credit Ben Kay.

Science Students Earn Trip to Catalina

June 7, 2010

Environmental educators at USC have been showing the university's research facilities on Catalina Island to hundreds of students from middle schools and high schools since the conclusion of the 2010 QuikSCience Challenge, a…

Dr. Kenneth Geller is the new director of the USC College-Keck School of Medicine Academic and Advising Program.

Dean Howard Gillman Announces New Director of USC College-Keck School of Medicine Academic and Advising Program

June 4, 2010

USC College Dean Howard Gillman has announced the hiring of Dr. Kenneth Geller as the new director of the USC College-Keck School of Medicine Academic and Advising Program following a national search. Geller will lead the…

Dynamic topography (gray surface) and mantle flow (vectors) as predicted by a geodynamic model for the Mediterranean.

Dismantling a Volcanic Puzzle

June 3, 2010

If tectonic plate collisions cause volcanic eruptions, as every fifth grader knows, why do some volcanoes erupt far from a plate boundary? A study in Nature suggests that volcanoes and mountains in the Mediterranean can…

USC College sophomore Greg Woodburn is the founder of the nonprofit organization Give Running, which collects and refurbishes used athletic shoes and distributes them to underprivileged children.

Running Toward the Future

June 2, 2010

When injuries prevented Greg Woodburn from continuing to run track during high school, he never lost his passion for the sport. Instead he directed that energy toward founding a nonprofit organization called Give Running,…

Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and Chairman of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission. Photo credit Sam Lim.

Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints Dan Schnur Chairman of California's Fair Political Practices Commission

June 1, 2010

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, as Chairman of California's Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). The commission, a…

Key Issue: Illegal Immigration

Immigration Law Divides California Voters

June 1, 2010

Arizona's controversial new immigration law has California's voters divided by age, ethnicity and gender, according to the findings of the latest USC College/Los Angeles Times Poll. In addition, the disastrous oil spill in…

Winner of a Partner University Fund (PUF) award, Charles McKenna of USC College and his team will develop a new type of male contraceptive drug with researchers in France. Photo credit Philip Channing.

Une Collaboration Parfaite

May 28, 2010

Charles McKenna, professor and chair of chemistry in USC College, has received a Partner University Fund (PUF) award enabling him to develop a new type of male contraceptive drug with researchers in France. Of 78 proposals,…

Majoring in international relations in USC College, Amy Herrmann and Ken Sofer will travel to the Middle East this summer to learn Arabic after each was awarded a U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Culturally Speaking

May 25, 2010

Arabic is the fastest-growing foreign language taught in universities and colleges across the country, according to the Modern Language Association. Enrollment in Arabic classes grew 127 percent nationally from 2002 to 2006,…

USC College alumnus Eric Garcia co-wrote the screenplay based on his novel <em>The Repossession Mambo</em>, which was recently transformed into the feature film <em>Repo Men</em>, starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker.

Crossing Genres

May 20, 2010

Eric Garcia '95 has written about dinosaurs disguised as humans and con men with severe psychological issues. He's also envisioned a future where artificial organs are repossessed when patients can no longer afford them. Repo…