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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…

Payton Philips, lecturer in USC College’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Photo courtesy of the subject.

Blogging from El Salvador, March 12-15

March 10, 2009

Payton Philips, lecturer in USC College’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese, is blogging from El Salvador this week! An independent non-partisan election observer, both during and after the March 15 presidential…

California at the Crossroads

California at the Crossroads

March 6, 2009

Abe Lowenthal, the first Robert F. Erburu Professor of Ethics, Globalization and Development and professor of international relations in USC College, is beginning to garner local and national interest in his latest book Global…

In Memoriam: George O. Totten III, 86

In Memoriam: George O. Totten III, 86

March 4, 2009

George Oakley Totten III, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science in USC College, whose life’s research promoted peace in the Pacific Rim and worldwide, has died. He was 86. Oakley died of heart failure…

Don Miller, executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture within USC College.

Pentecostalism's Los Angeles Roots Go Global

March 2, 2009

While in Manila having dinner, Don Miller engaged in a conversation that sparked an idea that would take him and Tetsunao Yamamori (of Food for the Hungry, an international aid organization) to 20 countries in the global…

Holocaust survivors Zlata and Haim Mednik silently eat dinner inside their Ukrainian home.

Shedding Light on History's Darkest Hours

February 25, 2009

Inside a Ukrainian home, a large clock hangs on a wall. The floral wallpaper is peeling and white lace curtains adorn a window. Zlata and Haim Mednik sweep the curtains aside to watch the snow fall while eating their bowls of…

USC College Professor of Anthropology Nancy Lutkehaus reads from her new book, Margaret Mead: The Making of an American Icon

Nancy Lutkehaus Fascinates with New Book

February 18, 2009

In her latest book, Margaret Mead: The Making of an American Icon, USC College Professor of Anthropology Nancy Lutkehaus expertly researches and draws upon scholarly papers, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, photographs,…

Sergey Bukovsky, director of "Spell Your Name"

Spell Your Name

February 17, 2009

The Los Angeles premiere of "Spell Your Name," a feature-length documentary film about the Holocaust in Ukraine produced by Steven Spielberg and Victor Pinchuk, will take place Sunday, Feb. 22, at USC’s Ellen Norris…

Melissa Farman, a political science major in USC's Thematic Option honors program, landed a role in ABC’s "LOST". Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Lost and Found

February 10, 2009

If you're among the roughly 13 million people who watched ABC's "LOST" last week, you'll remember the face - porcelain skin, hazel eyes, Lady Godiva hair - freeze-framed on the screen at the episode's end. Now if you're an…