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Step by Step

Step by Step

July 1, 2008

Pulling on a pair of sweats, Deara “DeDe” Okonkwo pirouetted, rumbaed and tapped into summer. Inside her South Los Angeles dance studio, the image of her petite frame in a cotton-candy-pink sweat suit bounced off…

How to Save the Planet — with Carbon Dioxide

July 1, 2008

Don’t waste your breath — it may be the fuel of the future. At least that’s the scenario examined by a group of scientists at a workshop co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and USC…

The Naked City Through the Camera’s Eye

The Naked City Through the Camera’s Eye

July 1, 2008

Arthur Fellig, better known as Weegee, was the proto-paparazzo, introducing wartime America to the pleasures of gawking at crime scenes and misbehaving rich people. The first photojournalist to be granted permission to carry…

Economists and Theologians Tackle Poverty

Economists and Theologians Tackle Poverty

July 1, 2008

In a major shift in Catholic social thought, Pope John Paul II argued that the creation of wealth in a market-driven economy — or capitalism — could under certain conditions promote the common good for all of…

Cinematic Simians on a Space Safari

July 1, 2008

When Kirk DeMicco, a former Thematic Option student who majored in economics and political science, read the book The Right Stuff, a comment by test pilot Chuck Yeager stuck in his mind. Yeager, talking about the simians used…

What Makes Life Go in the Tropics?

What Makes Life Go in the Tropics?

July 1, 2008

What causes tropical life to thrive: temperature or sunlight? The answer is not necessarily “both.” According to a study published online in PNAS Early Edition, the explosion of species at the tropics has much…

In Memoriam: Katherine B. Loker, 92

In Memoriam: Katherine B. Loker, 92

June 1, 2008

Philanthropist Katherine Bogdanovich Loker, one of USC’s most generous benefactors, has died. She was 92.She died June 26 at her home in Oceanside, Calif., after suffering a stroke on June 21.  Loker, a USC trustee…

Seeing Straight

Seeing Straight

June 1, 2008

Evidence from laboratory studies and a pilot clinical trial confirms the promise of a simple treatment for amblyopia, or “lazy eye,” according to researchers from the United States and China. The treatment —…

More in Common Than You Think

More in Common Than You Think

June 1, 2008

Did dolphins and apes develop complex societies because they have big brains or did they develop big brains because of their complex societies? “The answer might inform us about ourselves,” said Craig Stanford, a…

We Have the Technology

We Have the Technology

June 1, 2008

Chi Mak, professor of chemistry in USC College, and John Walsh, associate professor in the USC Davis School of Gerontology, were awarded the Provost’s Prize for Teaching With Technology at the Teaching With Technology…