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  • Makeup of a Meltdown

    Makeup of a Meltdown

    September 1, 2007

    In contrast to what is often inferred from the geologic record, carbon dioxide did not cause the end of the last ice age, a new study published this week in Science suggests. “There has been this continual reference to… more>

    tags: co2, ice age

  • Building a Better College

    Building a Better College

    September 1, 2007

    USC College has unveiled four major initiatives aimed at advancing research and instruction at the university’s largest academic hub. These new programs promise to bolster faculty development, graduate student… more>

    categories: undergraduate, graduate

    tags: funding, initiatives

  • Gatz Updates Alzheimer’s Findings

    Gatz Updates Alzheimer’s Findings

    September 1, 2007

    Margaret Gatz, professor of psychology, gerontology and preventive medicine, is lead researcher of an ongoing study on dementia in Swedish twins that last year revealed a genetic cause in up to 80 percent of Alzheimer’s… more>

    tags: alzheimer's disease, psychology

  • Red Moon Rising

    Red Moon Rising

    September 1, 2007

    In the middle of a serene night, young astronomers from USC College lay on their backs on a grassy peak in the San Gabriel Mountains staring at the full moon. The students and their professor Edward Rhodes watched the moon… more>

    categories: undergraduate, research

    tags: lunar eclipse, moon

  • Research Ascendant

    Research Ascendant

    September 1, 2007

    Research funding at USC College has risen 30 percent in the past three years to nearly $67 million, with the most significant gains in grants from corporations and foundations. Through the efforts of the College research… more>

    tags: grant, research and advancement

  • The Wordsmith’s Philosopher

    The Wordsmith’s Philosopher

    September 1, 2007

    At Princeton University, philosophers Scott Soames and Saul Kripke often walked home together. On the way, they would sometimes stop by the Annex, a fixture on Nassau Street, and duck into its basement bar for dinner and a… more>

    tags: language, philosophy

  • Rolling Out the Red Carpet for the Newbies

    Rolling Out the Red Carpet for the Newbies

    September 1, 2007

    At a red-carpet reception saluting the most recent newcomers to USC College’s faculty, Dean Howard Gillman dabbled in the informal as he welcomed an “extremely talented and exciting group of… more>

    tags: administration, dean

  • Mancall Gets Research Advancement Post

    Mancall Gets Research Advancement Post

    September 1, 2007

    USC College professor Peter Mancall has been appointed associate vice provost for research advancement. In this new role, he will work with faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences to stimulate new research… more>

    tags: professor, provost

  • Richard Thompson Wins Lashley Award

    Richard Thompson Wins Lashley Award

    September 1, 2007

    Richard Thompson, holder of the William M. Keck Chair in Biological Sciences in USC College and one of the leading behavioral neuroscientists in the world, will receive the 2007 Karl Spencer Lashley Award from the American… more>

    tags: award, memory, psychology

  • The Mutant Factor

    The Mutant Factor

    August 1, 2007

    In humans, the testes may act as mutation multipliers that raise the odds of passing improved DNA to offspring — but that can also backfire by increasing the frequency of certain diseases. The new theory is part of a… more>

    tags: apert syndrome, testes