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Courting Disaster

Courting Disaster

February 1, 2008

From mudslides to fires to earthquakes, Los Angeles has long cornered the market on disasters. “You shove nature around enough and nature will slap back, ever diligently and fiercely,” said William Deverell,…

A Gift That Keeps On Giving

A Gift That Keeps On Giving

February 1, 2008

Although in 1985 he insisted to the Los Angeles Times that he was “not a do-gooder at heart,” Jack Skirball gave away millions in support of honorable causes. Now you can count USC College’s Joint…

Ethics and the Environment

Ethics and the Environment

February 1, 2008

Philosopher and environmental expert Dale Jamieson brought with him a serious message about global warming during his recent visit to USC. Early in his appearance on campus, Jamieson declared that “the window for action…

A Chilling Sensation

A Chilling Sensation

February 1, 2008

  For the first time, neuroscientists have visualized cold fibers — strands reaching from sensory neurons near the spinal cord to nerve endings in the skin tuned to sense different types of cold. The study and…

Worrying May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Worrying May Be Hazardous to Your Health

January 1, 2008

Longstanding anxiety markedly increases the risk of heart attack, even when other common risk factors are taken into account, according to Biing-Jiun Shen, assistant professor of psychology in USC College. “Older men…

Three USC College Faculty Appointed University, Distinguished Professors

Three USC College Faculty Appointed University, Distinguished Professors

January 1, 2008

USC President Steven B. Sample has appointed neuroscientist Richard Thompson, a leading authority on learning and memory, and holder of the William M. Keck Chair in Biological Sciences in USC College, as University…

Fish Moving Off the Menu

Fish Moving Off the Menu

January 1, 2008

The last fish you ate probably came from the Bering Sea. But during this century, the sea’s rich food web — stretching from Alaska to Russia — could fray as algae adapt to greenhouse conditions. “All…

A Jewel of a Book

A Jewel of a Book

January 1, 2008

  If not for her “blissful ignorance” and dogged determination, Deborah Harkness’ book taking a unique look at the Scientific Revolution would never have been written. After 10 years of research,…

The Write Stuff

The Write Stuff

January 1, 2008

She may have grown up in Boring, Ore., but Kathi Inman Berens is anything but. Five years ago, she and Norah Ashe-McNalley, a fellow senior lecturer in the Writing Program at USC College, created AngeLingo, an…

Good Sport

Good Sport

January 1, 2008

Listening to a lecture by Professor Michael Messner, students learn there is more to sports than winning and losing. The playing field also presents an important reflection on society. For more than 20 years, Messner, a…