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New Leadership Team Named at USC College

New Leadership Team Named at USC College

August 1, 2007

The USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences begins this academic year with a new dean, who chose five university colleagues to serve as his deputies and brain trust. Howard Gillman, professor of political science and…

The Sex Life of Plants

The Sex Life of Plants

August 1, 2007

The ability of plants to self-pollinate — a big factor in the spread of weeds — is much older than previously thought in one widely studied species, leading biologists say. The findings show that at least in plant…

Buildings Catch A Wave

Buildings Catch A Wave

August 1, 2007

Updated September 18, 2007 It should be guaranteed to float the boat of marine scientists: USC College shipped six new houses to Santa Catalina Island in August as part of construction of the new George and MaryLou Boone…

Hammond Rolph was School of International Relations Leader, Philanthropist

Hammond Rolph was School of International Relations Leader, Philanthropist

August 1, 2007

Hammond “Ham” M. Rolph, former administrator at the USC College School of International Relations, World War II veteran and East Asian studies scholar, has died. He was 85. Rolph served as associate director of…

Sequencing Method Yields Fuller Picture

Sequencing Method Yields Fuller Picture

August 1, 2007

USC College biologists have developed a method for sequencing both chromosomes of an organism. Their study appears in a recent issue of Genome Research. The statistical method is significant because when researchers announce…

Thinking Outward

Thinking Outward

July 1, 2007

Piper Stremmel knows what originally attracted her to community service at USC. As a freshman, she participated in the Joint Educational Project (JEP), the College’s service-learning program, to bolster her…

Nicotine Rush Hinges on Sugar in Neurons

Nicotine Rush Hinges on Sugar in Neurons

July 1, 2007

When nicotine binds to a neuron, how does the cell know to send the signal that announces a smoker’s high? As with other questions involving good sensations, the answer appears to be sugar. A USC study appearing with a…

An Opus for the Ages

An Opus for the Ages

July 1, 2007

Ranked in the top half-percent of the world’s most cited scientists, University Professor Caleb Finch studies the genes that control aging in mammals. In his latest book, The Biology of Human Longevity: Inflammation,…

On the Sunny Side of the Universe

On the Sunny Side of the Universe

July 1, 2007

Solar observatories in space have an Icarus problem: the object of their desire is the agent of their demise. Melting wax collapsed the wings of the mythological Greek. For observatories in orbit, a bad case of cataracts from…

Chemical That Acts Like a Fuel Gauge

Chemical That Acts Like a Fuel Gauge

July 1, 2007

The concept that a drop in blood sugar triggers a craving for food is best understood just before lunchtime. But exactly how the process unfolds has proven difficult to explain, even on a full stomach. Solving the puzzle…