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The Earth’s Security Blanket

The Earth’s Security Blanket

August 1, 2007

Like a quilt that loses heat between squares, the earth’s system of tectonic plates lets warmth out at every stitch. But a new study led by Thorsten Becker, assistant professor of earth sciences at USC College, finds…

Butterflies Are Free, Again

August 1, 2007

The El Segundo blue butterfly is back. Once relegated to a few small and fragile reserves, the nearly extinct butterfly with electric blue wings has expanded its territory to take up residence along the bluffs of Redondo…

Bugs on Bugs

Bugs on Bugs

August 1, 2007

Bacteria — you can live without ’em, but it won’t do you any good, according to a study of fruit flies by USC College biologists. Fruit flies scrubbed clean of bacteria did not outlive their grubby siblings,…

Writer-Director-Producer Mel Shavelson Dies at 90

Writer-Director-Producer Mel Shavelson Dies at 90

August 1, 2007

Melville Shavelson, a Hollywood legend who was a comedy writer, producer, director and two-time Academy Award nominee for original screenplays, has died. He was 90. Shavelson, an instructor at USC College’s Master of…

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…