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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…

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…

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…

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…

USC College Welcomes New Students

USC College Welcomes New Students

August 1, 2007

During a welcome picnic Friday for entering freshman, USC College Dean Howard Gillman urged the newcomers to begin their academic careers with an “open mind, grateful heart and fierce determination to…

In Memoriam: Hayward Alker

In Memoriam: Hayward Alker

August 1, 2007

Hayward R. Alker, holder of the John A. McCone Chair in International Relations in USC College, died on Aug. 24. He was 69. Alker was a leading scholar on world order and international conflict resolution, interests grounded…

The Shake Down

The Shake Down

August 1, 2007

The Los Angeles basin appears to be in a seismic “lull” characterized by relatively smaller and infrequent earthquakes, according to a study in the September issue of Geology. By contrast, the Mojave Desert is in…

Next Stop: The Professoriate

Next Stop: The Professoriate

August 1, 2007

Daniela Bleichmar credits an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for smoothing her transition from graduate student to assistant professor at USC College. The fellowship gave Bleichmar the opportunity to…

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…