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Escaping the Inner Caveman

Escaping the Inner Caveman

April 1, 2007

It’s a metaphor with power even as repetition has rendered it cliché: America is the world’s melting pot. A nation where virtually all trace their lineage to immigrants, the U.S. indeed plays host to…

Environmental Hero

Environmental Hero

April 1, 2007

Gatze Lettinga, a Dutch scientist known for his invention of anaerobic wastewater treatment and his determination to make it universally available, will receive the 2007 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. The Tyler…

Falling Down the Rabbit Hole of Pedagogy

Falling Down the Rabbit Hole of Pedagogy

April 1, 2007

Some believe English professors are divided into two groups: scholars and creative writers. At times, tension, even squabbling, exists between the camps. “Do you think that’s the case in our department?”…

A Study of Atrocity with a Dream of Peace

A Study of Atrocity with a Dream of Peace

April 1, 2007

It’s surprising, but one of the world’s leading experts on the topic of terrorism doesn’t like the word. “It’s a biased term,” said Richard Dekmejian, a scholar who has served as a…

In Memoriam: Paul E. Hadley

In Memoriam: Paul E. Hadley

April 1, 2007

Paul E. Hadley, distinguished emeritus professor of international relations and former executive director of the Emeriti Center at USC, died in Glendale on April 10. He was 92. Hadley received the USC Emeriti Center’s…

Living Beyond the Clamor of the Self

Living Beyond the Clamor of the Self

March 13, 2007

Two interfaith leaders recently grappled with “The Moral Morass of Contemporary Life” at a gathering in Doheny Memorial Library. Moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jack Miles, the discussion between George…

Why Do the Young Become Homicidal?

Why Do the Young Become Homicidal?

March 7, 2007

Blaming violent video games for violent kids is nothing new. In 1999, the culprit was the first-person shooter game Doom and the tragedy was Columbine. But holding video games responsible for violent youth ignores the fact…

When Cultures — and Opinions — Clash

When Cultures — and Opinions — Clash

March 1, 2007

During a panel discussion about Hollywood’s political and ethical stance in the run up to World War II, the speakers were asked whether major studios could have done more to warn the nation about Hitler and Nazi…

Women in Physics Find Common Ground

Women in Physics Find Common Ground

March 1, 2007

Young female scientists from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom gathered at USC earlier this year for the second annual Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics. Following the success of last year’s…

New Mathematical Model to Add Rigor to Studies of Disease Genetics and Evolution

New Mathematical Model to Add Rigor to Studies of Disease Genetics and Evolution

March 1, 2007

USC College computational biologist Peter Calabrese has developed a new model to simulate the evolution of so-called recombination hotspots in the genome. Published this month in the online edition of the Proceedings of the…