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Red Moon Rising

Red Moon Rising

September 1, 2007

In the middle of a serene night, young astronomers from USC College lay on their backs on a grassy peak in the San Gabriel Mountains staring at the full moon. The students and their professor Edward Rhodes watched the moon…

Research Ascendant

Research Ascendant

September 1, 2007

Research funding at USC College has risen 30 percent in the past three years to nearly $67 million, with the most significant gains in grants from corporations and foundations. Through the efforts of the College research…

The Wordsmith’s Philosopher

The Wordsmith’s Philosopher

September 1, 2007

At Princeton University, philosophers Scott Soames and Saul Kripke often walked home together. On the way, they would sometimes stop by the Annex, a fixture on Nassau Street, and duck into its basement bar for dinner and a…

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…