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June 2006 News Archives

Thompson to Join National Science Board

Thompson to Join National Science Board

June 22, 2006

President George W. Bush has nominated prominent USC neuroscientist Richard Thompson to the National Science Board. The 24-member board may be the most influential science policy group in the country, directing the National…

Hair-Raising Thoughts on Cultural Coifs

Hair-Raising Thoughts on Cultural Coifs

June 19, 2006

Is Oprah Winfrey’s hair real? That question is at the heart of “From the Kitchen to the Parlor: Language and Becoming in African American Women’s Hair Care,” (Oxford University Press, 2006) a new…

Bridging the Achievement Gap

Bridging the Achievement Gap

June 1, 2006

Even over a sometimes-shaky cellular connection from Boston to Los Angeles, the smile in Cecilia Mo’s voice was crystal clear. Mo (B.A., mathematics and interdisciplinary studies, ’02) was talking about her two…

Helping Teens in Turn-Around

Helping Teens in Turn-Around

June 1, 2006

Arms crossed and looking contemplative, Mariela Membreno recalled the day police arrived at her high school and hauled her off to jail. “I was walking in the hall and the cops came up to me,” said the 17-year-old…

Dean of USC College Announced

Dean of USC College Announced

June 1, 2006

On June 20, USC Provost C.L. Max Nikias announced that Peter Starr, professor of French and comparative literature, has been appointed dean of USC College on an interim basis, effective July 1. Starr, who has served as dean…

A Trojan Farewell

A Trojan Farewell

June 1, 2006

A few hundred people packed Town and Gown Monday to honor and bid farewell to Joseph Aoun, the 19th dean of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences whose career at USC spanned a quarter century. “I look at our life…

Happiness in the Balance

Happiness in the Balance

June 1, 2006

In the age-old search for happiness, people have consulted clerics and philosophers, gurus and analysts. Few have thought to ask an economist. But they probably have never met USC College economist Richard Easterlin. The…

Grow Your Mind

Grow Your Mind

June 1, 2006

Beginning this fall, USC College will offer a Master of Liberal Studies degree, aimed at mid-career individuals keen to explore new intellectual territory. From successful CEOs and teachers to physicians and journalists,…