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September 2006 News Archives

Donal Manahan Testifies on Capitol Hill

Donal Manahan Testifies on Capitol Hill

September 29, 2006

Everything cold will be a hot topic next March when the International Polar Year (IPY) begins, Donal Manahan of USC College told a committee of U.S. House representatives. Manahan, an Antarctic biologist with more than two…

Brain’s Action Center Is All Talk

Brain’s Action Center Is All Talk

September 18, 2006

Neuroscience is tackling a problem that obsessed Hamlet: What is the difference in our minds between talk and action? Less than you would expect, an international research group reports in the Sept. 19 issue of Current…

Group Hire Makes Waves on Campus

Group Hire Makes Waves on Campus

September 5, 2006

Universities hire new faculty as openings come up, mostly one at a time and sometimes in multiples, but never before has a university invited candidates to self-organize into a team, choose their own research direction and…

Building People Out of Paper

Building People Out of Paper

September 1, 2006

If you’re looking for Salvador Plascencia, you can find him around page 103 of his debut novel, The People of Paper (McSweeney’s, 2005). It’s there that a character named Smiley pulls at a rough spot in the…

The Dust of Confusion

The Dust of Confusion

September 1, 2006

For decades, ideologues have vilified the Paris Commune of 1871 as a hotbed of madness, anarchy and confusion. The Communards — who overtook the French government and ruled France for a brief 70 days before dying in a…

Lessons of Hope

Lessons of Hope

September 1, 2006

In fifth grade, Hector Martinez struggled each time his teacher called on him to read aloud. The chubby 9-year-old with a mass of curly black hair stuttered and confused his d’s with his b’s.Roxanne Aga, a…

Eyewitness to War

Eyewitness to War

September 1, 2006

When USC College’s resident expert on Latin America, Carol Wise, was heading to Beirut this summer on a Fulbright award, she had a lot on her mind. There are numerous parallels between developing countries like Lebanon…

Legal Leanings

Legal Leanings

September 1, 2006

Inside Judge Dickran M. Tevrizian Jr.’s chambers, a single brick from the oldest public high school in Southern California held down papers on his desk. Rescued after the 1971 Sylmar earthquake from the rubble that…

USC Psychology Professor John Horn Dies

USC Psychology Professor John Horn Dies

September 1, 2006

John Horn, psychology professor in the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, passed away on Aug. 18, 2006. He was 77.Horn was best known for his groundbreaking work in the field of psychometrics, the measurement of…

Out of the White, Into the Black

Out of the White, Into the Black

September 1, 2006

Janet Fitch weaves metaphor into her storytelling like Vincent van Gogh fuses bold, swirling brushstrokes into his oil painting. “Metaphorical writing, to me, tells you more about both the phenomenon you are observing…