Skip to main content

December 2006 News Archives

Here’s Something to Chew On

Here’s Something to Chew On

December 21, 2006

Barry Glassner has added a new word to the old adage, “You are what you eat.” After five years of research into the food consumption habits of our nation, the professor of sociology in USC College said Americans…

Oldest Animal Embryos or Bacteria?

Oldest Animal Embryos or Bacteria?

December 20, 2006

The oldest-known animal eggs and embryos, whose first pictures made the cover of Nature in 1998, were so small they looked like bugs – which, it now appears, they may have been. This week, a study in the same…

Conversation With Timur Kuran

Conversation With Timur Kuran

December 18, 2006

Timur Kuran is a professor of economics and law in USC College and the King Faisal Professor of Islamic Thought and Culture. More than 20 years ago, he wrote an influential paper explaining how the long history of Islam…

Everett Wins PEN Literary Award

Everett Wins PEN Literary Award

December 12, 2006

Percival Everett II, USC College professor of English, has won the PEN USA 2006 Literary Award for his 15th novel, “Wounded,” a tale that tackles racial and sexual intolerance in America. The award is given each…

Running on Microbes

Running on Microbes

December 1, 2006

What’s cleaner than coal, as renewable as solar energy and as ingenious as any of the cutting-edge alternative energy sources now being proposed for cars? The answer is microbe power, and if a USC team’s efforts…

Tradition & Innovation

Tradition & Innovation

December 1, 2006

In September 2005, USC College publicly announced its largest-ever fund-raising initiative, Tradition & Innovation, with the ambitious goal of raising $400 million by 2010. Since the announcement fund-raising has…

Researchers’ Dyslexia Theory Makes Noise

Researchers’ Dyslexia Theory Makes Noise

December 1, 2006

The dyslexic brain struggles to read because even small distractions can throw it off, according to a new model of dyslexia emerging from a group of recent studies. The studies contradict an influential, 30-year-old theory…

Paying Tribute to Talented Teachers

Paying Tribute to Talented Teachers

December 1, 2006

In this year’s entry of an annual tradition, USC College recognized the excellence of faculty and graduate students at its holiday party, held Dec. 5 at Davidson Conference Center. “We take very seriously the…

A Call to Action

A Call to Action

December 1, 2006

Former presidential candidate and activist Ralph Nader spoke to a rapt, standing-room-only audience of USC students. He had a serious message to impart. “Dissent is the mother of ascent,” Nader said. “All…

Still Trying to Do the Right Thing

Still Trying to Do the Right Thing

December 1, 2006

Appearing at USC, filmmaker Spike Lee sharply criticized a subgenre of the hip-hop community called gangsta rap, dismissing it as culturally approved misogyny — music banned in his own home. “Any type of music…