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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… more>

    tags: diet, foot, sociology

  • 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… more>

    tags: bacteria, geology, journal

  • 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… more>

    tags: islam, middle east, religion

  • 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… more>

    tags: award, fiction, novel

  • 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… more>

    tags: environmental studies, grant, microbe power

  • 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… more>

    categories: undergraduate

    tags: donation, fundraiser

  • 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… more>

    categories: undergraduate, research

    tags: children, dyslexia

  • 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… more>

    categories: graduate

    tags: award, faculty, graduate students

  • 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… more>

    categories: undergraduate, graduate

    tags: activism, ralph nader, unruh

  • 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… more>

    tags: film, speaker, spike lee