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May 2007 News Archives

Gillman Named Dean of USC College

Gillman Named Dean of USC College

May 1, 2007

On behalf of President Steven B. Sample, Provost C. L. Max Nikias has announced the appointment of USC professor Howard Gillman as dean of USC College. The appointment, effective June 1, is for a five-year term. Gillman, a…

USC College Professor Honored for Chemical Contributions

USC College Professor Honored for Chemical Contributions

May 1, 2007

Organic chemist G.K. Surya Prakash’s deft manipulations of molecules and atoms, most notably of hydrogen, carbon and fluorine, have led to many advances in research and industry. Last month, they earned Prakash major…

The Hidden Biodiversity of the Ocean Realm

The Hidden Biodiversity of the Ocean Realm

May 1, 2007

To get a sense of how marine biology has evolved in the last century, consider USC’s Allan Hancock Foundation building. From its construction in the 1930s until the last decade, wooden shelves holding hundreds upon…

Building a Diverse College

Building a Diverse College

May 1, 2007

USC College has successfully increased the hiring of women and minority faculty members in recent years, with the goal of enriching the university’s educational environment. In a key recruiting initiative shared by the…

Blooms of Diversity

Blooms of Diversity

May 1, 2007

On the first day of Hernan Ramirez’s field research into the workplace culture of immigrant gardeners, an enraged Westwood homeowner stormed from his house, unleashed a litany of expletives and threatened to sue. His…

A Trojan Contrarian in Paris

A Trojan Contrarian in Paris

May 1, 2007

Anne Porter is challenging her colleagues in academia to re-envision the ancient world. She disputes a basic assumption: Nomads were a discrete group of traveling herdsman, hostile to city dwellers and their ways. In her…

USC Wrigley Marine Science Center Copes with Catalina Fire

USC Wrigley Marine Science Center Copes with Catalina Fire

May 1, 2007

Just hours after the wildfire on Catalina Island started May 10 near Avalon, the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on the island lost all electricity and communications. Though the fire never got within 10 miles of the…

Art in Stalin's Shadow

Art in Stalin's Shadow

May 1, 2007

On the eve of the Stalinist purges, a time when dogmatic Russian propaganda was in vogue, filmmaker Grigori Alexandrov came out with "Veselye Rebyata" ("Jolly Fellows"), a Hollywood-style musical. The romantic screwball comedy…

A Two-Time Universe?

A Two-Time Universe?

May 1, 2007

For a long time, Itzhak Bars has been studying time. More than a decade ago, the USC College physicist began pondering the role time plays in the basic laws of physics — the equations describing matter, gravity and the…

Commencement 2007

Commencement 2007

May 1, 2007

Head of the Class Colin Koproske is a Renaissance man. When he’s not performing with the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra or playing gigs around Los Angeles, he can be found reading up on existential philosophy or working…