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July 2007 News Archives

Thinking Outward

Thinking Outward

July 1, 2007

Piper Stremmel knows what originally attracted her to community service at USC. As a freshman, she participated in the Joint Educational Project (JEP), the College’s service-learning program, to bolster her…

Nicotine Rush Hinges on Sugar in Neurons

Nicotine Rush Hinges on Sugar in Neurons

July 1, 2007

When nicotine binds to a neuron, how does the cell know to send the signal that announces a smoker’s high? As with other questions involving good sensations, the answer appears to be sugar. A USC study appearing with a…

An Opus for the Ages

An Opus for the Ages

July 1, 2007

Ranked in the top half-percent of the world’s most cited scientists, University Professor Caleb Finch studies the genes that control aging in mammals. In his latest book, The Biology of Human Longevity: Inflammation,…

On the Sunny Side of the Universe

On the Sunny Side of the Universe

July 1, 2007

Solar observatories in space have an Icarus problem: the object of their desire is the agent of their demise. Melting wax collapsed the wings of the mythological Greek. For observatories in orbit, a bad case of cataracts from…

Chemical That Acts Like a Fuel Gauge

Chemical That Acts Like a Fuel Gauge

July 1, 2007

The concept that a drop in blood sugar triggers a craving for food is best understood just before lunchtime. But exactly how the process unfolds has proven difficult to explain, even on a full stomach. Solving the puzzle…

Psychology Association to Honor Bob Knight

Psychology Association to Honor Bob Knight

July 1, 2007

Bob Knight, Merle H. Bensinger Professor of Gerontology and professor of psychology, will receive the Retirement Research Fund Distinguished Contribution Award in Applied Gerontology from the American Psychology…

New Imaging Clarifies Nutrient Cycle

New Imaging Clarifies Nutrient Cycle

July 1, 2007

USC scientists have applied a nanoscale imaging method to a biological system, helping to clear up an old puzzle of the global carbon and nitrogen cycle. Their study appears today as an advanced online publication of The ISME…

Computing Power Grows at Quake Center

Computing Power Grows at Quake Center

July 1, 2007

Figuring out what the next big quake will do to Los Angeles takes a lot of computing power, and the Southern California Earthquake Center is about to get it in spades. The National Science Foundation has awarded the center…

Gillman Names New Leadership Team

Gillman Names New Leadership Team

July 1, 2007

Dean Gillman was named dean in May by President Steven B. Sample and Provost C.L. Max Nikias. Gillman issued this announcement to faculty and staff Monday, July 2: Over the last month I have received invaluable advice from…

Pioneering Anthropologist was Authority on the Tiv Tribe

Pioneering Anthropologist was Authority on the Tiv Tribe

July 1, 2007

Paul James Bohannan, known as the world’s leading expert on the Tiv of Nigeria, has died. He was 87. An emeritus professor of anthropology at USC College, Bohannan’s rich body of work as a cultural and social…