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August 2007 News Archives

  • The Mutant Factor

    The Mutant Factor

    August 1, 2007

    In humans, the testes may act as mutation multipliers that raise the odds of passing improved DNA to offspring — but that can also backfire by increasing the frequency of certain diseases. The new theory is part of a… more>

    tags: apert syndrome, testes

  • USC College Welcomes New Students

    USC College Welcomes New Students

    August 1, 2007

    During a welcome picnic Friday for entering freshman, USC College Dean Howard Gillman urged the newcomers to begin their academic careers with an “open mind, grateful heart and fierce determination to… more>

    categories: undergraduate

    tags: dean, freshmen

  • In Memoriam: Hayward Alker

    In Memoriam: Hayward Alker

    August 1, 2007

    Hayward R. Alker, holder of the John A. McCone Chair in International Relations in USC College, died on Aug. 24. He was 69. Alker was a leading scholar on world order and international conflict resolution, interests grounded… more>

    tags: chair, international relations, obituary

  • The Shake Down

    The Shake Down

    August 1, 2007

    The Los Angeles basin appears to be in a seismic “lull” characterized by relatively smaller and infrequent earthquakes, according to a study in the September issue of Geology. By contrast, the Mojave Desert is in… more>

    tags: earthquakes, geology

  • Next Stop: The Professoriate

    Next Stop: The Professoriate

    August 1, 2007

    Daniela Bleichmar credits an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for smoothing her transition from graduate student to assistant professor at USC College. The fellowship gave Bleichmar the opportunity to… more>

    categories: graduate

    tags: faculty, fellowship, mellon

  • The Earth’s Security Blanket

    The Earth’s Security Blanket

    August 1, 2007

    Like a quilt that loses heat between squares, the earth’s system of tectonic plates lets warmth out at every stitch. But a new study led by Thorsten Becker, assistant professor of earth sciences at USC College, finds… more>

    tags: heat, tectonic plates

  • Butterflies Are Free, Again

    August 1, 2007

    The El Segundo blue butterfly is back. Once relegated to a few small and fragile reserves, the nearly extinct butterfly with electric blue wings has expanded its territory to take up residence along the bluffs of Redondo… more>

    tags: butterfly, extinction

  • Bugs on Bugs

    Bugs on Bugs

    August 1, 2007

    Bacteria — you can live without ’em, but it won’t do you any good, according to a study of fruit flies by USC College biologists. Fruit flies scrubbed clean of bacteria did not outlive their grubby siblings,… more>

    tags: bacteria, biology, fruit flies

  • Writer-Director-Producer Mel Shavelson Dies at 90

    Writer-Director-Producer Mel Shavelson Dies at 90

    August 1, 2007

    Melville Shavelson, a Hollywood legend who was a comedy writer, producer, director and two-time Academy Award nominee for original screenplays, has died. He was 90. Shavelson, an instructor at USC College’s Master of… more>

    tags: hollywood, obituary, writing program

  • New Leadership Team Named at USC College

    New Leadership Team Named at USC College

    August 1, 2007

    The USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences begins this academic year with a new dean, who chose five university colleagues to serve as his deputies and brain trust. Howard Gillman, professor of political science and… more>

    categories: undergraduate, graduate

    tags: administration, dean, supervision