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November 2007 News Archives

The Dornsifes and the Damasios celebrate at the ceremony for the endowed chairs in 2006. From left: Antonio Damasio, David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and professor of psychology and neurology; Hanna Damasio, Dana Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and professor of psychology and neurology; and David and Dana Dornsife, who pledged $1 million to fund the top priorities for the BCI.

On Your Mark, Get Set, GO!

November 1, 2007

Combine a philanthropic husband and wife who love neuroscience with world-renowned neuroscience researchers who are also a husband and wife team — the result: a partnership leading to cutting-edge research in how the…

UK Film Academy Recognizes Holocaust Education Resource

UK Film Academy Recognizes Holocaust Education Resource

November 1, 2007

Recollections: Eyewitnesses Remember the Holocaust, a groundbreaking DVD-ROM including Holocaust survivor and witness testimonies from the visual history archive of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute (SFI), won an award from…

Giving Student Scholars a Chance to SOAR

Giving Student Scholars a Chance to SOAR

November 1, 2007

  Earlier this semester, USC College announced a program offering stipends for undergraduate research, called Sophomore Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR). USC College News recently sat down with Vice Dean Steven…

Evolution’s Gardener

Evolution’s Gardener

November 1, 2007

Rocks collected from ancient seabeds clutter the worktables that dominate the center of paleobiologist David Bottjer’s lab. A grainy, yellowed one records the shape of a giant clam that lived 90 million years ago in…

Human Ancestors: Gatherers or Hunters?

Human Ancestors: Gatherers or Hunters?

November 1, 2007

Chimpanzees crave roots and tubers even when food is plentiful above ground, according to a new study that raises questions about the relative importance of meat for brain evolution. In a study that appeared online the week…

Parents Recognize Professors’ Dedication

Parents Recognize Professors’ Dedication

November 1, 2007

Parents of college students may not sit in lecture halls or discussion groups with their offspring, but they do hear about the teachers that make a difference in their children’s lives. That led the USC Parents…

How Does the Brain Recognize a Face?

How Does the Brain Recognize a Face?

November 1, 2007

The smile of the Mona Lisa may remain forever ineffable, but at least now science can measure the difference between the real thing and its many imitations. A team of neuroscientists including Irving Biederman, the holder of…

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Announces New Web Site

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Announces New Web Site

November 1, 2007

This week the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, part of the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, launched a new Web site at college.usc.edu/vhi. The institute’s visual history archive contains nearly 52,000…

The Meaning of Freedom

The Meaning of Freedom

November 1, 2007

When it comes to freedom in America, there’s no single lasting definition, according to world-renowned historian Eric Foner. Although it’s a concept central to the nation’s history and identity, its meaning…

To Tell the Truth

To Tell the Truth

November 1, 2007

  In the end, if a work of nonfiction is well written and well executed, does it really matter if it is factually true? According to novelist John Rechy, no. After all, the writer — in fact all artists and the…