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January 2008 News Archives

Worrying May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Worrying May Be Hazardous to Your Health

January 1, 2008

Longstanding anxiety markedly increases the risk of heart attack, even when other common risk factors are taken into account, according to Biing-Jiun Shen, assistant professor of psychology in USC College. “Older men…

Three USC College Faculty Appointed University, Distinguished Professors

Three USC College Faculty Appointed University, Distinguished Professors

January 1, 2008

USC President Steven B. Sample has appointed neuroscientist Richard Thompson, a leading authority on learning and memory, and holder of the William M. Keck Chair in Biological Sciences in USC College, as University…

Fish Moving Off the Menu

Fish Moving Off the Menu

January 1, 2008

The last fish you ate probably came from the Bering Sea. But during this century, the sea’s rich food web — stretching from Alaska to Russia — could fray as algae adapt to greenhouse conditions. “All…

A Jewel of a Book

A Jewel of a Book

January 1, 2008

  If not for her “blissful ignorance” and dogged determination, Deborah Harkness’ book taking a unique look at the Scientific Revolution would never have been written. After 10 years of research,…

The Write Stuff

The Write Stuff

January 1, 2008

She may have grown up in Boring, Ore., but Kathi Inman Berens is anything but. Five years ago, she and Norah Ashe-McNalley, a fellow senior lecturer in the Writing Program at USC College, created AngeLingo, an…

Good Sport

Good Sport

January 1, 2008

Listening to a lecture by Professor Michael Messner, students learn there is more to sports than winning and losing. The playing field also presents an important reflection on society. For more than 20 years, Messner, a…

Middle Ground in the Marine Food Chain

Middle Ground in the Marine Food Chain

January 1, 2008

  Faculty and doctoral students from the USC College’s Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies are in Antarctica to see if and how small unpalatable algae turn into building blocks for the marine…

A Slam Dunk

A Slam Dunk

January 1, 2008

  Before becoming a major player in the competitive worlds of California real estate and professional sports, Jerry Buss (Ph.D., chemistry, ‘57), chairman and majority owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, could be…

Damasio and Quick Kick Off First Fridays

Damasio and Quick Kick Off First Fridays

January 1, 2008

  The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County’s popular First Fridays programs return Jan. 4 with a program on “Conscious Minds and the Minds of Others” that features two USC College…