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March 2009 News Archives

John Tower, associate professor of biological sciences, received a grant from the National Institute on Aging to study the effects of aging on fruit flies. Photo credit Laurie Hartzell

A Flying Fountain of Youth

March 27, 2009

Fruit flies may be small enough to squish with your finger when they invade your kitchen, but these tiny creatures may soon play an important role in answering the question: Why does one person live longer than another? John…

Photo credit Theo Jemison

USC Launches Two New Bachelor of Arts Degrees

March 25, 2009

Beginning in fall 2009, USC College will offer admission to two innovative bachelor's degrees in narrative studies and human performance. The Bachelor of Arts in narrative studies is for students interested in developing and…

George Sanchez, professor of American studies and ethnicity and history in USC College and director of College diversity, discusses American Quarterly on March 6. Photo credit Taylor Faust.

American Quarterly Celebrates 60th Anniversary

March 18, 2009

“Mexican Nationalisms, Southern Racisms: Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the U.S. South, 1908–1939.” “Why American Studies Needs to Think about Korean Cinema, or, Transnational Genres in the…

Black Holes: Eternal Prisons No More

Black Holes: Eternal Prisons No More

March 13, 2009

If you ever fall into a black hole, don't give up. There is a way out! Celebrated physicist, Stephen Hawking, delivered an inspiring speech to a full house in Bovard Auditorium on March 10. USC College Dean Howard Gillman…

USC College associate professor of molecular biology Steven Finkel. Photo credit Philip Channing.

Biofilms: Even Stickier Than Suspected

March 12, 2009

Biofilms are everywhere — in dental plaque and ear canals, on contact lenses and in water pipelines — and the bacteria that make them get more resilient with age, finds a new study in FEMS Microbiology…

International Relations Faculty and Students Receive National Awards

International Relations Faculty and Students Receive National Awards

March 11, 2009

International relations and Middle-earth. The media and environmental foreign policy. Four USC College scholars are charting new territory in international studies and their colleagues throughout the world are taking note. At…

Payton Philips, lecturer in USC College’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Photo courtesy of the subject.

Blogging from El Salvador, March 12-15

March 10, 2009

Payton Philips, lecturer in USC College’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese, is blogging from El Salvador this week! An independent non-partisan election observer, both during and after the March 15 presidential…

California at the Crossroads

California at the Crossroads

March 6, 2009

Abe Lowenthal, the first Robert F. Erburu Professor of Ethics, Globalization and Development and professor of international relations in USC College, is beginning to garner local and national interest in his latest book Global…

In Memoriam: George O. Totten III, 86

In Memoriam: George O. Totten III, 86

March 4, 2009

George Oakley Totten III, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science in USC College, whose life’s research promoted peace in the Pacific Rim and worldwide, has died. He was 86. Oakley died of heart failure…

Don Miller, executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture within USC College.

Pentecostalism's Los Angeles Roots Go Global

March 2, 2009

While in Manila having dinner, Don Miller engaged in a conversation that sparked an idea that would take him and Tetsunao Yamamori (of Food for the Hungry, an international aid organization) to 20 countries in the global…