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May 2009 News Archives

Bright Minds

Bright Minds

May 28, 2009

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected the University of Southern California as the site of an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC), and plans a five-year grant totaling $12.5 million. Researchers of the EFRC will…

Robert Campany, chair and professor of religion and professor of East Asian languages and cultures, studies the religions of ancient China, focusing on the Daoist, Buddhist and Confucian traditions. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson

May You Stay Forever Young

May 26, 2009

Before plastic surgery and botox, an ancient culture had a different way of dealing with the quest for eternal youth. Why not simply live forever? In medieval China, third century B.C., people believed it possible to be 800…

Natasha Khan (left), Apollo Emeka, David Gibson and Michael Gibson

Pomp and Unusual Circumstance

May 15, 2009

Stationed in Tikrit, Iraq, Saddam Hussein's birthplace 87 miles northwest of Baghdad, Apollo Emeka served as an intelligence analyst for the Army National Guard. During his deployment, Emeka's base was bombed several times.…

Gerardo Licón (left) and his brother Gustavo advised youth to avoid the "crab in a bucket" mentality — when one person tries to better him or herself and others try to pull them down. "Lift as you climb," Gerardo said. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Yes They Did

May 14, 2009

Gerardo "Lalo" Licon was a freshman at Inglewood High School when riots broke out between black and Latino students during a Cinco de Mayo celebration in 1990. Gerardo "Lalo" Licón was a freshman at Inglewood High…

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellows include Genevieve Carpio (left), Terrion L. Williamson, Abigail Rosas, Kiana M. Green, Chrisshonna Grant Nieva, Orlando Serrano and Imani Johnson. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellows

May 14, 2009

The total number of Ford Foundation Diversity Fellows currently in the American Studies & Ethnicity (ASE) Ph.D. program has increased to ten students, a record number for any Ph.D. program in any field in the…

Impending graduate and salutatorian Brenda Nuyen will enter medical school in the fall. Photo credit Dietmar Quistorf.

A White Coat is in Her Future

May 11, 2009

This summer, salutatorian Brenda Nuyen wants to learn how to surf. By recently mastering skateboarding, she feels up to the challenge. "I've been told this summer is my last free summer until retirement," said Nuyen, who…

Van Jones was appointed in March to serve on the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Photo courtesy of Green For All.

Taking a Stand for People and the Planet

May 8, 2009

During a recent ceremony, founding president of Green For All Van Jones was honored with USC College's 2nd annual Sustainability Champion Award. Jones' Oakland-based green jobs advocacy group strives to resolve the ecological…

Arieh Warshel

Arieh Warshel Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

May 5, 2009

Arieh Warshel, a pioneer in the field of computational biophysics and USC College veteran of more than 30 years, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. One of 72 new members selected at the 146th annual meeting…

Tyler Prize laureates Richard Alley (left) and Veerabdran "Ram" Ramanathan celebrate during a reception held at the Tyler Environmental Prize Pavilion at USC. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Tyler Prize Laureates On Global Warming

May 1, 2009

Scientists estimating ice-sheet shrinkage and subsequent sea-level rising would occur in the next century believe the phenomenon is happening now, glaciologist Richard Alley said during a lecture at USC. "They said the ice…