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March 2010 News Archives

Tammara Anderson (left), Mitchell Lew, Daniel Potter, Janet Lin and Holly Villamagna at the speaking event on campus. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Obstetrician Delivered Flourishing Program

March 30, 2010

A biology undergraduate in USC College, Daniel Potter wanted to become a doctor, but found it difficult to volunteer at local clinics or hospitals to gain first-hand experience. "Half the time, you'd call to volunteer and…

International Relations Begin in the Classroom

International Relations Begin in the Classroom

March 29, 2010

This year, the Teaching International Relations Program (TIRP) had a record number of volunteers and the spaces went quickly. Many of the students involved are veterans who return semester after semester for a program…

Magnus Nordborg of molecular and computational biology is the senior author of the study, and postdoctoral researcher Susanna Atwell is the co-first author.

Searching for Genes Behind a Trait

March 25, 2010

A method pioneered to find the genetic basis of human diseases also holds promise for locating the genes behind important traits in plants, according to a study published online on March 24 by the journal Nature. A large team…

High school students slice open a sheep's kidney in a lab exercise for a seminar taught by Albert Herrera, professor of biological sciences. Photo credit Liz Gill.

Summer 2010 Gets Even Brighter for High School Students

March 24, 2010

USC College is offering an expanded array of summer courses for high school students through the USC Office of Continuing Education & Summer Programs. Four-week seminars being offered for the first time include Forensic…

Associate Professor of English Aimee Bender. Photo credit Philip Channing.

A Conversation with Aimee Bender

March 24, 2010

Professor, mentor, magician with words -- Aimee Bender is all of these. She's also a friend; not just to me, her undergraduate student for more than a year, but to all of her students, to whom she is staggeringly devoted. The…

Donal Manahan is the director of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and the study’s senior author. Photo credit Roger Snider.

Donal Manahan Studies Growth of Oysters

March 24, 2010

In physical, as in financial growth, it’s not what you make but what you keep that counts, USC marine biologists believe. Their study of genes associated with growth in oysters suggests that slow-growing animals waste…

USC College students pose at the site of the bridge in the village of Sikoro, Mali. Top row, from left to right, Adriana Lovera, Monica Murillo, Kamau Butcher, Matt Seals, Greg Woodburn, Joshua Lang, Breanna Morrison. Bottom row, from left to right, Berit Elam, Lauren Nalepa, Adrian Au, Daniel McLaughlin, Myra Chai, Lauren Ciszak, Cathy Sherman, Shaimaa Abdelhamid. Photo courtesy Myra Chai.

In the Garden of Sikoro

March 16, 2010

To call it a life-changing experience isn't hyperbole. The three-week trip USC College students took in December 2009 to the West African country of Mali -- where they oversaw plans for the construction of a bridge and labored…

David St. John, poet and professor of English in USC College. Photo credit Roger Snider.

Versed in Matters of the Heart

March 9, 2010

David St. John exudes the grace and aplomb of a holy man, perhaps a monk or sage. He actually does resemble a bit of bespectacled, bearded spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle — especially in his quiet gaze and half…

Michel Baudry (right), professor of biological sciences and biomedical engineering, and neuroscience graduate student Sohila Zadran research the cellular-level chain of events behind the learning and memory process. Photo credit Laurie Moore.

The Mechanisms of Memory

March 9, 2010

It’s not a unique situation in scientific research to have a hypothesis disputed. But finally having visual evidence that basically closes the books on decades of scientific debate is a unique and sweet success. For…

All Were Aboard on the Magic Poetry Bus

All Were Aboard on the Magic Poetry Bus

March 4, 2010

The stars all aligned for the Magic Poetry Bus on the evening of March 1 to the delight of an appreciative audience in the Davidson Center. The Get Lit troupe, poets, professors and celebrities altogether reveled in the…