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April 2010 News Archives

(From left) David and Dana Dornsife, and Joyce J. Cammilleri. Dornsife photo credit Steve Cohn. Cammilleri photo credit HC Van Urfalian.

Mindful Giving

April 26, 2010

David and Dana Dornsife David and Dana Dornsife continue a family legacy of giving to USC and USC College’s neuroscience program with a lead gift of $6 million for the new Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) building.…

USC College alumnus Alan C. Nelson has pioneered 3-D imaging techniques for the detection of cancer. Photo courtesy of Alan C. Nelson.

Image is Everything

April 26, 2010

During the course of his career, Alan C. Nelson ’72 has acquired more than 100 technology patents and pioneered 3-D imaging techniques for the detection of cancer. These breakthroughs represent significant steps toward…

USC College alumnus Paul Frommer created a language for the film <em>Avatar</em>. Photo by Max S. Gerber

The Science of Language (Na'vi, That Is)

April 26, 2010

"Stars are fascinating," Paul Frommer enthused. "I recall many a New York night when as a child I stood out in a vacant lot bundled up against the cold, holding a star map and a flashlight covered in red cellophane [red light…

Jia Grace Lu, associate professor of physics in USC College. Photo credit Max S. Gerber.

Building the Nano World

April 26, 2010

We can assume by its prefix that a nanometer is small — very small, in fact. One nanometer is equal to one billionth of a meter. In comparison, a single human hair is about 50,000 nanometers wide, and a nanowire diameter…

Richard Roberts holds a joint appointment in the College’s Department of Chemistry and USC Viterbi’s Monk Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Photo credit Max S. Gerber.

Finding the Right Mix

April 26, 2010

A tiny drop of blood. One day that may be all a device needs to screen for hundreds of cancer markers and viral infections. Richard Roberts partners with electrical engineers to help create such cutting-edge diagnostic…

Mark Thompson, professor of chemistry and materials science in USC College. Photo credit Max S. Gerber.

Seizing the Day(light)

April 26, 2010

Using the sun’s energy to improve our quality of life is not a new idea. A relatively more recent development, however, is converting solar radiation into electricity. From calculators to satellites, solar cells can be…

Dave Caron, professor of biological sciences in USC College. Photo credit Max S. Gerber.

Exploring the In-Between

April 26, 2010

He’s been to the bottom of the ocean on the Alvin submarine and spent nearly three years of accumulated time on cruise expeditions. Yet, Dave Caron still has a visit to the Space Station to tick off on his life…

Katrina Edwards, professor of biological sciences and earth sciences in USC College, is leading a team to explore the subseafloor biosphere as a result of the establishment of the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI). Photo credit Phil Channing.

The Power and Promise of the Ocean

April 26, 2010

"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” These were the remarkable words spoken by President…

EPR-ENDOR E580 console and magnet (left) and new NMR 600 MHz magnet (right).

Chemistry Off the Charts

April 26, 2010

Great scientists make great science happen. But clearly they need cutting-edge facilities for ground-breaking scientific research. And that’s what is happening in USC College’s Department of Chemistry. The vision…

Photo courtesy of the Natural History Museum and Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging.

Fridays Are Happening

April 26, 2010

Combining science, music and a late night at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County might seem like a strange idea to some. But Michael Quick, executive vice dean in USC College and moderator of the museum’s…