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January 2012 News Archives

Thomas C. Cox, associate professor emeritus of history in USC Dornsife, was a leading historian in African American studies and American intellectual and social history. The native of Topeka, Kan., began his 29-year tenure at USC Dornsife in 1982 as assistant professor of history. He became emeritus associate professor of history in 2008. Photo courtesy of Gerry Cox.

In Memoriam: Thomas C. Cox, 72

January 19, 2012

Thomas C. Cox, associate professor emeritus of history in USC Dornsife and a leading historian in African American studies and American intellectual and social history has died. He was 72. Cox died at home in Pasadena,…

Steven Lopez, professor of psychology in USC Dornsife, addresses a group of promotoras and family members of relatives who are mentally ill at a Casa de Salud private home in Puebla, Mexico. Photo by Ava Casados.

Mexico Program Targets Care for Mentally Ill

January 19, 2012

In a neighborhood in Puebla, Mexico, a dozen promotoras — health care workers who screen ill people to determine what level of doctor care they need — gathered at a private home for a platica — or chat…

USC Dornsife's Bosco S. Tjan (above) and USC graduate student Anirvan S. Nandy theorized in a new paper that peripheral vision is hindered by the visual experience formed in the brain during eye movements. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

USC Scientists Keep Their Eyes on Peripheral Vision

January 19, 2012

Two USC scientists are bringing peripheral vision into focus, showing that the way the brain sharpens its attention while the eyes are in motion leads to false assumptions about how objects should look. The eye’s…

From left, corresponding authors Alain Goeppert, George Olah and G. K. Surya Prakash collaborated on the project with other USC researchers. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Material Cleans Carbon Dioxide from the Air

January 19, 2012

A team of USC scientists has developed an easy-to-make material that can scrub large amounts of carbon dioxide from the air. One day in the future, large artificial trees made from the material could be used to lower the…

In the Fall special topics course "The Fantastic in Modern East Asian Literature and Film," USC undergraduates and graduate students learned the film <em>Godzilla</em>, created by Japanese film director Ishirō Honda in 1954, represents the United States and Japan’s fears about the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Image credit: 1954 © Toho Co., Ltd.

A Fantastical Take on Reality

January 17, 2012

Watching the film Godzilla with his classmates, USC senior Elton Keung initially saw the scaly creature as nothing more than a monster stomping through the streets of Tokyo, Japan. Keung was surprised to learn that the…

Why USC Dornsife Advising?

Plot Your Path

January 10, 2012

Sometimes it takes just one person’s support to set you on the right track. As a USC Dornsife undergraduate, Shweta Namjoshi knew she wanted to become a physician. She took her time and underwent a lot of…

Valencia, Spain was home to a group of USC students this summer when they visited the country during the inaugural Valencia Summer Program offered by USC Dornsife’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese and School of International Relations.

A Romance Language Perfected

January 9, 2012

Inside a Taper Hall classroom, USC Dornsife senior Bridget McDonald chatted with classmates, effortlessly transitioning from English to Spanish. The Pasadena, Calif., native’s confidence faltered, however, when native…

USC Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Sidney W. Benson served as a group leader for the Manhattan Project, then joined the Department of Chemistry in USC Dornsife in 1943. Here, he works in his laboratory in 1984. Photo by Wendy Rosin Malecki courtesy of USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Sidney W. Benson, 93

January 4, 2012

USC Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Sidney W. Benson, who became scientific co-director of USC Dornsife’s Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute when it opened in 1977, has died. He was 93. Among the…

Understanding the structure of the human genome is critical to understanding its function as a whole, according to USC Dornsife’s Lin Chen.

Scientists Create First 3-D Map of Human Genome

January 3, 2012

For the first time, scientists have developed a method for generating accurate three-dimensional models of the entire DNA strand of a cell, known as a genome. The genome plays a central role in the functions of almost all…

Daniel Lidar, a professor of chemistry in USC Dornsife with a joint appointment in USC Viterbi, serves as the scientific and technical director of the recently founded USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center. Photo by Ziva Santop/Steve Cohn Photography.

A Quantum Leap in Computing

January 3, 2012

When American physicist Richard Feynman in 1982 proposed creating a quantum computer that could solve complex problems, the idea was merely a theory scientists believed was far off in the future. A few decades later, USC…