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June 2012 News Archives

From left, USC data analyst Shawn Irish and USC Dornsife undergraduate researchers Matthew Orr, Eric Hotchkiss, and Travis de Ronde stand with mirrors atop the 60-foot solar tower on Mt. Wilson. Photo by Jie Gu.

Black Pearls of the Sun

June 13, 2012

Atop Mt. Wilson overlooking Pasadena, dozens of stargazers peered through telescopes at a celestial wonder. A few people donned T-shirts declaring “I Witnessed the Transit of Venus.”  To mark the event that…

Quantum computers use quantum bits, or qubits, which can encode a one and a zero at the same time. Photo courtesy of D-Wave Systems Inc.

Quantum Computers Could Help Search Engines Keep Up With the Internet’s Growth

June 12, 2012

Most people don’t think twice about how Internet search engines work. You type in a word or phrase, hit enter and poof — a list of Web pages pops up, organized by relevance. Behind the scenes, a lot of math goes…

USC Norman Topping scholars in USC Dornsife’s Japan Immersion Program pack the more than 300 books they collected from schools across campus to donate to Japan’s American studies libraries affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Students carried the books with them when they traveled for their two-week Maymester trip to Japan.

Restocking Hope in Japan

June 12, 2012

For the past few months, 13 students in USC Dornsife’s Japan Immersion Program have collected 300 American studies books from schools across campus. The students carried the books on a plane for Japan for their two-week…

USC Dornsife alumna Parita Shah, vice president at APCO Worldwide, credits her parents for her passion for politics and public service. During the course of her career, she has worked for Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, among others. Last fall, she spent two months in Beijing as the senior adviser to the newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke. Photo courtesy of Parita Shah.

A Dream Realized

June 11, 2012

Parita Shah was a freshman in high school when then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton announced in 1991 he would run for president. Shah, whose parents emigrated from India, monitored the presidential race closely on the…

USC Dornsife assistant professor Sean Curran speaks to Manchester Avenue Elementary School students at its sixth annual science fair. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Science Ed: Never Too Cool for School

June 8, 2012

“How long do people live?” USC Dornsife’s Sean Curran asked a crowd of students at Manchester Avenue Elementary School. “Until they die,” one student quipped. “Good answer!” laughed…

Matthew Pratt, assistant professor of chemistry and biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has been named a 2012 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovator for his discovery of a possible link between metabolism and protein modification in cancer. Pratt's focuses on understanding how chemical modification affects the function and expands the diversity of proteins, which participate in nearly all operations in a cell. Photo by Ben Pack.

Risk and Reward

June 8, 2012

The Damon Runyon Cancer Foundation supports young scientists with creative, groundbreaking ideas leading to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Unlike many larger organizations, it funds research in its earliest…

USC Dornsife senior Amy Rogers (right) and classmate Olivia White sampled a few ice cream flavors at Mateo’s Ice Cream in Los Angeles. The trip was one of several that Rogers made to restaurants, mercados and street vendors in neighboring cities throughout L.A. as part of lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese in USC Dornsife Sarah Portnoy’s course, “The Culture of Food in Hispanic Los Angeles.” Photo courtesy of Amy Rogers.

A Forkful of Culture

June 5, 2012

When the plate was set before her, USC Dornsife senior Amy Rogers timidly forked a piece of meat into her mouth and awaited her tastebuds reaction. The verdict: barbequed goat Oaxacan style was muy delicioso. “The meat…

Online Survey: Sherman Holds Lead over Berman in 30th Congressional Race

Online Survey: Sherman Holds Lead over Berman in 30th Congressional Race

June 4, 2012

UPDATE: Within a 2 point margin, the results of the USC Dornsife Online Survey were correct in projecting the top candidates for the 30th Congressional District Race in the California Primary Election. At the polls on June 5,…