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  • Brushed by the Demon

    Brushed by the Demon

    February 1, 2006

    Alumnus Chris Abani writes of torment and grace By Pamela J. Johnson February 2006 Five and a half years ago, Chris Abani was unemployed and playing the saxophone at Santa Monica Pier. Those who tossed coins into his open… more>

    categories: graduate

    tags: alumni, book, writing

  • Enormous Changes At the Last Minute

    Enormous Changes At the Last Minute

    February 1, 2006

    Program offers students second chance at medical calling By Eva Emerson February 2006 Within months of earning her B.A. in creative writing from UC San Diego in 2002, Sharon Shapiro had a job in journalism, an apartment… more>

    categories: graduate

    tags: medicine, physician

  • Italiano Virtuale

    Italiano Virtuale

    February 1, 2006

    Interactive game provides powerful context for learning By Kirsten Holguin February 2006 Sitting in a small caffeteria in Milan, Italy, the first-year Italian language student finishes her cappuccino. Only when she gets the… more>

    categories: research

    tags: computer game, video game

  • USC Participates in Chemical First

    USC Participates in Chemical First

    January 9, 2006

    An international team featuring three Trojan representatives observes a reaction in real time from the molecule’s point of view. By Carl Marziali A team from six research institutions in Canada, the United States… more>

    categories: research

    tags: chemistry, molecule

  • Early Infection Stunts Growth, Lifespan

    Early Infection Stunts Growth, Lifespan

    January 3, 2006

    USC gerontologists Crimmins and Finch offer findings based on health records of 18th- and 19th-century Europeans. By Kirsten Holguin High rates of childhood infection stunt growth and accelerate aging, according to a new… more>

    categories: research

    tags: aging, europe, gerontology

  • A Great Filmmaker and a Complex Man

    A Great Filmmaker and a Complex Man

    January 1, 2006

    USC College professors provide perspectives on Elia Kazan, known for more than his critically acclaimed films. The discussion was held at the downtown Los Angeles Public Library. By Pamela J. Johnson January 2006 Quick. Elia… more>

    categories: research

    tags: cinema, film, professor, speaker

  • It’s a Contender

    It’s a Contender

    January 1, 2006

    University Professor Leo Braudy’s new book, On the Waterfront, explores the impact of the classic film and the story behind its making. By Pamela J. Johnson January 2006 Leo Braudy was a teenager when an unlikely… more>

    categories: research

    tags: book, film, professor

  • ‘Genius’ of Memory

    ‘Genius’ of Memory

    January 1, 2006

    Alumna Wins MacArthur Award It’s official. As one of the 2005 winners of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, USC College alumna Lu Chen (Ph.D., Neuroscience, ’98) is a “genius.” Chen, a… more>

    categories: research

    tags: fellowship, grant, neurobiology

  • Blood, Sweat and Beers — and Math

    January 1, 2006

    By Eva Emerson January 2006 The device looks like a runner’s digital watch. Black, plastic and oversized, it dominates mathematician Gary Rosen’s wrist. But what Rosen has strapped on is no simple timepiece.… more>

    categories: research

    tags: alcohol, mathematics, professor

  • Predicting the Big One?

    Predicting the Big One?

    January 1, 2006

    SCEC Receives $1.2 million to Study Earthquake Prediction By Pamela J. Johnson January 2006 The Southern California Earthquake Center housed at USC College has taken a step closer in gauging when the Big One might strike. … more>

    categories: research

    tags: earthquake, laboratory, scec