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2007 News Archives

Everett Named Distinguished Professor

Everett Named Distinguished Professor

February 1, 2007

USC President Steven B. Sample has appointed Percival Everett II, award-winning novelist and professor of English in USC College, as a Distinguished Professor. This title, currently held by 17 professors university-wide, is…

Good For the Goose, Not So Great For the Gander

Good For the Goose, Not So Great For the Gander

February 1, 2007

In the summer of 2005, USC College molecular biologist John Tower sent an e-mail marked high priority to all of his graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. From now on, he wrote, all experiments must include both…

USC College Dean Peter Starr Gives Upbeat Assessment and Urges Stronger Academic Culture

USC College Dean Peter Starr Gives Upbeat Assessment and Urges Stronger Academic Culture

February 1, 2007

In his State of the College Address, Dean Peter Starr last week gave an upbeat assessment of USC College and also challenged faculty not to be complacent, noting that standing still amounts to falling behind. At the Jan. 30…

Decoy Pill Saves Brain Cells

Decoy Pill Saves Brain Cells

January 31, 2007

Tricking a key enzyme can soothe over-excited receptors in the brain, say neuroscientists, calling this a possible strategy against stroke, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Lead author Michel Baudry…

Petition Calls for Skid Row Solutions

Petition Calls for Skid Row Solutions

January 30, 2007

More than 50 professors from universities, colleges and agencies throughout the Los Angeles region have signed a petition demanding that city and county officials do more to solve the homeless problem than arrest indigents and…

Genes Behind Animal Growth Discovered

Genes Behind Animal Growth Discovered

January 29, 2007

How many genes influence a complex trait, like weight, height or body type? And why does the answer matter? Among other reasons, because the “Green Revolution” that multiplied crop yields has to be followed by a…

Smokers Quit After Brain Region Damage

Smokers Quit After Brain Region Damage

January 25, 2007

Smokers with a damaged insula – a region in the brain linked to emotion and feelings – quit smoking easily and immediately, according to a study in the Jan. 26 issue of the journal Science. The study provides…

State’s Jewish History Comes to Life

State’s Jewish History Comes to Life

January 23, 2007

A new interactive media project covering the history of Jews in California will be overseen by four distinguished USC scholars. The project – which combines a museum installation with an online archive and a DVD…

Next Earthquake Could Cripple Region

Next Earthquake Could Cripple Region

January 10, 2007

The next big earthquake on the San Andreas Fault will be a Hurricane Katrina-like event that could cripple the Los Angeles region for decades, a coalition of experts warned Jan. 9 at USC. The date marked the 150th…

Green Visions Plan Evaluates L.A. Parks

Green Visions Plan Evaluates L.A. Parks

January 10, 2007

Despite the fact that greater Los Angeles has some exceptional parks and open spaces, many Southland residents do not have easy access to recreational green space, USC College researchers report in a study released today. The…