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2007 News Archives

Evolution’s Gardener

Evolution’s Gardener

November 1, 2007

Rocks collected from ancient seabeds clutter the worktables that dominate the center of paleobiologist David Bottjer’s lab. A grainy, yellowed one records the shape of a giant clam that lived 90 million years ago in…

Human Ancestors: Gatherers or Hunters?

Human Ancestors: Gatherers or Hunters?

November 1, 2007

Chimpanzees crave roots and tubers even when food is plentiful above ground, according to a new study that raises questions about the relative importance of meat for brain evolution. In a study that appeared online the week…

Parents Recognize Professors’ Dedication

Parents Recognize Professors’ Dedication

November 1, 2007

Parents of college students may not sit in lecture halls or discussion groups with their offspring, but they do hear about the teachers that make a difference in their children’s lives. That led the USC Parents…

How Does the Brain Recognize a Face?

How Does the Brain Recognize a Face?

November 1, 2007

The smile of the Mona Lisa may remain forever ineffable, but at least now science can measure the difference between the real thing and its many imitations. A team of neuroscientists including Irving Biederman, the holder of…

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Announces New Web Site

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Announces New Web Site

November 1, 2007

This week the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, part of the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, launched a new Web site at college.usc.edu/vhi. The institute’s visual history archive contains nearly 52,000…

The Meaning of Freedom

The Meaning of Freedom

November 1, 2007

When it comes to freedom in America, there’s no single lasting definition, according to world-renowned historian Eric Foner. Although it’s a concept central to the nation’s history and identity, its meaning…

To Tell the Truth

To Tell the Truth

November 1, 2007

  In the end, if a work of nonfiction is well written and well executed, does it really matter if it is factually true? According to novelist John Rechy, no. After all, the writer — in fact all artists and the…

The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

November 1, 2007

An interdisciplinary team of biomedical researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, USC College and the Keck School of Medicine of USC has received a $6 million Bioengineering Research Partnership grant from the…

Engaging Ritual

Engaging Ritual

November 1, 2007

On the 13th day of every month, at around 10:30 a.m., the Virgin Mary appears in the Mojave Desert. Invariably, the sun shines bright, and always, Maria Paula Acuña is there to see the image in the sky. A crowd gathers…

Jump-Starting New Directions in Research

Jump-Starting New Directions in Research

October 1, 2007

Twenty-two teams of USC professors have been awarded 2007 Zumberge interdisciplinary research grants, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research Advancement recently announced. More than half of the winning proposals included…