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2007 News Archives

A Meeting of Creative Minds

A Meeting of Creative Minds

October 1, 2007

Usually scholars, researchers and academics are looking to discover cures for diseases, reasons for existence and other answers to life’s most pressing questions. But at USC, a group of professors will be joining…

Conversation on the U.S. Constitution

October 1, 2007

Commemorating Constitution Day, which was celebrated nationwide on Sept. 17, USC College Dean Howard Gillman held a “Conversation on the Constitution” with faculty and graduate students during a…

Howard Gillman Installed by President Sample as the 20th Dean of USC College

Howard Gillman Installed by President Sample as the 20th Dean of USC College

September 1, 2007

In an installation speech that was both soaring and down-to-earth, Dean Howard Gillman Monday set the tone for his administration, extolling the virtues of a liberal arts research college as “a wonder-filled…

Makeup of a Meltdown

Makeup of a Meltdown

September 1, 2007

In contrast to what is often inferred from the geologic record, carbon dioxide did not cause the end of the last ice age, a new study published this week in Science suggests. “There has been this continual reference to…

Building a Better College

Building a Better College

September 1, 2007

USC College has unveiled four major initiatives aimed at advancing research and instruction at the university’s largest academic hub. These new programs promise to bolster faculty development, graduate student…

Gatz Updates Alzheimer’s Findings

Gatz Updates Alzheimer’s Findings

September 1, 2007

Margaret Gatz, professor of psychology, gerontology and preventive medicine, is lead researcher of an ongoing study on dementia in Swedish twins that last year revealed a genetic cause in up to 80 percent of Alzheimer’s…

Red Moon Rising

Red Moon Rising

September 1, 2007

In the middle of a serene night, young astronomers from USC College lay on their backs on a grassy peak in the San Gabriel Mountains staring at the full moon. The students and their professor Edward Rhodes watched the moon…

Research Ascendant

Research Ascendant

September 1, 2007

Research funding at USC College has risen 30 percent in the past three years to nearly $67 million, with the most significant gains in grants from corporations and foundations. Through the efforts of the College research…

The Wordsmith’s Philosopher

The Wordsmith’s Philosopher

September 1, 2007

At Princeton University, philosophers Scott Soames and Saul Kripke often walked home together. On the way, they would sometimes stop by the Annex, a fixture on Nassau Street, and duck into its basement bar for dinner and a…

Rolling Out the Red Carpet for the Newbies

Rolling Out the Red Carpet for the Newbies

September 1, 2007

At a red-carpet reception saluting the most recent newcomers to USC College’s faculty, Dean Howard Gillman dabbled in the informal as he welcomed an “extremely talented and exciting group of…