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2007 News Archives

  • Mancall Gets Research Advancement Post

    Mancall Gets Research Advancement Post

    September 1, 2007

    USC College professor Peter Mancall has been appointed associate vice provost for research advancement. In this new role, he will work with faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences to stimulate new research… more>

    tags: professor, provost

  • Richard Thompson Wins Lashley Award

    Richard Thompson Wins Lashley Award

    September 1, 2007

    Richard Thompson, holder of the William M. Keck Chair in Biological Sciences in USC College and one of the leading behavioral neuroscientists in the world, will receive the 2007 Karl Spencer Lashley Award from the American… more>

    tags: award, memory, psychology

  • The Mutant Factor

    The Mutant Factor

    August 1, 2007

    In humans, the testes may act as mutation multipliers that raise the odds of passing improved DNA to offspring — but that can also backfire by increasing the frequency of certain diseases. The new theory is part of a… more>

    tags: apert syndrome, testes

  • USC College Welcomes New Students

    USC College Welcomes New Students

    August 1, 2007

    During a welcome picnic Friday for entering freshman, USC College Dean Howard Gillman urged the newcomers to begin their academic careers with an “open mind, grateful heart and fierce determination to… more>

    categories: undergraduate

    tags: dean, freshmen

  • In Memoriam: Hayward Alker

    In Memoriam: Hayward Alker

    August 1, 2007

    Hayward R. Alker, holder of the John A. McCone Chair in International Relations in USC College, died on Aug. 24. He was 69. Alker was a leading scholar on world order and international conflict resolution, interests grounded… more>

    tags: chair, international relations, obituary

  • The Shake Down

    The Shake Down

    August 1, 2007

    The Los Angeles basin appears to be in a seismic “lull” characterized by relatively smaller and infrequent earthquakes, according to a study in the September issue of Geology. By contrast, the Mojave Desert is in… more>

    tags: earthquakes, geology

  • Next Stop: The Professoriate

    Next Stop: The Professoriate

    August 1, 2007

    Daniela Bleichmar credits an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for smoothing her transition from graduate student to assistant professor at USC College. The fellowship gave Bleichmar the opportunity to… more>

    categories: graduate

    tags: faculty, fellowship, mellon

  • The Earth’s Security Blanket

    The Earth’s Security Blanket

    August 1, 2007

    Like a quilt that loses heat between squares, the earth’s system of tectonic plates lets warmth out at every stitch. But a new study led by Thorsten Becker, assistant professor of earth sciences at USC College, finds… more>

    tags: heat, tectonic plates

  • Butterflies Are Free, Again

    August 1, 2007

    The El Segundo blue butterfly is back. Once relegated to a few small and fragile reserves, the nearly extinct butterfly with electric blue wings has expanded its territory to take up residence along the bluffs of Redondo… more>

    tags: butterfly, extinction

  • Bugs on Bugs

    Bugs on Bugs

    August 1, 2007

    Bacteria — you can live without ’em, but it won’t do you any good, according to a study of fruit flies by USC College biologists. Fruit flies scrubbed clean of bacteria did not outlive their grubby siblings,… more>

    tags: bacteria, biology, fruit flies