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2007 News Archives

Blooms of Diversity

Blooms of Diversity

May 1, 2007

On the first day of Hernan Ramirez’s field research into the workplace culture of immigrant gardeners, an enraged Westwood homeowner stormed from his house, unleashed a litany of expletives and threatened to sue. His…

A Trojan Contrarian in Paris

A Trojan Contrarian in Paris

May 1, 2007

Anne Porter is challenging her colleagues in academia to re-envision the ancient world. She disputes a basic assumption: Nomads were a discrete group of traveling herdsman, hostile to city dwellers and their ways. In her…

USC Wrigley Marine Science Center Copes with Catalina Fire

USC Wrigley Marine Science Center Copes with Catalina Fire

May 1, 2007

Just hours after the wildfire on Catalina Island started May 10 near Avalon, the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on the island lost all electricity and communications. Though the fire never got within 10 miles of the…

Art in Stalin's Shadow

Art in Stalin's Shadow

May 1, 2007

On the eve of the Stalinist purges, a time when dogmatic Russian propaganda was in vogue, filmmaker Grigori Alexandrov came out with "Veselye Rebyata" ("Jolly Fellows"), a Hollywood-style musical. The romantic screwball comedy…

A Two-Time Universe?

A Two-Time Universe?

May 1, 2007

For a long time, Itzhak Bars has been studying time. More than a decade ago, the USC College physicist began pondering the role time plays in the basic laws of physics — the equations describing matter, gravity and the…

Commencement 2007

Commencement 2007

May 1, 2007

Head of the Class Colin Koproske is a Renaissance man. When he’s not performing with the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra or playing gigs around Los Angeles, he can be found reading up on existential philosophy or working…

2007 USC MPW One-Act Play Festival Award is going, going… Gone…

2007 USC MPW One-Act Play Festival Award is going, going… Gone…

May 1, 2007

In the play, “Gone…,” the character Sarah reminds her protesting mother, a recent stroke victim, why she was moved to an assisted-living facility. Ethel: Why! Why can’t I go to the house? I…

Peers Honor Quake Scientist

Peers Honor Quake Scientist

May 1, 2007

Charles Sammis, professor of earth sciences in USC College, has devoted almost four decades to studying earthquakes. His contributions to the field of geophysical sciences recently led to his being named a Fellow of the…

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Looks To Broaden Mission

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Looks To Broaden Mission

May 1, 2007

The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education is moving forward with its plan to expand beyond the Holocaust and document survivor memories from other acts of genocide and oppression. Calling the move an…

Mentoring: ‘A Practice Framed By Love’

Mentoring: ‘A Practice Framed By Love’

April 1, 2007

As a doctoral student in physics at USC College, Amy Cassidy noticed there are few women graduates in her field. So she and classmate Katie Mussack found a way to mentor young women considering careers in physics. The pair…