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2008 News Archives

What Makes Life Go in the Tropics?

What Makes Life Go in the Tropics?

July 1, 2008

What causes tropical life to thrive: temperature or sunlight? The answer is not necessarily “both.” According to a study published online in PNAS Early Edition, the explosion of species at the tropics has much…

In Memoriam: Katherine B. Loker, 92

In Memoriam: Katherine B. Loker, 92

June 1, 2008

Philanthropist Katherine Bogdanovich Loker, one of USC’s most generous benefactors, has died. She was 92.She died June 26 at her home in Oceanside, Calif., after suffering a stroke on June 21.  Loker, a USC trustee…

Seeing Straight

Seeing Straight

June 1, 2008

Evidence from laboratory studies and a pilot clinical trial confirms the promise of a simple treatment for amblyopia, or “lazy eye,” according to researchers from the United States and China. The treatment —…

More in Common Than You Think

More in Common Than You Think

June 1, 2008

Did dolphins and apes develop complex societies because they have big brains or did they develop big brains because of their complex societies? “The answer might inform us about ourselves,” said Craig Stanford, a…

We Have the Technology

We Have the Technology

June 1, 2008

Chi Mak, professor of chemistry in USC College, and John Walsh, associate professor in the USC Davis School of Gerontology, were awarded the Provost’s Prize for Teaching With Technology at the Teaching With Technology…

Can Shared Beliefs Clash With Values?

Can Shared Beliefs Clash With Values?

June 1, 2008

The values that most people grow up with and are instilled by the faith they follow — helping the poor, feeding the hungry, loving your neighbor — do not always unite religious groups attempting to tackle community…

A Poetic Finale

A Poetic Finale

June 1, 2008

In a poem, Russian writer Boris Pasternak conveyed his unjustified persecution following his Nobel Prize in Literature. Am I a gangster or murderer? Of what crime do I stand Condemned? I made the whole world weep At the…

Philip Stephens Named to Royal Society

Philip Stephens Named to Royal Society

June 1, 2008

Philip Stephens, professor of chemistry in USC College, has been named a fellow of the Royal Society, the highest distinction a British scientist can receive. The Royal Society, founded in 1660, is the United Kingdom’s…

Armenian Studies Institute Salutes Trustee

Armenian Studies Institute Salutes Trustee

June 1, 2008

At its annual fundraising event, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies recognized philanthropist-entrepreneur and USC trustee Ronald Tutor. Founded in 2005, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies is a multidisciplinary program…

Deep Down, Life Thrives

Deep Down, Life Thrives

May 1, 2008

Once considered a barren plain with an odd hydrothermal vent, the seafloor appears to be teeming with microbial life, according to a paper to be published in Nature. “A 60,000-kilometer seam of basalt is exposed along…