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2010 News Archives

Nick Warner, professor of physics and astronomy, and mathematics at USC College, shares his love of science with students in his general education astronomy class and with fans of the ABC series <em>Lost</em>. Photo credit Max S. Gerber.

Explosives, Black Holes and Dr. Who

August 17, 2010

Nick Warner leans forward in his desk chair, his arms outstretched, hands cupping the air in front of him as if protecting a small flame. "When I was 15, I had something explode right here," he says.  For Warner, USC…

Cool Science

Cool Science

August 12, 2010

At the bottom of the Earth — the planet's coldest, driest, windiest place — the sky radiates a lavender-yellow hue in the midnight sun.  Whiter than milk, the blanket of ice seems infinite. Amid the…

New Study Examines the Brain's Wiring

New Study Examines the Brain's Wiring

August 10, 2010

The brain has been mapped to the smallest fold for at least a century, but still no one knows how all the parts talk to each other. A study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences answers that question for a small…

Carol Wise and Saori Katada, associate professors of international relations in USC College, spearheaded the Pacific Rim project, working with College and USC Marshall School of Business faculty. Wise photo credit Steve Cohn. Katada photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

USC College, Marshall Earn Collaboration Grant

August 6, 2010

A team of faculty from USC College and USC Marshall School of Business has received a three-year grant through the inaugural USC Research Collaboration Fund for Pacific Rim studies. Called "The Political Economy of the…

Teachable Moments

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Trains Teachers at Intersection of Holocaust Education and Digital Literacy Studies

August 5, 2010

The Leichtag Family Foundation has made a major gift that will enable the USC Shoah Foundation Institute to expand its Teacher Innovation Network, a program initiated in 2009 to advance the use of Holocaust eyewitness…

John Wilson, professor of geography and one of the world's leading scholars in spatial sciences. Photo credit Laurie Moore.

Dean Gillman Announces Launch of Spatial Sciences Institute

August 4, 2010

Not so long ago many of us referred to our Thomas Brother Guides to find out how to get across town. Now we access our GPS navigation systems or tap into mapping programs on our iPhones, Blackberries or other devices. But the…

Navigating through Kelp and Swimming with the Sharks

Navigating through Kelp and Swimming with the Sharks

July 29, 2010

One of the new courses in the summer line-up of USC College's Problems Without Passports program takes students to the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island and to Guam and Palau in Oceania, a region mostly…

Phytoplankton in mixed communities.

Microbes on the Menu

July 27, 2010

The functioning of marine ecosystems depends on the size and flavor of microbes at the base of the food chain. Changes to the Earth's atmosphere might rearrange that microscopic menu. Microbes that currently are the main…

Sarah Bottjer, professor of biological sciences and psychology, discovered in her latest study that the basal ganglia pathway in zebra finches has two parallel circuits, rather than a single neural circuit as previously thought. Photo credit Eric O’Connell.

A Real Tweet

July 22, 2010

Loud and lively singers, some liken the sound of finches to toy trumpets -- ka-ching, beep-beep, oi, a-ha, or da-de-da! Both male and female zebra finches sound off in chattering trills and calls. However, it is only the male…

Decoding Cancer: One Cell at a Time

Yeast Unleashed

July 21, 2010

There is good reason Susan Forsburg's laboratory smells of sourdough. The USC College biologist is among the most prominent fission yeast researchers in the country. Inside her lab are hundreds of petri dishes containing…