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USC College Ph.D. candidates Mihaela Ignatova of mathematics (left) and Whitney Behr of earth sciences have earned 2010-11 USC Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Merit Fellowship awards. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Closing the Gender Gap

May 7, 2010

Nonlinear partial differential equations (PDEs) are difficult mathematical problems to study. Notice it didn’t say "solve." Ph.D. students researching nonlinear PDEs aren't looking for solutions. They're analyzing the…

A member of the Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) program uses a GPS device on Catalina Island. Photo credit Matt Stuemky.

Get Your Geography Online

April 13, 2010

USC College has launched a new Web site for its innovative online Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) Master of Science and Graduate Certificate Programs.The online geography programs are designed and overseen…

Michel Baudry (right), professor of biological sciences and biomedical engineering, and neuroscience graduate student Sohila Zadran research the cellular-level chain of events behind the learning and memory process. Photo credit Laurie Moore.

The Mechanisms of Memory

March 9, 2010

It’s not a unique situation in scientific research to have a hypothesis disputed. But finally having visual evidence that basically closes the books on decades of scientific debate is a unique and sweet success. For…

Holly Payne ’97 today, fully healed 15 years after surviving a drunk driving accident. Photo credit Cindi Kinney.

Writing to Forgive

February 23, 2010

"If I am alive, I am going to write." Holly Payne '97 spoke these words as she lay on the edge of a road beside a cemetery. Seconds earlier, she stopped to assist two stranded cyclists. A passing pickup truck struck all…

Omid Nohadani, who earned his Ph.D. in physics in USC College in 2005, begins his post as assistant professor at Purdue University in January. Photo courtesy of Omid Nohadani.

A Robust Career for this USC College Alumnus

November 20, 2009

Born decades after the devastating 1940 collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and on the other side of the earth, Omid Nohadani is developing mathematical methodology to ensure such a catastrophe never happens again. A…

Portraits by Eric O’Connell Photography. O’Connell, a professional photographer, is enrolled in the Master of Arts in Visual Anthropology program at USC College. His project focuses on the visual ethnography of men and women in Germany who have adopted the “lifestyle” of the American cowboy.

Legends Asch and Myerhoff Inspire A New Generation of Visual Anthropologists

October 23, 2009

Twenty-six years ago the first visual research center at USC within the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences was founded by Academy award winner Barbara Myerhoff ("Number Our Days"). The program thrived and was further…

Catherine E. Clark, USC College Ph.D. candidate and recipient of a Bourse Chateaubriand Dissertation Fellowship, will spend the next nine months in Paris, France, studying the nature of photographic archives. Photo credit Laurie Hartzell.

Ph.D. Candidate Catherine E. Clark Awarded Bourse Chateaubriand Fellowship

October 20, 2009

We've all heard the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words" so often that it has begun to lose its meaning. A single image, according to the saying, can tell a story better than mere text. So how many words is an entire…

There is Hope: The Proof is in the Plume

There is Hope: The Proof is in the Plume

October 8, 2009

Dr. Jane Goodall, internationally renowned anthropologist and world conservationist, filled Bovard Auditorium on Oct. 6 with both a capacity crowd and, more importantly, a renewed sense of hope for a world in need. People of…

David Dominguez, a 16-year-old senior at Animo Film and Theatre Arts Charter School in Los Angeles, and Laila Barada, a third-year Ph.D. candidate in oceanography in USC College, examine their Trichodesmium project in a lab. Dominguez was a participant in the College's 2009 USC Young Researchers Summer Program. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Nurturing Young Scientists

October 6, 2009

This fall, be on the lookout for possibly USC College's youngest researcher. He is David Dominguez, a 16-year-old student at Animo Film and Theatre Arts Charter School. The senior at the south Los Angeles high school is…

Kristin Hanggi, a graduate of USC College's Master of Professional Writing program and Tony nominated director, will direct a new movie musical based on the book series <em>Dear Dumb Diary</em>.  Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Don’t Stop Believing

July 20, 2009

Curled in a blanket, Kristin Hanggi was in her Manhattan apartment journaling, anxiously listening to the Tony Award nominations. The USC College alumna hoped that Rock of Ages, the metal musical she directed, would earn a…