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Speed Heals

Speed Heals

November 17, 2010

Both the rate and direction of axon growth in the spinal cord can be controlled, according to new research by USC College's Samantha Butler and her collaborators. The study, "The Bone Morphogenetic Protein Roof Plate…

Father James Heft, Alton M. Brooks Professor of Religion in USC College, is president and founding director of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies. Photo credit Philip Channing.

Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the Vatican

November 16, 2010

When it comes to the Catholic tradition, the believer must also be the thinker. "If you're going to be a believer, no one should ever suggest that you check your brain in at the entrance of the church," said Fr. James Heft,…

Donal Manahan, professor of biological sciences, is the new vice dean of students in USC College. Photo credit Phil Channing.

Dean Howard Gillman Appoints First Vice Dean of Students for USC College

November 15, 2010

Dean Howard Gillman announced today that he has appointed Donal Manahan, professor of biological sciences, as the first vice dean of students in USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. In his new role, Manahan will…

In his new book, <em>Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain</em>, Antonio Damasio, director of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute and David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, explores  how the brain constructs a mind and how the brain makes that mind conscious. Photo credit Luiz Carvalho.

Who We Are

November 11, 2010

Without consciousness - that is, a mind endowed with subjectivity - you would have no way of knowing who you are. -Antonio Damasio The brain, mind, self and consciousness, on their own and in relationship to each other, are…

USC College’s David Kang is the author of the new book East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute.

Strong China Has Meant Peace in East Asia, Not Conflict

November 8, 2010

As China's economic ascendancy and military expansion has prompted fears of a more aggressive China, a timely new book recasts the prevailing understanding of East Asian relations, showing how a strong China has historically…

Voting As Habit

Voting As Habit

November 2, 2010

While you may think you know why you vote on election day, think again. There are, after all, a host of variables that may lead you to battle extra early morning traffic, arrive late to work, or rush the kids to school…

Biodiversity Targets for the Future

Biodiversity Targets for the Future

October 22, 2010

In Sichuan province, China, there is an abundance of orchards but no bees. "Thousands of people are hired to climb fruit trees and hand-pollinate the flowers with small brushes, because natural pollinators like bees have been…

Emily Smail, a doctoral candidate in the USC College marine environmental biology program, stands near a water sampling system on the deck of the research vessel Kilo Moana near Hawaii. Photo credit Eric Webb.

Essential Vitamins in the Marine Environment

October 21, 2010

Two USC College biologists have received support from the National Science Foundation to examine the conditions that lead to the synthesis of B vitamins in the marine environment and the influence of those vitamins on marine…

The Great California ShakeOut

Los Angeles' 8.8 Wake-Up Call

October 15, 2010

"We live in earthquake country and every day is earthquake season." This is Tom Jordan's mantra. The director of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) based in USC College notes that while residents elsewhere in…

President C. L. Max Nikias speaks about the future of USC at his inauguration ceremony on Friday, Oct. 15. Photo credit Laurie Moore.

Inauguration of C. L. Max Nikias

October 15, 2010

In a momentous celebration that drew 7,500 members of the Trojan Family and local community, C. L. Max Nikias was inaugurated as USC’s 11th president on Oct. 15. The former USC executive vice president and provost…