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Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement laureates Laurie Marker and Stuart Pimm give lectures and collect their awards during an April 22 ceremony at USC. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

They're Both a Rare Breed

April 30, 2010

We know that the extinction of species is irreversible and geographically concentrated. We know that tropical deforestation is the main driver of terrestrial extinctions. So what will it take to slow the quickening pace of…

Larry Swanson, USC College professor and one of the nation’s leading neuroanatomists, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Photo credit Carin Baer.

Larry Swanson Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

April 28, 2010

Larry Swanson, the Milo Don and Lucille Appleman Professor of Biological Sciences in USC College, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his excellence in original scientific research. Membership in the…

Faculty Bookplate

April 26, 2010

Confronting Modernity in Fin-de-Siécle France Bodies, Minds and Gender edited by Elinor Accampo and Christopher E. Forth Palgrave Macmillan / Elinor Accampo, professor of history, and her co-editor reassess the…

Faculty Notes

April 26, 2010

Jody Agius Vallejo, assistant professor of sociology, was featured in Investment Advisor magazine’s February cover story titled “Invest Globally, Advise Locally.” David Albertson, assistant professor of…

USC College alumnus Alan C. Nelson has pioneered 3-D imaging techniques for the detection of cancer. Photo courtesy of Alan C. Nelson.

Image is Everything

April 26, 2010

During the course of his career, Alan C. Nelson ’72 has acquired more than 100 technology patents and pioneered 3-D imaging techniques for the detection of cancer. These breakthroughs represent significant steps toward…

USC College alumnus Paul Frommer created a language for the film <em>Avatar</em>. Photo by Max S. Gerber

The Science of Language (Na'vi, That Is)

April 26, 2010

"Stars are fascinating," Paul Frommer enthused. "I recall many a New York night when as a child I stood out in a vacant lot bundled up against the cold, holding a star map and a flashlight covered in red cellophane [red light…

Jia Grace Lu, associate professor of physics in USC College. Photo credit Max S. Gerber.

Building the Nano World

April 26, 2010

We can assume by its prefix that a nanometer is small — very small, in fact. One nanometer is equal to one billionth of a meter. In comparison, a single human hair is about 50,000 nanometers wide, and a nanowire diameter…

Richard Roberts holds a joint appointment in the College’s Department of Chemistry and USC Viterbi’s Monk Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Photo credit Max S. Gerber.

Finding the Right Mix

April 26, 2010

A tiny drop of blood. One day that may be all a device needs to screen for hundreds of cancer markers and viral infections. Richard Roberts partners with electrical engineers to help create such cutting-edge diagnostic…

Mark Thompson, professor of chemistry and materials science in USC College. Photo credit Max S. Gerber.

Seizing the Day(light)

April 26, 2010

Using the sun’s energy to improve our quality of life is not a new idea. A relatively more recent development, however, is converting solar radiation into electricity. From calculators to satellites, solar cells can be…

Dave Caron, professor of biological sciences in USC College. Photo credit Max S. Gerber.

Exploring the In-Between

April 26, 2010

He’s been to the bottom of the ocean on the Alvin submarine and spent nearly three years of accumulated time on cruise expeditions. Yet, Dave Caron still has a visit to the Space Station to tick off on his life…