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Lin Chen, professor of biological sciences and chemistry, aligns a protein crystal on an X-ray diffractometer. He uses X-ray crystallography to analyze the molecular details of key proteins and their complexes in physiological and disease processes. Photo credit Max S. Gerber.

Crystal Clear

July 16, 2010

Tuning out the noise of fellow passengers and the incessant hum of the turbojet engine, Lin Chen pored voraciously over the pages of James Watson's The Double Helix. The words and ideas flowed from the book's pages, drowning…

Scientists on the New Frontiers

Scientists on the New Frontiers

July 14, 2010

One scientist seeks a complete understanding of nanowire properties while another designs a solar cell that boosts high efficiency. This is just one example of how researchers in the basic and applied sciences at USC work…

Looking into the Sun

Seasons in the Sun

July 2, 2010

Behind the wheel of his Cadillac SRX, Edward Rhodes slows to a stop at Big Tujunga Canyon Road, where a crew works on asphalt leading to the Mt. Wilson Observatory. "We'll find out right about here whether they'll let us up…

From left, Barr Potter, What's Your Issue Board member and CEO of MediaWide Consultants; Talia Cohen, Associate Director of Public Outreach and Communications for the USC Shoah Foundation Institute; and What's Your Issue founder and president HeathCliff Rothman. Photo credit Russell Einhorn.

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Wins 2010 Walter Cronkite Civic Engagement Leadership Award

July 1, 2010

In honor of its leadership in social activism and innovative solutions to global issues, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education received the 2010 Walter Cronkite Civic Engagement Leadership…

Of Plants, Flies & Men

Of Plants, Flies and Men

June 30, 2010

A torrent of fluorescent light rushes out onto the cement floor as Marie-Stanislas Remigereau opens the door to the growth chamber. Inside are hundreds of small plants precisely arranged in black trays that flank both walls up…

Bruce Zuckerman, professor of religion and linguistics, with Dead Sea Scrolls fragments at St. Mark’s Syrian Orthodox Cathedral in Teaneck, N.J. Photo credit Kenneth Zuckerman.

Let There Be Light

June 24, 2010

We all know what New Jersey is famous for. The birthplace of Ol' Blue Eyes? Where Thomas Edison invented the light bulb? Heaven help us, Jersey Shore? Fuggedaboutit! The Garden State is home to one of the greatest…

Craig Stanford focuses on one of the most threatened species on Earth in his new book, <em>The Last Tortoise: A Tale of Extinction in Our Lifetime</em>. Stanford photo credit Phil Channing.

The 'Tortoise' and the Snare

June 16, 2010

The tortoise, long revered for its pace, good looks and mobile home, may be a victim of its own success as this living fossil is in danger of disappearing. "We are at great risk of losing them all, not within our …

An artist's impression depicts the Planck telescope against a background image of the large-scale structure in the Milky Way. Photo copyright European Space Agency.

Space Probe Peers Into Dark Cosmos

June 10, 2010

Imagine watching the birth of the universe — the Big Bang — from the outside. What would you have seen? At that moment and for the next 380,000 years, a Big Nothing, as photons and particles clung to each other…

Dr. Kenneth Geller is the new director of the USC College-Keck School of Medicine Academic and Advising Program.

Dean Howard Gillman Announces New Director of USC College-Keck School of Medicine Academic and Advising Program

June 4, 2010

USC College Dean Howard Gillman has announced the hiring of Dr. Kenneth Geller as the new director of the USC College-Keck School of Medicine Academic and Advising Program following a national search. Geller will lead the…

Dynamic topography (gray surface) and mantle flow (vectors) as predicted by a geodynamic model for the Mediterranean.

Dismantling a Volcanic Puzzle

June 3, 2010

If tectonic plate collisions cause volcanic eruptions, as every fifth grader knows, why do some volcanoes erupt far from a plate boundary? A study in Nature suggests that volcanoes and mountains in the Mediterranean can…