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Lab technician and USC College graduate Morgan Hawkins works with Susan Forsburg, professor of molecular and computational biology. Photo credit Dietmar Quistorf.

Life Is Looking Up

September 18, 2009

The federal stimulus package came too late to help Morgan Hawkins -- his own strength of character had already set him back on his feet -- but a stimulus-funded research job will let him take the next step. The 23-year-old…

Center for Chinese Fossil Discoveries

Our Fascination with Dinosaurs and Other Fossils

September 15, 2009

Similar to the fossils they study, it took some time for David Bottjer, professor of earth and biological sciences in USC College, and Luis Chiappe, director and curator of the National History Museum, to establish the…

A view of the textbook museum in Salt, Jordan. Photo credit Laurie Brand.

A Brand of Complex Research

September 10, 2009

Traveling 7,600 miles to Jordan, Laurie Brand began her massive research project that will also take her to Algeria, Egypt and Lebanon before the end of 2010. Salt, Jordan, the first leg of Brand's travels, is an ancient…

Monika Hertwig, daughter of Nazi Amon Goeth, stands near the villa at the Plaszow Concentration Camp, where her parents lived during WWII. Goeth was camp commandant and personally tortured and killed countless Jews. Hertwig and her meeting with Helen Jonas, who survived Goeth's wrath, is chronicled in the documentary, <em>Inheritance</em>. Photo credit Don Holtz.

Taking a Vow to be Heard

September 8, 2009

In James Moll's documentary Inheritance, the daughter of Nazi Amon Goeth and one of his victims return to Goeth's villa in Poland more than a half century after the sadistic camp commandant was hanged for war crimes. There,…

As director of the Office for At-Risk Individuals, Daniel Dodgen ’86 helps to provide psychological support to individuals affected by natural and man-made disasters.

‘In the Midst of Chaos, There Is Hope’

September 3, 2009

As he drove along the Gulf Coast from Mobile, Ala., to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, USC College alumnus Dr. Daniel Dodgen witnessed destruction the likes of which he had never seen."The scope of the disaster was…

Parker Cunneen (back left) of Philadelphia, Penn. and Alex Eby of Denver, Colo., slice open a sheep's kidney in a lab exercise for a seminar taught by Albert Herrera, professor of biological sciences. Photo credit Liz Gill.

A Slice of College Life

August 31, 2009

Inside a science lab at USC, two high school students stared at a preserved sheep kidney on a tray. Looking like a giant chili bean, the organ is roughly the size of a computer mouse. Wearing blue rubber gloves, April Watts…

A Real Dracula Story

A Real Dracula Story

August 27, 2009

Research, discovery and publishing in a prestigious journal are not as easy as 1-2-3. However, an outstanding mentor and a well-equipped lab made this feat possible for doctoral student Fei Jiang.   The mentor is Myron…

Frank Alber of molecular and computational biology in USC College has been named 2009 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Solving the Nuclear Pore Puzzle

August 18, 2009

Computational biochemist Frank Alber compares determining the architecture of a macromolecular machine to solving a jigsaw puzzle. "Let's say the jigsaw puzzle has thousands of pieces," said Alber, assistant professor of…

Carol Muske-Dukes, professor of English in USC College, was appointed California Poet Laureate by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo credit Carlos Puma.

Elegant Elocution

August 10, 2009

"I write poetry because I have no choice. I've always been haunted by words, by the music of words," said Carol Muske-Dukes, professor of English and California Poet Laureate. A prominent and influential contemporary poet,…

Candid on Credit

Candid on Credit

August 4, 2009

Kelly McNamara Corley '82 is a problem solver. She believes barriers — legal, cultural, financial — can be overcome with persistence, discipline, fearlessness and humility. And she is exactly the type of leader the…