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A stimulus grant awarded to USC College molecular biology professor Sergey Nuzhdin will enable the purchase of a genome sequencer and allow experimentalists to analyze data produced with their custom techniques.

Sergey Nuzhdin Awarded Stimulus Grant

September 28, 2009

Sergey Nuzhdin, professor of molecular biology at USC College, has been awarded a $563,000 stimulus grant to purchase an Illumina/Solexa Genome Sequencer. The money also will cover the salaries of technical and bioinformatics…

Can We Save Los Angeles?

Can We Save Los Angeles?

September 24, 2009

USC students will face an enormous challenge during the next few years: help Los Angeles and other cities survive or risk losing them. This is an urgent — and local — call to action. According to U.S. Secretary…

Two boys use LifeStraws, instant microbiological water purifiers, while drinking out of a lake in Africa. Photo courtesy of Water Solutions for Life.

The Worth of Water

September 21, 2009

In the United States, despite droughts, water is accessible and relatively clean. You can find it in water fountains, sink faucets and store shelves. But what if you had to walk miles for a sip of clean water? Six Gabrielino…

Pamela Bluestein (right) stands with her winning Sycamore Canyon Middle School seventh graders in Catalina Island. The students are, from left, Justin Tan, Erin Zisman, Remington Parker, Alex Vesling, Austin Mason and Jared Cummings. Photo credit Vanessa Knutson.

Edison Challenge Gets Students Charged Up

September 21, 2009

Seventh grader Jared Cummings was at his home about to throw away a few dead batteries when he began to wonder. Wouldn’t the chemicals in the batteries seep into the soil and harm the environment? “So I did some…

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…

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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…