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Deep Down, Life Thrives

Deep Down, Life Thrives

May 1, 2008

Once considered a barren plain with an odd hydrothermal vent, the seafloor appears to be teeming with microbial life, according to a paper to be published in Nature. “A 60,000-kilometer seam of basalt is exposed along…

Science Stars

Science Stars

May 1, 2008

When April 1 rolled around, USC College undergraduates Dallas Shi and Sonya Hanson both knew that Goldwater Scholarship announcements were just around the corner. Shi anxiously checked the honorable mention list first. Not…

Giving Student Scholars a Chance to SOAR

Giving Student Scholars a Chance to SOAR

November 1, 2007

  Earlier this semester, USC College announced a program offering stipends for undergraduate research, called Sophomore Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR). USC College News recently sat down with Vice Dean Steven…

Evolution’s Gardener

Evolution’s Gardener

November 1, 2007

Rocks collected from ancient seabeds clutter the worktables that dominate the center of paleobiologist David Bottjer’s lab. A grainy, yellowed one records the shape of a giant clam that lived 90 million years ago in…

Innovation & Imagination

October 1, 2007

On Oct. 11 and 12, 2007, USC College presented a program of exhibits and events for Trojan Parents Weekend campus visitors. The videos below feature four discussions highlighting the work of College faculty and staff. Helping…

American Studies and Ethnicity Graduate Earns Dissertation Award

American Studies and Ethnicity Graduate Earns Dissertation Award

October 1, 2007

One of the first graduates of USC College’s new American studies and ethnicity Ph.D. program has received the interdisciplinary field’s highest honor for dissertation excellence. Daniel HoSang’s…

Red Moon Rising

Red Moon Rising

September 1, 2007

In the middle of a serene night, young astronomers from USC College lay on their backs on a grassy peak in the San Gabriel Mountains staring at the full moon. The students and their professor Edward Rhodes watched the moon…

Pinochet’s Past Is Still Present for Professor

Pinochet’s Past Is Still Present for Professor

February 1, 2007

As a child, Macarena Gómez-Barris fled Chile for Northern California with her family, exiles escaping the brutal rule of Augusto Pinochet Ugarte. Now, as a faculty member in USC College, Gómez-Barris is plumbing…

Good For the Goose, Not So Great For the Gander

Good For the Goose, Not So Great For the Gander

February 1, 2007

In the summer of 2005, USC College molecular biologist John Tower sent an e-mail marked high priority to all of his graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. From now on, he wrote, all experiments must include both…

Technology + Teamwork = New Discoveries

Technology + Teamwork = New Discoveries

January 1, 2007

Inside a darkened lab at University Village, two professors and a group of students huddled around a computer screen depicting the image of a person or deity whose head resembled a fastener doohickey. “There’s the…