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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…

Researchers’ Dyslexia Theory Makes Noise

Researchers’ Dyslexia Theory Makes Noise

December 1, 2006

The dyslexic brain struggles to read because even small distractions can throw it off, according to a new model of dyslexia emerging from a group of recent studies. The studies contradict an influential, 30-year-old theory…

One Lecture, To Go Please

One Lecture, To Go Please

November 1, 2006

You see them everywhere at USC. Those trademark white iPod earphones have become as ubiquitous an accessory for students at USC as wearing the cardinal and gold.But don’t assume that every plugged-in Trojan traveling…

Bringing Up (Cyber)Baby

Bringing Up (Cyber)Baby

September 1, 2006

Meet Joseph. He turned 18 this summer. In the fall, this honor student will be attending a very selective university on a baseball scholarship. An ever-inquisitive child, he showed an early aptitude for math and science and…

Every Microbe in Its Place

Every Microbe in Its Place

August 16, 2006

Every creature has its place and role in the oceans – even the smallest microbe, according to a new study. Scientists have long endorsed the concept of a unique biological niche for most animals and plants – a…

USC College Gets Edison Education Grant

USC College Gets Edison Education Grant

July 12, 2006

The Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, a unit of USC College, has received the single-largest education grant ever awarded by Edison International. The $1million grant launches a partnership between USC College…

Jeffrey Wilson ’76 sits atop mined rock in an under- ground gold mine during a June 2006 expedition in Hunan Province, China. The amount of timber used to shore up the walls and high humidity are indicative of the unstable ground and poor ventilation. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Wilson.

The Heart (and Soul) of Gold

July 12, 2006

When asked about his profession, Jeffrey Wilson ’76 describes himself medicinally: “What I do is like that of a doctor when he looks in the ears, nose and throat. We both explore.” Explore. This is what…

Conversation With T.C. Boyle

Conversation With T.C. Boyle

July 7, 2006

In his wildly successful books and short stories, Thomas Coraghessan Boyle has a restless imagination, but in his personal life, he is unfailingly loyal. He’s known his best friend since he was 3½, has remained…