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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…

Scholar, Citizen, Scientist

Scholar, Citizen, Scientist

July 1, 2006

The Gerontological Society of America has selected USC College psychologist Margaret Gatz as the 2006 recipient of the Donald P. Kent Award.The annual honor is given to GSA members who display the highest standards for…

Painting Words on a Canvas

Painting Words on a Canvas

July 1, 2006

It was a morning graced with that October light that loves proximity to water, and the high sky over the Tennessee bounced the river’s shimmer back through every cranny in the city. So writes Professor Marianne Wiggins…

Hair-Raising Thoughts on Cultural Coifs

Hair-Raising Thoughts on Cultural Coifs

June 19, 2006

Is Oprah Winfrey’s hair real? That question is at the heart of “From the Kitchen to the Parlor: Language and Becoming in African American Women’s Hair Care,” (Oxford University Press, 2006) a new…

Happiness in the Balance

Happiness in the Balance

June 1, 2006

In the age-old search for happiness, people have consulted clerics and philosophers, gurus and analysts. Few have thought to ask an economist. But they probably have never met USC College economist Richard Easterlin. The…

USC College Philosopher Wins Prestigious Fellowship

USC College Philosopher Wins Prestigious Fellowship

May 1, 2006

Philosophers and lawmakers have long argued about whether killing someone is morally worse than letting a person die.It’s one thing not to save a drowning child. Another to force a child’s head under water. In…