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USC College's Mark Thompson has ranked 12th in Thomson Reuters’ Science Watch list as one of the world’s most influential chemists. Photo credit Max S. Gerber.

Topping the List

March 2, 2011

Mark Thompson, professor of chemistry, materials science and environmental sciences in USC College, has ranked 12th in Thomson Reuters’ Science Watch list as one of the world’s most influential chemists. The…

It's Not All About You

It's Not All About You

March 1, 2011

With her second child on the way, Britney Spears faces an impending divorce and an unfortunate lack-of-wardrobe incident. Former Seinfeld star Michael Richards’ racist rants at a comedy club are posted on YouTube. Mel…

USC College's Susan Forsburg has received the 2011 Roche Diagnostics Alice C. Evans Award from the American Society of Microbiology. Photo credit Eric O'Connell.

Susan Forsburg Recognized for Commitment to Women in Science

February 25, 2011

Susan Forsburg, professor of biological sciences in USC College, has received the 2011 Roche Diagnostics Alice C. Evans Award from the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) for her contributions to the advancement of women in…

Biological Sciences faculty earn exceptionally high priority scores from the National Institutes of Health. Top row from left: Myron Goodman, Norman Arnheim. Bottom row, from left: Susan Forsburg, Sergey Nuzhdin and Frank Alber.

Molecular and Computational Biology on the Cutting Edge

February 25, 2011

Faculty in USC College’s Department of Biological Sciences earned exceptionally high priority scores from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) during the past year, which will translate to generous funding for their…

Marjorie Becker, associate professor of history in USC College, creates the stories of individuals often overlooked by the general population in her new book, <em>Piano Glass/Glass Piano</em>. Portrait photo credit Jie Gu.

Speaking for the Unrepresented

February 17, 2011

Writing for Marjorie Becker is not such an arduous task. Rising at 6 a.m. each morning, she grabs a pen and welcomes the emotions and thoughts that flood her mind to flow onto the paper. Although she has honored her…

Margaret Rosenthal, professor of Italian, comparative literature and English in USC College, is the author of the 1992 book Honest Courtesan, which opens as a musical called Dangerous Beauty on Feb. 13 at the Pasadena Playhouse. Photo credit Jie Gu.

From Page to Mainstage

February 11, 2011

Veronica Franco, history’s most complex and colorful courtesan, appears in many forms in the office of Margaret Rosenthal, professor of Italian, comparative literature and English in USC College. A Madame Alexander doll,…

Deborah Harkness, professor of history in USC College, explores the hidden world of modern-day witches, vampires and daemons in her new book, <em>A Discovery of Witches</em>. Portrait photo credit Marion Ettlinger.

With New Book, A Discovery of Magic

January 26, 2011

There's a certain magic that Deborah Harkness finds in libraries. On one hand, for a historian who studies the science and magic of the 16th and 17th centuries such as Harkness, they provide a venue for her to "meet" her…

The sea cliffs near Lyme Regis, one of the locations in England where a team from the USC College Department of Earth Sciences searched for stromatolites. Photo credit Frank Corsetti.

Stories Set in Stone

January 19, 2011

When four members of the USC College Department of Earth Sciences took a fieldwork expedition to the United Kingdom, they didn’t have to venture out in the middle of nowhere, drive on dirt roads for hours or hike miles…

Brighde Mullins, program director of USC College’s Master of Professional Writing Program, was awarded a 2010 USA Fellowship for literature. Photo credit Cam Sanders.

Honoring the Artist

January 4, 2011

For playwright and poet Brighde Mullins, it’s usually a powerful image that incites narrative. Recently, it was the captivating description of a young Phillis Wheatley — a slave who became the first…

A new paper by USC College professor of economics Richard Easterlin, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that over the long term, a sense of well-being within a country does not go up with income. Photo credit Phil Channing.

Over Long Haul, Money Doesn't Buy Happiness

December 15, 2010

A new collaborative paper by economist and University Professor Richard Easterlin — namesake of the Easterlin Paradox and founder of the field of happiness studies — offers the broadest range of evidence to date…