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Seasons in the Sun

July 2, 2010

Behind the wheel of his Cadillac SRX, Edward Rhodes slows to a stop at Big Tujunga Canyon Road, where a crew works on asphalt leading to the Mt. Wilson Observatory. "We'll find out right about here whether they'll let us up…

Of Plants, Flies & Men

Of Plants, Flies and Men

June 30, 2010

A torrent of fluorescent light rushes out onto the cement floor as Marie-Stanislas Remigereau opens the door to the growth chamber. Inside are hundreds of small plants precisely arranged in black trays that flank both walls up…

Bruce Zuckerman, professor of religion and linguistics, with Dead Sea Scrolls fragments at St. Mark’s Syrian Orthodox Cathedral in Teaneck, N.J. Photo credit Kenneth Zuckerman.

Let There Be Light

June 24, 2010

We all know what New Jersey is famous for. The birthplace of Ol' Blue Eyes? Where Thomas Edison invented the light bulb? Heaven help us, Jersey Shore? Fuggedaboutit! The Garden State is home to one of the greatest…

Craig Stanford focuses on one of the most threatened species on Earth in his new book, <em>The Last Tortoise: A Tale of Extinction in Our Lifetime</em>. Stanford photo credit Phil Channing.

The 'Tortoise' and the Snare

June 16, 2010

The tortoise, long revered for its pace, good looks and mobile home, may be a victim of its own success as this living fossil is in danger of disappearing. "We are at great risk of losing them all, not within our …

An artist's impression depicts the Planck telescope against a background image of the large-scale structure in the Milky Way. Photo copyright European Space Agency.

Space Probe Peers Into Dark Cosmos

June 10, 2010

Imagine watching the birth of the universe — the Big Bang — from the outside. What would you have seen? At that moment and for the next 380,000 years, a Big Nothing, as photons and particles clung to each other…

Dynamic topography (gray surface) and mantle flow (vectors) as predicted by a geodynamic model for the Mediterranean.

Dismantling a Volcanic Puzzle

June 3, 2010

If tectonic plate collisions cause volcanic eruptions, as every fifth grader knows, why do some volcanoes erupt far from a plate boundary? A study in Nature suggests that volcanoes and mountains in the Mediterranean can…

Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and Chairman of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission. Photo credit Sam Lim.

Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints Dan Schnur Chairman of California's Fair Political Practices Commission

June 1, 2010

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, as Chairman of California's Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). The commission, a…

Winner of a Partner University Fund (PUF) award, Charles McKenna of USC College and his team will develop a new type of male contraceptive drug with researchers in France. Photo credit Philip Channing.

Une Collaboration Parfaite

May 28, 2010

Charles McKenna, professor and chair of chemistry in USC College, has received a Partner University Fund (PUF) award enabling him to develop a new type of male contraceptive drug with researchers in France. Of 78 proposals,…

In her new post as editor-in-chief of art history's most prestigious national journal, <em>The Art Bulletin</em>, Karen Lang, associate professor of art history in USC College, will introduce several new features to the 97-year-old publication. John Pollini, professor of art history and history in the College, has been named Martha Sharp Joukowsky Lecturer for the 2012-13 academic year. Lang photo credit Flora Lang. Pollini photo credit Phyllis Pollini.

The Picassos of Art History

May 11, 2010

Since its founding in 1913, The Art Bulletin has for the first time tapped a West Coast scholar to lead art history's premiere journal in the English language. That scholar is USC College's Karen Lang, associate professor of…

From left: Elizabeth Garrett, vice president for academic planning and budget; Colin Keaveney, assistant professor in the Department of French and Italian; Charles McKenna, professor in the Department of Chemistry; Susan Metros, associate vice provost and deputy CIO, Technology-Enhanced Learning; and Ilee Rhimes, chief information officer and vice provost for information technology services. Photo credit Christine McDowell.

Teaching With Technology Prize Winners

May 11, 2010

USC College faculty Colin Keaveney, assistant professor in the Department of French and Italian, and Charles McKenna, professor in the Department of Chemistry, were awarded the Provost’s Prize for Teaching With…