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Aravid Asok, assistant professor of mathematics in USC, has received a federal stimulus grant to advance his research, which applies newly developed mathematical tools to the theory of homotopy. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Adding Funds to the Equation

December 21, 2009

Arriving in USC College in August, Aravind Asok, assistant professor of mathematics in USC College, has been awarded a $135,552 federal stimulus grant by the National Science Foundation. The grant will enable Asok to continue…

Study co-author Kenneth Nealson. Photo credit Philip Channing.

New Bacterial Behavior Discovered

December 17, 2009

Bacteria dance the electric slide, officially named electrokinesis, in a new study by USC geobiologists. The study, published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition, describes a bacterial…

Gordon Berger, USC College professor emeritus of history, receives the 2009 decoration of The Order of the Rising Sun from Junichi Ihara, consul general of Japan in Los Angeles.

Berger Honored by Japanese Government

December 14, 2009

An expert in U.S.-Japan relations, the USC College professor emeritus earned special recognition for advancing Japanese studies in various posts. Gordon Berger, professor emeritus of history at USC College, received the 2009…

At USC, Mathew McCubbins will head an effort to create a new Ph.D. program that involves political economy, economics, law, and cognitive and computational science.

USC Taps Leading Interdisciplinary Scholar

December 9, 2009

USC has recruited Mathew D. McCubbins, a nationally recognized interdisciplinary scholar at the University of California, San Diego, to join the faculty in January as a Provost Professor. McCubbins will share appointments at…

Michelle Arbeitman of biological sciences received a federal stimulus grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to help advance the understanding of the molecular genetics of reproductive behaviors and physiology in fruit flies.

The Fly Could Prove Fruitful for Good Health

December 8, 2009

Michelle Arbeitman, Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, has received a $325,148 federal stimulus grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The award enables Arbeitman to hire one…

Selma Holo, director of the USC Fisher Museum of Art and professor of art history, co-edited the new book, <em>Beyond the Turnstile: Making the Case for Museums and Sustainable Value</em>, which examines what museums must do to be indispensable to society today and in the future.

"Beyond the Turnstile": Does the World Need Museums?

December 1, 2009

Even before the financial crisis hit last year, top museum directors worldwide knew they were operating in a bubble that couldn't last."I think what happened was that everything just got out of control. Exhibitons got more and…

One of the old books Brand found at Lycee Lutfi, a high school that dates from the colonial period. Photo credit Laurie Brand.

A Global Brand Journeys to Algeria

November 25, 2009

"Think of me as a kind of machine that was going through, photographing pages and pages of books, seeing titles and taking pictures because they looked good, but not having much time to digest their meaning or significance,"…

Scott Soames is chair of the philosophy department at USC College. Photo credit Philip Channing.

Are There Answers for the Big Questions?

November 16, 2009

While working on Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century, Volumes 1 and 2, a definitive two-volume history of analytic philosophy, Scott Soames came to a conclusion that a less-reasoned mind might consider rather…

Dan Schnur, director of the College’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and a member of the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences/Los Angeles Times statewide public opinion poll team. Photo credit Alexandra Bissonnette.

Golden State: Yes, No or Maybe?

November 9, 2009

Sometimes it's better to light a candle; sometimes it feels better to curse the darkness. But California voters seem to be willing to simply sit in the dark -- with neither curses nor candles -- increasingly convinced that the…

Mary Sarotte, professor of international relations in USC College, spoke about her new book, <em>1989: The Struggle to Create Post-War Europe</em>, at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. in October. Photo courtesy of the Wilson Center.

The Fall of the Wall and Its Legacy

November 9, 2009

Released on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, USC College's Mary Sarotte's new book examines a year that forever transformed international relations -- 1989. In 1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War…