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USC College’s Thomas Jordan was awarded a federal stimulus grant to continue developing the PetaShake Project, a computational research platform designed to support earthquake simulations. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Jordan Receives $1.6 Million Stimulus Grant

October 5, 2009

Thomas Jordan, University Professor and holder of the W.M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences, was awarded a $1.6 million federal stimulus grant to continue developing the PetaShake Project -- an advanced…

Sergio Sañudo-Wilhelmy, left, and Douglas Capone received a National Science Foundation grant to study the nutrient cycle of three lakes in California and Nevada. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Lake Research That Isn't All Wet

October 2, 2009

The federal government may not have been able to save California from massive budget cuts, but at least a stimulus research grant will help scientists understand the biology of western lakes. USC College biologists Douglas…

Life-long lover of science and USC College professor of physics and astronomy Clifford Johnson considers it his duty to make science accessible both inside and outside of the classroom. To learn more about Professor Johnson's work in physics and astronomy, <a href="/videos/research/91/clifford-johnson/">view our video</a>. Photo credit Mira Zimet.

Bring Back the Science

September 29, 2009

You've seen him in the blogosphere, you've seen him on TV. He's no reality star or guitar god, but he plays with both stars and strings. Clifford Johnson is not only a USC College professor of physics and astronomy and a…

A stimulus grant awarded to USC College molecular biology professor Sergey Nuzhdin will enable the purchase of a genome sequencer and allow experimentalists to analyze data produced with their custom techniques.

Sergey Nuzhdin Awarded Stimulus Grant

September 28, 2009

Sergey Nuzhdin, professor of molecular biology at USC College, has been awarded a $563,000 stimulus grant to purchase an Illumina/Solexa Genome Sequencer. The money also will cover the salaries of technical and bioinformatics…

A view of the textbook museum in Salt, Jordan. Photo credit Laurie Brand.

A Brand of Complex Research

September 10, 2009

Traveling 7,600 miles to Jordan, Laurie Brand began her massive research project that will also take her to Algeria, Egypt and Lebanon before the end of 2010. Salt, Jordan, the first leg of Brand's travels, is an ancient…

Frank Alber of molecular and computational biology in USC College has been named 2009 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Solving the Nuclear Pore Puzzle

August 18, 2009

Computational biochemist Frank Alber compares determining the architecture of a macromolecular machine to solving a jigsaw puzzle. "Let's say the jigsaw puzzle has thousands of pieces," said Alber, assistant professor of…

Carol Muske-Dukes, professor of English in USC College, was appointed California Poet Laureate by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo credit Carlos Puma.

Elegant Elocution

August 10, 2009

"I write poetry because I have no choice. I've always been haunted by words, by the music of words," said Carol Muske-Dukes, professor of English and California Poet Laureate. A prominent and influential contemporary poet,…

John Carlos Rowe, USC Associates Chair in Humanities, is chair of USC College's Department of American Studies and Ethnicity (ASE). The department uses civic engagement to create scholarship and societal change, Rowe said. Photo credit Kristin Rowe.

Appending the Rules of (Civic) Engagement

July 27, 2009

Lady Bird Johnson said the clash of ideas is the sound of freedom. For USC College's Department of American Studies and Ethnicity (ASE), diverse ideas are also the gateway to research and scholarship that can create societal…

George Sánchez, professor of American studies and ethnicity, and history, stands in front of a statue of Governor of Las Californias Felip de Neve at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. Sánchez had met with scholars and community members at L.A.'s birthplace. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

The Bridge Builder

July 27, 2009

On a fall Saturday morning, parents pushed strollers along the Mexican marketplace on Olvera Street, cheerful despite an incessant drizzle. Near the birthplace of Los Angeles, a small group of scholars and community members…

Faculty Bookplate

July 24, 2009

Landscape with Two SaintsHow Genovefa of Paris and Brigit of Kildare Built Christianity in Barbarian Europeby Lisa BitelOxford University Press / By examining the ruins of their cities and churches, the workings of their…