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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…

Simon Wilkie, professor and chair of economics in USC College, has a plan to eliminate toxic assets and help set our country back on track. Photo credit Carlos Puma.

For Sale: Toxic Assets

July 14, 2009

From economists and politicians to our next-door neighbors, everyone seems to have a theory about what has driven our soaring economy into the ground. Solutions to the problem, however, seem harder to find than a loan on a…

Lisa Bitel and Peter Mancall of USC College's Department of History have been married 24 years. Mancall appeared on <em>The Daily Show with Jon Stewart</em> discussing his new book about Henry Hudson on July 14. Bitel's book, <em>Landscape with Two Saints</em>, was also recently published. Photo credit Andrew Mancall.

A Marriage of Two Minds

July 10, 2009

Peter Mancall and Lisa Bitel enjoy more in common than many married couples. Both are historians in USC College. Both are Harvard grads. And both have authored newly released books. Mancall appeared on The Daily Show with Jon…

Bright Minds

Bright Minds

May 28, 2009

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected the University of Southern California as the site of an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC), and plans a five-year grant totaling $12.5 million. Researchers of the EFRC will…

Robert Campany, chair and professor of religion and professor of East Asian languages and cultures, studies the religions of ancient China, focusing on the Daoist, Buddhist and Confucian traditions. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson

May You Stay Forever Young

May 26, 2009

Before plastic surgery and botox, an ancient culture had a different way of dealing with the quest for eternal youth. Why not simply live forever? In medieval China, third century B.C., people believed it possible to be 800…