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Decoding Cancer: One Cell at a Time

Yeast Unleashed

July 21, 2010

There is good reason Susan Forsburg's laboratory smells of sourdough. The USC College biologist is among the most prominent fission yeast researchers in the country. Inside her lab are hundreds of petri dishes containing…

Maile Miller speaks before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

Maile Miller '11 Interns at UN Watch in Geneva

June 21, 2010

"Mr. President, UN Watch welcomes the draft resolution concerning Kyrgyzstan," so began Maile Miller, a senior in USC College as she delivered an important speech before the United Nations Human Rights Council in a large,…

Majoring in international relations in USC College, Amy Herrmann and Ken Sofer will travel to the Middle East this summer to learn Arabic after each was awarded a U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Culturally Speaking

May 25, 2010

Arabic is the fastest-growing foreign language taught in universities and colleges across the country, according to the Modern Language Association. Enrollment in Arabic classes grew 127 percent nationally from 2002 to 2006,…

Scott Paterson, professor of earth sciences in USC College, shows a student how to use a Brunton compass to measure rocks that have aligned minerals or layering, during a recent trip in Yosemite National Park. Photo courtesy of Scott Paterson.

Rock 'n' Research

May 6, 2010

Hang around the Department of Earth Sciences in USC College in the spring and you might notice posters on the walls asking pointed questions. "Enjoy hiking, climbing, and traveling to exotic spots?" one asks. "Curious about…

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May 5, 2010

From the Dean Spring/Summer 2010              View the magazine online George Olah came to USC in 1977 as professor of chemistry and scientific director of the newly formed Hydrocarbon…

David Román, professor of English and American studies and ethnicity, in USC College (left) and his undergraduate Zachary Wolf co-wrote a major performance review for <em>Theatre Journal</em>, as part of a Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) endeavor. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Surfs Up on Broadway

April 29, 2010

Zachary Wolf, an English senior in USC College, knows his professor's research well because it is also his own. Wolf and David Roman, professor of English and American studies and ethnicity, collaborated on and wrote the lead…

Political Science undergraduate Helen Moser was among 75 chosen of more than 630 nationwide applicants for the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) scholarship. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

A Year in 'Das Land der Dichter und Denker'

April 20, 2010

As an intern with the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Helen Moser researched pros and cons for a proposed law that would ban tobacco displays in stores. Working for member Mary Scanlon, whose party opposed the bill, Moser…

The Institute for Modern Russian Culture’s rare collections were recently opened to undergraduates. Students, faculty and researchers include (top row, from left) Adele Di Ruoco, Sarah Mogen, Marc McKinnon, Mark Konecny, Tiffany Schallert, Melissa Choi, Philip Meyer, Haley Reed, Oleg Minin, John E. Bowlt, (bottom row, from left) Nicholas Davis, Richard Kitterman and Nicoeta Misle. Photo credit Emily Cavalcanti.

Undergrads Open a Window to Russia's Past

February 26, 2010

The rare collections of Soviet-era artifacts, Russian literature, phonograph recordings, and Perestroika kitsch possessed by the Institute for Modern Russian Culture (IMRC) were only available for study to graduate students…

USC College senior Sarah Hawley studies figurines at the Archaeology Research Center. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Exploring the Rise and Demise of Empires

January 26, 2010

When Sarah Hawley took her first archaeology course in USC College, she did not know it would be a watershed experience. Entering USC to study theatre the year before, she was immediately hooked and switched her…

Kevin Kelly (left) and Ryan Drap, both seniors majoring in geography in USC College, stand next to their poster mapping out the air pollution levels near all roads in Los Angeles County. The poster and research won a top award by the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers. Students Austen Lee and Juan Morales were also on the winning team. The students had participated in the College's Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF). Photo credit Taylor Foust.

SURF Students Wave Hello to Top Award

November 3, 2009

USC College's Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) has made a splashy entrance. After the program's second official year, research produced by SURF students has won a top honor from the Association of Pacific Coast…