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Still images and videos of arsenic sulfide nanofibers growing under a microscope help Ian McFarlane and Julia Lazzari-Dean to better understand the microbes’ properties and potential applications. These materials could hold the key to creating new nanomaterials that do jobs not yet imagined.

Energy in a Bottle

April 22, 2012

    Undergraduate researcher: Julia Lazzari-Dean Major: Chemistry Year: Sophomore Student funding sources: Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship and Women in Science and…

Alisa Rogers (M.S., chemistry, '79) is co-founder of Optical Air Data Systems and Catch the Wind in Manassas, Va. Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan.

Winds of Fortune

April 24, 2011

Alisa Rogers finished 10th grade and was already headed to Syracuse University. But before leaving her Baltimore high school, she met her future husband and business partner. Philip Rogers was a brilliant young student who…

Margo Reid Brown is director of California’s new Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, known as CalRecycle. Photo courtesy of Margo Reid Brown.

Trash Talk

November 1, 2010

According to Margo Reid Brown ’85, almost every item you use on a daily basis can be recycled or reused. In her position as director of California’s new Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, known as…

Methanol: An Alternative Energy Source

Methanol, a Fuel for the Future

October 12, 2010

Tapped by USC in 1977 during the world oil crisis to start a hydrocarbon institute from the ground floor, George Olah headed west, where he was more than up for the challenge. Olah, the Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and…

David Livingston, USC College international relations alumnus, has been named a Carnegie Junior Fellow for 2010-2011. Here, he prepares to play soccer with boys during his volunteer trip to Honduras. Photo courtesy of David Livingston.

A Change of Climate

June 16, 2010

Days after graduating from USC College in May, David Livingston flew to Honduras and spent a week in a small mountain community, his second trip to the region for outreach work. Moved by the extensive untouched landscape, he…

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…