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Wayne Wu (M.S., mathematics, '92) is president and CEO of Pacific Health Investment, Inc. in Orange County, Calif. Photo by Carlos Puma.

Beam of Hope

September 15, 2011

A benign brain tumor was pressing against a young woman’s optic nerve. She faced a medical Catch-22: remove the tumor via a complicated surgery with a high likelihood of destroying the nerve, or closely monitor the tumor…

USC Dornsife professors Michael Waterman and Margaret Gatz have been awarded honorary degrees.

USC Dornsife Professors Receive Honorary Degrees

July 29, 2011

Waterman Presented Honorary Doctorate by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody Michael Waterman, widely regarded as the founding father of computational biology, openly admits he has never taken a biology course. There was however a…

USC Dornsife’s Simon Tavaré, whose research is in the interface between statistics, probability, and biological and medical sciences, is among 44 newly elected fellows and eight foreign members to the Royal Society. Photo by Phil Channing.

Tavaré Elected to the Royal Society

July 12, 2011

Simon Tavaré, George and Louise Kawamoto Chair in Biological Sciences in USC Dornsife, has been named a fellow of the Royal Society. Tavaré, whose research is in the interface between statistics, probability,…

Senior Jake Bloch created the documentary "Awe" for his religion honors thesis in USC Dorsife. The film investigates and merges scientific theories and religious pursuits. Photo courtesy of Jake Bloch.

An Awe-Inspiring Film

May 12, 2011

Senior Jake Bloch grew up seeing religion and science mixed together — right on his father’s bookshelf. Books by Alfred North Whitehead sat side by side with those by Albert Einstein, along with Houston Smith…

# Daniel J. Strouse plans to attend the University of Cambridge after graduation. Photo credit Katy Capper.

First USC Student to Receive Churchill Scholarship

January 21, 2011

Daniel J. Strouse, one of 14 students from U.S. universities chosen to receive the prestigious Churchill Scholarship, is the first at USC. Churchill Scholars must demonstrate extraordinary talent, outstanding academic…

Based in USC College, the statistics minor is open to undergraduates university-wide and can enhance any major. Classes begin in the spring. Image courtesy of Amstat News and the American Statistical Association.

Turning Data into Information

October 13, 2010

For Today's Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics. That headline in The New York Times says it best. Internet-age statisticians are finding themselves increasingly in demand, the recent article purports, even cool. “I…

Susan Friedlander, professor of mathematics, is the director of the USC Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences (CAMS). Photo credit Laurie Moore.

USC Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences Turns 20

August 25, 2010

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the USC Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences (CAMS), a research unit housed in USC College's Department of Mathematics. Susan Friedlander, professor of mathematics and CAMS' fourth…

Of Plants, Flies & Men

Of Plants, Flies and Men

June 30, 2010

A torrent of fluorescent light rushes out onto the cement floor as Marie-Stanislas Remigereau opens the door to the growth chamber. Inside are hundreds of small plants precisely arranged in black trays that flank both walls up…

USC College Ph.D. candidates Mihaela Ignatova of mathematics (left) and Whitney Behr of earth sciences have earned 2010-11 USC Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Merit Fellowship awards. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Closing the Gender Gap

May 7, 2010

Nonlinear partial differential equations (PDEs) are difficult mathematical problems to study. Notice it didn’t say "solve." Ph.D. students researching nonlinear PDEs aren't looking for solutions. They're analyzing the…

Professor of Mathematics Sergey Lototsky (right) was a coach of the 2009 USC Putnam team, which placed 84th out of 546 teams at the December mathematics competition. Sophomore Junda Chen (left) was the highest placing member of the team, ranking 311th out of 4,036 contestants. Photo credit Laurie Moore.

USC Team Excels at Math Competition

May 4, 2010

A team comprised of seven undergraduate students from USC College and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering placed 84th out of 546 teams in the 2009 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. Sophomore Junda Chen placed…