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Benjamin Kay, science teacher at Santa Monica High School (center), is surrounded by members of two teams from his school that participated in the 2012 QuikSCience Challenge. Some are members of the team that placed first in the competition this year for their project, "Reducing Carbon Emissions." Photo by DJ Kast.

Students Take on the QuikSCience Challenge

April 17, 2012

USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies staff members are busy escorting several hundred students from middle and high schools to the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island as part of their reward for…

In USC's inaugural science-themed filmmaking competition, USC Dornsife's Kevin Le and USC School of Cinematic Arts' Edward Saavedra, sophomores, took top prize for their short movie, <em>Time</em>, which explains why times moves forward and never back. Shown here is Salvador Dali's 1931 melting clock painting, <em>The Persistence of Memory</em>. Image © 2007 Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Time Flies

February 17, 2012

To learn why time moves only forward one must first understand a fundamental law of physics: the increase of entropy. The law describes the tendency for systems to go from a state of higher organization to disorder. Consider…

One of four USC Mock Trial Team squads claimed first place in the University of Pennsylvania’s Quaker Classic Tournament in Philadelphia, Penn. Pictured from left to right: Gina Davidson, USC Mock Trial Team assistant coach; USC Dornsife freshmen David Nemeschansky, Courtney Chao, and Mitchell Diesko; Olu K. Orange, USC Mock Trial Team head coach; USC Dornsife junior Christen Philips; USC Dornsife sophomore Nerses Aposhian; USC Marshall School of Business freshman Kevin Fu and Lauren Herz, USC Mock Trial Team assistant coach.

USC Mock Trial Team Dominates East Coast Competition

December 1, 2011

In a Philadelphia courtroom, USC Mock Trial Team member Lauren Ige confidently stood before a judge and argued that a man who drove with a blood alcohol level higher than the legal limit of .08 and crashed his car killing a…

In USC’s first filmmaking competition centered on the sciences, Clifford Johnson and Anna Krylov of USC Dornsife envision entries on any kind of film genre imaginable. What if Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert were scientists in the classic romantic comedy <em>It Happened One Night</em>?

It Happened One Night (in the Lab)

September 20, 2011

Envision a romantic comedy with a science-based plot. The leading roles are biologists, let’s say, working in the same lab, using Schizoaccharomyces pombe to find a cure for cancer. Love ensues, followed by some…

From left: Jack Peters, Danyul Lawrence, Blake Phillips and Sriram Balasubramanian celebrate their first place win at the U.S. Amateur Team Championship West chess tournament. Team member Nathan Huessenstamm not pictured. Photo credit Chris Roberts.

First Place? Check.

March 3, 2011

One recent Sunday, while most people were blissfully soaking in the remainder of their weekends, Danyul Lawrence spent 11 hours focusing his concentration on a chess board. Split between two matches — one five hours…

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…

USC Mock Trial Team Sweeps Regional Competition

USC Mock Trial Team Sweeps Regional Competition

February 1, 2007

Students from USC’s Mock Trial Team recently won first, second, third and fifth places and were named tournament champions at the American Mock Trial Association’s Great Western Regional Tournament held Feb.…

USC College Dean’s Prize Winners Announced

USC College Dean’s Prize Winners Announced

April 1, 2006

What do students think would make for a better USC College? That’s the question at the heart of the USC College Dean’s Prize for the Enrichment of Student Academic Life. This year’s winning proposals,…