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Kellie Spafford (far left), lab technician at the Wrigley Marine Science Center, describes a sea hare to “Saturday at the Lab” visitors. Photo by Sean Conner.

Spend a "Saturday at the Lab" on Catalina Island

June 2, 2011

This summer, the USC Philip K. Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island welcomes the general public to visit its state-of-the-art research facilities through its “Saturday at the Lab” program, which began…

Taking Action in California's Future

Taking Action in California's Future

April 29, 2011

Want to do something positive for California? This Fall, USC students can take a course that asks this question, then gives them the tools to help bring the Golden State back to prosperity. The class,…

May Berenbaum won the 2011 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, administered by USC Dornsife. Berenbaum was honored for her work on the co-evolutionary arms race between plants and the insects that eat them, and for helping to pass a bill addressing the disappearance of honey bees. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Postcards from the Edge of a Leaf

April 22, 2011

Entomologist May Berenbaum is bugged by Rep. Joe Baca. Seeking to forever squash the Delhi sands flower-loving fly, the congressman for California’s 43rd district is pushing for a bill that would amend the federal…

Kam Kuwata ’75 at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colo. Photo courtesy of Bill Carrick.

In Memoriam: Kam Kuwata, 57

April 21, 2011

USC Dornsife alumnus and political strategist Kam Kuwata, who worked for Senator Dianne Feinstein and late Senator Alan Cranston, has died. He was 57. Kuwata died in his Venice, Calif., home on April 11. His sudden death…

Doctoral candidate Beth Stauffer (left), research technician Alyssa  Gellene, and Astrid Schnetzer, assistant research professor, all of David Caron's laboratory use an EcoMapper to measure the oxygen level and other water data toward the end of the cleanup effort at King Harbor. Photo by Carl Oberg.

Nothing Fishy about Sardine Kill

April 4, 2011

The few million silvery sardines that recently went belly up at Redondo Beach have been removed and the rotten egg smell has nearly dissipated. But the fish kill story at King Harbor is not over. “We’re going to…

It Ought to be a Law

At the Forefront of Change

March 21, 2011

Swapping jeans and graphic T-shirts for suits and ties, 21 USC Dornsife students ascended the steps of the California State Capitol. After months preparing for the final presentation, students in the freshman seminar “It…

Doyce Nunis Jr. was professor emeritus of history at USC College and editor of <em>Southern California Quarterly</em>. Photo courtesy of the Historical Society of Southern California.

In Memoriam: Doyce B. Nunis Jr., 86

February 4, 2011

Doyce Nunis Jr., professor emeritus of history at USC College and historian of early California history, died Jan. 22 at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center from complications after abdominal surgery. He was 86. Nunis was…

University Professor Kevin Starr (fifth medalist from right) shares the stage with fellow inductees James Cameron, Barbra Streisand and Betty White, to name a few. Starr was among 14 inducted into the 2010 California Hall of Fame by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo credit Hector Amezcua of The Sacramento Bee.

A Starr Studded Affair

December 15, 2010

USC College historian Kevin Starr was among the legends inducted into the 2010 California Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Sacramento Tuesday night. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and first lady Maria Shriver presented the…

Student Pollsters

Political Polling, as much an Art as a Science

December 2, 2010

Undergraduate students in USC College's practicum course in American politics took to the phones, but not to call or text their friends. "We persevered even though we received many hang-ups, no answers and 'take me off your…

University Professor of History Kevin Starr's "passion is appealing" in his new book <em>Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge</em>, the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> wrote in a review. Starr of USC College will be inducted into the California Hall of Fame mid-December. Portrait photo credit Philip Channing.

A Wonder of the Modern World

November 30, 2010

Joseph Strauss’ audacity to try out for football as a spare 5-foot-3 undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati led to the creation of the Golden Gate Bridge. During his tryouts, Strauss was injured so badly he was…