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Ronda Bransteitter, a postdoctoral researcher in molecular biology in USC Dornsife, enjoys playing the piano located in the Ray R. Irani Hall interaction lounge. The upright was a gift from  Patrick and Cindy Haden in 2005. Photo by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody.

Moonlight Sonata for Scientists

May 23, 2011

When classes let out for the day and buildings around USC campus close for the night, piano tunes from Bach to Coldplay echo through the hallways at Ray R. Irani Hall. The soft sound of fingers dancing across piano keys is a…

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…

USC College's Mark Thompson has ranked 12th in Thomson Reuters’ Science Watch list as one of the world’s most influential chemists. Photo credit Max S. Gerber.

Topping the List

March 2, 2011

Mark Thompson, professor of chemistry, materials science and environmental sciences in USC College, has ranked 12th in Thomson Reuters’ Science Watch list as one of the world’s most influential chemists. The…

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…

Cool Science

Cool Science

August 12, 2010

At the bottom of the Earth — the planet's coldest, driest, windiest place — the sky radiates a lavender-yellow hue in the midnight sun.  Whiter than milk, the blanket of ice seems infinite. Amid the…

Navigating through Kelp and Swimming with the Sharks

Navigating through Kelp and Swimming with the Sharks

July 29, 2010

One of the new courses in the summer line-up of USC College's Problems Without Passports program takes students to the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island and to Guam and Palau in Oceania, a region mostly…

Lin Chen, professor of biological sciences and chemistry, aligns a protein crystal on an X-ray diffractometer. He uses X-ray crystallography to analyze the molecular details of key proteins and their complexes in physiological and disease processes. Photo credit Max S. Gerber.

Crystal Clear

July 16, 2010

Tuning out the noise of fellow passengers and the incessant hum of the turbojet engine, Lin Chen pored voraciously over the pages of James Watson's The Double Helix. The words and ideas flowed from the book's pages, drowning…

Winner of a Partner University Fund (PUF) award, Charles McKenna of USC College and his team will develop a new type of male contraceptive drug with researchers in France. Photo credit Philip Channing.

Une Collaboration Parfaite

May 28, 2010

Charles McKenna, professor and chair of chemistry in USC College, has received a Partner University Fund (PUF) award enabling him to develop a new type of male contraceptive drug with researchers in France. Of 78 proposals,…

From left: Elizabeth Garrett, vice president for academic planning and budget; Colin Keaveney, assistant professor in the Department of French and Italian; Charles McKenna, professor in the Department of Chemistry; Susan Metros, associate vice provost and deputy CIO, Technology-Enhanced Learning; and Ilee Rhimes, chief information officer and vice provost for information technology services. Photo credit Christine McDowell.

Teaching With Technology Prize Winners

May 11, 2010

USC College faculty Colin Keaveney, assistant professor in the Department of French and Italian, and Charles McKenna, professor in the Department of Chemistry, were awarded the Provost’s Prize for Teaching With…

Richard Roberts holds a joint appointment in the College’s Department of Chemistry and USC Viterbi’s Monk Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Photo credit Max S. Gerber.

Finding the Right Mix

April 26, 2010

A tiny drop of blood. One day that may be all a device needs to screen for hundreds of cancer markers and viral infections. Richard Roberts partners with electrical engineers to help create such cutting-edge diagnostic…