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Mark Thompson, professor of chemistry and materials science in USC College. Photo credit Max S. Gerber.

Seizing the Day(light)

April 26, 2010

Using the sun’s energy to improve our quality of life is not a new idea. A relatively more recent development, however, is converting solar radiation into electricity. From calculators to satellites, solar cells can be…

EPR-ENDOR E580 console and magnet (left) and new NMR 600 MHz magnet (right).

Chemistry Off the Charts

April 26, 2010

Great scientists make great science happen. But clearly they need cutting-edge facilities for ground-breaking scientific research. And that’s what is happening in USC College’s Department of Chemistry. The vision…

Winner of the Provost's Mentoring Award 2009, USC College's Hanna Reisler (center front) stands with her students and postdocs in her chemistry lab. From left, Laura Edwards and Lee Ch'ng. Back row from left, Mikhail Ryazanov, Blithe Casterline and Andrew Mollner. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Good Listener, Great Mentor

February 16, 2010

A decade ago, Hanna Reisler, professor of chemistry in USC College, started a monthly brownbag lunch for women in sciences across departments, providing a place to relax and air issues. The networking group thrives today,…

Can We Save Los Angeles?

Can We Save Los Angeles?

September 24, 2009

USC students will face an enormous challenge during the next few years: help Los Angeles and other cities survive or risk losing them. This is an urgent — and local — call to action. According to U.S. Secretary…

A Real Dracula Story

A Real Dracula Story

August 27, 2009

Research, discovery and publishing in a prestigious journal are not as easy as 1-2-3. However, an outstanding mentor and a well-equipped lab made this feat possible for doctoral student Fei Jiang.   The mentor is Myron…

Bright Minds

Bright Minds

May 28, 2009

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected the University of Southern California as the site of an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC), and plans a five-year grant totaling $12.5 million. Researchers of the EFRC will…

Kenneth L. Servis, dean of academic records and registrar; Nien-Ling Wacker, Laserfiche CEO; Charles E. McKenna, chemistry department chair and professor.

Nien-Ling Wacker Honored by Department of Chemistry as Distinguished Alumna

April 11, 2009

USC College alumna Nien-Ling Wacker, president and CEO of Laserfiche, a leading provider of enterprise content management (ECM) software, was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College's Department of…

George Olah Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

George Olah Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

February 6, 2009

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected 65 new members and nine foreign associates. Among these distinguished individuals is George Olah, USC College Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Engineering and…

In Memoriam: Robert Bau

In Memoriam: Robert Bau

January 1, 2009

Robert Bau, an esteemed faculty member of USC College's chemistry department for nearly 40 years, passed away on Dec. 28, 2008. He was a distinguished researcher in the field of x-ray and neutron diffraction…

In Memoriam: James C. Warf

In Memoriam: James C. Warf

November 1, 2008

James C. Warf, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Chemistry, considered a “citizen scientist” because of his work toward world peace, has died. He was 91. Warf, who joined USC College in 1948 and retired…