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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…

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…