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USC Dornsife's Moh El-Naggar (center) was voted among the 10 most promising young scientists by Popular Science magazine. Photo by Allison V. Smith.

Brilliant One

September 19, 2012

USC Dornsife scientist Moh El-Naggar has been selected as one of Popular Science’s 2012 Brilliant 10, the magazine’s annual honor roll of the 10 most promising young scientists. El-Naggar is featured in the…

Susan Friedlander, professor of mathematics and USC’s Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences (CAMS) director, stands with USC Dornsife doctoral students Yang Huang and Wan-Jung Kuo who have been awarded CAMS Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Research for their contributions to the fields of mathematics and physics. Photo by Fatima Perez.

A Talent for Math

May 14, 2012

Two USC Dornsife doctoral students have been awarded USC’s Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences (CAMS) Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Research for their contributions to the fields of mathematics and…

The diamond in the center measures 1 mm X 1 mm. Photo courtesy of Delft University of Technolgy/UC Santa Barbara.

Quantum Computer Built Inside a Diamond

April 5, 2012

Diamonds are forever — or, at least, the effects of this diamond on quantum computing may be. A team that includes scientists from USC has built a quantum computer in a diamond, the first of its kind to include…

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…

Daniel Lidar, a professor of chemistry in USC Dornsife with a joint appointment in USC Viterbi, serves as the scientific and technical director of the recently founded USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center. Photo by Ziva Santop/Steve Cohn Photography.

A Quantum Leap in Computing

January 3, 2012

When American physicist Richard Feynman in 1982 proposed creating a quantum computer that could solve complex problems, the idea was merely a theory scientists believed was far off in the future. A few decades later, USC…

Skylab astronaut and USC alumnus Jerry Carr presented Simca Bouma, a USC Dornsife student majoring in mathematics and physics, with a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. The Astronaut Scholarship is the largest monetary award given in the United States to science and engineering undergraduate students based solely on merit. Photo by Jie Gu.

USC Dornsife Undergrad Named Astronaut Scholar

October 5, 2011

Skylab astronaut and USC alumnus Jerry Carr presented USC Dornsife student Simca Bouma with a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) during a public presentation and ceremony. The event was held…

John "Jack" Marburger III,  was appointed dean of USC Dornsife in 1976. After his time at USC, he served as science adviser to President George W. Bush for eight years. Photo courtesy of Stony Brook University.

In Memoriam: John Marburger, 70

August 8, 2011

John H. Marburger III, former dean of USC Dornsife and science adviser to President George W. Bush, has died. He was 70. Marburger died at his home in Port Jefferson, N.Y., on July 28, after a four-year bout with…

Senior Jake Bloch created the documentary "Awe" for his religion honors thesis in USC Dorsife. The film investigates and merges scientific theories and religious pursuits. Photo courtesy of Jake Bloch.

An Awe-Inspiring Film

May 12, 2011

Senior Jake Bloch grew up seeing religion and science mixed together — right on his father’s bookshelf. Books by Alfred North Whitehead sat side by side with those by Albert Einstein, along with Houston Smith…

# Daniel J. Strouse plans to attend the University of Cambridge after graduation. Photo credit Katy Capper.

First USC Student to Receive Churchill Scholarship

January 21, 2011

Daniel J. Strouse, one of 14 students from U.S. universities chosen to receive the prestigious Churchill Scholarship, is the first at USC. Churchill Scholars must demonstrate extraordinary talent, outstanding academic…

Stephan Haas has been a USC College faculty member since 1998. Photo credit Jie Gu.

Stephan Haas Appointed Vice Dean for Research

December 9, 2010

USC professor Stephan Haas has been named vice dean for research, effective Jan. 1, it was announced by USC College Dean Howard Gillman. In his new role, Haas will develop and lead USC College-wide research initiatives,…