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William G. Spitzer was the first person in USC’s history to serve at every level of academic administration.

In Memoriam: William G. Spitzer, 82

April 19, 2010

William G. Spitzer, 82, former dean of USC College and professor emeritus of electrical engineering, materials science and physics at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, died April 14 in Oceanside, Calif., after suffering a…

Professor of physics and astronomy, and leading expert on superstring theory Clifford Johnson. Photo credit Philip Channing.

A Quantum Leap into the Blogosphere

February 5, 2010

First, the highly popular Asymptotia is not a science blog. It's a blog that happens to be written by a scientist. Clifford Johnson, professor of physics and astronomy in USC College, blogs about his life and vast interests.…

Omid Nohadani, who earned his Ph.D. in physics in USC College in 2005, begins his post as assistant professor at Purdue University in January. Photo courtesy of Omid Nohadani.

A Robust Career for this USC College Alumnus

November 20, 2009

Born decades after the devastating 1940 collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and on the other side of the earth, Omid Nohadani is developing mathematical methodology to ensure such a catastrophe never happens again. A…

Life-long lover of science and USC College professor of physics and astronomy Clifford Johnson considers it his duty to make science accessible both inside and outside of the classroom. To learn more about Professor Johnson's work in physics and astronomy, <a href="/videos/research/91/clifford-johnson/">view our video</a>. Photo credit Mira Zimet.

Bring Back the Science

September 29, 2009

You've seen him in the blogosphere, you've seen him on TV. He's no reality star or guitar god, but he plays with both stars and strings. Clifford Johnson is not only a USC College professor of physics and astronomy and a…

Black Holes: Eternal Prisons No More

Black Holes: Eternal Prisons No More

March 13, 2009

If you ever fall into a black hole, don't give up. There is a way out! Celebrated physicist, Stephen Hawking, delivered an inspiring speech to a full house in Bovard Auditorium on March 10. USC College Dean Howard Gillman…

In Memoriam: Kazumi Maki, 72

In Memoriam: Kazumi Maki, 72

September 1, 2008

Kazumi Maki, world-renowned physicist in the field of superconductivity, has died. He was 72. Maki was among an elite group of Japanese physicists who during the 20th century fostered the development of physics as a science.…

A Two-Time Universe?

A Two-Time Universe?

May 1, 2007

For a long time, Itzhak Bars has been studying time. More than a decade ago, the USC College physicist began pondering the role time plays in the basic laws of physics — the equations describing matter, gravity and the…

Women in Physics Find Common Ground

Women in Physics Find Common Ground

March 1, 2007

Young female scientists from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom gathered at USC earlier this year for the second annual Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics. Following the success of last year’s…

Nano Know-How

Nano Know-How

September 1, 2006

Devices for detecting dangerous substances can literally be life savers, in situations ranging from soldiers on the battlefield to luggage screeners at airports.Yet chemical sensors now available for such tasks have their…

USC College Physics Professor Dies

January 1, 2005

John Nodvik was a “Stalwart” of the Physics Department’s Graduate Program By Kaitlin Solimine January 2005 Physicist John Nodvik, longtime member of the faculty of the USC College of Letters, Arts &…