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Maurice Turner. Photo credit Phil Channing.

Keeping Memories Alive

November 1, 2010

Maurice Turner Major: Biochemistry  Minor: Neuroscience Activities: Chapter President, Jack and Jill of America, San Diego; President, Kudos Youth Group; San Diego Links Achiever; President, Pathways2College;…

Student, Athlete, Physician,  Hero

For the Love of Giving

November 1, 2010

“The most difficult Latin I translated was Cicero,” began Dr. William Stetson, an orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Burbank, Calif., and a 1982 graduate of USC College. “I spent more time on my…

Top row, from left: Jennifer Padilla, Sheena Khanna, Alice Hall-Partyka. Middle row, from left: Steve Zhou, Maurice Turner. Seated: Patrick “P.J.” Atchison. Photo credit Phil Channing.

We Want to Change the World. Show Us How.

November 1, 2010

Before entering USC College, these freshmen saw what they needed to do and took action. Their motivations differ. For Maurice Turner, his Aunt Laura’s Alzheimer’s set him in motion. Alice Hall-Partyka became fed up…

Steve Zhou. Photo credit Phil Channing.

Triumph Over Tragedy

November 1, 2010

Steve Zhou Major: Biochemistry Activities: Executive Council Member, Henry M. Gunn Student Council; First-place Winner, 2008 U.S. Open Showcase Solo for Senior Division Piano; Board Member, Interact…

Biodiversity Targets for the Future

Biodiversity Targets for the Future

October 22, 2010

In Sichuan province, China, there is an abundance of orchards but no bees. "Thousands of people are hired to climb fruit trees and hand-pollinate the flowers with small brushes, because natural pollinators like bees have been…

Emily Smail, a doctoral candidate in the USC College marine environmental biology program, stands near a water sampling system on the deck of the research vessel Kilo Moana near Hawaii. Photo credit Eric Webb.

Essential Vitamins in the Marine Environment

October 21, 2010

Two USC College biologists have received support from the National Science Foundation to examine the conditions that lead to the synthesis of B vitamins in the marine environment and the influence of those vitamins on marine…

The Great California ShakeOut

Los Angeles' 8.8 Wake-Up Call

October 15, 2010

"We live in earthquake country and every day is earthquake season." This is Tom Jordan's mantra. The director of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) based in USC College notes that while residents elsewhere in…

President C. L. Max Nikias speaks about the future of USC at his inauguration ceremony on Friday, Oct. 15. Photo credit Laurie Moore.

Inauguration of C. L. Max Nikias

October 15, 2010

In a momentous celebration that drew 7,500 members of the Trojan Family and local community, C. L. Max Nikias was inaugurated as USC’s 11th president on Oct. 15. The former USC executive vice president and provost…

Break in Curveball Too Good to be True

Breaking Curveball Too Good to Be True

October 15, 2010

Curveballs curve and fastballs go really fast, but new research suggests that no pitcher can make a curveball "break" or a fastball "rise." Led by Arthur Shapiro of American University and Zhong-Lin Lu of USC College, the…

Based in USC College, the statistics minor is open to undergraduates university-wide and can enhance any major. Classes begin in the spring. Image courtesy of Amstat News and the American Statistical Association.

Turning Data into Information

October 13, 2010

For Today's Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics. That headline in The New York Times says it best. Internet-age statisticians are finding themselves increasingly in demand, the recent article purports, even cool. “I…