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Fridays Are Happening

April 26, 2010

Combining science, music and a late night at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County might seem like a strange idea to some. But Michael Quick, executive vice dean in USC College and moderator of the museum’s…

USC College 2020 — Now, for the Future

USC College 2020 — Now, for the Future

April 22, 2010

Creating the college of the future is the impetus behind "College 2020." In Fall 2009, Howard Gillman, dean of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, invited faculty to work across existing departments and programs to…

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…

A member of the Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) program uses a GPS device on Catalina Island. Photo credit Matt Stuemky.

Get Your Geography Online

April 13, 2010

USC College has launched a new Web site for its innovative online Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) Master of Science and Graduate Certificate Programs.The online geography programs are designed and overseen…

Tammara Anderson (left), Mitchell Lew, Daniel Potter, Janet Lin and Holly Villamagna at the speaking event on campus. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Obstetrician Delivered Flourishing Program

March 30, 2010

A biology undergraduate in USC College, Daniel Potter wanted to become a doctor, but found it difficult to volunteer at local clinics or hospitals to gain first-hand experience. "Half the time, you'd call to volunteer and…

Magnus Nordborg of molecular and computational biology is the senior author of the study, and postdoctoral researcher Susanna Atwell is the co-first author.

Searching for Genes Behind a Trait

March 25, 2010

A method pioneered to find the genetic basis of human diseases also holds promise for locating the genes behind important traits in plants, according to a study published online on March 24 by the journal Nature. A large team…

Donal Manahan is the director of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and the study’s senior author. Photo credit Roger Snider.

Donal Manahan Studies Growth of Oysters

March 24, 2010

In physical, as in financial growth, it’s not what you make but what you keep that counts, USC marine biologists believe. Their study of genes associated with growth in oysters suggests that slow-growing animals waste…

Michel Baudry (right), professor of biological sciences and biomedical engineering, and neuroscience graduate student Sohila Zadran research the cellular-level chain of events behind the learning and memory process. Photo credit Laurie Moore.

The Mechanisms of Memory

March 9, 2010

It’s not a unique situation in scientific research to have a hypothesis disputed. But finally having visual evidence that basically closes the books on decades of scientific debate is a unique and sweet success. For…

A diver works with an underwater acoustic receiver at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island as part of a project supported by the USC Sea Grant program. Photo credit Chris Lowe.

USC Sea Grant Director Headed to China Workshop

March 2, 2010

Linda Duguay, director of the USC Sea Grant program, has been selected to participate in a National Science Foundation workshop in China to discuss a foundation-supported ocean science education project and its possible…

USC College's Katrina J. Edwards has been recommended for an award of a $25 million National Science Foundation grant to establish a new science and technology center. Photo credit Philip Channing.

USC Awarded $25 Million NSF Grant for New Center to Study the Deep Biosphere

February 19, 2010

Katrina J. Edwards, professor of biological sciences and Earth sciences in the University of Southern California's College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, has been recommended for an award of a $25 million NSF grant to…