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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,…

Kristen Cavinder during the Miss America pageant's gown competition. The USC College alumna was a member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda service and honor society. Photo credit Zimbio, Inc.

From Ball Gown to Lab Coat

February 16, 2010

At first glance, Kristen "Kristy" Cavinder '09 may appear to be your typical pageant queen. At 21, the Orange County native has a radiant smile, fluid grace, and the natural confidence of someone who knows that others are…

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.…

From top left, Jayme “Mea” Tsutsuse, Graham Harris, Ethan Rubio; from bottom left, Damaris Garcia, Scarlett Royston, Erik Peterson. Photos credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Nothing Routine About 2013

January 27, 2010

USC College’s new group of freshmen, the Class of 2013, is extraordinary. Some are entering the university already world travelers. They are not only intelligent but talented; they are dancers, singers, actors and…

Faculty Notes

January 25, 2010

Alber Named 2009 Pew Scholar Frank Alber, assistant professor of biological sciences, will get closer to determining the architecture of a macromolecular machine after being named a 2009 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical…

Sergey Nuzhdin and his co-researchers focused on Arabidopsis Lyrata in their paper about how plants survive in marginal soil environments. Photo credit William Cullina, <a href="http://www.williamcullina.com/"> www.williamcullina.com</a>.

Surviving Serpentine Soil

January 25, 2010

Recently published in Nature Genetics, a paper by Sergey Nuzhdin, alumnus Tom Turner, and their co-researchers reveals how plants survive in marginal soil environments. Nuzhdin, professor of molecular biology in USC College,…

The Amazon River outflow extends thousands of kilometers into the Atlantic Ocean.

Support Hiked for Amazon River Study

January 14, 2010

An enormous plume of freshwater leaves the Amazon River and spreads across the tropical Atlantic Ocean, setting the stage for the symbiosis of some bacteria and algae on a scale that appears to subtly influence the climate of…

Oscar Aparicio, associate professor of biological sciences in USC College, received a federal stimulus grant, which will support additional researchers and enable him to upgrade his equipment to the highest-quality technologies available for microarray data analyses. Photo credit Philip Channing.

Funds to Help in the Fight Against Cancer

December 23, 2009

Oscar Aparicio, associate professor of biological sciences in USC College, has received a $316,417 federal stimulus grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The award will enable him to hire a…

Aravid Asok, assistant professor of mathematics in USC, has received a federal stimulus grant to advance his research, which applies newly developed mathematical tools to the theory of homotopy. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Adding Funds to the Equation

December 21, 2009

Arriving in USC College in August, Aravind Asok, assistant professor of mathematics in USC College, has been awarded a $135,552 federal stimulus grant by the National Science Foundation. The grant will enable Asok to continue…

Study co-author Kenneth Nealson. Photo credit Philip Channing.

New Bacterial Behavior Discovered

December 17, 2009

Bacteria dance the electric slide, officially named electrokinesis, in a new study by USC geobiologists. The study, published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition, describes a bacterial…