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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…

USC College associate professor of molecular biology Steven Finkel. Photo credit Philip Channing.

Biofilms: Even Stickier Than Suspected

March 12, 2009

Biofilms are everywhere — in dental plaque and ear canals, on contact lenses and in water pipelines — and the bacteria that make them get more resilient with age, finds a new study in FEMS Microbiology…

Team leader and USC College scientist Katrina Edwards. Photo credit Philip Channing

Iron From the Deep May Feed Oceans

February 9, 2009

Iron dust, the gold of the oceans and rarest nutrient for most marine life, can be washed down by rivers or blown out to sea or — a surprising new study finds — float up from the sea floor. The…

George Olah Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

George Olah Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

February 6, 2009

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected 65 new members and nine foreign associates. Among these distinguished individuals is George Olah, USC College Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Engineering and…

Antonio Damasio Featured in Discover Magazine

Antonio Damasio Featured in Discover Magazine

January 28, 2009

Antonio Damasio, holder of the David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and professor of psychology and neurology in USC College, was featured in an article titled "Speed Freaks," which appeared in Discover Magazine's special…

In Memoriam: Robert Bau

In Memoriam: Robert Bau

January 1, 2009

Robert Bau, an esteemed faculty member of USC College's chemistry department for nearly 40 years, passed away on Dec. 28, 2008. He was a distinguished researcher in the field of x-ray and neutron diffraction…

USC College’s Michael Arbib, Sarah Bottjer and Myron Goodman share honor from leading scientific society.

USC College’s Michael Arbib, Sarah Bottjer and Myron Goodman share honor from leading scientific society.

December 1, 2008

USC College claims three of the five USC scientists named this year as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of their outstanding contributions in science and engineering. Michael…

Shedding Light on Coral Reef Health

Shedding Light on Coral Reef Health

December 1, 2008

We’ve all seen the satellite images of Earth at night — the bright blobs and shining webs that tell the story of humanity’s endless sprawl. These pictures no longer are just symbols of human impact.…

Meet the Class of 2012

Meet the Class of 2012

December 1, 2008

One student likens conducting scientific research to playing the violin. Another found research inspiration in his adolescent acne. Still another, awed by the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh and intrigued by the artist’s…

A World of Learning

A World of Learning

November 1, 2008

The office of the U.S. secretary of state... A cave in southern Belize... A health clinic in central Mexico... This summer, learning at USC College soared beyond the classroom to some surprising places. Undergraduates in…