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Parker Cunneen (back left) of Philadelphia, Penn. and Alex Eby of Denver, Colo., slice open a sheep's kidney in a lab exercise for a seminar taught by Albert Herrera, professor of biological sciences. Photo credit Liz Gill.

A Slice of College Life

August 31, 2009

Inside a science lab at USC, two high school students stared at a preserved sheep kidney on a tray. Looking like a giant chili bean, the organ is roughly the size of a computer mouse. Wearing blue rubber gloves, April Watts…

The <em>Dendrobium nobile</em> orchid as illustrated by John Nugent Fitch in <em>The Orchid Album</em> (1886).

Beauty & Good Taste

June 25, 2009

The origin of Joseph Arditti's orchid fascination is a simple one. It all began when he was an undergraduate and found a job helping a wealthy Bel Air resident cultivate his orchids. He repotted and did other tasks at first,…

The Younger Side of Microbiology

The Younger Side of Microbiology

June 10, 2009

According to the National Science Foundation, 80 percent of jobs in the future will require some math and science skills. "Math and science are the new foundational literacy for everyone," said Tom Luce, chief executive…

Bright Minds

Bright Minds

May 28, 2009

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected the University of Southern California as the site of an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC), and plans a five-year grant totaling $12.5 million. Researchers of the EFRC will…

Natasha Khan (left), Apollo Emeka, David Gibson and Michael Gibson

Pomp and Unusual Circumstance

May 15, 2009

Stationed in Tikrit, Iraq, Saddam Hussein's birthplace 87 miles northwest of Baghdad, Apollo Emeka served as an intelligence analyst for the Army National Guard. During his deployment, Emeka's base was bombed several times.…

Impending graduate and salutatorian Brenda Nuyen will enter medical school in the fall. Photo credit Dietmar Quistorf.

A White Coat is in Her Future

May 11, 2009

This summer, salutatorian Brenda Nuyen wants to learn how to surf. By recently mastering skateboarding, she feels up to the challenge. "I've been told this summer is my last free summer until retirement," said Nuyen, who…

Arieh Warshel

Arieh Warshel Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

May 5, 2009

Arieh Warshel, a pioneer in the field of computational biophysics and USC College veteran of more than 30 years, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. One of 72 new members selected at the 146th annual meeting…

Tyler Prize laureates Richard Alley (left) and Veerabdran "Ram" Ramanathan celebrate during a reception held at the Tyler Environmental Prize Pavilion at USC. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Tyler Prize Laureates On Global Warming

May 1, 2009

Scientists estimating ice-sheet shrinkage and subsequent sea-level rising would occur in the next century believe the phenomenon is happening now, glaciologist Richard Alley said during a lecture at USC. "They said the ice…

The Neuroscience Era

The Chatter of Neurons

April 23, 2009

Close your eyes. Extend your arms and let your fingertips explore your surroundings. What textures and shapes do you feel? What can you infer about your immediate environment simply through touch? Just as your hands glide…

Chemistry senior Marie Anne Cuevas took two top prizes in the undergraduate symposium for her research on nanocrystals and their applications to nanocomposite dielectrics. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Remarkable at Any Rate

April 22, 2009

A former high school cheerleader interested in studying theater, Marie Anne Cuevas may seem an unlikely student to excel in nanoscience. But Cuevas is a quintessential Trojan skillful in both the sciences and humanities.…