October 9, 2013 |
USC chemistry professor Arieh Warshel can thank curiosity and weak computers for the Nobel prize in chemistry he won Wednesday. To figure out the blazingly fast chemical ballet performed by the body's proteins, Warshel had to form questions that could easily be handled by the limited power of computers developed in the 1970s. He kept his method simple even as computers - and his field of computational chemistry - evolved. At 2 a.m. Wednesday, it paid off with a long-distance call from Stockholm and a voice telling him he would share science's top honor with Michael Levitt of Stanford and Martin Karplus of Harvard.
June 21, 2011 |
The victories, and a national championship they produced, are vacated. The trophies — a copy of Reggie Bush's Heisman statuette and a crystal football for a Bowl Championship Series title — are now ghosts of Heritage Hall. The forfeiture of those wins and mementos is just a fraction of what USC lost in the wake of some of the harshest penalties in college sports history — delivered largely because the NCAA found numerous violations relating to Bush. The Trojans men's basketball program also was punished for violations related to former star player O.J. Mayo, and the school actually paid some of that in cash: a $5,000 fine and the return of $206,200 it received for participation in the 2008 NCAA tournament.
July 20, 2010
PAT HADEN: On sending back Reggie Bush's Heisman Trophy and taking down other forms of recognition: "The subliminal message is we want to win but we want to do it right." On new football Coach Lane Kiffin: "I don't think we're going to have a problem with Lane with compliance.... He knows where we're coming from." On compliance with NCAA rules: "Try to be perfect. When we make mistakes, we're going to fess up and try to be better the next time."
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September 23, 2010 |
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will move its weekend-long celebration of the written word to the USC campus next spring after 15 years across town at UCLA, officials announced Wednesday. The change of venue to USC's main University Park campus south of downtown Los Angeles will offer a more central location, better access to public transportation, easier parking and the use of newly expanded university facilities for the annual event, leaders of the newspaper and USC said.
February 16, 2006 |
Through the big windows of a corner office could be seen the bobbing masts of Marina del Rey. Against this tranquil backdrop, Herb Schorr was explaining to me how he planned to grow his unusual waterside outpost of the University of Southern California into a significant player in the world of corporate research. "The rules of the research game are changing," he said. "And we want to change with it."
September 11, 2010 |
USC safety T.J. McDonald , who had a rough first start in the Trojans' opener at Hawaii, came up with a huge play early in the 16th-ranked Trojans' home opener against Virginia on Saturday night at the Coliseum. McDonald, a sophomore from Fresno, thwarted a Cavaliers scoring opportunity with the first interception of his USC career. Virginia appeared to be on the verge of taking an early lead after the Cavaliers sacked Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley and recovered a fumble at the Trojans' 31-yard line with 8 minutes 54 seconds left in the first quarter.
April 22, 2010 |
Receiver Ronald Johnson was the offensive star for most of USC's spring practice, showing improved route running and a knack for getting open and making big plays. The senior from Michigan, however, will probably sit out the remaining four workouts because of an elbow sprain and could also require off-season wrist surgery, Coach Lane Kiffin said Thursday. "We'd still like to have him out there, but if there was somebody that would be the most ready to play for our offensive players, he would be it," Kiffin said.
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May 24, 2006 |
USC plans to open in September the first research institute dedicated to the study of United States and China relations, college officials announced during a trip to Beijing on Tuesday. University officials, who are on a weeklong tour of China, said USC is an ideal location for such an institute, with California boasting some of the largest populations of Chinese Americans in the nation. "We have a lot of students in and from China.
June 12, 2000 |
She has a cute shock of teal hair, a button nose and a voice once described as Barbie on Quaaludes. She moves. She emotes. She reads the latest news. "Hi, there," says Ananova, blinking her saucer eyes on the computer screen. "In the Philippines, negotiations continue over the fate of 21 hostages. . . ." Blink. Blink. The news is real, but Ananova is not. She is a news droid, a virtual newscaster. She popped onto the World Wide Web (http://www.ananova.com) last month.
December 5, 2010 |
Hours after USC defeated UCLA, several Trojans assistants hit the recruiting trail. Coach Lane Kiffin said he would join them Monday after a team dinner at USC President Max Nikias' home Sunday night. And so it goes for a program that will not play in a bowl game for the first time since the 2000 season. Asked how many incoming players he would like to have enroll next month, which would allow the Trojans to count them against their 2010 recruiting class, Kiffin quipped, "About 45. That would be good.