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Joseph Dorri, 30, is graduating with a degree in psychology and ambitions to work in the federal government. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

The Only Way is Up

December 22, 2014

In 2009, Joseph Dorri hit rock bottom. After clashing with his Iranian-born parents over his university and career plans, the community college graduate left home in September 2008 determined to make it on his own. After…

Tomik Vertanou (sixth from the left), stands with Hyer United volunteers. A shipment of medical supplies is ready for the two month trip to rural areas of Armenia. Photos courtesy Tomik Vertanous.

A Delivery of Health and Hope

December 22, 2014

Two years ago when Tomik Vertanous learned that doctors in the Artsakh region of Armenia were severely lacking in medical supplies, he was moved to action. “They were still using pillows that dated back to the collapse…

Addressing the growing influence of non-governmental organizations and other nonprofits internationally, a new bachelor’s degree will empower students who want to create positive social change.

World-Changing Major

December 10, 2014

So you want to change the world? A new major in nongovernmental organizations and social change might be for you, said Nina Eliasoph, professor of sociology. “It will give you both practical tools, and a broad…

The Art and Science of Peppermint

The Art and Science of Peppermint

December 8, 2014

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As president of the student organization African Americans in Health at USC, Nnenna Ezeh helps support other students who are also interested in pursuing health careers. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Diagnosis Success

December 4, 2014

As a small child, Nnenna Ezeh pretended to perform surgery on her dolls. At age 5, she opened up a present on Christmas Day and found a real stethoscope. “This is a tangible expression of your dreams,” her mother…

USC Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni speaks at a recent panel discussion on whether it is time to abolish the death penalty, while Dan Simon of USC Gould (left), moderator Sharon Lloyd and USC Vice Provost Martin Levine listen. Photo by Janet Kramer.

Crime and Punishment

December 4, 2014

A bumper sticker reads, “Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong?” The question was examined during a Nov. 12 panel discussion held at USC's University Park campus. “Is It…

A graffitti-sprayed chunk of the Berlin Wall from the Wende Museum in Los Angeles was on show at the on-campus screening of the documentary Behind the Wall. Photos by Susan Bell.

‘We Are One People’

December 1, 2014

The man’s voice choked with emotion as he recounted how as a child, his family would gather each year on Aug. 14 to celebrate his birthday. Until 1961, when everything changed. On Aug. 13, his family heard on the news…

Junior Azmera Hammouri-Davis is a resident assistant at Webb Tower on USC’s University Park campus. Photos by Susan Bell.

Living Support

November 18, 2014

In her second week as a resident assistant (RA), Azmera Hammouri-Davis received a visit from an anxious freshman stressed about her major. “I don’t know what I’m doing with my life,” the student told…

Participants in the Joint Education Project’s Young Scientists Program use light-weight pool noodles to simulate the challenges astronauts face while exercising in space. Photos by Susan Bell.

Fit as an Astronaut

November 17, 2014

Freshman Sophia Nguyen demonstrated to fourth and fifth graders how to set a table in space by using Velcro to prevent food packages and trays from floating away. “Look!” said fifth grader Karla Martinez as she…

Iranian studies expert Rudi Matthee says the presiding sentiment in Iran is, “The world needs Iran more than Iran needs the world.” Photos by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Autarky in Iran

November 11, 2014

Iran’s quest for self-sufficiency has deep historical roots that are as much economic and cultural as political, said Iranian studies expert Rudi Matthee during a recent lecture at USC University Park campus. Matthee…