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U.S. and Nicaragua teams after a game in the capitol city of Managua in 2013, part of a baseball tour organized by the International Baseball Academy of Central America. Photos courtesy of Bob Oettinger.

Play Ball

December 18, 2014

Quintessentially American, baseball is widely recognized as the national sport. Internationally, however, the bases aren’t fully loaded. This became clear in 2005, when the International Olympic Committee dropped…

A determined problem-solver, Michael Bergmann oversaw development of the exceedingly durable compound XDR used in the soles of Nike tennis shoes today. Photos courtesy of Michael Bergmann.

High Performance

December 16, 2014

Throughout his 30-year career with Nike, USC Dornsife alumnus Michael Bergmann recalled how again and again he would be thrown into a situation where he had to think on his feet to solve a problem. In one scenario in 2004, a…

Jacob Soll’s book <em>The Reckoning</em> has drawn considerable attention in Portugal and Greece. Here, Soll participates in an event this month at American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce’s 25th Annual Economic Forum in Athens. Photos courtesy of Jacob Soll.

Achieving Accountability

December 16, 2014

In November and December, Jacob Soll, professor of history and accounting at USC Dornsife and the USC Leventhal School of Accounting, traveled to Portugal and Greece, countries that have dealt with serious financial crises in…

This is how a mural in the Palace of the Jaguars would have appeared at the height of the ancient Mexican city, Teotihuacan. Illustration by artist Felipe Davalos, courtesy of Justin Underhill.

Art’s Digital Revolution

December 16, 2014

Faded murals line the walls of the Palace of the Jaguars in Teotihuacan in the Valley of Mexico. But centuries ago, the jaguars glistened — illuminated only by natural sunlight — steeped in vibrant reds, blues,…

Alumnus Viet Luong, the first Vietnamese-born general officer in the United States military, seated in the cockpit of an AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter assigned to the Air Cavalry Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas. Photos courtesy of the U.S. Army.

Star Soldier

December 10, 2014

In 1975, when Viet Luong was 9 years old he escaped the ravages of wartorn Vietnam aboard a United States aircraft carrier along with his parents and seven sisters. The following day, Saigon fell. “My father, who had…

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…

Peggy Kamuf, a leading scholar on Jacques Derrida, is among the principal translators of the renowned French philosopher’s works into English. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Kamuf Knighted by France

December 8, 2014

Peggy Kamuf, Marion Frances Chevalier Professor of French and professor of comparative literature, has received one of France’s most prestigious honors. Kamuf, director of the Comparative Studies in Literature and…

Alumna Stephanie Erwin was a helicopter pilot for the U.S. Navy for nearly 11 years after participating in the Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (NROTC) at USC Dornsife. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Erwin.

Soaring to New Heights

December 8, 2014

Before her sophomore year, Stephanie Erwin, signed a contract committing to Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (NROTC), an intense military preparation program requiring post-graduation service. One month later was…

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…

Many members of alumnus Judge Frederick Aguirre’s family served in the U.S. military. A California Superior Court judge, Aguirre shares the patriotic contributions of Latinos through his nonprofit  Latino Advocates for Education. Photo courtesy of Frederick Aguirre.

For the Record

December 4, 2014

As a young law student, Frederick Aguirre was in Washington, D.C., in 1970 interning with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. An exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution commemorating the 25th…

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…

The yellowing and torn pages of an 18th-century manuscript, some shown in this illustration, are from an unpublished recipe book written by Pennysylvanian Ann Ellis and her English mother, Bettee Saffin. Illustrations by Stephanie Dalton Cowan for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

Brave New World

December 2, 2014

Despite its handsome, embossed, brown-calfskin cover and imposing size, the unpublished 18th-century manuscript had been overlooked by academics until Juliette Parsons, a doctoral student in history at USC Dornsife, discovered…

The granddaughter of Korean immigrants, Debbie Leilani Shon credits her education at USC Dornsife with fostering her intellectual curiosity and giving her a fearless approach to her life and career. Photo courtesy of Debbie Leilani Shon.

Woman of Steel

December 1, 2014

Roller skating along the tree-lined avenues of USC’s University Park campus as a child, Debbie Leilani Shon never doubted she would one day graduate from USC. The granddaughter of Korean immigrants, she lived next to…

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…

CBS Chief Meteorologist Josh Rubenstein demonstrates the weather predicting facilities at his mobile weather van to young participants in the Joint Educational Project's WonderKids program at 32nd Street School/USC Performing Arts Magnet. Photos by Susan Bell.

Forecast Looks Sunny

November 25, 2014

“When thunder roars, go indoors,” CBS chief meteorologist Josh Rubenstein instructed children at 32nd Street School near USC University Park campus. Rubenstein visited the USC Performing Arts Magnet school…

Richard Antaramian, Turpanjian Early Career Chair in Contemporary Armenian Studies, researches and teaches courses in history, with an emphasis on Armenian studies. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Hub of Armenian Studies

November 25, 2014

While growing up in an Armenian community in Wisconsin, Richard Antaramian began wondering about his family’s history. The answers he received didn’t adequately address his curiosity. “It pushed me…

Maymester course takes students from the lettuce fields of Ventura County to ethnic food stalls in the Pacific Northwest, and restaurants and markets in between. Photos by Brittany Thompson, Karen Tongson and Linda Wang.

Let’s Dig In

November 24, 2014

With a farmer’s knife in hand, Richard Martinez knelt by a line of bright green heads of lettuce and cut off one. He snapped off the crispy leaves from the spine. Blanketed by a brilliant blue sky over Oxnard,…

“These patterns call out for explanation,” Arthur Stone says of Gallup World Poll data showing great variety among how people in various countries report their own well-being. Photo courtesy of Arthur Stone.

As Young as You Feel

November 20, 2014

The trajectory of how satisfied you are with life across the life span is driven, in part, by where you’re from. Using the Gallup World Poll, an ongoing survey of more than 160 countries, USC Dornsife’s Arthur…

What will happen when the world population expands to 9.6 billion by 2050 and twice as much food is needed? Researchers are studying ways to feed the world. Illustrations by The Heads of State for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

Appetite for Change

November 19, 2014

Walking into the supermarket, browsing the seemingly endless rows of fresh produce and canned goods, it’s hard to fathom a food shortage. But with the current world population of 7.2 billion expected to explode to 9.6…

Alumna, author and motivational speaker Barbara Jo “BJ” Gallagher is also an animal lover. Here, she holds her half Pekingese, half Chow, Fannie. Photo by Andy Stolarek.

Fan Your Feathers

November 19, 2014

It may look like she’s walking her dog, but Barbara Jo “BJ” Gallagher is actually sketching out plot lines for her next book in her head. Or she’s thinking about her next keynote speech. Gallagher is…

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…

David Kang, whose research defies conventional beliefs about East Asian defense budgets and possible war in the region, has received a three-year grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Researching the Pacific Rim

November 13, 2014

With headlines screaming “China, U.S. Moving Closer to Viewing War as Inevitable,” and “China Thinks it Can Defeat America in Battle,” you’d think a war with China was imminent. But USC…