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NASA scientists recently announced data suggesting that there may be liquid water on Mars. Photo courtesy of NASA.

Shining Light on Mars

October 6, 2015

The red planet made a splash in the media this past week, due to the combined efforts of Ridley Scott’s film The Martian and NASA’s announcement of new evidence for the existence of water flowing on the surface of…

Mark Darrah says his law practice is the closest you can get to a small-town practice in the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Photo courtesy of Mark Darrah.

A People Person

October 1, 2015

Growing up in Oklahoma in the late ’60s and early ’70s, Mark Darrah lived in five different towns before graduating from high school in Tahlequah, the capital of the Cherokee Nation. His father, a Methodist…

The new Ph.D. program will capitalize on the world-leading faculty expertise in population, place and health that already exists at USC.

Population, Health and Place

September 29, 2015

Physician John Snow’s use of a map to discover the contaminated water source that spawned the deadly 1854 cholera outbreak in the neighborhood of Soho in London, England, is widely recognized as one of the earliest…

The McCarthy Quad will be transformed into an “eco-hangout” where students can learn how they can impact climate change policy and generate solutions for a more sustainable future.

A Plan for Tomorrow

September 29, 2015

As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere continue to rise, warming the climate and changing major ecosystems, USC Dornsife student Zach Manta wants his peers at USC to know that they can make a difference to reverse the…

USC Head Swim Coach Dave Salo earned a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from USC Dornsife in 1991. Photos by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

The Science of Swimming

September 25, 2015

While studying exercise science as a master’s student at Long Beach State University, USC Head Swim Coach Dave Salo took a class in exercise physiology that changed the course of his career. “I learned theories…

It can be tough to find the perfect fit in a career. Photo by Liza via Flickr.

Fulfillment at Work

September 17, 2015

To employees who have not yet found their “perfect fit” in a career: Take heart. There is more than one way to attain passion for work, USC Dornsife and University of Michigan researchers found in a recent…

The USC Dornsife Preceptor Program gives its recent Ph.D. graduates teaching experience as they seek tenure-track positions. English Ph.D. Alex Young is pictured here teaching undergraduates. Photos by Matt Meindl.

Teaching to Learn

September 16, 2015

In 1905, Woodrow Wilson, then president of Princeton University, introduced the preceptorial method — a style of learning wherein small groups of students meet regularly with a faculty member for more intimate learning…

Scientific discoveries at The Bridge@USC by USC Dornsife researchers Raymond Stevens (left), Peter Kuhn and their colleagues are rapidly advancing the development of personalized therapies for a range of diseases. Photo by Max Gerber.

Disruptive Science

September 15, 2015

Though their future home remains under construction, a team of high-profile scientists recruited to USC has wasted no time since arriving on campus earlier this year, launching an ambitious campaign to address…

American sailors faced multiple perils at sea as they struggled to gain recognition of their rights as citizens during the turbulent age of revolution.

American Identity at Sea

September 14, 2015

“Now sir, you are dished!” These were the mocking words an 18th-century British boatswain addressed to a captured American sailor as he ripped up the seaman’s identity papers and tossed them overboard. This…

Five panelists discussed the Pope’s recent encyclical on the environment and climate change at a Sept. 9 event.

Pope Francis — Environmental Activist?

September 10, 2015

Students, faculty and staff packed Doheny Library on USC’s University Park campus on Sept. 9 to hear how one of the world’s most beloved religious leaders is shaping the debate on climate change and global…

An estimated 40 percent of all Chinese children in rural areas — as many as 60 million — are left behind. Photo by Blazej Mrozinski.

Children and Adversity

September 10, 2015

Making a plan can mean the difference in overcoming a difficult childhood, while just thinking about those difficulties can drag down the child. A set of four new studies from researchers at USC and Southwest University in…

<em>Trichodesmium</em> is one of the few organisms in the ocean that can “fix” atmospheric nitrogen gas. Photo courtesy of Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

Bacteria in Overdrive

September 8, 2015

Imagine being in a car with the gas pedal stuck to the floor, heading toward a cliff’s edge. Metaphorically speaking, that’s what climate change will do to the key group of ocean bacteria known as Trichodesmium,…

The iconic shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film <em>Psycho</em> still raises goosebumps, and for good reason.

8 Reasons Psycho Taps into the Psyche

September 8, 2015

September 8 marked the 55th anniversary of the release of Alfred Hitchcock’s quintessential film Psycho. Despite the evolution of digital technology and special effects, many critics believe Marion’s slashing…

The Hebgen Lake earthquake, magnitude 7.1-7.3, struck southwestern Montana in August 1959, causing significant damage. Photo courtesy of USGS.

Strange Earthquakes

August 31, 2015

It’s not a huge mystery why Los Angeles experiences earthquakes. The city is right along a boundary between two tectonic plates — they shift, we shake. But what about places that aren’t along tectonic plate…

Endangered chimpanzees in Uganda are adapting to life in fragmented forest patches, according to research by Maureen McCarthy, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in integrative and evolutionary biology at USC Dornsife. Photo courtesy of Jenny via Flickr.

Rare Chimps

August 31, 2015

Two years spent collecting and analyzing eastern chimpanzee fecal samples from an unprotected region in Uganda has revealed a far larger population of the primates than previous estimates suggested for the area. In the…

Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged New Orleans in 2005, was the most expensive natural disaster — and one of the five deadliest hurricanes — in the history of the United States.

Op-ed: Faith and Disaster

August 28, 2015

On the 10th anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, the nation reflects on the events and the lessons learned in hopes of preventing future tragedy. Following is an op-ed from Brie Loskota and Peter Gudaitis of the…

Alumnus Morgan Hawkins overcame many obstacles to achieve his lifelong dream of becoming a physician in 2014. Photos courtesy of Morgan Hawkins.

Surviving the Storm

August 27, 2015

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005, Morgan Hawkins was holed up in a dorm room at the city’s Xavier University where he was about to begin his sophomore year as a premed student. “Most…

Undergraduates experience the midnight sun in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik. Photos by Hanna Jolkovsky.

Exploring Arctic Issues

August 27, 2015

Perched 420 meters above sea level, USC Dornsife undergraduate Kathryn Kelly surveyed a stunning landscape of fjords, islands and white-capped mountains. Spread at her feet, like a jewel in the crown, lay one of the…

Failure can be a rewarding experience if the brain is allowed to learn from mistakes. Photo by istock.

Rewards of Failure

August 26, 2015

Many political leaders, scientists, educators and parents believe that failure is the best teacher. Scientists have long understood that the brain has two ways of learning. One is avoidance learning, which is a punishing,…

Sari Siegel earned a prestigious 2015-16 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies Fellowship to further her ground-breaking studies of Jewish prisoner-physicians in Nazi Germany. Photo courtesy of Sari Siegel.

Between Coercion and Resistance

August 25, 2015

In 1930s Cologne, Germany, Maximilian Samuel was a beloved obstetrician-gynecologist and decorated World War I hero. He was also Jewish. Deported to Auschwitz in 1942 with his family, Samuel was selected to become a…

Abigail Gregg (left) and Laura Wang, the first USC students to receive Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships, are both graduates of USC Dornsife. Photos courtesy of Abigail Gregg and Laura Wang.

Toward a Better World

August 24, 2015

USC Dornsife alumnae Abigail Gregg and Laura Wang are the first USC graduates to receive Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships. Wang, a Trustee Scholar who graduated from USC Dornsife in 2012 with bachelor’s and master’s…

USC Shoah Foundation and FAFG, a Guatemalan forensics organization, are working together to collect video testimonies of survivors of the Guatemalan Genocide. Photo courtesy of USC Shoah Foundation.

Shining Light Into Dark Corners

August 21, 2015

USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education has teamed with La Fundación de Antropología Forense de Guatemala (FAFG), a Guatemalan forensics organization, to collect video testimonies of…

First-Generation College Student Panel

Being First-Gen

August 21, 2015

Starting college can be a whirlwind of new experiences for most freshmen and their families. For those who are the first in their families to attend college, it holds tremendous significance and often presents a unique set of…

USC Dornsife first-generation college student Dominique Codjia, center, on Move-in Day with (from left) her sister, Mireille; her mother, Jamie; her father, Henri; and her brother, Etienne. Photos by Darrin S. Joy.

Love, Hope and Gratitude

August 20, 2015

The excitement around the residence halls was palpable as students and families filled the campus for Move-in Day. For one group in particular, the day marked an important and special milestone. As the first-generation to…