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At the poetry reading held before an invited audience at The Broad, doctoral student in creative writing and literature Mary-Alice Daniel reads aloud her poem written in response to California artist Kara Walker’s work, <em>African’t</em>. Photos by Susan Bell.

A tour of the imagination: Art inspires graduate poetry at The Broad

May 23, 2016

It was after hours at the museum and the abstracted black butterfly wings of Mark Grotjahn’s 2007 series Untitled (Dancing Black Butterflies) appeared to flutter across the white walls of The Broad, surrounding poet and…

Chronic pain and subsequent addiction to prescription pain killers are emerging as among the greatest health crises in the United States. Joan Broderick’s research seeks to manage pain through outlets other than medication.

USC Dornsife psychology researcher collaborates on pill-free protocol for treating chronic pain

May 19, 2016

Chronic pain has emerged as one of the most onerous health problems facing Americans — leading to depression, loss of livelihood and, in many cases, addiction to prescription pain killers. According to an investigative…

A recognized authority on the interface between science and policy, Amber Miller is the new dean of USC Dornsife, effective Aug. 16. Photo courtesy of Amber Miller.

Physicist Amber Miller named new dean of USC Dornsife

May 18, 2016

Amber Miller, dean of science for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University, has been named the dean of USC Dornsife, effective Aug. 16. USC Provost Michael Quick announced the appointment today on behalf of USC…

Subjective well-being refers to a person’s happiness or satisfaction with life. Photo by Richard Walker.

Scientists identify genes connected to well-being, depression and neuroticism

May 18, 2016

An international group of more than 190 scientists who analyzed the genomes of nearly 300,000 individuals have found genetic variants that may influence our sense of well-being, depression and neuroticism. The study is one of…

Samantha Bricio in action. Photo by John McGillen.

Women’s volleyball captain Samantha Bricio says adios to USC — for now

May 16, 2016

Sophomore setter Baylee Johnson lovingly calls her Trojan volleyball teammates the “gang of giraffes.” At 6 feet 2 inches, Samantha Bricio certainly fits that description. But when she first arrived as a…

Photo by Mike Glier.

Commencement 2016: The Big Day is Here

May 13, 2016

Graduates, families and friends — more than 60,000 in all — participated in USC’s Commencement 2016 festivities on campus on Friday, May 13. Amid the various events, USC Dornsife conferred 1,622 Bachelor of…

Alfonso Gonzales started at USC in 1947 as the first person in his family to go to college. On Friday, he will officially complete his USC Dornsife degree. Photos by Gus Ruelas.

WWII vet returns to USC to finish his studies

May 12, 2016

This semester, one Trojan has taken the adage “better late than never” to a whole new level. On May 13, 96-year-old World War II veteran Alfonso Gonzales will become the oldest graduate in USC history as he…

Neuroscience major Adrienne Visani will be honored as one of two Class of 2016 salutatorians at USC's 133rd Commencement.

Sleep is a waste of time for salutatorian Adrienne Visani

May 12, 2016

Adrienne Visani gets very little sleep. That’s the only rational explanation for her extraordinary resume. Fortunately, her body demands only five or six hours a night. Even that small concession she makes…

Brothers Aldo, Adrian and Alex Trinidad, from left, with their mother Rosario. Photo by Will Chiang.

Transfer student moves from LA Trade Tech to a Ph.D. program at USC

May 11, 2016

It was a small token, handed out to neighborhood third-graders visiting the University Park Campus two decades ago. A simple bookmark with a photograph of Tommy Trojan and “Norman Topping Student Aid Fund” printed…

Members of the Oneida Community playing croquet on the lawn of their imposing Mansion House in Madison Country, New York. Photo courtesy of Oneida Community.

From free love to well-set table

May 10, 2016

Oneida. For most Americans the name conjures up fine silverware. Few are aware that behind this secular symbol of middle-class respectability lies the story of a 19th-century religious community endowed with radical notions of…

A new USC study finds that children in LA County are growing up more economically segregated than 20 years ago.

Families with kids increasingly live near families like them

May 10, 2016

Neighborhoods are becoming less diverse and more segregated by income — but only among families with children, a new study has found. Study author Ann Owens, an assistant professor of sociology, examined census data…

Kyle Pham’s startup CubeForme sends out a monthly box of 3-D design objects to its subscribers. Each month features a different designer from around the world. Photos courtesy of Kyle Pham.

Undergraduate’s startup company highlighted by Inc. Magazine

May 9, 2016

Many people are familiar with the CSA (community supported agriculture) boxes that deliver a selection of seasonal, local produce to your kitchen every month. But what if you could get another kind of treat in the mail on a…

USC Dornsife's 2016 Fulbright Fellows

Fulbright Fellows Worldwide

May 9, 2016

This year, 12 USC Dornsife undergraduate and graduate students and alumni earned Fulbright Fellowships. A Fulbright grant supports a year of independent study, research and teaching in one of more than 140 countries. This…

The two-day USC Global Leadership Summit addressed how European governments should proceed in the wake of Greece’s debt crisis. Photo by Darrin S. Joy.

Global economics experts discuss path to progress after European financial crisis

May 6, 2016

The USC Global Leadership Summit — held April 29-30 at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on USC’s University Park campus — was a two-day conference featuring leading economic experts discussing the pathway to…

Meet three USC Dornsife graduating seniors: Brooke Kidner, Will Orr and Kirsten Herr.

Scholarship, service and success mark three students’ academic journeys

May 4, 2016

Brooke Kidner: Willing and Able Photo by Mike Glier. It was 2014, and Brooke Kidner was in the hospital again. She was combating severe nausea, headaches and chronic nerve pain, and was sleeping nearly 20 hours a…

Hooding doctors of poetry and paleontology

Hooding doctors of poetry and paleontology

May 4, 2016

Elizabeth Petsios: Appreciating Disaster Liz Petsios traveled frequently to collect rock samples for her doctoral research on ecosystems after a mass extinction. Photo courtesy of Liz Petsios. Elizabeth (Liz) Petsios…

Cardinal, Gold and Rubi: First-Gen College Student's Journey

Cardinal, Gold and Rubi

May 4, 2016

From her South L.A. high school through her USC Dornsife graduation, we followed Rubi Garcia, a first-generation college student, through the years. We watched her grow as a person and a scholar as she talks about her…

Eric Weintraub on finding inspiration

Beyond the lecture hall: How a general education course inspired me to write my first book

May 3, 2016

Sitting in USC’s Taper Hall in 2010, I would listen to Jody Agius Vallejo, associate professor of sociology, talk about the mass deportation of long-settled undocumented families, and how people from south of the border…

Prince performs an iconic set in pouring rain during half-time for Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium on February 4, 2007, in Miami. Photo by Anthony Correia.

Remembering Prince, virtuoso and provocateur

April 25, 2016

Dearly beloved We are gathered here today To get through this thing called life So begins Prince’s song “Let’s Go Crazy,” which opens the 1984 film Purple Rain. The movie, in which he starred as famed…

USC President C. L. Max Nikias addresses attendees at the 2016 Academic Honors Convocation in Town and Gown. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Outstanding students, faculty members recognized at 2016 Academic Convocation

April 22, 2016

Standout students, faculty and administrators celebrated the heights of Trojan scholarship at last week’s 35th annual Academic Honors Convocation. USC President C. L. Max Nikias presented the Presidential…

Students at Leichty Middle School transplant seedlings into their new aquaponics system. Photo by Linda Chilton.

USC Wrigley Institute introduces aquaponics to local K-12 students

April 21, 2016

Although the term “aquaponics” was coined in the ’70s, the practice of cultivating food by using the by-products of one aquatic species as fertilizer for another has been used for almost a millennium. In…

“We try to make the focus for the organizations less about fundraising and more about making a meaningful impact with the funds they receive," said Drops founder Shea Rouda. Illustration by Matthew Pla Savino.

USC Dornsife student Shea Rouda develops philanthropic startup

April 21, 2016

“Buy a zombie survival kit. Buy garden gnomes. Buy shoes. Buy more shoes.” So entreats the homepage of Drops.la, the brainchild of junior Shea Rouda. But there’s a critical second step to these entreaties:…

Frontline Scholar: Justin

Frontline Scholar: Justin

April 20, 2016

Justin Arana ’05 was searching for purpose in his life when he traveled to Mozambique. There he encountered firsthand the country’s water crisis and founded the nonprofit organization Water Underground to address…

Professors Percival Everett (left) and David St. John have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, bringing the number of USC Dornsife’s academy fellows to 23.

USC Dornsife’s Everett and St. John elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 20, 2016

David St. John, University Professor of English and Comparative Literature and chair of English, and Percival Everett, Distinguished Professor of English, have been named fellows of the 236-year-old American Academy of Arts…

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