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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…

Through a writing course led by Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Writing Mark Marino (kneeling, holding flyer), students undertook service-learning projects with organizations that serve the homeless and underprivileged. Photo courtesy of Mark Marino.

Writing students break away from the classroom to help the homeless

May 10, 2016

For Mark Marino, writing is about more than just staring at a computer screen. His students in “Advanced Writing” (WRIT 340) are expected to transform life experiences into thinking. Marino, associate professor…

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…