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“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…

Viet Thanh Nguyen garnered a prestigious 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with his debut novel ‘The Sympathizer.’ Photo by Matt Meindl.

USC Dornsife’s Viet Thanh Nguyen wins Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

April 18, 2016

The 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, one of America’s most prestigious literary honors, has been awarded to Viet Thanh Nguyen, associate professor of English and American studies and ethnicity at USC Dornsife. Nguyen won…

While environmental scientists and geologists play a key role in addressing issues like climate change, USC Dornsife scholars emphasize that understanding our natural environment crosses virtually every field of study.

Dornsife scholars discuss how research in the social sciences and humanities helps address global environmental challenges

April 15, 2016

With climate change in the news every day, many students entering college feel passionate about making their mark on creating a more sustainable future. But is it possible to be an environmentalist without majoring in geology…

The destructive power of volcanoes was captured by William Morgan in 1840 in a hand-colored lithograph. Ancient volcanic activity could serve as a model for modern-day climate change studies. Image courtesy of the USC Libraries Special Collections.

Ancient volcanoes could be key to predicting the impact of climate change

April 14, 2016

Just over 200 million years ago, long before the demise of the dinosaurs, a cataclysm killed off a significant chunk of the planet’s animal life. The leading theory implicates massive volcanic eruptions, triggered when…

Two USC Dornsife alumnae are recognized for their achievements and dedication to social service

Two USC Dornsife alumnae are recognized for their achievements and dedication to social service

April 13, 2016

An international relations major at USC Dornsife, America Ferrera began to doubt whether her dream of becoming an actress would fulfill her desire to enact positive change in the world. But when she told international…

Proudly sporting USC Dornsife’s Young Scientists t-shirts, two young participants in the program learn basic coding during the computer science and robotics workshop held April 6 at 32nd Street USC Performing Arts Magnet. Photos by Susan Bell.

Bringing the art of robotics to underserved kids near USC

April 13, 2016

Fourth-grader Cody Cartier proudly held aloft a bristlebot, a tiny robot he had made by attaching a vibrating motor and a battery to a toothbrush head. Grinning happily, he dipped his bristlebot into a bowl of blue paint and…

A sign made of a photo composite of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Adolf Hitler looms over protesters gathered in Vienna's main square in March 2014 to protest Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. Photo by Ben Stevens.

International symposium examines crisis in Central Europe, launches new major

April 12, 2016

The Cold War may be over, but Central Europe, now one of the world’s most strategically important and dynamic regions, today represents a precarious bridge between the West and an increasingly aggressive…

While many college students may not yet be responsible for paying taxes, economics lecturer Ladan Masoudie stresses that there are steps all young adults should take to to be proactive about financial security.

9 ways college students can improve their financial literacy

April 12, 2016

April 15 is a date etched in all adult Americans’ calendars and minds; however, many college students are still free from the burden of filing tax returns.  While some students may not need to face this…