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Brig. Gen. Viet Luong leaves his visit with first-year ROTC cadets on campus. Photos by David Sprague.

USC alumnus, Army brigadier general shares tale of success with ROTC cadets

April 5, 2016

The last time Viet Luong ’87 visited USC, he watched the Trojan football team crush UCLA 50-0 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 2011, but he didn’t stick around. Since then, he has made history. A graduate…

Clay Wang and Kasthuri Venkateswaran will launch fungi into space to potentially develop new medicine for use both in space and on Earth. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

USC scientists to send fungi into orbit in quest to develop space meds

April 5, 2016

Researchers at USC and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory say they will be the first team in the world to launch fungi into space for the purpose of potentially developing new medicine for use both in space and on…

USC Dornsife junior Cashae Ellis discusses 2016 Ballot measures with a group of high school students studying local government. Photos by Mike Glier.

Undergraduates lead civic engagement program for local high school students

April 4, 2016

Despite most being bilingual themselves, New Designs Charter Schools students Michael, Cora, Joselyn, Emmanuel, Eduardo and Alejandro finished their group discussion on California’s Multilingual Education Act, split on…

Exploring the Mind of an April Fool

Exploring the Mind of an April Fool

April 1, 2016

Despite the fact that fooling others on the first day of April is a long-standing tradition in certain American, European and Asian cultures, April Fool’s Day tricks are often successful. Wouldn’t you think that…

Rober Koptas is an Armenian from Istanbul who will speak about his experience living with a dual identity. Photos courtesy of the Institute of Armenian Studies at USC Dornsife.

Second ‘Innovate Armenia’ will explore identity through speakers, music and cuisine

March 31, 2016

Rober Koptas’ grandparents survived the Armenian Genocide in 1915, and he is one of about 100,000 people living in Turkey who identify as Armenian. But according to Koptas, the Armenian community in his country is…

‘Viewpoint’ gives voice to USC Dornsife faculty thought leaders

‘Viewpoint’ gives voice to USC Dornsife faculty thought leaders

March 29, 2016

We’re living in a world with a 24-hour news cycle, and USC Dornsife faculty members have much to contribute to the conversation. With that in mind, the USC Dornsife Office of the Dean and Office of Communication have…

Alumna Denise Nicholas left Michigan as a young woman to join the civil rights movement in the 1960s. As an actress with the Free Southern Theater, she performed across Mississippi and Louisiana.

Actress and novelist Denise Nicholas draws from her experiences in the civil rights movement

March 25, 2016

Denise Nicholas was 19 years old when she interrupted her pre-law studies at the University of Michigan to travel to the Deep South and the heart of the American Civil Rights Movement. It was a dangerous time and place for a…

Zdenek Vorel, pictured here in 1979, taught mathematics at USC Dornsife for 45 years. Photos courtesy of Zdena Pavlova.

In Memoriam: Zdenek Vorel, 86

March 23, 2016

Zdenek Vorel, professor of mathematics, has died. He was 86. Vorel died on March 3 in Motol University Hospital in Prague, Czech Republic, after a six month battle with cancer. Vorel’s research focus lay in…

Frontline Scholar: Manuel

Frontline Scholar: Manuel

March 22, 2016

Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, grew up at the tail end of the 1960s, the son of an immigrant parent. The influences of his…

USC Dornsife student Stephanie Brito, a senior majoring in biological sciences and winner of the John R. Hubbard Award, speaks at the USC Latino Alumni Association gala on March 4. Photo by Ron Murray/ImageActive Photography.

USC Latino Alumni Association honors USC Dornsife first-generation students

March 18, 2016

Over the past 42 years, the USC Latino Alumni Association has helped more than 8,000 Latino students fulfill their dreams of a USC education, awarding more than $15 million in scholarships. The story of Stephanie Ashley…