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USC President C. L. Max Nikias with students.

Lessons from the President

October 15, 2015

At many large universities, a student might go months or longer without seeing the institution’s president. But a lucky group of Trojans will get to meet with USC President C. L. Max Nikias on a regular basis during the…

A self portrait of Alphonse Bertillon, an archivist at the Paris Préfecture of Police who was influential in the development of biometrics. Image courtesy of the Getty Research Institute.

Atlas Fever

October 14, 2015

When Special Collections staff at the Getty Research Institute (GRI) in Los Angeles brought out a number of fascinating objects from its archives to show a group of USC doctoral students this summer, Simon Judkins’…

Alumna Anna Walther represents 20,000 California grape pickers in a multimillion dollar wage-theft lawsuit.

Defending the Invisible

October 9, 2015

For years, grape pickers in California’s San Joaquin Valley say they were obliged by their employer to arrive up to 30 minutes before their shift started and work “off the clock.” Now, alumna Anna Walther is…

Gateway Internship Program

Gateway to Success

October 9, 2015

This summer, 47 USC Dornsife undergraduates from a range of majors had an opportunity to reap the rewards of one-on-one mentoring by distinguished local business professionals. The students were participating in the Gateway…

Gridlock Solvers

Gridlock Solvers

October 8, 2015

It probably does not come as a major shock that results of a USC Dornsife/California Community Foundation/Los Angeles Times poll released Oct. 7 reveal traffic and congestion to be the point of greatest concern among L.A.…

Alumnus Dave Detwiler is a pastor and amateur tuba player who published research on the early history of the sousaphone. Photo courtesy of LCBC Church.

A Sousa-phony Exposed

October 6, 2015

Vacationing with his family at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan, three years ago, alumnus Dave Detwiler remembered that the music school held in its possession the first sousaphone ever made —…

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…

Oxidative stress brought about by free radicals lends to the aging process, according to Kelvin Davies of biological sciences and gerontology.

Good Stress

October 1, 2015

Oxygen, while necessary for life, has a dark side. With every breath taken, free radicals form, and these damaging molecules can wreak havoc in the body. The process is called oxidative stress. Kelvin Davies, James E. Birren…

An octopus plays a key role in the research by two USC Dornsife investigators. Photo by Joe-Parks.

Octopus Video Aids Linguists

October 1, 2015

A linguist and marine biologist at USC Dornsife began an unlikely project two years ago to compare the movement of the human tongue with the manipulation of the arms of the octopus and the undulation of a small worm known as…