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No RuPaul-ogies: Alpha Mulugeta

November 16, 2015

“I like my body,” Alpha Mulugeta ’06 declared with a subtle rasp to his voice. A midsummer cold belied his normally dulcet tone. “I’m gender variant, but that doesn’t mean I want to be a…

Photos by Daryl German.

Racing With Style: Jenny Wu

November 16, 2015

A leading voice on the style scene, Los Angeles fashion lawyer-turned-fashion blogger Jenny Wu ’03 is known among her devotees for cutting an elegant figure in the alluring designer outfits she dons on her blog Good,…

Solomon Golomb is being honored for his work in space communications. Photo by Luke Fisher.

Solomon Golomb to Receive Franklin Medal

November 13, 2015

Solomon Golomb, University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, has been selected to receive the Franklin Institute’s 2016 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering.…

Todd Fredson, upper right, with Sarah Vap, their three sons and family friend Boli Dje Bi Tra Simon, left. Photo courtesy of Todd Fredson.

Poetry and the aftermath of war in Africa

November 13, 2015

Imagine arriving with your partner and three young children at the Abidjan airport in Ivory Coast after 16 hours in flight. All of your possessions are squished into 10 suitcases limited to 50 pounds each. Now you have to…

In a Nov. 4 ceremony, Stephen Smith was installed as the inaugural holder of the Andrew J. and Erna Finci Viterbi USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Chair. From left, USC President C.L. Max Nikias, Smith and Andrew Viterbi. Photos by Steve Cohn.

Viterbi Chair Installed

November 10, 2015

USC President C. L. Max Nikias praised Stephen Smith, executive director of USC Shoah Foundation — the Institute for Visual History and Education, for his dedication to preserving memory of the past through testimony.…

<em>Eotiaris guadalupensis</em> fossil discovered by Jeffrey Thompson in the Smithsonian collections. Image courtesy of David Bottjer.

Oldest Urchin

November 9, 2015

Researchers have uncovered a sea urchin fossil that pushes back a fork in its family tree by 10 million years, according to a new study. A team from USC Dornsife found the fossil — Eotiaris guadalupensis — in…

James Moffett, professor of biological sciences and earth sciences, served as chief scientific officer for a recent ocean expedition that was the first to find dissolved iron as far as 2,500 miles from its source in hydrothermal vents. Photo by Darrin S. Joy.

Deep Sea Surprise

November 6, 2015

Iron is the single most abundant element on Earth. It’s also one of the most important for living organisms, which use it for myriad biological processes. An expedition in the South East Pacific Ocean may have found the…

Eighty young women from Los Angeles-area high schools attended the annual Young Women’s Political and Civic Leadership Conference on Oct. 31 at USC. Photos by Erika Maldonado.

Women as Leaders

November 6, 2015

If current poll results are any indication, Hillary Clinton is likely to become the first woman president of the United States. This despite a dearth of women politicians — they represent less than 20 percent of…

Alumnus Albert Lee draws parallels between teaching and consulting. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Modeling the Future

November 5, 2015

As an undergraduate majoring in mathematics and economics at USC Dornsife, Albert Lee tutored some of USC’s best known athletes, including Olympian volleyball players Nick Becker and Brian Ivie, and NFL quarterback Todd…

Morteza Dehghani and a team of psychology researchers and computer scientists at USC Dornsife have developed a new text analysis software program for social scientists.

A TACIT Understanding

November 3, 2015

According to a 2015 Global Web Index report, today’s average adult spends 6.15 hours a day online. More than a quarter of this time is spent on social networking sites. Life in the digital age means an abundance —…