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2013 News Archives

Environmental studies undergraduate Iñaki Pedroarena-Leal is in Panama for a summer internship at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. In underwater research, he is collecting data to assess the health of coral reef communities in the Bocas del Toro archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. Photo by Eleni Petrou.

Taking the Bull by the Horns

July 26, 2013

Wielding a machete one day this summer, Iñaki Pedroarena-Leal slowly but surely bushwhacked his way through dense, humid Panamanian jungle. From their tree perches, three-toed sloths looked down at the…

Experts warn that if current trends continue, one in three Americans will suffer from Type 2 diabetes by 2050. Marcia Abbott, who earned a Ph.D. at USC Dornsife in 2010, investigates how a high fat diet affects insulin resistance in skeletal muscles — known to be a precursor of Type 2 diabetes. Photo courtesy of Thinkstock.

Taking Aim at Diabetes

July 25, 2013

As rates of obesity-linked Type 2 diabetes soar worldwide, scientific research advancing our understanding of this potentially fatal disease is crucial. Experts warn that if current trends continue, one in three Americans will…

Named a <em>ChemComm</em> 2013 Emerging Investigator, USC Dornsife’s Matt Pratt received a Michael J. Fox Foundation grant for research into treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Photo by Susan Bell.

Emerging Investigator

July 24, 2013

USC Dornsife’s Matthew Pratt, assistant professor of chemistry and biological sciences, has been named a 2013 Emerging Investigator by ChemComm, a leading chemical sciences journal published by the Royal Society of…

The protagonist in <em>Buffy the Vampire Slayer</em> was the subject of Master of Liberal Studies student Kayla Hengami's paper selected for the recent Seventh Annual Graduate Liberal Studies Joint Symposium. Topics in the paper included religion, morality, abandonment, and good and evil. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Television.

They Slayed It

July 23, 2013

Kayla Hengami was given an assignment to select writing studied in class and another work of her choosing to use as a lens to explore the concept of borders. “Going into this paper, I wasn’t quite sure where I was…

Overcoming physical adversity as a child, Max Novak comes to USC Dornsife with an interest in visual arts. Photo by Lillian Insalata.

In Tune With Life

July 23, 2013

Born with tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) affecting the windpipe, Max Novak underwent 15 surgeries in his infancy. The operations helped to correct an abnormal connection between his trachea and esophagus. But Novak never let…

Problems without Passports: Rwanda

Courage After Genocide

July 17, 2013

On a quiet hilltop in southern Rwanda is a panorama of captivating beauty: rolling hills, pastures, open sky and on the horizon, small farms and pastoral villages. But the beauty is deceptive. This hilltop, the site of a…

Gateway Internship Program

Gateway to Your Career

July 17, 2013

James Freymuth sat at a round table in a spacious office on the 20th floor of an investment management company’s sleek postmodern skyscraper overlooking downtown Los Angeles. The undergraduate was poring over neatly…

USC Dornsife alumnus Paul Ignatius (right) is congratulated by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus during the Washington, D.C., ceremony celebrating the naming of the future <em>USS Paul Ignatius</em>. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Arif Patani.

A Name With Firepower

July 17, 2013

Paul Ignatius did not originally set out for a Navy career. In his youth, he dreamed of a profession in the arts — acting, writing or directing films. So it must have been kismet when, sitting in the Doheny Memorial…

Incoming freshmen receive instruction for a solid and strong transition during orientation at USC University Park campus. Photo by Lillian Insalata.

Class of 2017

July 17, 2013

The newest members of the Trojan Family hail from throughout the nation and world. The admitted USC freshman class, selected from a pool of 47,300 applicants, boasts SAT scores of 2040-2250. These freshmen bring a diversity of…

Incoming USC Dornsife pre-med freshman Taylor Harp, who joins the USC triathlon team, opened the Coffee for a Cause shop at her high school in Colorado benefiting low income students. Photo by Lillian Insalata.

Ironclad Ambition

July 12, 2013

Taylor Harp was 9 when she became a triathlete. The incoming USC Dornsife freshman from Highlands Ranch, Colo., got her first taste of triathlons when a friend convinced her to compete in an IronKids event. It did not go…