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2014 News Archives

Growing up in a nonpolitical family, nothing predestined Sam Jammal for a political career. Now the USC Dornsife alumnus serves as a chief of staff on Capitol Hill. Photos courtesy of Sam Jammal.

View from the Hill

November 10, 2014

One of a handful of Latinos in American history to serve as chief of staff on Capitol Hill, alumnus and lawyer Sam Jammal, who is also of Arab American descent, is determined to help increase diversity in government while…

Fearless Foodies

Fearless Foodies

November 10, 2014

An English major becomes a grilled cheese goddess. A creative writing major finds her calling as a butcher. An international relations and German major is now assistant vice president of retail operations, overseeing the…

The Trojan Guardian Scholars program helps Lucero Noyola connect with her true inner power.

In My Opinion: All Grown Up

November 10, 2014

During my adolescence, my dad was never around; my mom was really dedicated to us, working full time at a school cafeteria to provide for our family. Consequently, entering middle school, my siblings and I had a lot of…

Karen Tongson, associate professor of English and gender studies, integrated foodstagramming into her Maymester course “Food Culture and Food Politics in the Land of Plenty.”


November 10, 2014

“My Instagram is down. What am I supposed to do with my food, eat it?” That telling tweet sums up the preoccupation people have with sharing their meals on Instagram. The trend on the photo sharing application…

Illustrations by Peter Hoey for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

The Vicious Circle

November 10, 2014

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A close-up shot of oyster mushrooms (<em>Pleurotus ostreatus</em>).

The Search for a Wild Weed

November 10, 2014

A native New Yorker from Flushing, Queens, Ava Chin forages throughout the five boroughs and the Tri-State Area, writing about her finds for publications such as The New York Times and Saveur magazine. Her memoir Eating…

The grave marker of emigrant Lucinda Duncan on the Overland Trail just outside Beowawe, Nevada. Like thousands of other 19th century pioneers who used the trail to cross the continent to Oregon and California, Duncan perished on the journey. Photo by Sarah Keyes.

The Best of the West

November 7, 2014

Tinkling cowbells. A kettle singing on a campfire. The howl of a wolf. The deafening boom of an approaching thunderstorm. Sounds such as these became important harbingers for migrants on the mid-19th century Overland Trail.…

USC Dornsife’s Brian Rathbun of international relations has put the study of diplomacy on the map with his new book, <em>Diplomacy’s Value: Creating Security in 1920s Europe and the Contemporary Middle East</em>, published by Cornell University Press. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Diplomatic Chess Game

November 6, 2014

The brutal murders of journalists and aid workers by terrorist organizations such al Qaeda and ISIS have thrust the issue of negotiation into the spotlight. With the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — ISIS…

Two USC Dornsife researchers used string field theory to try to validate quantum mechanics. Photo courtesy of

Mechanics of String Theory

November 6, 2014

Two USC Dornsife researchers have proposed a link between string field theory and quantum mechanics that could open the door to using string field theory — or a broader version of it, called M-theory — as the basis…

The École Normale Supérieure, a university in Lyon, France, pictured here, will utilize The USC Shoah Foundation’s nearly 52,000 video testimonies, including more than 8,000 that reference France.

France to Access Testimony

November 5, 2014

The USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education has announced that École Normale Supérieure (ENS), a university in Lyon, France, is the 51st institution, and the first in France,…