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Karla Heidelberg aboard a research vessel in Antarctica. Photo courtesy of Karla Heidelberg.

Heidelberg Steers the Ship

September 15, 2014

As director of the USC Dornsife Environmental Studies Program, Karla Heidelberg plans to develop new opportunities for students to gain real-world experience through hands-on internships and training with corporations,…

Halim Dhanidina, the first American Muslim judge ever appointed in California, shared his experiences in public service at the recent conference “American Muslims in Public Service.” Photos courtesy of the Center for Islamic Thought, Culture and Practice.

American Muslims in Public Service

September 12, 2014

Addressing the audience at the recent “American Muslims in Public Service” conference, Halim Dhanidina recalled selecting a jury for a court case while he was Los Angeles County deputy district attorney. It was…

Going Up: Crafting Your Elevator Pitch

Perfect Your Pitch

September 9, 2014

Are you traditional or original? Tough or tender? Scheduled or spontaneous? Critical or accepting? These were some of the options sophomore Brian Lam, a biochemistry major, contemplated as he completed an online…

Senior Molly Fender has combined her love of gaming and her interest in children's brain development as a researcher in the USC Minds in Development Lab. Photo courtesy of Molly Fender.

Game On

September 4, 2014

Sitting at a desk, Molly Fender boomed her signature infectious laugh. Broadcasting via the online gaming platform Twitch, viewers watched as the senior cognitive science major at USC Dornsife prepared to play a bout in the…

Outgoing California State Sen. Mark Wyland will mentor students and provide political analysis at the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics housed in USC Dornsife.

Legislator-in-Residence

September 3, 2014

Outgoing California State Sen. Mark Wyland (R-Escondido) has joined the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC Dornsife as a legislator-in-residence. He replaces former State Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark). Joining…

A freshman team in the USC GeoScavenge event find a clue at Neil Armstrong’s statue. The event helped incoming students learn about the University Park campus. From left, Tayanna Todd, Molly Linder, Jennifer Wang and Sidrah Khan. Photos by Matt Meindl.

GeoScavenge Challenge

September 2, 2014

Freshman Sidrah Khan, a biological sciences major from Scottsdale, Arizona, peered at her smartphone. She was using it to scan the matrix barcode affixed to the base of the statue of astronaut Neil Armstrong in Archimedes…

Freshman Danyal Brink is at once avid athlete, sports fan, curious chemist and quoter of Latin. Photos by David Sprague.

Fusing Fun with Diligence

September 2, 2014

In an oversized white lab coat, khakis, polo shirt and gloves, Danyal Brink looks like a kid in an adult world. At 17, he’s delighted to be turned loose with electrodes and magnets and cylinders and spectroscopes for…

At the David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea, New York, Maymester art history course student Matthew Solomon visits the show, “No Problem: Cologne/New York 1984-1989.” Photos courtesy of Suzanne Hudson.

Sweet Trip

August 27, 2014

In the abandoned Domino Sugar Refinery on the Brooklyn waterfront — an iconic New York landmark — a monumental sphinxlike sculpture made of white sugar gazed out impassively over the East River. This…

Freshman Newal Osman shows off her scarf collection. Photos by David Sprague.

Islamic Faith Gives Her Heart

August 26, 2014

USC Dornsife freshman Newal Osman wraps a colorful hijab on her head, steps back and considers her reflection in the mirror. She likes what she sees. “Hijab goes beyond the head scarf,” she said. “You become…

Incoming psychology freshman Jessica Wynn (left) gives her younger sister, Jada Combs, who traveled from their home in Washington, D.C., to help her move in, a squeeze. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Never Routine — Class of ’18

August 22, 2014

Smoothing a hand over the comforter and propping up a few pillows, Shermayne Hughes stood back. The bed was made. Her only child was officially moved into her new home at Fluor Tower. “I can’t believe my…