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While some areas of California are more likely to have earthquakes than others, all of California is at higher risk compared to the rest of the country.

Are You Ready?

October 15, 2014

The Great California ShakeOut is coming. USC will participate in the state’s annual earthquake drill on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m. The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) housed in USC Dornsife created The…

In addition to writing, The Writing Program at USC Dornsife improves students’ communication and critical thinking, top skills employers look for in a job candidate.

Got English?

October 15, 2014

You think honing your writing skills prepares you solely for a writing career? Think again. For a wide range of industries, the most in-demand skill is writing. That is coupled with good oral communication skills, according…

Chemistry major Beatriz “Abril” Lopez-Bermudez works in the laboratory of Brent Melot, assistant professor of chemistry (right). Melot’s team is researching ways to produce safer, higher-voltage and more compact batteries. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

Big Boost for the Bench

October 9, 2014

For Beatriz “Abril” Lopez-Bermudez, advancing energy efficiency is a cause near and dear. Growing up in Ayotla, a suburb of Mexico City, her family home and entire neighborhood were often without electricity for…

USC Dornsife Board of Councilormember Suri Suriyakumar (left) recently flew from Northern California to Los Angeles to lunch with his Gateway mentee, junior Mark Lee, who is majoring in psychology and business. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Map Your Future

October 9, 2014

As a young man in his native Sri Lanka, Suri Suriyakumar was apprenticed to be a marine engineer. Deciding that sailing was not for him, he soon switched to business. “I never went to college, so I had no formal…

Sunset at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina. Included in the blog, the photo is by Megan Hall, a Wrigley Institute 2014 Summer Fellow and Ph.D. student in the lab of Andrew Gracey of biological sciences.

In Their Own Words

October 8, 2014

Student researchers are contributing to a new blog that the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, housed in USC Dornsife, launched in June to feature graduate and undergraduate environmental…

Ilana (Tess Lina) meets brilliant but awkward student Suresh (Kapil Talwalkar) in <em>Animals Out of Paper</em>. Photo by Michael Lamont/East West Players.

Socially Conscious Actor

October 8, 2014

Any actor still in college would be thrilled to land a leading role in a big-city Equity production, sharing the stage with only two other actors, both of whom have lengthy stage and screen credits. And then to have the Los…

Robert Shrum (center) is presented with a chair bearing the university seal. From left to right: Dennis Chong, chair and professor of political science; Elizabeth Garrett, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; Shrum; Hope Warschaw, daughter of Carmen and Louis Warschaw; and USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay. Photos by Steve Cohn.

An Expert in Practical Politics

September 18, 2014

During a ceremony to commemorate his installation as the inaugural Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics at USC Dornsife, veteran political consultant Robert Shrum identified the one indispensable quality…

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.

Embracing the Muslim American Identity

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…