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USC Dornsife launches a new interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in GeoDesign — the first of its kind in the world — led by John Wilson, director of Spatial Sciences Institute. Photo by Susan Bell.

Mapping a Better World

November 5, 2013

Population growth, rapid urbanization, meeting water and energy needs, biological conservation and climate change — these are some of the most difficult and enduring challenges facing the world today. Finding innovative…

Thomas Seifrid (standing, left), chair and professor of Slavic languages and literatures, moderated the Oct. 22 talk "What's Up With Russia?" Seated from left to right, Robert English, associate professor of international relations and director of USC Dornsife’s School of International Relations, Brad Damaré, assistant professor of Slavic languages and literatures, and John Bowlt, professor of Slavic languages and literatures. Photos by Erica Christianson.

'What’s Up With Russia?'

October 31, 2013

Clad in brightly colored ski masks, a group of young women ascended the altar of a Russian Orthodox church in Moscow. Pumping their fists into the air, they sang and danced around the dais then fell to their knees. The…

A USC Dornsife junior majoring in neuroscience, the new USC Residential Student Government President Sera Choi is also involved in USC Dornsife's Trojan Health Volunteers program, part of the Joint Educational Project. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Pointing the Way

October 25, 2013

The new president of the Residential Student Government (RSG) has a message for the 7,000 students the organization represents: learn to become leaders. “Leadership is something that we are really focusing on this…

USC Dornsife junior Eduardo Mollinedo-Piñon (standing) co-directs as Foshay Learning Center's music director, Vincent Womack, plays the trumpet during a rehearsal of the Foshay Symphonic Band. Front row (from left) Audrey Burke, Leslie Romero, Amber Johnson, Emmanuel Marquez and Christopher Ayuso. Second row (from left) Herman Lorenzo, Byron Gomez and Melvin Perez. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Playing It Forward

October 24, 2013

First the high, brassy notes of the trumpets sound, followed by the mellow, reedy tones of the alto saxophones. Tumbling piano scales join the cacophony accompanied by rolling drum beats and the slow groove of an electric bass…

Polish film director Ryszard Bugajski speaks to students in the classroom of Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures Anna Krakus (standing). During the Oct. 15 event, he discussed the making of his daring and controversial film <em>Interrogation</em>. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Filmmaker and Rebel

October 22, 2013

In the communist-era Soviet bloc, all forms of artistic expression were subject to censorship and even suppression by the government. This reality gave rise to a dissident, grassroots practice called samizdat in which censored…

Gen. David Petraeus at a meeting with members of USC CREATE during his recent daylong visit to campus as USC Judge Widney Professor. Photo by Tom Queally.

Petraeus’ Surge Across Campus

October 17, 2013

Retired Gen. David Petraeus officially became “Professor Petraeus” to USC students last week — lecturing on energy and the United States economy, meeting with student veterans and cheering the football team…

“Drop, cover and hold on” for 60 seconds at 10:17 a.m. on Oct. 17. Established by the Southern California Earthquake Center based at USC Dornsife, the drill is the largest such exercise in the world.

Brace Yourself

October 16, 2013

For the sixth consecutive year, USC will participate in the Great California ShakeOut disaster drill. Along with millions of other people throughout the state, USC students, faculty and staff will “drop, cover and hold…

USC Dornsife’s Kenneth Geller, associate professor of clinical otolaryngology, teaches students in a pre-med Second-Year Inquiry course, while USC Dornsife’s William McClure, professor of biological science, sits nearby. Photos by Michelle Boston.

Career Building for Undergrads

October 10, 2013

Kenneth Geller set an imaginary scene for his undergraduate students: “You’re a doctor. It’s the end of the day and you’ve seen 30 patients. You’re hungry and tired. Your last patient is an…

USC Dornsife senior Jasmine Torres greets a young student at the Trojan Guardians Scholarship Program (TGS) booth during the Sept. 28 College Within Reach event on the University Park campus. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Guardian Angel

October 8, 2013

As winter break approached, Jasmine Torres’ roommate innocently asked her where she’d be spending the break. Surprised, the then-freshman replied, ‘What are you talking about? I’m staying here.’…

During a recent panel discussion titled <em>The Arab Uprisings: Crisis and Conflict in Egypt, Syria and Beyond</em>, Sherman Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and professor of religion and American studies and ethnicity at USC Dornsife, discussed how the Arab uprisings have impacted Islamic discourse and its relation to politics and government. Photos by Erica Christianson.

Bread, Freedom and Dignity

October 1, 2013

Resplendent in ivory wedding gowns and bearing blood-red banners with white lettering proclaiming “Stop all military operations in Syria,” “One hundred percent Syrian,” and “Syria is for all of…