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The USC Equestrian Team with their coach Kathryn Burdett Griffiths. Photos courtesy of Taylor Osher.

Ride On

June 12, 2014

Sophomore Taylor Osher was nervous. It was almost her turn to demonstrate the horseback riding skills she had been refining all year. It was March at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center in Sylmar, California. Osher and her…

On-set shot of Frank Baxter, a professor of English at USC Dornsife who garnered Emmys for his TV shows in the 1950s and 60s. Photo courtesy of Wesleyan Cinema Archives.

Hats Off to Dr. Research

June 12, 2014

Frank Baxter was one of the most popular and genuinely charismatic professors ever to teach at USC. The bald, bespectacled Baxter, a professor of English literature, had such a great reputation that the Daily Trojan once…

Flanked by her husband and daughter, Usman Chaudhry’s mother speaks at a vigil held on June 21, 2008, at the location of her youngest son’s wrongful shooting by an LAPD officer. From left: Afzhal Chaudhry, Rukhsana Chaudhry, Usma Chaudhry. All photos courtesy of Olu Orange.

Setting a Civil Rights Precedent

June 10, 2014

Justice has been upheld and USC Dornsife faculty and students helped ensure it. On May 19, six years after police shot and killed a young autistic man, Mohammed Usman Chaudhry, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that…

Before graduating, USC Dornsife undergraduates learn to roll up their sleeves and experience working in politics and impacting policy. Illustrations by Daniel Hertzberg for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

Hearts in the Highlands

June 5, 2014

Standing on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Roxana Ontiveros had one thing on her mind: her Highland Park neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles. The daughter of Mexican immigrants and the first in her family to…

USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay (center) with (from left) Takato Imaizumi, Fernanda Ceriani, John Hogenesch, Stacey Harmer, Andrew Millar and Satchin Panda at the 25th anniversary symposium of Kay’s laboratory. All presented their research. Photo by Eric Larsen Images.

Biological Time Flies

June 4, 2014

USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay often describes his ambitious goals for cross-disciplinary collaboration. However, what some may not know is that as a scientist Kay not only espouses these ideas, but has been among the first to…

Natalie Tecimer with a hearing-impaired child during a 2012 family picnic at the John Tracy Clinic, a Los Angeles-based center for children with hearing loss. Photo courtesy of Natalie Tecimer.

Breaking the Silence

June 3, 2014

Junior Natalie Tecimer was born hearing impaired — yet she has never seen it as a disability. “To me hearing loss was this cool, unique thing,” said Tecimer, an international relations major at USC Dornsife…

During the recent annual Student Recognition Ceremony, 36 USC Dornsife graduates received the top awards. Photo courtesy of the USC Office of Student Affairs.

Student Recognition Ceremony

May 29, 2014

USC honored its most accomplished and inspiring students from the class of 2014 at the annual Student Recognition Ceremony. The 230 honorees, who were selected from more than 15,000 graduating students, represented the…

The Winn family, from left, Kate, Jack, Cindy and Michael, at the Joint Educational Project (JEP) House. All are involved in JEP, with Michael and Cindy Winn donating money to JEP’s Young Scientist Program. Photo by Susan Bell.

It’s a Winn-Winn

May 29, 2014

In 1982, Michael Winn was a sophomore taking an anthropology class that offered extra credit for participating in USC Dornsife’s Joint Educational Project (JEP). Winn leapt at the chance. “At first I did it for…

Researchers in Provost Professor of Biological Sciences Scott Fraser’s laboratory use confocal microscopy to capture a 3D projection of a live, developing zebrafish heart at 54 hours post-fertilization. A mitochondrial protein (green) and the nuclei (red) of the heart muscle cells are visible by a protein-trapping approach developed by Fraser’s team. Photo by Le Trinh.

ConvURGENT Bioscience

May 29, 2014

Like an artist sharing her latest Starry Night, geneticist Le Trinh invited her colleague to come see her experiment. Hunched over a microscope, Vikas Trivedi watched what looked like tiny bumper cars meandering inside a…

USC Dornsife junior Doris Chen wins the 2014 women’s golf individual title. Photo by USC Athletics.

Doris Chen Takes Golf Title

May 27, 2014

USC Dornsife junior Doris Chen made it two-in-a-row for USC, winning the individual national title in women’s golf at the NCAA Championships on May 23, but the Trojans were unable to defend their 2013 NCAA team title…