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In the Fall special topics course "The Fantastic in Modern East Asian Literature and Film," USC undergraduates and graduate students learned the film <em>Godzilla</em>, created by Japanese film director Ishirō Honda in 1954, represents the United States and Japan’s fears about the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Image credit: 1954 © Toho Co., Ltd.

A Fantastical Take on Reality

January 17, 2012

Watching the film Godzilla with his classmates, USC senior Elton Keung initially saw the scaly creature as nothing more than a monster stomping through the streets of Tokyo, Japan. Keung was surprised to learn that the…

Why USC Dornsife Advising?

Plot Your Path

January 10, 2012

Sometimes it takes just one person’s support to set you on the right track. As a USC Dornsife undergraduate, Shweta Namjoshi knew she wanted to become a physician. She took her time and underwent a lot of…

“Soon, my achievements will show who Adrian Toledo really is,” wrote Adrian Toledo, a senior at Manual Arts High School, in the essay portion of his USC application. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Tears of Joy

December 23, 2011

For these high school students, the tiny mortarboard pins represented months of hard work and stick-to-itiveness. As their USC Dornsife mentors fastened onto their shirts and jackets the universal symbol for education, some…

One of four USC Mock Trial Team squads claimed first place in the University of Pennsylvania’s Quaker Classic Tournament in Philadelphia, Penn. Pictured from left to right: Gina Davidson, USC Mock Trial Team assistant coach; USC Dornsife freshmen David Nemeschansky, Courtney Chao, and Mitchell Diesko; Olu K. Orange, USC Mock Trial Team head coach; USC Dornsife junior Christen Philips; USC Dornsife sophomore Nerses Aposhian; USC Marshall School of Business freshman Kevin Fu and Lauren Herz, USC Mock Trial Team assistant coach.

USC Mock Trial Team Dominates East Coast Competition

December 1, 2011

In a Philadelphia courtroom, USC Mock Trial Team member Lauren Ige confidently stood before a judge and argued that a man who drove with a blood alcohol level higher than the legal limit of .08 and crashed his car killing a…

JEP: Young Scientists Program

JEP Fights Childhood Obesity

November 30, 2011

When a fifth grader told Nadine Afari that pepperoni grows from the ground, the USC Young Scientists Program director decided her next event would teach children the differences between processed and natural foods. Afari had…

Monica Valencia, a sociology major in USC Dornsife, is one of more than 500 student veterans at USC. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

U.S. Air Force Vet Turned Trojan Honors Fallen Soldiers

November 14, 2011

Monica Valencia’s parents divorced when she was 12, forcing her mother to raise her and two younger brothers as a single parent. With limited resources and eviction notices following the family from Los Angeles to…

A rainstorm closed Mole National Park when the Ghana fellows visited to take a safari ride. Just as they were turning back to the lodge, a procession of elephants crossed their path. Photo by Elisabeth Wolfenden '13.

Not Following the Herd

November 7, 2011

A newborn goat, umbilical cord still attached, stumbled across the dusty road, bleating in wonder. From the airplane window a day earlier, eight USC Dornsife undergraduates had watched the Los Angeles sprawl and jammed I-405…

Follow Your Inspiration

Follow Your Inspiration

November 3, 2011

Introduction by Pamela J. JohnsonProfiles by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody   So you’re undecided. That’s OK! Finding your place in the world has just become easier. Launched officially this Fall, First-Year…

Illustration by Joel Kimmel

First-Year Investigations: Brendan Dugan

November 3, 2011

Brendan DuganSummit, New JerseyMathematics As others may rush by abstract paintings, Brendan Dugan methodically observes the seemingly nonsensical swirling lines and bold dots on display. Abstract art reminds the 18-year-old…

Illustration by Joel Kimmel

First-Year Investigations: Tienju Wang

November 3, 2011

Tienju WangDallas, TexasBiological Sciences It took nine hours of studying for an advanced placement biology exam and a touch of delirium for Tienju “Nikky” Wang to make up her mind. At a young age she aspired to…