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Students in the 2011 Guam and Palau class show their USC Dornsife pride. Photo by Jim Haw.

Dispatches from the Oceans of Micronesia

May 19, 2011

What happens when 24 students take to the ocean to study the fragile ecosystems of Micronesia’s coral reefs? Anyone can soon find out as dispatches from the field are posted to Scientific American’s…

From left, Elizabeth Sophy, John Lien Margetis and Silvia Green.

Eyes Fixed on the Horizon

May 13, 2011

Now preparing for their next milestones, the first graduates under the name USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences earned their diplomas on May 13. USC Dornsife issued more than 2,500 degrees during…

Senior Jake Bloch created the documentary "Awe" for his religion honors thesis in USC Dorsife. The film investigates and merges scientific theories and religious pursuits. Photo courtesy of Jake Bloch.

An Awe-Inspiring Film

May 12, 2011

Senior Jake Bloch grew up seeing religion and science mixed together — right on his father’s bookshelf. Books by Alfred North Whitehead sat side by side with those by Albert Einstein, along with Houston Smith…

Sarrah Shahawy '11 - USC Dornsife Valedictorian

Faith Makes All Things Possible

May 9, 2011

During a recent multi-faith celebration on campus, Sarrah Shahawy recited in English and Arabic a verse from the Qur’an emphasizing that in Islam, both genders and all nationalities are considered equal before God. Oh…

An enthusiastic USC Student Interfaith Council discusses the Dalai Lama's first visit to USC at a meeting shortly before his appearance on May 3. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

The Dalai Lama Inspires USC Dornsife Students

May 4, 2011

After years of reading the enlightening words of His Holiness, Mary Ellen “Jem” Jebbia listened to the powerful words spoken by the Dalai Lama. “It was fantastic,” the USC Dornsife junior said after…

Taking Action in California's Future

Taking Action in California's Future

April 29, 2011

Want to do something positive for California? This Fall, USC students can take a course that asks this question, then gives them the tools to help bring the Golden State back to prosperity. The class,…

USC Dornsife undergraduate Jordan Vieira earned first prize in the social sciences category during the 13th annual USC Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work. Photo by Heather Cartagena.

Drumming Up Winners

April 29, 2011

It was the sound of women’s hands pounding on makeshift drums — pum-pum-pum-pum — from overturned washing basins that first caught Jordan Vieira’s attention. Back home in California he began exploring…

From Mock Trial to Real Cases

From Mock Trial to Real Cases

April 19, 2011

Seated at a counsel table in a Los Angeles County courtroom, Elvira Kras anxiously awaited the jury’s decision. After years of work, she listened as the jury awarded Mohammed Usman Chaudhry’s family $1.7 million in…

USC juniors and seniors recite the oath that inducts them into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Society Epsilon Chapter of California at USC. The academic society welcomed 189 inductees, many of whom are students in USC Dornsife, on April 8 during an initiation ceremony at Town and Gown. Photo by Brian Morri.

A Love of Learning

April 18, 2011

Standing beneath the large glass chandeliers in Town and Gown, USC juniors and seniors proudly raised their right hands as they recited the oath that would induct them into the nation’s most prestigious academic honor…

It Ought to be a Law

At the Forefront of Change

March 21, 2011

Swapping jeans and graphic T-shirts for suits and ties, 21 USC Dornsife students ascended the steps of the California State Capitol. After months preparing for the final presentation, students in the freshman seminar “It…