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Through Ann Crigler’s “Civic Engagement and Leadership” course, USC Dornsife students teach children how to raise funds for community organizations benefiting homeless shelters, animal rescue groups, community gardens, senior centers and other causes. Illustration by Roger Chouinard.

Positive Change

May 7, 2013

Fifth grader Gillian Morgan explained why her class decided to raise money to help the homeless. “First we were talking about our own families and what they mean to us, then we talked about people living on the streets…

Features inside the new Dornsife Neuroscience Pavilion give researchers the space to investigate the human mind with the highest quality equipment available, and then walk across the lobby and catch a concert, poetry recital or lecture in Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall. Photo by John Livzey.

Castle in the Clouds

May 7, 2013

What if the components of architecture — walls, windows, ceilings and everything in-between — were used to construct the human mind? How might the physical space integrate the mind’s two perspectives: the…

Housed in USC Dornsife, the sign for the Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies is proudly displayed over the entrance to the newly reopened institute. The building is located at 2714 South Hoover St., a few blocks from the USC University Park campus. Photo by Erica Christianson.

A Phoenix Rises

May 1, 2013

In a recent open house, leading members of the German-speaking community in Los Angeles joined faculty and students to celebrate the official reopening of the USC-Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies. Housed…

Eric Weintraub, a senior majoring in narrative studies in USC Dornsife, accepts his first place award for the creative writing category from Michael Quick, executive vice provost and professor of biological sciences. "La Laguna" explores the experiences of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Photo by Heather Cartagena.

Finding Their Muse

April 29, 2013

When Eric Weintraub's name was announced as first place winner for his short story “La Laguna” at USC’s 2013 Undergraduate Writers' Conference, he turned to the student next to him, “Did they just say…

A student reads at the Hoose Library located in USC Dornsife's School of Philosophy. The School of Philosophy has jumped dramatically in the Philosophical Gourmet Report rankings. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Dishing up Gourmet Philosophy

April 24, 2013

“No department has improved more over the last decade than USC’s.” Which discipline could the speaker be describing? Economics? Video gaming? Immunology, or maybe stem cell medicine? All good guesses of top…

Arriving as a global health major at Keck School of Medicine of USC, Otana Jakpor decided to add a major in biological sciences in USC Dornsife after taking a Problems Without Passports (PWP) biology course at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Hard Work Meets Glamour

April 15, 2013

A Southern California native whose father is Nigerian, Otana Jakpor visited Nigeria for the first time last Christmas. In addition to spending time with cousins and extended family she didn’t before know existed, the…

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Life, Neolithic Style

April 12, 2013

With expert movement, chemistry major Storm Nylen weaved together three long, thin strands of cotton to form a braid. Stationed at a counter in the USC Archaeology Research Center laboratory, she concentrated intently on her…

These two paintings reflecting appreciation for the complexities and similarities of our diverse natural world won second place in the "I Am USC Dornsife" contest for artist Brittany Lala, a neuroscience and biological sciences double major. Photo by Sonya Vanhoof.

Unlimited, Unbounded, Infinite

March 28, 2013

Growing up in Delaware, Rebecca Braun felt like “a lemon tree in a pot several sizes too small” — there was so much she wanted to see and do, but her world somehow seemed narrow. So she chose to attend USC…

As visiting fellows in USC Dornsife, former State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-Pasadena), left, and former State Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark) will lend their expertise regarding politics and public policy. Photo of Portantino courtesy of Portantino. Photo of Strickland courtesy of Strickland.

Visiting Fellows

March 1, 2013

Former State Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark) and former State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-Pasadena) have joined the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics in USC Dornsife as visiting fellows and student mentors. Over…

Students in the course "Forensic Psychology: The Mind and the Legal System" take a tour of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of USC Summer Programs.

Summer@USC

February 15, 2013

Neda Davarpanah was surfing the USC Web site when she stumbled upon the Summer@USC Program. She spotted a workshop in creative writing. Serendipity. She applied and was accepted this past summer. “I want to pursue…