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Recording artist and activist Akon and ONE representatives visited a classroom at USC recently to launch the #PowerProject Campaign Lab, which will combat energy poverty in Africa. International relations students presented original social media campaign ideas to a panel, shown here. Photo courtesy of ONE.

#PowerProject

April 25, 2014

How would you cook dinner without electricity? Or get your homework done after sunset without turning on the lights? And on a more crucial level, what if your local hospital had no refrigeration for medicine or power for…

In February 2014, USC opened a Census Research Data Center (RDC) on the University Park campus, a specialized venue where researchers can access non-public Census Bureau data.

Rare Access to Census Data

April 23, 2014

Seeking economic and demographic data for her sociology research, Rachelle Wang knows the value of restricted information from the U.S. Census Bureau. “Up-to-date quantitative and qualitative data is imperative for my…

Physics and mathematics junior Luke Bouma earns the nation's highest undergraduate science award — the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Photo by Susan Bell.

Golden Opportunity

April 23, 2014

Budding physicist Luke Bouma, whose research interests include sustainable energy and quantum optics, hardly dared believe his good fortune when he recently learned he won the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Bouma…

Truman Scholar Oscar De Los Santos is currently studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. Here, he visits Seville, Spain. Photo courtesy of Oscar De Los Santos.

Oscar De Los Santos Selected as Truman Scholar

April 23, 2014

Oscar De Los Santos recalled lunching with President Barack Obama at a café near the White House. Both ordered hamburgers and french fries, Santos going with a strawberry milkshake while the president enjoyed a…

Renowned ecologist William Schlesinger, president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y., spoke to a packed audience of faculty and students at Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall inside the Dornsife Neuroscience Pavilion. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Averting the Apocalypse

April 21, 2014

In 1944, the United States Coast Guard released a herd of reindeer on St. Matthew Island off the coast of Alaska so top naval personnel could hunt them for recreation. The reindeer population grew exponentially. From the 29…

Fostering Support

Trojan Guardian Scholars Kickoff

April 17, 2014

Preparing to graduate with a bachelor’s in sociology next month, Jasmine Torres named seeing the USC Trojan Guardian Scholars (TGS) program evolve from vision to reality as the highlight of her academic…

USC senior Christine Burcelis and Resurrection Catholic School fifth graders Jesus Ajiz and Leslie Lopez learn about civic engagement during the Penny Harvest Academy. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Penny Wise

April 16, 2014

One by one, the children named problems they wanted to solve in their neighborhoods — air pollution, litter, homelessness, gangs, violence, and drug and alcohol abuse. Then, the USC undergraduates sitting with them…

Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith '11

Most Valuable Trait

April 9, 2014

Tenacious. Physical. Nasty. That’s how Malcolm Smith ’11 describes playing defense. “It’s not something everybody can do,” he said. “There’s definitely a darker spot inside of you…

At the "Plankton Races" science station, students from Foshay Learning Center use pipe cleaners, cork, paper clips and other items to create plankton-like structures to study buoyancy, density and surface area. Their goal is to construct a form that will hover in a small tank of water without sinking or floating to the top to study how phytoplankton and zooplankton function in seawater. Photo by D.J. Kast.

H20 Robo Kids

April 8, 2014

At his playground, fourth grader Leonel Aquino ditched the jungle gym to construct from polyvinyl chloride pipe an underwater remotely operated vehicle — or ROV. “This is like making Legos but bigger,” said…

Students who participated in the Science of Sustainable Food Spring Break Program learned how to make compost out of food waste. In six to eight weeks the melon rinds, egg shells and paper napkins they combined will create a nutrient-rich soil for growing vegetables. Photo by Michelle Boston.

Food Revolution

April 7, 2014

As the sun shone against a clear blue sky on Catalina Island, 17  students gathered around a long, rectangular pit filled with dirt, garden clippings and bits of food — banana peels, lettuce leaves, waffles. Eleven…