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Earning his Ph.D. at the USC Dornsife hooding ceremony May 16, Howard Wayne Harris was lead author on several published scientific papers. All of his research papers are accompanied by online videos, which help readers visualize the experiment results. Photo by Emily Cavalcanti.

Scientist and Filmmaker

May 17, 2013

In high school, Howard Wayne Harris had a rough time in academics.  Because he had a difficult time spelling and handwriting one teacher advised him not to go to college.  How would that 9th grade teacher feel…

Clockwise from top left: Rebecca and Andrew Alonzo, Cynthia Maxwell Dillard, Michael Fritschner, America Ferrera and David Horacio Hernandez. The Alonzos, Dillard and Hernandez photos by Pamela J. Johnson; Fritschner photo by Erica Christianson; Ferrera photo by grad images.

You Did It!

May 17, 2013

Graduated Betty   Golden Globe and Emmy-winning America Ferrera stands with her mentor Steven Lamy, professor of international relations and vice dean for academic programs in USC Dornsife. Ferrera earned her…

Thomas Ward, a USC Dornsife anthropologist, documents his life with MS-13 members in <em>Gangsters Without Borders: An Ethnography of a Salvadoran Street Gang</em> recently published by Oxford University Press. Photo by Eddie North-Hager.

One of the Gang

September 24, 2012

During his fieldwork one evening in Los Angeles, Thomas Ward found himself staring down the barrel of a gang member’s gun. His brush with death was a promise and a threat — Ward better pass the gang’s…

A USC Dornsife student on a scientific dive in Guam with a Hawksbill sea turtle in the foreground during a past Maymester trip. Photo by Gerry Smith.

Taking the Plunge

May 23, 2012

USC Dornsife students are diving into this year’s Maymester courses. After taking a Spring semester course on the physics, physiology, safety and methodology of scientific diving, 26 undergraduates will dive in the…

From left, Emir Estrada, Krishna Narayanamurti and Mariah Gill have earned degrees from USC Dornsife and are each heading to successful and exciting destinations. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

Going Places

May 11, 2012

Emir Estrada opened an envelope she had just picked up from her campus mailbox. The return address said the University of Connecticut. “Let’s read this together,” said Estrada, who on May 11 earned her Ph.D.…

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…

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…

Kenechi Udeze (center) lines up to accept his bachelor's degree during the 2010 USC Student-Athlete Graduation Celebration held May 13 on University Park campus. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

'Quitting is Not an Option'

May 14, 2010

When Kenechi Udeze joined the USC Trojan football team as a redshirt freshman in 2001, he was a 340-pound, fledgling defensive end player. "To be honest with you," he said, "the first day I came here for practice, I passed…

Exceptional USC College graduates Isabel Duenas, Brian Tenenbaum and Evan Marcus. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

A Touch of Class

May 14, 2010

After Manuel Arts: Isabel Duenas The youngest of three children, Isabel Duenas was in fifth grade when her brother joined a gang, started doing drugs and having run-ins with the law. "I saw what this was doing to my…

USC College Commencement

USC College Commencement

May 11, 2010

USC President Steven B. Sample, set to step down in August, will address graduates at the university's 127th commencement. Approximately 40,000 parents, family and friends attend the commencement ceremony each…