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From left, salutatorian Jared Sokol, valedictorian Jana Shapiro and salutatorian Brian Lentz are all from USC Dornsife this year. Photos by Gus Ruelas.

Valedictorian and Salutatorians

May 14, 2014

This year’s valedictorian and salutatorians have two big things in common: all three are from USC Dornsife and all want to be doctors. Medicine is a tough profession that has come under fire lately, but Jana Shapiro,…

USC President C. L. Max Nikias congratulates Nobel laureate Arieh Warshel, Distinguished Professor of Chemisty, on Warshel's Presidential Medallion during the April 8 awards ceremony. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Academic Honors Convocation

April 29, 2014

The 33rd annual Academic Honors Convocation celebrated stellar USC students, faculty and administrators at Town & Gown. USC President C. L. Max Nikias presented the Presidential Medallion, the university’s highest…

A successful career woman, mother of six and grandmother of eight, Cynthia Maxwell-Dillard is just getting started. Illustration by Robert Neubecker.

In My Opinion

November 13, 2013

Sustainability usually refers to issues of maintaining the environment and ecosystem or improving the ozone layer. How about personal sustainability? For nearly 60 years, my determination to fulfill a commitment never…

USC President C. L. Max Nikias (center) was among the attendees to congratulate this year’s Wall of Scholars honorees, including many USC Dornsife students. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Wall of Scholars

May 21, 2013

The academic achievements of more than 60 exceptional USC students — many from USC Dornsife —took center stage at the annual Wall of Scholars recognition ceremony on May 16. The names of these high-achieving…

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…