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Michele Felberg, a graduate of the USC Dornsife Environmental Studies program and the USC Scientific Diving program. Photo courtesy of Michele Felberg.

Diving into Success

May 20, 2015

Michele Felberg ’13 knows the connection between tourism and the marine environment — that’s where she's worked for the past two years. With the help of a prestigious scholarship, she wants to study how…

Barbara Duffey laughs while comparing a student’s writing piece to a Taylor Swift song during her creative writing class. Photo by Matt Gade/Daily Republic.

Soul of the Machine

May 19, 2015

Longer than she can quite remember, the writer Barbara Duffey ’02 has been mesmerized by machines: both the gears and levers sort, as well as the mortal, warm-blooded kind. She knows that the working parts of most…

Dominique Byrd, seen here playing in 2004, received his degree in African American studies from USC Dornsife on May 15. Photo courtesy of USC Athletics.

NFL Vet Returns for Degree

May 19, 2015

It started with a promise. It was Feb. 6, 2002 — the day before his 18th birthday — and Dominique Byrd was about to sign his national letter of intent to play football for USC. For Cheryl Bowens, it would mean…

Touring the University Park campus on May 2 are, from left: USC President C. L. Max Nikias; Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie Abe; and Niki C. Nikias.  Photos by Gus Ruelas.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Visits USC

May 2, 2015

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan could not leave the U.S. without returning to USC. Abe stopped at the University Park Campus on his way to Los Angeles International Airport on May 2, after a week of historic diplomacy that…

Soonja Choe, the first woman president of Inha University, talks with students. Choe has taught and conducted research there for 28 years. Photo courtesy of Soonja Choe.

Strength of Spirit and Mind

April 29, 2015

Growing up in Incheon, South Korea, Soonja Choe’s family was very poor. Her mother never went to school and her father had a limited grade-school education. Choe was just 12 years old when he died, leaving her mother to…

Importance of Mentorship

The Importance of Mentorship

April 7, 2015

Adrian Trinidad was in third grade at an inner city Los Angeles elementary school when a chance encounter during a school trip to USC changed the course of his life. A student gave the young boy a bookmark for the Norman…

First-year student Benjamin Sturgess talks with Larry Singer, professor of chemistry and faculty adviser for USC Dornsife’s Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program (PPP), at a mid-semester program meeting. Photo by Kelsey Rupp.

A Change of Heart

April 1, 2015

In 1996, John Michels’ dream came true. After graduating from USC Dornsife with a bachelor’s in religion, the former Trojans offensive tackle was a first-round NFL draft pick by the Green Bay Packers. During his…

Alumna Alison Harmelin anchoring for CBS MoneyWatch in December 2014. Photos courtesy of Alison Harmelin.

On the Pulse

March 19, 2015

“When there has been an earthquake, or a terrorist attack, or a hurricane is expected to hit soon and everyone is scrambling to evacuate, I am the person who is trying to go in the opposite direction, the one who is…

John Wilson (right) receives a certificate of accreditation for SSI’s Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Program from Keith Masback, CEO of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. Photo by Anne Marie Maltes.

Spatial Connections

March 12, 2015

In 1854, British physician John Snow drew a map of London, tracing a severe outbreak of cholera back to the city’s Broad Street water pump. The link led to Snow’s breakthrough discovery that cholera is spread by…

Alumnus and lecturer Brandon Som’s prizewinning first book of poems, <em>The Tribute Horse</em>, examines questions of identity and language. Photo by Jason Bacasa.

Som Wins Poetry Prize

March 12, 2015

Etched into the wooden walls of the former immigration station on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, the poems tell of the hopes and fears of the Chinese immigrants once detained and interrogated there — sometimes for…