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Two children carry containers filled with water in Northern Uganda. Drinking unclean water can lead to many diseases. More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation and hygiene-related causes. Photos by Justin Arana.

My Name Is Water

October 16, 2014

Justin Arana was traveling the world on a spiritual quest to find himself. The journey was spurred by his grandfather, who had asked if Arana would be happy with the worth of his life if he died the next day. It was 2008,…

In addition to writing, The Writing Program at USC Dornsife improves students’ communication and critical thinking, top skills employers look for in a job candidate.

Got English?

October 15, 2014

You think honing your writing skills prepares you solely for a writing career? Think again. For a wide range of industries, the most in-demand skill is writing. That is coupled with good oral communication skills, according…

USC Dornsife Board of Councilormember Suri Suriyakumar (left) recently flew from Northern California to Los Angeles to lunch with his Gateway mentee, junior Mark Lee, who is majoring in psychology and business. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Map Your Future

October 9, 2014

As a young man in his native Sri Lanka, Suri Suriyakumar was apprenticed to be a marine engineer. Deciding that sailing was not for him, he soon switched to business. “I never went to college, so I had no formal…

Robert Shrum (center) is presented with a chair bearing the university seal. From left to right: Dennis Chong, chair and professor of political science; Elizabeth Garrett, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; Shrum; Hope Warschaw, daughter of Carmen and Louis Warschaw; and USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay. Photos by Steve Cohn.

An Expert in Practical Politics

September 18, 2014

During a ceremony to commemorate his installation as the inaugural Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics at USC Dornsife, veteran political consultant Robert Shrum identified the one indispensable quality…

An expert in astronomy, astrophysics, rocket science and deep space exploration, Professor Emeritus Darrell Judge received the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Award in 1974. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

In Memoriam: Darrell Judge, 79

August 29, 2014

Darrell Judge, professor emeritus of physics and astronomy and astronautical engineering at USC Dornsife, an expert in the fields of spectroscopy, space science and solar physics, and founding director of the USC Space…

Alumnus Caleb Farro shows his Trojan pride while skiing Mount Cook in New Zealand. Photos courtesy of Caleb Farro.

Alumnus Goes Pro

August 22, 2014

While an undergraduate at USC Dornsife, Caleb Farro and the rest of the USC Ski and Snowboard Team would head to Mammoth Mountain each weekend and make videos of their ski trips. He could not have imagined these escapades…

Alumna and pearl biologist Tina Weier conducts an underwater environmental resource survey in the Cook Islands. Photos courtesy of Tina Weier.

A Pearl of a Job

August 19, 2014

Growing up in Florida, Tina Weier dreamed of being a marine biologist on a tropical island. “My mom has a picture book I made when I was in first grade that has a photo of me next to a giant fake shark,” she said.…

Alumni and friends Dawn McDaniel and Marat Zanov work at Georgia-based Virtually Better, Inc., to develop virtual reality treatments for anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which frequently affects veterans. Both earned Ph.D.s in psychology at USC Dornsife. Photos courtesy of Marat Zanov and Dawn McDaniel.

Virtually Cured

July 31, 2014

Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often experience a cluster of symptoms, including flashbacks and nightmares, emotional numbness and hyperarousal, which results in difficulty sleeping, angry…

The Moor's Account author Laila Lalami, who earned her Ph.D. in linguistics from USC Dornsife in 1997, speaks Arabic, Spanish and French in addition to English. Her linguistics training informs her writing. “When you’re a writer everything you experience goes into your writing,” Lalami said. Photo courtesy of Laila Lalami.

Estebanico’s Turn to Speak

July 29, 2014

In 1527, Spanish conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez led 600 men across the Atlantic Ocean to what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States. Their goal was to claim land for the Spanish crown. From the get-go, the…

Emmanuel Caudillo's passion for education stems from the challenges he faced as a first-generation college student. Photos courtesy of Emmanuel Caudillo.

Increasing Educational Opportunities

July 22, 2014

Emmanuel Caudillo clearly remembers the challenges he faced applying to college as a first-generation college student. Some of the forms he found daunting, particularly the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA),…