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USC Dornsife alumnus Bill Altaffer is among the most traveled people in the world. He has exhausted 12 passports and 130 visas, visiting all 192 United Nations countries plus 300 island groups. Here he is pictured on the summit of China's Mount Hua Shan surrounded by red Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags. Photo courtesy of Bill Altaffer.

Trojan Globetrotter

November 15, 2013

William “Bill” Altaffer has feasted on boiled cobra washed down with warm snake’s blood from a street stall in Bangkok, Thailand. He’s polished off a plate of baked crocodile skewered on a Masai sword…

The Ananias sisters, pictured here with their parents, are USC alumni. The family survived the <em>Costa Concordia</em> shipwreck in 2012. From top left: Georgia, Dean; From bottom left: Debbie and Valerie of USC Dornsife and Cindy of Keck School of Medicine of USC. Photo by Arturo Montoya.

Five Hours of Terror

November 15, 2013

When the theme song from the movie Titanic boomed from speakers, Georgia Ananias remarked to her husband maybe that wasn’t the best song to play on a cruise ship. An hour later, just as their dinner salads arrived at…

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…

Geraldine Knatz

Raising the Anchor

November 13, 2013

Growing up in Wayne, N.J., Geraldine Knatz loved nothing more than going crabbing with her family on the Jersey Shore. Until, heading home one summer evening, she was overcome by remorse. Insisting her father turn around, she…

Brian Rodysill ’12 is attending medical school at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn. He graduated from USC Dornsife with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a minor in natural science. Illustration by Niklas Asker.

The Environmentalists: Brian Rodysill

November 12, 2013

Why did you decide to go into medicine? My drive crystallized after suffering severe spinal trauma in a skiing accident in 2010. Shattered bone fragments punctured my spinal canal, resulting in a lack of feeling and movement…

Tiffany Pereira ’11 is a research associate at the San Diego Zoo’s Desert Tortoise Conservation Center located in the Mohave Desert in Nevada. She graduated from USC Dornsife with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a minor in fine arts from the USC Roski School of Fine Arts. Illustration by Niklas Asker.

The Environmentalists: Tiffany Pereira

November 12, 2013

Why do you love working in conservation? We take in desert tortoises, a threatened species, and rehabilitate them, raising public awareness while conducting research. After tortoises are released for relocation, they are…

Laura Wang ’12 is an executive fellow for renewable energy in the office of California Gov. Jerry Brown. Previously, she worked for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Wang graduated from USC Dornsife with a progressive master’s degree in environmental studies. Illustration by Niklas Asker.

The Environmentalists: Laura Wang

November 12, 2013

Describe your job working on Gov. Jerry Brown’s renewable energy team. I work in the executive branch on energy and environmental policy for the state, preparing talking points and memos on issues, and managing some of…

Elise Fabbro ’11, ’12 is attending law school at the University of San Diego, in San Diego, Calif. She graduated from USC Dornsife with bachelor’s degrees in political science and environmental studies and a progressive master’s degree in environmental studies. Illustration by Niklas Asker.

The Environmentalists: Elise Fabbro

November 12, 2013

What prompted you to pursue a degree in law? I have known since high school that I wanted the environment to be a prominent part of my career, and that I wanted to pursue law. I am specifically interested in working with…

Stephen Holle ’13 is a reserve administrator at the Los Angeles environmental nonprofit Climate Action Reserve. He graduated from USC Dornsife with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies with a concentration in sustainability. Illustration by Niklas Asker.

The Environmentalists: Stephen Holle

November 12, 2013

Describe how your current job helps implement California’s landmark cap-and-trade* program. The Climate Action Reserve specializes in the regulatory and voluntary carbon offset market. We work on projects related to…

International relations alumna Molly Beckert sits with students during lunchtime at the Awoo Primary School in Gulu, Uganda. Echoing Good, the nonprofit Beckert founded, raised funds to create a farm and lunch program at the school. Photos courtesy of Molly Beckert.

Echo Effect

November 7, 2013

While studying abroad in the northern Uganda city of Gulu, Molly Beckert learned that children were dropping out of the nearby primary school at a high rate. “Families were faced with the decision of whether to send…