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JEP 40th Anniversary

‘JEP Sparked a Flame in Me’

November 1, 2013

As a 9-year-old girl growing up in California’s San Fernando Valley, América Ferrera remembers lying in bed, dreaming of fame and diamonds. “That’s a 9-year-old’s fantasy of celebrity,”…

Alumnus Michael Dawson, Ph.D., '67 has taught psychology at USC Dornsife for nearly 30 years. He is well known for his application of psychophysiology to schizophrenia. Here, he teaches his class on emotion and the heart. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Preventing Relapse

October 16, 2013

One in a hundred people suffers from schizophrenia. Characterized by hallucinations, delusions and gross disorganization of thought and speech, schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and disabling brain disorder. During a…

James B. Smith, U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, shares his perspective on the Arab Spring during a talk organized by the USC Dornsife School of International Relations. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Royal Subject to Citizen

September 26, 2013

U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia James B. Smith witnessed firsthand the changes that took place in his region as the Arab Spring movement gained traction in 2010 and spread throughout the Arab world. These two words emerged as…

International relations alumna Pam Mizuno spent a week this May volunteering on coffee farms in Costa Rica, assisting with research relating to American leaf spot, a disease currently affecting coffee harvests in the country. Photo courtesy of Pam Mizuno.

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

August 30, 2013

Volunteering at organic coffee farms in Costa Rica, Pam Mizuno rose with the sun each morning around 5 a.m. Once on her feet, Mizuno would slather on a thick layer of sunblock, coat herself in bug spray, then enjoy a hearty…

USC Dornsife alumna Bonnie Nijst, president and CEO of ZEESMAN, is a strong believer in the power of women- and minority-owned businesses to drive the economy, especially in underserved communities. Photo by Susan Bell.

Branded a Winner

August 15, 2013

A successful minority business owner, Bonnie Nijst encountered sexism and prejudice on her journey to the top. “I remember a time when someone came into my bureau for a meeting with me and said to my assistant…

Experts warn that if current trends continue, one in three Americans will suffer from Type 2 diabetes by 2050. Marcia Abbott, who earned a Ph.D. at USC Dornsife in 2010, investigates how a high fat diet affects insulin resistance in skeletal muscles — known to be a precursor of Type 2 diabetes. Photo courtesy of Thinkstock.

Taking Aim at Diabetes

July 25, 2013

As rates of obesity-linked Type 2 diabetes soar worldwide, scientific research advancing our understanding of this potentially fatal disease is crucial. Experts warn that if current trends continue, one in three Americans will…

USC Dornsife alumnus Paul Ignatius (right) is congratulated by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus during the Washington, D.C., ceremony celebrating the naming of the future <em>USS Paul Ignatius</em>. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Arif Patani.

A Name With Firepower

July 17, 2013

Paul Ignatius did not originally set out for a Navy career. In his youth, he dreamed of a profession in the arts — acting, writing or directing films. So it must have been kismet when, sitting in the Doheny Memorial…

Mischalgrace Diasanta, the Mary Roney Scholarship winner for 2013, is congratulated by Susan Kamei, Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) director and Jim Kincaid, chair of the MLS faculty board, who presented Diasanta with a copy of the master's thesis by Mary Roney. Photo by Erica Christianson.

MLS Program Awards Mary Roney Scholarship

July 12, 2013

Mischalgrace Diasanta of USC Dornsife Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) has received the Mary Roney Memorial Scholarship for 2013. MLS presented Diasanta, who as a MLS student wrote about the early depiction of Muslim…

International relations alumna Erica Berger ’09 was singled out by <em>Forbes</em> magazine as being one of the intellectual best of her generation, naming her one of “30 Under 30” to watch in the media category. Photo by Ashley N. Stefan.

Building a Buzz

July 10, 2013

Nothing takes the edge off a Monday morning like learning that Forbes magazine is celebrating you as a young media maven. Although the elite magazine had requested alumna Erica Berger’s photograph, she didn’t yet…

USC Dornsife alumna Lizette Salas watches her tee shot on the 16th hole during the first round of the HSBC Women's Champions at the Sentosa Golf Club on February 28, 2013 in Singapore, Southeast Asia. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images.

On an Upswing

June 28, 2013

For Lizette Salas, it’s all about the follow through. After graduating from USC Dornsife in 2011, Salas became a professional golfer, competing on the Symetra Tour in seven tournaments. She then played in the U.S.…