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Chemistry alumnus Dave Chapman operates on an injured goose. Photo courtesy of Dave Chapman.

Trusting His Animal Instincts

August 14, 2015

Alumnus Dave Chapman recalls traveling through Bali, Indonesia, with a group of veterinarians. They stopped in different villages, setting up make-shift animal clinics and spaying and neutering hundreds of stray dogs. As a…

Rob Paravonian combined his love of writing and making people laugh to forge a career in comedy. Photo by Elia Lyssy.

To Wit

July 14, 2015

When Rob Paravonian opened 12 shows on comedy titan George Carlin’s final tour across the country, he waited until the seventh show before asking to take a photo together. Paravonian didn’t want to come off as a…

Alumna Petra Flannery was named Hollywood’s top stylist in 2015 by <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em>. Photos courtesy of Petra Flannery.

Calculating Fashion Risks

July 10, 2015

Always on the edge of glamour and intense pressure, creativity and fastidious organization, risk and discipline, Petra Flannery ’95 is the stylist for celebrities such as Emma Stone, Zoe Saldana and Amy Adams — to…

As a senior, Jamie Brisbin spent a semester doing a special program on Catalina Island, which helped solidify his love of sea diving. Photo courtesy of Jamie Brisbin.

A Rescue Mission

June 25, 2015

When the going gets tough, the tough… go to Superman School? That’s the informal name, at least, for the rigorous training required to become a pararescueman, or “PJ” (para-jumper). These U.S. Air…

Data scientist and researcher Ravi Iyer believes psychology is an important tool for understanding people-generated data. Photo courtesy of Ravi Iyer.

Data King

June 24, 2015

Have you ever pondered what Stevie Wonder album is the world’s best? Or, which are the best TV shows to binge-watch? Do you want to know which are the most important goals in life? Or, has it even crossed your mind to…

Angela Flournoy, a Southern California native, has had a lifelong relationship with Detroit, where her father was raised. Photo by LaToya T. Duncan.

This Must Be the Place

June 23, 2015

Angela Flournoy can recall an early visit to Detroit with her father when she was a young girl. He drove Flournoy and her sister around the East Detroit neighborhood where he had grown up, pointing out the locations of…

Passports at the ready: This year's Fulbright Fellowships take USC Dornsife recipients around the globe.

Meet the Fabulous Fulbrights

June 8, 2015

This year’s bumper crop of USC Dornsife Fulbright recipients includes nine alumni, four doctoral students and one undergraduate. Their fellowships enable them to span the globe, taking them to Northern Ireland, Thailand,…

Drawing courtesy of the Granger Collection, New York.

At the Edge of the Known World

June 1, 2015

Imagine what it was like for the first African to explore the New World in the 16th century. For Estebanico, a Moroccan slave, arriving from Spain in 1527 to what is now the United States’ Gulf Coast was bittersweet.…

On the Banks of the Yalu River

On the Banks of the Yalu River

June 1, 2015

Two years ago, I stood on the easternmost section of China’s Great Wall looking across a narrow sliver of the Yalu River. There it was: North Korea — an empty landscape of white-capped mountains and snow-covered…

Illustrations by Nigel Buchanan for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

The Great Explorers

June 1, 2015

Although born generations apart, Virginia Carter and Alexia Tsotsis let their passions be their guide and broke through in male-dominated fields. Carter earned her wings in the aerospace industry before taking an unexpected…