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Political science alumni Melody Nishida and Roland Ulloa followed different career paths, but neither forgot their alma mater. Both were recently honored at gala award ceremonies. Photos courtesy of the USC Alumni Association.

LAA and APAA Honor Alumni

April 25, 2014

Graduating in the 1970s, Melody Nishida and Roland Ulloa each earned bachelor’s degrees in political science. Since then, the two have followed different career paths. Nishida, who graduated in 1978, has become a…

Recording artist and activist Akon and ONE representatives visited a classroom at USC recently to launch the #PowerProject Campaign Lab, which will combat energy poverty in Africa. International relations students presented original social media campaign ideas to a panel, shown here. Photo courtesy of ONE.

#PowerProject

April 25, 2014

How would you cook dinner without electricity? Or get your homework done after sunset without turning on the lights? And on a more crucial level, what if your local hospital had no refrigeration for medicine or power for…

Physics and mathematics junior Luke Bouma earns the nation's highest undergraduate science award — the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Photo by Susan Bell.

Golden Opportunity

April 23, 2014

Budding physicist Luke Bouma, whose research interests include sustainable energy and quantum optics, hardly dared believe his good fortune when he recently learned he won the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Bouma…

Comprised of recent alumni, this planet patrol toils diligently to combat forces working against environmental health. Illustration by Niklas Asker.

The Environmentalists

April 21, 2014

These young alumni from USC Dornsife’s dynamic Environmental Studies Program pursue a host of professional paths — from law to medicine, business and conservation — and are united by their shared interest in…

USC Dornsife’s David Bottjer (right) receives the 2014 Moore Medal for Excellence in Paleontology from Evan Franseen, president of the Society for Sedimentary Geology, during a ceremony in Houston, Texas, April 8. Photo by Gary Barchfeld.

Bottjer Earns Top Paleontology Award

April 15, 2014

Recognized for his outstanding contributions to the fields of paleobiology and paleoecology, USC Dornsife’s David Bottjer has earned a prestigious award from the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), an international,…

As many as 150,000 guests attended the 19th annual <em>Los Angeles Times</em> Festival of Books held at USC April 11 and 12. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Music, Spirit and Truth

April 14, 2014

It’s that same pang of longing you feel after reading the last word in a great novel. You don’t want to close the book. The two-day Los Angeles Times Festival of Books celebrated creativity and the written word on…

The 81st Annual USC Alumni Awards ceremony taking place April 26 at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles will honor four members of USC Dornsife. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf. Portraits below courtesy of the USC Alumni Association.

The Envelope, Please

April 11, 2014

Call it the USC Oscars. The annual Alumni Awards gala is the premier event sponsored by the USC Alumni Association. Each year since 1932, the association has paid tribute to members of the Trojan Family with its highest…

Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith '11

Most Valuable Trait

April 9, 2014

Tenacious. Physical. Nasty. That’s how Malcolm Smith ’11 describes playing defense. “It’s not something everybody can do,” he said. “There’s definitely a darker spot inside of you…

James Brecher, associate teaching professor at USC Dornsife’s Writing Program (middle), is flanked by his students Taylor Fisher (left) and Natalie Tecimer, who are taking his advanced legal writing seminar. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Supreme Opportunities

April 3, 2014

As the USC Dornsife students filed into the California Supreme Court in San Francisco, they eyed the long line of attorneys in front of the building. Due to the importance and popularity of the cases, many waiting were turned…

Alumnus Matthew Boone and his daughter, Emily, share the experience of participating in JEP while at USC. Photo courtesy of Matthew Boone.

JEP’s Circle of Life

March 27, 2014

When Matthew Boone showed his daughter Emily a photo of himself receiving one of USC’s first community service awards in the late 1970s, her reaction was direct. “You had a perm in those days?” Without that…