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María Elena Martínez-López will be remembered for her scholarship, devotion to students, family and friends, and her wisdom and warmth.  Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

In Memoriam: María Elena Martínez-López, 47

November 20, 2014

María Elena Martínez-López, associate professor of history and American studies and ethnicity at USC Dornsife and a leading scholar of colonial Latin America has died. She was…

Junior Azmera Hammouri-Davis is a resident assistant at Webb Tower on USC’s University Park campus. Photos by Susan Bell.

Living Support

November 18, 2014

In her second week as a resident assistant (RA), Azmera Hammouri-Davis received a visit from an anxious freshman stressed about her major. “I don’t know what I’m doing with my life,” the student told…

Participants in the Joint Education Project’s Young Scientists Program use light-weight pool noodles to simulate the challenges astronauts face while exercising in space. Photos by Susan Bell.

Fit as an Astronaut

November 17, 2014

Freshman Sophia Nguyen demonstrated to fourth and fifth graders how to set a table in space by using Velcro to prevent food packages and trays from floating away. “Look!” said fifth grader Karla Martinez as she…

Growing up in a nonpolitical family, nothing predestined Sam Jammal for a political career. Now the USC Dornsife alumnus serves as a chief of staff on Capitol Hill. Photos courtesy of Sam Jammal.

View from the Hill

November 10, 2014

One of a handful of Latinos in American history to serve as chief of staff on Capitol Hill, alumnus and lawyer Sam Jammal, who is also of Arab American descent, is determined to help increase diversity in government while…

The Trojan Guardian Scholars program helps Lucero Noyola connect with her true inner power.

In My Opinion: All Grown Up

November 10, 2014

During my adolescence, my dad was never around; my mom was really dedicated to us, working full time at a school cafeteria to provide for our family. Consequently, entering middle school, my siblings and I had a lot of…

Maymester course takes students from the lettuce fields of Ventura County to ethnic food stalls in the Pacific Northwest, and restaurants and markets in between. Photos by Brittany Thompson, Karen Tongson and Linda Wang.

Let’s Dig In

November 10, 2014

With a farmer’s knife in hand, Richard Martinez knelt by a line of bright green heads of lettuce and cut off one. He snapped off the crispy leaves from the spine. Blanketed by a brilliant blue sky over Oxnard,…

Karen Tongson, associate professor of English and gender studies, integrated foodstagramming into her Maymester course “Food Culture and Food Politics in the Land of Plenty.”

Foodstagram

November 10, 2014

“My Instagram is down. What am I supposed to do with my food, eat it?” That telling tweet sums up the preoccupation people have with sharing their meals on Instagram. The trend on the photo sharing application…

Singer-songwriter and musician Aloe Blacc ’01 aims to create positive social change, including working to eradicate food deserts. Photo by Reid Rolls.

The Man

November 4, 2014

Before he was global Top 40 sensation and socially conscious singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc, he was Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, a linguistics and psychology major at USC Dornsife. Even then, Blacc was determined to use his…

Undergraduates in USC Dornsife’s “Immigration in Spain” course visit the Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo in Toledo, Spain. It is one of three 13th-century High Gothic cathedrals in Spain. Photo by Engie Salama.

A Wish Granted

October 22, 2014

Bonfires flickered like candlelights dotting the Spanish shores of Malvarrosa Beach. Thousands of Valencians were gathered at the beach to celebrate La Noche de San Juan, the night welcoming the summer season. Just a few days…

After an injury that ended his NFL career, USC Dornsife alumnus Thomas Williams raised himself up  to launch a successful new profession as a motivational speaker and author. Photos courtesy of Thomas Williams.

Permission to Dream

October 21, 2014

When Thomas Williams was 12 years old, his mother attended his 6th grade parent-teacher conference. There, Williams’ teacher told her that by the time her son was 16 he would be a gang leader, a drug dealer or dead.…