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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.…

Chemistry major Beatriz “Abril” Lopez-Bermudez works in the laboratory of Brent Melot, assistant professor of chemistry (right). Melot’s team is researching ways to produce safer, higher-voltage and more compact batteries. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

Big Boost for the Bench

October 9, 2014

For Beatriz “Abril” Lopez-Bermudez, advancing energy efficiency is a cause near and dear. Growing up in Ayotla, a suburb of Mexico City, her family home and entire neighborhood were often without electricity for…

Ilana (Tess Lina) meets brilliant but awkward student Suresh (Kapil Talwalkar) in <em>Animals Out of Paper</em>. Photo by Michael Lamont/East West Players.

Socially Conscious Actor

October 8, 2014

Any actor still in college would be thrilled to land a leading role in a big-city Equity production, sharing the stage with only two other actors, both of whom have lengthy stage and screen credits. And then to have the Los…

History in a Box

October 1, 2014

Video by Matt Meindl and Mira Zimet. Read more here.

The American Political Science Association recognized Jane Junn's book, in part, for including innovative data analysis, which drew from five surveys. Photo by Lizzie Hedrick.

Getting All Sides

September 23, 2014

Jane Junn, professor of political science, likens her research on public opinion of immigration to a white light entering a prism — specifically the iconic image on the cover of Pink Floyd’s album The Dark Side of…

Dawn Nagel, a postdoctoral researcher at USC Dornsife and lead author on a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, works in Steve Kay’s laboratory. Photo courtesy of Kay Lab.

Plants and their Stressors

September 22, 2014

Scientists have discovered a key molecular cog in a plant’s biological clock — one that modulates the speed of circadian (daily) rhythms based on temperature. Transcription factors, or genetic switches, drive gene…

Halim Dhanidina, the first American Muslim judge ever appointed in California, shared his experiences in public service at the recent conference “American Muslims in Public Service.” Photos courtesy of the Center for Islamic Thought, Culture and Practice.

Embracing the Muslim American Identity

September 12, 2014

Addressing the audience at the recent “American Muslims in Public Service” conference, Halim Dhanidina recalled selecting a jury for a court case while he was Los Angeles County deputy district attorney. It was…

Rep. Keith Ellison, first Muslim member of Congress, will discuss Muslims in public service at USC on Sept. 5. Photo courtesy of ellis.house.gov.

American Muslims in Public Service

August 29, 2014

Since 9/11, news polls show the place of Muslims in American society has become a national preoccupation. But Muslims perform public service at virtually every level of American government, from elected officials to political…

Freshman Newal Osman shows off her scarf collection. Photos by David Sprague.

Islamic Faith Gives Her Heart

August 26, 2014

USC Dornsife freshman Newal Osman wraps a colorful hijab on her head, steps back and considers her reflection in the mirror. She likes what she sees. “Hijab goes beyond the head scarf,” she said. “You become…