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Priscilla Leiva, Ph.D. student in American studies and ethnicity, is exploring the role sports stadiums play in creating civic identity, as well as their interaction with their surrounding communities of color. Here, Leiva stands at a window overlooking downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Homing in on a Ph.D.

May 9, 2013

Imagine a day at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles: The checkered pattern of freshly cut grass outlines the red-brown dirt that makes up the baseball diamond. As you settle in for the game, you tear open a bag of salty, shelled…

Flanked by Susan Metros (left), associate chief information officer of Technology-Enhanced Learning and associate vice provost, and Vice Provost Beth Meyerowitz, USC Dornsife faculty members David Ginsburg, James Haw and Viet Nguyen display their citations. Photo by Ian Hunter.

Teaching With Technology

May 8, 2013

Three professors from USC Dornsife were awarded the 2013 Provost’s Prize for Teaching With Technology at the seventh annual Teaching With Technology conference held on May 6 at the Davidson Continuing Education…

Through Ann Crigler’s “Civic Engagement and Leadership” course, USC Dornsife students teach children how to raise funds for community organizations benefiting homeless shelters, animal rescue groups, community gardens, senior centers and other causes. Illustration by Roger Chouinard.

Positive Change

May 7, 2013

Fifth grader Gillian Morgan explained why her class decided to raise money to help the homeless. “First we were talking about our own families and what they mean to us, then we talked about people living on the streets…

Magnetic Attraction

Magnetic Attraction

May 7, 2013

“Danger! This magnet is always on!” reads a sign on the door to the functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine. A list of what not to bring or do near the apparatus warns against pacemakers, metal…

Hire Purpose

May 7, 2013

These nine intellectual innovators are some of our newest professors and assistant professors. They selected USC Dornsife for the freedom it provides them to think creatively and explore unchartered territory. Take Jacob…

Arriving from a C.L.E. Moore instructorship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by a year at Berkeley Quantitative, Sami Assaf became Gabilan Assistant Professor of Mathematics in Fall 2012. She specializes in algebraic combinatorics and combinatorial representation theory. Illustration by Bill Sanderson.

Hire Purpose: Sami Assaf

May 7, 2013

Sami Assaf sometimes uses a Rubik’s cube to demonstrate symmetry, among the most crucial ideas in mathematics. Twist the face of a Rubik’s cube and the cube keeps its symmetry — all sides are the mirror…

David Treuer, professor of English in the Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature program, joined the faculty in Fall 2011. A Pushcart Prize winner, he has written five books of fiction and nonfiction. He’s interested in Native American literature, the 20th-century novel, modernism and creative writing. Illustration by Bill Sanderson.

Hire Purpose: David Treuer

May 7, 2013

Born to an Austrian Jewish father and American Indian mother, David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. His siblings range from a brother who has straight, jet black hair and dark…

Eric Weintraub, a senior majoring in narrative studies in USC Dornsife, accepts his first place award for the creative writing category from Michael Quick, executive vice provost and professor of biological sciences. "La Laguna" explores the experiences of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Photo by Heather Cartagena.

Finding Their Muse

April 29, 2013

When Eric Weintraub's name was announced as first place winner for his short story “La Laguna” at USC’s 2013 Undergraduate Writers' Conference, he turned to the student next to him, “Did they just say…

Each week, Tina Koneazny of the Joint Educational Project (JEP)/USC ReadersPlus program and JEP tutors visit local elementary schools, where they read children a book and then practice yoga based on themes in the literature. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

Just Breathe

April 17, 2013

During recess, Sally pushed you. Your teacher gave you a frowny face on the spelling test and you must write “incredible” 100 times on the blackboard. On top of all that, your front tooth is loose. “OK…

Arriving as a global health major at Keck School of Medicine of USC, Otana Jakpor decided to add a major in biological sciences in USC Dornsife after taking a Problems Without Passports (PWP) biology course at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Hard Work Meets Glamour

April 15, 2013

A Southern California native whose father is Nigerian, Otana Jakpor visited Nigeria for the first time last Christmas. In addition to spending time with cousins and extended family she didn’t before know existed, the…