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Amy Gross and Christian Ramos, both fourth-grade teachers at Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School near USC, proudly display abstract shapes they created from paper plates to find the center of mass — just one example of a fun and inexpensive classroom project they can use to engage and inspire their students in STEM subjects. Photos by Susan Bell.

Springboard to Teaching STEM

March 21, 2013

Like divers, 60 teachers, magnet coordinators and principals from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) lifted their arms high over their heads and flexed their knees as if preparing to plunge from imaginary…

Ph.D. candidate in marine environmental biology in USC Dornsife Johanna Holm is collaborating on a digital application based on the children's picture book <em>Flotsam</em>. Here, the team has posted images and notes detailing how the "dynamic book" will evolve. Photo courtesy of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab.

A Flotsam of Innovation

March 20, 2013

A scientific diver, USC Dornsife’s Johanna Holm, has become a “transmedia storyteller.” The Ph.D. candidate in marine environmental biology is helping transform the award-winning children’s book…

USC Dornsife undergraduate twins Jazmin (left) and Cynthia Vidana teach children to read through the Joint Educational Project (JEP). Photo by Carlos Puma.

Naming Gift for JEP Library

March 19, 2013

Marking the first naming of a space in the JEP House, the Tesoriero family has designated funds from their USC Associates Provost-level membership to advance this community-based program. The Tesoriero’s gift will…

<em>The Thieves</em>, directed by Choi Dong-hoon, a blockbuster in Korea, follows the actions and double-dealings of two professional jewelry thieves. Choi spoke during the recent USC Korean Film Festival, co-organized by USC Dornsife’s Korean Studies Institute. Photo courtesy of Wellgo USC Entertainment.

Stealing the Spotlight

March 15, 2013

Korean film royalty visited campus earlier this month for the USC Korean Film Festival, organized by USC Dornsife’s Korean Studies Institute (KSI) and the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The festival spotlighted the works…

Internship participant Jose Araujo from Cerrritos Community College works in the lab with USC Dornsife mentor Priscilla Antunez, a graduate student in the chemistry Ph.D. program and the recipient of an NSF graduate fellowship. Araujo's positive experiences during the internship inspired him to transfer to USC Dornsife where he is now majoring in chemistry. Photo by Richard Brutchey.

Climbing the STEM of Success

March 8, 2013

Jose Araujo had never considered going to graduate school for the simple reason he wasn’t aware it existed. The son of a construction worker, Araujo is today a first-generation college student in USC…

Barraclough (right) and Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity Laura Pulido at the ASE Ph.D. program's hooding ceremony in May 2006. Photo courtesy of Laura Barraclough.

Right On Track

March 1, 2013

Laura Barraclough has been pinching herself lately. Rather than concocting ill-fated New Year’s resolutions, she kicked off 2013 by accepting a dream job: a tenure-track faculty position as assistant professor of…

Author Shoson Nagahara employed a gritty, proto-noir style in writing about Japanese immigrants living in 1920s Little Tokyo. This 1924 image, "Little Tokyo: An Alley" is one of the many historical photos printed in <em>Lament in the Night</em> (Kaya Press, 2012). Photo by Toyo Miyake, courtesy of Toyo Miyake Studio.

Lament in the Night

March 1, 2013

The man quietly passes through the shadows, hungrily seizing a half-rotten watermelon rind from the ground at the now-deserted marketplace, later retching miserably. After checking and rechecking his coin purse for any…

Jewish businesses like Canter's Delicatessen line Fairfax Boulevard in Los Angeles. A population survey of the Jewish community in Southern California had not been conducted for 17 years, so USC Dornsife's Bruce Phillips led an effort to study the community. Photo by Alicia Di Rado.

Southland Jews Go Uncounted

February 22, 2013

How many Jews are there in Los Angeles? Hard to say, really: It’s been 17 years since anyone counted. That’s seven years longer than in Boston, New York, Seattle or Chicago, where the local Jewish Federations…

This woman in her early 20s was trafficked into a blue jean sweatshop in Thailand, where she and others were locked in and made to work 20 hours a day, sleeping on the floor, with little to eat and no pay. She managed to escape and was brought to the government-run Baan Kredtrakarn shelter in Bangkok. After telling her story to the director, the police were informed and they raided the sweatshop, freeing 38 young women, ages 14 to 26. Photo by Kay Chernush for the U.S. State Department.

Prosecution to Empowerment

February 6, 2013

Emblematic of the shallow level of dialogue taking place concerning human trafficking is the “celebritization” of the global crisis, panelists said during a recent international conference organized by USC…

A paper appearing online recently in <em>NeuroImage</em> indicates that the brain works overtime to comprehend and empathize with people who have physical abnormalities. The lead author was Sook-Lei Liew who conducted the research while at USC Dornsife's Brain and Creativity Institute.

Is The Bachelor on the Right Track?

January 25, 2013

A new USC Dornsife study has found evidence suggesting that the brain works hard to understand those who have different bodies when watching them in action. According to the study’s lead author, the finding supports…