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Jason Wong, who graduated in 2003 with a double major in political science and history, now works as a federal prosecutor at the attorney general's office in Manhattan, New York. This month he will be presented with a Tommy Award by the USC Alumni Club of New York City. Photo courtesy of Jason Wong.

Law and Order

June 12, 2014

Growing up in Brooklyn, Jason Wong’s parents were frequently robbed, sometimes at knifepoint. One of his earliest memories is being with his mother at a subway station as a 5-year-old. Two thugs threatened to throw the…

Flanked by her husband and daughter, Usman Chaudhry’s mother speaks at a vigil held on June 21, 2008, at the location of her youngest son’s wrongful shooting by an LAPD officer. The vigil was organized by Olu Orange of political science, and students from the USC Trial Advocacy Program. From left: Afzhal Chaudhry, Rukhsana Chaudhry, Usma Chaudhry. All photos courtesy of Olu Orange.

Setting a Civil Rights Precedent

June 10, 2014

Justice has been upheld and USC Dornsife faculty and students helped ensure it. On May 19, six years after police shot and killed a young autistic man, Mohammed Usman Chaudhry, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that…

Caleb Smith, a 16-year-old local high school student, won the opportunity to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, or ISEF. He developed his research working in the laboratory of USC Dornsife’s John Tower. Photo by Misty Mercier.

Encouraging Young Scientists

June 6, 2014

As Caleb Smith watched the video of a Sudanese land mine victim using a prosthetic arm to eat unassisted for the first time in seven years, he was struck by the ability of science to fundamentally change a human life. Smith,…

Before graduating, USC Dornsife undergraduates learn to roll up their sleeves and experience working in politics and impacting policy. Illustrations by Daniel Hertzberg for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

Hearts in the Highlands

June 5, 2014

Standing on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Roxana Ontiveros had one thing on her mind: her Highland Park neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles. The daughter of Mexican immigrants and the first in her family to…

The Winn family, from left, Kate, Jack, Cindy and Michael, at the Joint Educational Project (JEP) House. All are involved in JEP, with Michael and Cindy Winn donating money to JEP’s Young Scientist Program. Photo by Susan Bell.

It’s a Winn-Winn

May 29, 2014

In 1982, Michael Winn was a sophomore taking an anthropology class that offered extra credit for participating in USC Dornsife’s Joint Educational Project (JEP). Winn leapt at the chance. “At first I did it for…

Screening methods at Calibr include the use of sophisticated robotics seen here — making it possible to process thousands of experiments daily. Photo courtesy of Calibr.

Industry and Academe Team Up

May 22, 2014

The California Institute for Biomedical Research (Calibr), a nonprofit organization founded by renowned chemical biologist Peter Schultz, has launched a research collaboration with USC Dornsife. The partnership will expedite…

USC Dornsife alumna Tamara Espinet’s training at the Villa-Parke Boxing Program in Pasadena gives her an opportunity to mentor youths. Photos courtesy of Tamara Espinet.

Teacher, Scientist, Pacifist … Boxer?

May 20, 2014

Tamara Espinet maintains a daunting schedule. She is a full-time lecturer in the USC Dornsife human and evolutionary biology department and a Ed.D. student in higher education administration at the USC Rossier School of…

High school students in the Los Angeles Service Academy tour a construction site in Boyle Heights. Before the visit, Maria Cabildo, president of the East Los Angeles Community Corporation  and member of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, spoke to them about a new housing development being constructed. Photo courtesy of William Deverell.

So L.A.

May 20, 2014

One recent Saturday, USC alumna Laura Nelson, a transportation reporter for the Los Angeles Times, gave a talk to local high school students about the city’s vast transit system. For a group of freshly minted drivers in…

Clockwise from top left: Zade Shakir, Jennifer Bou Lahoud, Sam Kosydar and Lucila Duarte. Shakir photo by Ricardo Galvez Photography. Bou Lahoud photo by Elias Tahan. Kosydar and Duarte photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

Great Expectations

May 16, 2014

Lucila Duarte: ‘I Can Do Anything’ Lucila Duarte. Before Lucila Duarte’s mother died of breast cancer while Duarte was preparing to finish high school, Lucila del Carmen Jurado de Duarte told her…

The highest academic degree is a doctorate. This year, 203 doctoral students earned their Ph.Ds at USC Dornsife.

Our Dazzling Doctorates

May 15, 2014

Jia Liu: Dancing Through Darkness Jia Liu. Photo by Lizzie Hedrick. At age 6, Jia Liu was preparing for her first televised performance with an elite dancing school in Inner Mongolia. As a reward for her success, her…