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USC Dornsife’s Pavitra Krishnamani is an embodiment of the USC experience, having taken leadership roles in many different groups, university-wide and in the community. Photo by Erica Christianson.

One Busy Student

March 18, 2014

Pavitra Krishnamani was 16 when she entered USC through the Resident Honors Program, but the teenager was wise enough to quickly get involved. “I think, in a way, I’ve helped build a curriculum for myself at USC,…

The gift from Shinnyo-en will enhance the center’s mission to promote the study of Japanese religions and culture at USC, and in the broader intellectual community of Japanese studies. It represents one of the largest gifts ever given to a center dedicated to the study of Japan in North America. Photo courtesy of Shinnyo-en.

A Deeper Connection

March 14, 2014

The Shinnyo-en Buddhist order has made a historic $6.6 million gift for the study of Japan to the University of Southern California. The newly named USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture was established in…

Surveying the mountains of garbage surrounding her, alumna Julia McGinnis said, “I see energy. I see money.” Photos by John Livzey.

Trash Can

March 5, 2014

Smartly dressed in a sleeveless harlequin green fitted dress accented by jade-stoned, gold jewelry and patent leather high heels, Julia McGinnis gazed at a mound of waste 200-feet wide being smashed down by giant roaming…

Bita Shahian credits her liberal arts education at USC Dornsife for helping her to cultivate her diverse interests in technology, design and psychology. She aims to foster opportunities for minorities and women in the technology industry. Photo courtesy Bita Shahian.

Tech Talk

February 25, 2014

Bita Shahian believes the future lies in technology. Since she also believes in the future of college students, she wants to help them jump into the tech world. “Technology is transforming a lot of industries and making…

USC Dornsife’s George Sanchez,  professor of American studies and ethnicity, and history, and vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives, speaks at the reception to announce the SACNAS 2014 National Conference, co-organized by USC Dornsife. Photos by Erica Christianson.

Commitment to Diversity

February 19, 2014

The excitement and sense of anticipation were palpable as guests mingled at a recent reception held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to announce the largest gathering of underrepresented minority…

USC Dornsife senior Anneleise Azúa and her mentor George Sanchez, professor of American studies and ethnicity, and history, and vice dean of diversity, at the Rhodes Memorial on Devil's Peak near the University of Cape Town. Photos courtesy of Anneleise Azúa.

Mellon Mays in Cape Town

February 12, 2014

As a USC Mellon Mays fellow, I rang in the New Year by boarding a plane with fellows Rachel Jones and Adeel Mohammadi, and our mentor George Sanchez of USC Dornsife. We flew across the Atlantic Ocean and Africa and made our…

USC Dornsife welcomes Naomi Levine (left), Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences, and Smaranda Marinescu, Gabilan Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Levine's research explores climate change effects while Marinescu focuses on sources for clean, renewable energy. Photos by Erica Christianson.

Superlative Scientists

February 6, 2014

Although Naomi Levine has taken 20 cruises off Bermuda, she spent no time lounging by the pool. These were research trips she took as a doctoral student to collect microscopic organisms such as photoplankton and bacteria. Her…

Joseph Hawkins is a professor of anthropology at USC Dornsife and director of ONE Archives at USC Libraries. But in a former life, he was at the epicenter of fine dining in Los Angeles. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

The Corner Booth

January 24, 2014

For students of USC Dornsife anthropologist Joseph Hawkins, fieldwork could require a reservation at Spago. Fortunately, Hawkins has the connections to make those kinds of arrangements. Wolfgang Puck’s legendary…

Volunteers might become more effective by spending the same amount of time as activists pressuring politicians to change policies, says Professor of Sociology Nina Eliasoph in her new book, <em>The Politics of Volunteering</em>. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Volunteering Vs. Activism

January 24, 2014

Volunteering is considered almost sacred in modern society. But in her book The Politics of Volunteering (Polity Press, 2013) Nina Eliasoph, professor of sociology at USC Dornsife, says that along with the good, volunteers and…

USC Dornsife's Percival Everett wins a $25,000 National Endowment for the Arts creative writing grant, which he will use to fund his research in the Mediterranean for his next book. Photo by Philip Channing.

Percival Everett Awarded NEA Grant

January 7, 2014

Percival Everett, Distinguished Professor of English at USC Dornsife, has been awarded a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) creative writing fellowship. Everett is one of 38 authors, including nine Californians,…