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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,…

In her new book <em>Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora</em> (New York University Press), USC Dornsife’s Shana Redmond takes a critical look at black music's largely unexplored anthem genre and its contributions to social justice movements. Photo by Erica Christianson.

‘Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing’

January 6, 2014

It was a beautiful spring day in Johannesburg. The year was 1994. At the inauguration ceremony where Nelson Mandela took the oath of office as the first democratically elected black president of South Africa, the victorious…

In Cairo, Egypt, USC Dornsife undergraduates studying religion and democracy braved temperatures of nearly 120 degrees Fahrenheit to visit the Great Pyramid of Giza. They are shown here at stone blocks of the pyramid's base. Photo by Steven Weier.

Major Gift to Support Scholarships

December 10, 2013

A new $20 million gift from anonymous donors will endow student support at USC Dornsife, the USC School of Social Work and the USC Marshall School of Business. This is one of the largest individual gifts for student support in…

As USC Dornsife's newly appointed associate dean for science and pre health, Erin Quinn is committed to creating compassionate health professionals with an understanding of human behavior and decision-making. Photo by Steve Cohn.

That Vital Human Connection

December 6, 2013

When an elderly Spanish-speaking woman suffering from depression recently became dehydrated, she went to the local emergency room in her hometown of Ventura, Calif. From there, she was transferred to a psychiatric hospital in…

“The rest is silence,” said Bryan Garcia, splayed out, clutching his side as he played Hamlet. Undergraduates taking a Shakespeare course from USC Dornsife’s Julianne Werlin worked with USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) students to produce <em>Hamlet</em>. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

‘O, I Die, Horatio’

November 15, 2013

Foil shimmered under the spotlight as two young actors traded feints, thrusts and parries. As their black boots shuffled furiously, the flecks of foil that made up their swords flew around the stage. The actors kept going,…

Hillary Rodham Clinton receives an award and a traditional rebozo shawl during a Mexican American Leadership Initiative (MALI) ceremony held recently at USC. From left: U.S.-Mexico Foundation President and CEO Martha Smith, Henry Cisneros, former Cabinet member and USMF trustee, Clinton, and Maria Echaveste, USMF trustee and MALI co-chair. Photos by Steve Cohn.

Peace, Prosperity and Progress

November 13, 2013

Hillary Rodham Clinton was a northern Illinois high school student the first time she engaged with the Mexican American community.  With church group members, she babysat children while their parents and older kids…

Maria Guzman helped PERE and other organizations collect air-quality data in the Pacoima, Calif., neighborhood, which is surrounded by freeways. Studies show that those living near air pollution sources have a higher risk of asthma, as her children experienced. They also risk cancer and respiratory illnesses. Photos by Damon Casarez.

‘Our Voices Have Been Heard’

November 13, 2013

The early morning hour was taking its toll on Maria Guzman as she stood near a freeway underpass in Pacoima, Calif. As the sun rose and traffic chugged by, she diligently recorded her coordinates with a Global Positioning…