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Environmental studies undergraduate Iñaki Pedroarena-Leal is in Panama for a summer internship at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. In underwater research, he is collecting data to assess the health of coral reef communities in the Bocas del Toro archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. Photo by Eleni Petrou.

Taking the Bull by the Horns

July 26, 2013

Wielding a machete one day this summer, Iñaki Pedroarena-Leal slowly but surely bushwhacked his way through dense, humid Panamanian jungle. From their tree perches, three-toed sloths looked down at the…

While caring for his family during Hurricane Sandy, Luis Hernandez was preparing for an interview in New York for acceptance into the USC Posse Scholars Program. He arrives at USC Dornsife in August. Photo by Bethany Bandera.

Hurricane-Force

May 31, 2013

Luis Hernandez was hunkered down at his older sister’s home in Jamaica, Queens while Hurricane Sandy carved its destructive path. Hernandez, his mother and 13-year-old brother had been evacuated from their apartment at…

USC valedictorian Katherine Fu (left) and salutatorians Alexander Fullman and Julia Sabo Mangione are graduates from USC Dornsife. Fu will speak before the graduating Class of 2013 on May 17. Photos by Dietmar Quistorf.

Head of the Class

May 15, 2013

Katherine Fu: The Brain of the Matter It’s said that the study of the human brain is the last frontier in science. With that in mind, Katherine Fu, the class of 2013 valedictorian, is ready to chart new…

The Fulbright Scholarship was established to increase the mutual understanding between the United States and other countries. USC Dornsife students and alumni who are 2013-14 Fulbright Scholars will study and teach throughout the world. Clockwise from top left is Joshua Rivkin, Italy; Travis Glynn, India; Megan Rilkoff, Laos; Andrew Ju, South Korea; Jonathan Truong, Vietnam; Molly Levine, Thailand; Jasneet Aulakh, India; Ana Lee, Portugal; Juan Espinoza, Mexico; and Abhishek Verma, Switzerland.

The Fabulous Fulbrights

May 10, 2013

Ten exceptional USC Dornsife students have been selected for the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship, which awards them for academic achievement and commitment to cultural engagement. USC has been recognized as one of the top 40…

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…

Tory Holland, a senior in USC Dornsife, took advantage of the many scholarship opportunities at USC, some from the USC Alumni Association. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Becoming Scholarship Savvy

January 16, 2013

USC Dornsife senior Tory Holland was holding down a job at the Joint Educational Project (JEP), working 15 hours a week supervising volunteers while taking classes as a double major. Some days, she worked and took classes…

Every person has perhaps billions of bytes of information stored in long-term memory. Babies develop long-term memories for past experiences beginning at the age of about six months or even earlier.

Mind Games

December 18, 2012

As a child, how many of you memorized the planet names and order with this little ditty: My very elegant mother just sat upon nine porcupines. Although the demotion of Pluto to a dwarf planet renders this particular mnemonic…

Caitlin Smith, a psychology doctoral student in USC Dornsife, leads sixth grade students in their final workshop in the Going for the Goal program. With guidance from USC Dornsife students, the program teaches middle schoolers how to set themselves up to achieve their goals. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Going for the Goal

August 24, 2012

Soft-spoken and shy, sixth-graders Emily Cervantes and Nayely Gonzalez are best friends with a vision for their futures. Emily plans to be a fashion designer, Nayely an author. “I’ve actually had this goal for a…

USC Dornsife freshman Azmera Hammouri-Davis flashes a Trojan sign while her mother, Tamara Hammouri Mie, gives the pinky and thumb salute -- the symbol of aloha and hang loose in Hawaii. Inside the USC Pertusati Bookstore, USC Dornsife incoming transfer student Baron Barrera buys textbooks with his wife, Cayla Barrera. Photos by Ben Pack.

Brink of Life

August 24, 2012

Arriving at USC from Oahu, Hawaii, the first thing Azmera Hammouri-Davis unpacked was a Kukui nut lei, a traditional greeting gift she brought for her roommate. The state tree of Hawaii, the Kukui has a spiritual meaning of…

USC Dornsife senior Amy Rogers (right) and classmate Olivia White sampled a few ice cream flavors at Mateo’s Ice Cream in Los Angeles. The trip was one of several that Rogers made to restaurants, mercados and street vendors in neighboring cities throughout L.A. as part of lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese in USC Dornsife Sarah Portnoy’s course, “The Culture of Food in Hispanic Los Angeles.” Photo courtesy of Amy Rogers.

A Forkful of Culture

June 5, 2012

When the plate was set before her, USC Dornsife senior Amy Rogers timidly forked a piece of meat into her mouth and awaited her tastebuds reaction. The verdict: barbequed goat Oaxacan style was muy delicioso. “The meat…