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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…

The Fulbright Scholarship was established to increase the mutual understanding between the United States and other countries. USC Dornsife students and alumni who are 2012-13 Fulbright Scholars will study and teach throughout the world. Clockwise is Caitlin Bradbury: Mexico; Sarah Goodrum: Germany; Huibin Amelia Chew: the Philippines; Nina Gordon-Kirsch: Israel; Nelly Chávez: Spain; and Daniel Paly: Brazil.

That’s Right, You Earned a Fulbright

May 22, 2012

Six USC Dornsife students and alumni have been selected for the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship awarding them for academic achievement and commitment to cultural engagement. Established in 1946 and sponsored by the United…

Researchers in Jed Fuhrman’s lab collect water samples at the San Pedro Ocean Time Series (SPOT) site, midway between Los Angeles and Catalina Island. Photo by Elizabeth Teel.

NSF Support for Probe of Microbes

March 19, 2012

Researchers with the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, housed in USC Dornsife, have received a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the composition and complexity of marine…

“Soon, my achievements will show who Adrian Toledo really is,” wrote Adrian Toledo, a senior at Manual Arts High School, in the essay portion of his USC application. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Tears of Joy

December 23, 2011

For these high school students, the tiny mortarboard pins represented months of hard work and stick-to-itiveness. As their USC Dornsife mentors fastened onto their shirts and jackets the universal symbol for education, some…

Follow Your Inspiration

Follow Your Inspiration

November 3, 2011

Introduction by Pamela J. JohnsonProfiles by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody   So you’re undecided. That’s OK! Finding your place in the world has just become easier. Launched officially this Fall, First-Year…

Illustration by Joel Kimmel

First-Year Investigations: Tienju Wang

November 3, 2011

Tienju WangDallas, TexasBiological Sciences It took nine hours of studying for an advanced placement biology exam and a touch of delirium for Tienju “Nikky” Wang to make up her mind. At a young age she aspired to…

Illustration by Joel Kimmel

First-Year Investigations: Justin Farshidi

November 3, 2011

Justin Farshidi San Marino, California Undecided Justin Farshidi openly admits he can’t envision himself in a specific career. With interests from biology to business, the incoming student is searching for his…

Illustration by Joel Kimmel

First-Year Investigations: Katherine Montgomery

November 3, 2011

Katherine Montgomery Montclair, New Jersey Creative Writing A woman walking briskly down the street. A man donning a fedora. These uncomplicated sights inspire Katherine Montgomery in her fiction writing. Montgomery realized…

USC Dornsife junior David Horacio Hernandez has been recognized as one of the White House's Champions of Change for his work to improve education for minorities. The double major in political science and American studies and ethnicity traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in a roundtable discussion on Sept. 16. Photo courtesy of David Horacio Hernandez.

Champion of Change

November 2, 2011

USC Dornsife junior David Horacio Hernandez couldn’t believe what he was reading. Poor grammar and misplaced punctuation signaled a hastily written essay. A first-generation transfer student from Santa Monica City…