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Don Miller, his wife Lorna and their four grandchildren. Photo courtesy of Don Miller.

It’s Time to Invent Rituals for Retirement

March 15, 2016

Every day, as you may have heard, 10,000 people in the United States turn 65. The financial industry advertises to this retirement cohort with images of youthful-looking people sipping cocktails on a Polynesian beach. Other…

Art Auerbach of political science introduces the USC Dornsife students who will present representatives of the advocacy coalition Parks Now with findings from their research on millennials and public parks. Photo by Michelle Boston.

Students find solutions for policy challenges

December 16, 2015

“How do millennials engage with parks and green spaces? And, how can we incentivize them to support park policy measures? We seek to answer those questions.” Liz Schaeffer, a senior studying political science and…

Young students from James A. Foshay Learning Center pose with the new books they received as holiday gifts from their USC student tutors. Photos courtesy of Tina Koneazny.

Elementary school students receive donated books for the holidays from their USC student tutors

December 14, 2015

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz once said, “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” Recently, USC student tutors from the Joint Educational Project (JEP) did just that when they distributed 600…

YSP TA Alison Kamikawa, a junior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention at USC, helps Weemes Elementary students Samantha Hidalgo (left) and Clarissa Varela, play computer games using Makey Makeys, a program board that allows them to substitute conductive substances like modeling clay or bananas for computer keys. Photos by Susan Bell.

Making science cool for kids

December 11, 2015

Sporting a black USC Dornsife Young Scientists Program T-shirt, fourth grader Lea Stevenson was proudly clutching her first-ever flash drive — a gift to each student who participated in the computer workshop organized by…

USC Dornsife senior Moriah Mulroe and alumna Anu Ramachandran ’13 are the recipients of a coveted 2016 Marshall Scholarship to pursue graduate study in the United Kingdom.

Two winners of prestigious 2016 Marshall Scholarships hail from USC Dornsife

December 7, 2015

USC Dornsife biochemistry and geological sciences major Moriah Mulroe, a senior, and USC Dornsife alumna Anu Ramachandran ’13 have each been awarded a 2016 Marshall Scholarship. They are the latest of 11 Trojans to win…

Father James Heft is founder and president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC Dornsife. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

The Universal Scholar: Father James Heft

November 16, 2015

When James Heft was in second grade, an Ursuline nun at his Catholic school in Cleveland, Ohio, announced that non-Catholics would not go to heaven. “I hit my fist on the desk, stood up, pointed at her and yelled,…

Eighty young women from Los Angeles-area high schools attended the annual Young Women’s Political and Civic Leadership Conference on Oct. 31 at USC. Photos by Erika Maldonado.

Women as Leaders

November 6, 2015

If current poll results are any indication, Hillary Clinton is likely to become the first woman president of the United States. This despite a dearth of women politicians — they represent less than 20 percent of…

Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged New Orleans in 2005, was the most expensive natural disaster — and one of the five deadliest hurricanes — in the history of the United States.

Op-ed: Faith and Disaster

August 28, 2015

On the 10th anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, the nation reflects on the events and the lessons learned in hopes of preventing future tragedy. Following is an op-ed from Brie Loskota and Peter Gudaitis of the…

This Fall, a senior seminar offered through USC Dornsife’s Gender Studies Program will look at how Los Angeles’ legendary sci-fi societies overlapped with the early LGBT rights movement.

Sci-fi Fandom and Gay Rights

August 12, 2015

If you wanted to find life outside the closet in the 1930s, you might as well have started looking for another planet — and that’s exactly what a generation of gay and lesbian sci-fi fans did. They were drawn to a…

The USC Wrigley Marine Science Center debuts its new, high-tech greenhouse during its 50th-anniversary celebration. Photo by Ann Close.

High-tech Greenhouse

August 5, 2015

Established in 1965, the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island has grown to become a fully equipped research and education center. This summer, the institute unveils a new, advanced facility, just in time for…