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USC senior Christine Burcelis and Resurrection Catholic School fifth graders Jesus Ajiz and Leslie Lopez learn about civic engagement during the Penny Harvest Academy. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Penny Wise

April 16, 2014

One by one, the children named problems they wanted to solve in their neighborhoods — air pollution, litter, homelessness, gangs, violence, and drug and alcohol abuse. Then, the USC undergraduates sitting with them…

As many as 150,000 guests attended the 19th annual <em>Los Angeles Times</em> Festival of Books held at USC April 11 and 12. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Music, Spirit and Truth

April 14, 2014

It’s that same pang of longing you feel after reading the last word in a great novel. You don’t want to close the book. The two-day Los Angeles Times Festival of Books celebrated creativity and the written word on…

The 81st Annual USC Alumni Awards ceremony taking place April 26 at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles will honor four members of USC Dornsife. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf. Portraits below courtesy of the USC Alumni Association.

The Envelope, Please

April 11, 2014

Call it the USC Oscars. The annual Alumni Awards gala is the premier event sponsored by the USC Alumni Association. Each year since 1932, the association has paid tribute to members of the Trojan Family with its highest…

Arieh Warshel poster contest winners from left: 1st place, 11th grader Raqibul Mollah, 17; 2nd place, 9th grader Jin Yi Wu, 14 and 3rd place, 9th grader Alexandra Canjura, 14. They display their winning posters at Bravo Magnet High School on March 25, 2014. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Warshel Inspires Students

April 11, 2014

Since receiving the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Arieh Warshel of USC Dornsife is making an impact on neighborhood students. This year, Warshel’s transformative research in…

A man praying in Los Angeles, home to one of the world's most religiously diverse populations. The USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, housed in USC Dornsife, received three grants that will enable the center to expand its work in the city and internationally. Photo by Jerry Berndt.

Three Times a Winner

April 10, 2014

Housed in USC Dornsife, the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) has received three major grants totaling more than $5 million — a testament to its sustained success. CRCC Executive Director Donald Miller,…

At the "Plankton Races" science station, students from Foshay Learning Center use pipe cleaners, cork, paper clips and other items to create plankton-like structures to study buoyancy, density and surface area. Their goal is to construct a form that will hover in a small tank of water without sinking or floating to the top to study how phytoplankton and zooplankton function in seawater. Photo by D.J. Kast.

H20 Robo Kids

April 8, 2014

At his playground, fourth grader Leonel Aquino ditched the jungle gym to construct from polyvinyl chloride pipe an underwater remotely operated vehicle — or ROV. “This is like making Legos but bigger,” said…

Alumnus Matthew Boone and his daughter, Emily, share the experience of participating in JEP while at USC. Photo courtesy of Matthew Boone.

JEP’s Circle of Life

March 27, 2014

When Matthew Boone showed his daughter Emily a photo of himself receiving one of USC’s first community service awards in the late 1970s, her reaction was direct. “You had a perm in those days?” Without that…

Meghan Miller’s research looked at the ancient geologic record of Eastern Australia, but it is applicable to the Pacific Northwest in the United States, the Mediterranean and southeast Asia. Photo by John Livzey.

Solving a Geologic Riddle

March 26, 2014

USC Dornsife scientist Meghan Miller is among an international team of researchers who used computer modeling to reveal, for the first time, how giant swirls form during the collision of tectonic plates, with subduction zones…

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…