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Keith Pluymers and Zhe Zhang have both secured postdoctoral positions for the Fall. Pluymers is bound for the California Institute of Technology, and Zhang will further her research at the Weill Cornell Medical College. Photos by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Guided by ‘What If?’

May 13, 2015

Doctoral researchers Keith Pluymers and Zhe Zhang followed very different paths to USC Dornsife — however, their motivations were essentially the same. As children, both dared to imagine that they could make a…

U.S. Army Colonel Steven D. Fleming, shown here at an orphanage he served during his deployment in Afghanistan, has joined USC Dornsife’s Spatial Sciences Institute. Photos courtesy of Steven D. Fleming.

Colonel Steven D. Fleming Joins Spatial Sciences Institute

May 7, 2015

USC Dornsife has recruited renowned educator and U.S. Army Colonel Steven D. Fleming to join its Spatial Sciences Institute (SSI) as professor of the practice of spatial sciences beginning this Fall. Fleming is an Air Defense…

In a recent Barbra Streisand Lecture, psychotherapist Esther Perel explored the complexities of sustaining desire in long-term relationships and offered recommendations for rekindling eroticism. Photos by Susan Bell.

Unlocking Erotic Intelligence

May 7, 2015

When Esther Perel arrived at USC to deliver a Barbra Streisand Professor Lecture on April 27, she began by talking about her recent TED Talk on infidelity. “Monica Lewinsky started the day and I closed the day,”…

David Kang, professor of international relations and business, mentors students. Photo by Meiko Takechi Arquillos.

USC Mellon Mentoring Awards Recognize Faculty

April 17, 2015

Eleven USC Dornsife faculty members received USC Mellon Mentoring Awards recognizing faculty who exemplify the best in mentoring activities and programs, creating environments that further the academic success of students and…

First-year student Benjamin Sturgess talks with Larry Singer, professor of chemistry and faculty adviser for USC Dornsife’s Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program (PPP), at a mid-semester program meeting. Photo by Kelsey Rupp.

A Change of Heart

April 1, 2015

In 1996, John Michels’ dream came true. After graduating from USC Dornsife with a bachelor’s in religion, the former Trojans offensive tackle was a first-round NFL draft pick by the Green Bay Packers. During his…

T.C. Boyle Jukebox

T.C. Boyle Jukebox

March 11, 2015

To celebrate the release of USC Dornsife Writer-in-Residence and Distinguished Professor of English T. C. Boyle’s new novel, The Harder They Come (HarperCollins), the best-selling author paired readings from…

Former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords stands alongside her husband, U.S. Navy Captain and astronaut Mark Kelly, while delivering the 14th Annual Carmen and Louis Warschaw Distinguished Lecture. Photos by Steve Cohn.

Courage, Faith and Service

March 9, 2015

Emphasizing the importance of former United States Representative Gabrielle Giffords’ Jewish values, her husband, Mark Kelly, spoke of the moment when his wife confronted her would-be assassin in court at his…

USC Among Top Producers of Fulbright Fellows

USC Among Top Producers of Fulbright Fellows

February 13, 2015

For the third year in a row, USC was one of the top producers of Fulbright Student Grant Recipients among U.S. research institutions for 2014-15, according to the Fulbright Program, the government’s international…

President Obama’s State of the Union speech is shown on the big screen in the lobby of Wallis Annenberg Hall on Jan. 20. Photos by David Medzerian.

State of the Union on Campus

January 21, 2015

Students and faculty gathered in the lobby of Wallis Annenberg Hall on Tuesday night to watch President Barack Obama speak on issues from middle-class economics to terrorism, ending on this note: “My fellow Americans,…

The Auschwitz camp is seen at the end of the tracks. Photo by Steve Purcell.

Remembering Auschwitz

January 20, 2015

On a bitter cold day in January 1945, the Soviet Army — pushing across Nazi Germany as the Allies drew closer to victory in Europe and the end of World War II — arrived at a Nazi concentration and extermination…