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Todd Fredson, upper right, with Sarah Vap, their three sons and family friend Boli Dje Bi Tra Simon, left. Photo courtesy of Todd Fredson.

Poetry and the aftermath of war in Africa

November 13, 2015

Imagine arriving with your partner and three young children at the Abidjan airport in Ivory Coast after 16 hours in flight. All of your possessions are squished into 10 suitcases limited to 50 pounds each. Now you have to…

During a focus group led by Harvard IOP’s Polling Director John Della Volpe, political science major Sarah Dhanaphatana weighs in on which major national issues 2016 presidential candidates should address. Photos by Tania Mercado.

Political Cheerleaders

October 21, 2015

USC Dornsife undergraduates Sarah Dhanaphatana and David Moreno have been spending a lot of time thinking about how to let their fellow students know that their voices matter. “Many students and individuals in our…

National Book Award Finalists

National Book Award Finalists

October 15, 2015

USC Dornsife students, faculty and staff members and alumni have another reason to take pride: two of their fellow Trojans were named among the finalists for the National Book Awards. Doctoral candidate Robin Coste…

NASA scientists recently announced data suggesting that there may be liquid water on Mars. Photo courtesy of NASA.

Shining Light on Mars

October 6, 2015

The red planet made a splash in the media this past week, due to the combined efforts of Ridley Scott’s film The Martian and NASA’s announcement of new evidence for the existence of water flowing on the surface of…

The McCarthy Quad will be transformed into an “eco-hangout” where students can learn how they can impact climate change policy and generate solutions for a more sustainable future.

A Plan for Tomorrow

September 29, 2015

As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere continue to rise, warming the climate and changing major ecosystems, USC Dornsife student Zach Manta wants his peers at USC to know that they can make a difference to reverse the…

Nadya Bair challenges the notion of the “great artist photographer” with her research, instead emphasizing the collaborative role of the network. Photo courtesy of Nadya Bair.

Rewriting Photographic History

August 7, 2015

Nadya Bair has long been entranced by photography. As a child in Moscow, she can remember her grandfather — an aerial photographer during World War II — developing photos in his kitchen. The materiality and…

Poet Claudia Rankine is known for her commitment to social justice. Photo by John Lucas.

Claudia Rankine Joins English Department

July 6, 2015

USC Dornsife has recruited renowned American poet Claudia Rankine as Aerol Arnold Chair of English. She will teach a wide variety of literature and creative writing courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level starting…

Individual populations of mosquitoes are likely to have evolved resistance to whatever local selection pressures are typical in their area. Photo by

Humans Push Mosquitoes to Adapt

June 25, 2015

Every time you put on bug spray this summer, you’re launching a strike in the ongoing war between humans and mosquitoes — one that is rapidly driving the evolution of the pests. Scientists studying mosquitoes in…

Professor of Psychology Margaret Gatz is determined to help families of dementia sufferers recognize early symptoms of the disease. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Forgotten Memories

June 11, 2015

When aging grandfather and Mariachi musician Don Memo Valdez becomes increasingly forgetful and irritable, his family starts to worry. Don Memo’s wife expresses dismay at her husband’s memory lapses while his…

Passports at the ready: This year's Fulbright Fellowships take USC Dornsife recipients around the globe.

Meet the Fabulous Fulbrights

June 8, 2015

This year’s bumper crop of USC Dornsife Fulbright recipients includes nine alumni, four doctoral students and one undergraduate. Their fellowships enable them to span the globe, taking them to Northern Ireland, Thailand,…