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USC Dornsife alumna Tamara Espinet’s training at the Villa-Parke Boxing Program in Pasadena gives her an opportunity to mentor youths. Photos courtesy of Tamara Espinet.

Teacher, Scientist, Pacifist … Boxer?

May 20, 2014

Tamara Espinet maintains a daunting schedule. She is a full-time lecturer in the USC Dornsife human and evolutionary biology department and a Ed.D. student in higher education administration at the USC Rossier School of…

The highest academic degree is a doctorate. This year, 203 doctoral students earned their Ph.Ds at USC Dornsife.

Our Dazzling Doctorates

May 15, 2014

Jia Liu: Dancing Through Darkness Jia Liu. Photo by Lizzie Hedrick. At age 6, Jia Liu was preparing for her first televised performance with an elite dancing school in Inner Mongolia. As a reward for her success, her…

Professor Steven Lamy, vice dean for academic programs (center), accepts his USC Mellon Mentoring Award from Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni, chair of the USC Mellon Mentoring Forum (right), and professor Oliver Mayer, co-chair of the USC Mellon Mentoring Forum. Lamy was among 11 USC Dornsife faculty honored. Photo by Ziva Santop/Steve Cohn Photography.

Mellon Mentoring Awards

May 14, 2014

Eleven USC Dornsife faculty — one in memoriam — were honored during the recent annual USC Mellon Mentoring Awards ceremony. In the academic year 2007-2008, USC embarked on a six-year partnership with the Andrew W.…

Senior Karissa Masciel holds up her Extraordinary Community Service Award at JEP’s recent 2014 Community Service Awards Dinner, with George Sanchez, vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives, and professor of American studies and ethnicity, and history, and JEP Executive Director Tammara Anderson. Photos by Brian Morri.

Honoring Service and Learning

May 2, 2014

A religion major at USC Dornsife, Karissa Masciel saw a need to educate youngsters on various religions to give them the tools to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions. Two years ago, Masciel created the Interfaith…

A recent lecture organized by international relation’s Laurie Brand analyzed the complex relationship between Egypt’s civilian and military leadership, and how United States officials are dealing with Egypt’s government.

An Inside Look at Egypt’s Military

May 1, 2014

Several years on since Egypt’s 2011 revolution, the country is in many ways less democratic than it was beforehand, argued an expert on the country’s military at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. Robert Springborg,…

Senior Ryan Barner (right) speaks with Economics Leadership Council members Peter Resnick (left) and Terry Flynn. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Networking with Economists

April 29, 2014

USC Dornsife political economy sophomore Ali DeGuide came to a recent panel event hosted by the USC Dornsife Department of Economics dressed professionally and armed with constructive curiosity. Held at the Radisson Hotel…

Dr. Gary K. Michelson is a retired orthopedic spinal surgeon whose inventions have generated nearly 1,000 issued or pending patents worldwide. He has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Inventors. Here he is sitting with his wife, Alya. Photo by John Livzey.

Coloring Outside the Lines

April 28, 2014

For Dr. Gary K. Michelson, the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, made possible after his and his wife Alya’s $50 million donation, has never been about a name on a building. “I never named anything…

In February 2014, USC opened a Census Research Data Center (RDC) on the University Park campus, a specialized venue where researchers can access non-public Census Bureau data.

Rare Access to Census Data

April 23, 2014

Seeking economic and demographic data for her sociology research, Rachelle Wang knows the value of restricted information from the U.S. Census Bureau. “Up-to-date quantitative and qualitative data is imperative for my…

Renowned ecologist William Schlesinger, president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y., spoke to a packed audience of faculty and students at Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall inside the Dornsife Neuroscience Pavilion. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Averting the Apocalypse

April 21, 2014

In 1944, the United States Coast Guard released a herd of reindeer on St. Matthew Island off the coast of Alaska so top naval personnel could hunt them for recreation. The reindeer population grew exponentially. From the 29…

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…