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Comprised of recent alumni, this planet patrol toils diligently to combat forces working against environmental health. Illustration by Niklas Asker.

The Environmentalists

April 21, 2014

These young alumni from USC Dornsife’s dynamic Environmental Studies Program pursue a host of professional paths — from law to medicine, business and conservation — and are united by their shared interest in…

The Animated Plant

An Idea Blossoms

March 10, 2014

Antonia Szabari and Natania Meeker of French and Italian, and comparative literature, research plants as a life form in literature, and animated and science fiction films.

Surveying the mountains of garbage surrounding her, alumna Julia McGinnis said, “I see energy. I see money.” Photos by John Livzey.

Trash Can

March 5, 2014

Smartly dressed in a sleeveless harlequin green fitted dress accented by jade-stoned, gold jewelry and patent leather high heels, Julia McGinnis gazed at a mound of waste 200-feet wide being smashed down by giant roaming…

Since 2009, the USC Dornsife Office of Communication has earned a total of 26 CASE Awards of Excellence at the district level and two awards from the national CASE organization.

USC Dornsife Receives Regional CASE Kudos

February 20, 2014

The USC Dornsife Office of Communication, led by Associate Dean for Communications Emily Cavalcanti, won five regional 2014 Awards of Excellence from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). USC Dornsife…

"Sustainability means something different within each discipline, but there's a common understanding of the bigger issues we face," says Provost Professor of Psychology and Business Wendy Wood, who is among those leading the USC Dornsife Sustainability Task Force.

The Task at Land (and Sea and Air)

February 7, 2014

It’s 5 p.m. so you grab your keys and cell phone and head home. As you hear the click of your office door lock shut, you realize you’ve neglected to turn off the light and your computer. But there’s no…

Devoting mornings to what he calls “the carpentry” of writing, in which he frames and builds on ideas, Kirk DeMicco ’91 admits that creativity is hard work. However, <em>The Croods</em> director also relies on his subconscious to find unexpected solutions to creative challenges. Photos by Max S. Gerber.

Crood Awakening

January 16, 2014

As the drum rhythm and stirring horns build in intensity, the high adrenaline chase gathers momentum as the Crood family hunts down and steals a giant, blue-and-orange-speckled egg from a ramu — a hybrid of ram and emu…

The Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE), housed at USC Dornsife, contributed to reports that ensured low-income communities of color would have access to the benefits of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's solar rooftop feed-in tariff program. Workers are seen here installing solar panels on a building. Photo courtesy of Fort Dix/U.S. Army Environmental Command.

A Place in the Sun

December 19, 2013

Gleaming rows of solar panels lined the rooftop of the Oxnard Plaza Apartments in North Hollywood, Calif. Then-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa flipped a switch to “on.” The June 2013 event marked the first…

Maria Guzman helped PERE and other organizations collect air-quality data in the Pacoima, Calif., neighborhood, which is surrounded by freeways. Studies show that those living near air pollution sources have a higher risk of asthma, as her children experienced. They also risk cancer and respiratory illnesses. Photos by Damon Casarez.

‘Our Voices Have Been Heard’

November 13, 2013

The early morning hour was taking its toll on Maria Guzman as she stood near a freeway underpass in Pacoima, Calif. As the sun rose and traffic chugged by, she diligently recorded her coordinates with a Global Positioning…

A successful career woman, mother of six and grandmother of eight, Cynthia Maxwell-Dillard is just getting started. Illustration by Robert Neubecker.

In My Opinion

November 13, 2013

Sustainability usually refers to issues of maintaining the environment and ecosystem or improving the ozone layer. How about personal sustainability? For nearly 60 years, my determination to fulfill a commitment never…

Geraldine Knatz

Raising the Anchor

November 13, 2013

Growing up in Wayne, N.J., Geraldine Knatz loved nothing more than going crabbing with her family on the Jersey Shore. Until, heading home one summer evening, she was overcome by remorse. Insisting her father turn around, she…