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A close-up shot of oyster mushrooms (<em>Pleurotus ostreatus</em>).

The Search for a Wild Weed

November 10, 2014

A native New Yorker from Flushing, Queens, Ava Chin forages throughout the five boroughs and the Tri-State Area, writing about her finds for publications such as The New York Times and Saveur magazine. Her memoir Eating…

Singer-songwriter and musician Aloe Blacc ’01 aims to create positive social change, including working to eradicate food deserts. Photo by Reid Rolls.

The Man

November 4, 2014

Before he was global Top 40 sensation and socially conscious singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc, he was Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, a linguistics and psychology major at USC Dornsife. Even then, Blacc was determined to use his…

Tackling health issues from dental disease to cancer, faculty and students connect with people throughout the world. Illustrations by Richard Mia for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

A Wealth of Health

June 19, 2014

After a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake ripped through Haiti in 2010, crews posted signs warning against drinking contaminated river water. But since most of the population could not read, the caution went largely…

Before graduating, USC Dornsife undergraduates learn to roll up their sleeves and experience working in politics and impacting policy. Illustrations by Daniel Hertzberg for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

Hearts in the Highlands

June 5, 2014

Standing on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Roxana Ontiveros had one thing on her mind: her Highland Park neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles. The daughter of Mexican immigrants and the first in her family to…

Researchers in Provost Professor of Biological Sciences Scott Fraser’s laboratory use confocal microscopy to capture a 3D projection of a live, developing zebrafish heart at 54 hours post-fertilization. A mitochondrial protein (green) and the nuclei (red) of the heart muscle cells are visible by a protein-trapping approach developed by Fraser’s team. Photo by Le Trinh.

ConvURGENT Bioscience

May 29, 2014

Like an artist sharing her latest Starry Night, geneticist Le Trinh invited her colleague to come see her experiment. Hunched over a microscope, Vikas Trivedi watched what looked like tiny bumper cars meandering inside a…

Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie directs <em>Unbroken</em>, the life story of war hero and USC Dornsife alumnus Louis Zamperini. The film will be in theatres on Dec. 25, 2014. Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Courageous Comrades

May 12, 2014

Louis Zamperini just turned 97. This gets him reflecting on how to live a long life. “People always talk about diet,” Zamperini says. “But it’s not diet.” His disarming blue eyes twinkle. For a…

Alumni community reach stretches from India to home in Los Angeles to the Himalayan foothills. India photo (left) by Gavin Heller; tree tag photo by Matt Meindl; and rowboat photo by Ankur Poseria.

Near and Far Ahead

April 28, 2014

In India, Jasneet Aulakh finds her aunt’s seat in the village government isn’t what she thought. In Los Angeles, Paul Cummins helps Lisa thrive after her abusive childhood. Ankur Poseria, who travels to the…

History in a Box

History in a Box

April 28, 2014

Children can read about the waves of various immigration groups to Boyle Heights, a working-class, mostly Latino community in east Los Angeles. Or, they can hold the history in their hands. George Sanchez, professor of…

Diedre Badejo with her daughter, Kim, at USC in the early 1970s. Photo courtesy of Diedre Badejo.

In My Opinion: Strong As Oak

April 28, 2014

Consider Khalil Gibran’s passage in the chapter “On Giving” as told in 1923’s The Prophet: “They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish … . And what desert greater shall…

Paul Cummins ’67, who founded Coalition for Engaged Education, believes at-risk youth can improve if given the chance to express themselves through the arts as shown by the above message from a participant. Photo by Matt Meindl.

‘I Dwell in Possibility’

April 28, 2014

Lisa was nine when her mother forced her into prostitution. When the mother went to jail, an uncle in New York took custody and put Lisa back to work on the streets. At 11, Lisa was removed from the uncle’s care, sent…