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Going Up: Crafting Your Elevator Pitch

Perfect Your Pitch

September 9, 2014

Are you traditional or original? Tough or tender? Scheduled or spontaneous? Critical or accepting? These were some of the options sophomore Brian Lam, a biochemistry major, contemplated as he completed an online…

Senior Molly Fender has combined her love of gaming and her interest in children's brain development as a researcher in the USC Minds in Development Lab. Photo courtesy of Molly Fender.

Game On

September 4, 2014

Sitting at a desk, Molly Fender boomed her signature infectious laugh. Broadcasting via the online gaming platform Twitch, viewers watched as the senior cognitive science major at USC Dornsife prepared to play a bout in the…

Outgoing California State Sen. Mark Wyland will mentor students and provide political analysis at the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics housed in USC Dornsife.

Legislator-in-Residence

September 3, 2014

Outgoing California State Sen. Mark Wyland (R-Escondido) has joined the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC Dornsife as a legislator-in-residence. He replaces former State Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark). Joining…

At the David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea, New York, Maymester art history course student Matthew Solomon visits the show, “No Problem: Cologne/New York 1984-1989.” Photos courtesy of Suzanne Hudson.

Sweet Trip

August 27, 2014

In the abandoned Domino Sugar Refinery on the Brooklyn waterfront — an iconic New York landmark — a monumental sphinxlike sculpture made of white sugar gazed out impassively over the East River. This…

Student Morgan Link tests out the Phoenix touch table, cutting-edge spatial technology that allows spatial science professionals and community members to provide input on the same project. In Amsterdam, students visited Geodan, a geo-information and technology firm that designed the Phoenix. Photo courtesy of Darren Ruddell.

Dutch Lessons on GeoDesign

July 31, 2014

With a GoPro camera strapped to the front of her bicycle, Nicole Bosetti rode through the streets of Amsterdam. Whirring past brick-front cafes and canals, she captured footage of the safe and efficient bike paths available to…

“This has opened up communication and people are becoming more interested in working with results from our Mt. Wilson data study,” said Ph.D. physics and astronomy student Stephen Pinkerton, first place winner of poster contest in national contest, standing at the Mount Wilson Observatory in the San Gabriel Mountains near Pasadena. Photo by Steven J. Hale.

Pinkerton Wins Poster Contest

July 29, 2014

Physics and astronomy Ph.D. student Stephen Pinkerton has won first place in the 2014 American Astronomical Society Solar Physics Division Student (AAS-SPD) Poster Contest. Pinkerton’s award-winning poster described his…

Students from “The Global Performance of Healing” Problems Without Passports class in Brazil stand in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lady of Aparecida in Brasilia, a planned city that replaced Rio de Janeiro as the capital in 1960. Photo courtesy of Erin Moore.

A Healing Experience in Brazil

July 29, 2014

On the first day, we sat in a room meditating for four and a half hours. With my eyes closed, it could have easily been seven hours — or two. It felt timeless. This is how sociology major Sarah Newell describes her…

Problems Without Passports: Forced Labor in Dubai

Far from Paradise

July 22, 2014

Invited into the living quarters of undocumented migrant domestic workers in the oil-rich city of Dubai, Lucero Noyola was shocked by what she saw. “Fourteen people were sharing one room,” said the junior majoring…

Students in Lori Meeks’ “Introduction to Buddhist Literature” Maymester class visit the Zenshūji Sōtō Mission, a Japanese Sōtō Zen Buddhist temple in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo district. Here the Rev. Shūmyō Kojima speaks about his personal experiences as a Zen priest. Photos by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

The Many Faces of Buddhism

July 10, 2014

Lights low, the meditation room gives off an aura of peace. After removing their shoes, the students quietly file in. Each stands before a zafu, or meditation cushion, placed on top of a zabuton, or square mat. Guided by a…

While still children, both Erna and Andrew Viterbi fled Europe and came to the United States with their families before World War II due to growing anti-Semitism. Their $5 million gift to USC Shoah Foundation will boost efforts to share testimonies of Holocaust and genocide survivors around the world. Photo by Steve Cohn.

$15 Million Gift to USC Establishes Endowed Chairs and Fellowships

June 25, 2014

Trustee Andrew Viterbi, Ph.D. ’62, and his wife, Erna, have added to their rich legacy of philanthropy at USC with a generous $15 million gift to boost scholarship in engineering and genocide studies. The namesakes of…