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James, who was incarcerated in state prison for 33 years, is the subject of a student-produced video centered on The Francisco Homes, a Los Angeles charity that helps “ex-lifers” re-integrate into society following their release.

Class brings together writing, film and community engagement

May 23, 2016

OPEN ON BLACK CUT TO: INT. VEHICLE, VIEW THROUGH WINDSHIELD – DUSK. The vehicle heads north up a freeway onramp, passing under several bridges. The hum of the vehicle in motion is all we hear. The camera’s focus…

Neuroscience major Adrienne Visani will be honored as one of two Class of 2016 salutatorians at USC's 133rd Commencement.

Sleep is a waste of time for salutatorian Adrienne Visani

May 12, 2016

Adrienne Visani gets very little sleep. That’s the only rational explanation for her extraordinary resume. Fortunately, her body demands only five or six hours a night. Even that small concession she makes…

Through a writing course led by Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Writing Mark Marino (kneeling, holding flyer), students undertook service-learning projects with organizations that serve the homeless and underprivileged. Photo courtesy of Mark Marino.

Writing students break away from the classroom to help the homeless

May 10, 2016

For Mark Marino, writing is about more than just staring at a computer screen. His students in “Advanced Writing” (WRIT 340) are expected to transform life experiences into thinking. Marino, associate professor…

Kyle Pham’s startup CubeForme sends out a monthly box of 3-D design objects to its subscribers. Each month features a different designer from around the world. Photos courtesy of Kyle Pham.

Undergraduate’s startup company highlighted by Inc. Magazine

May 9, 2016

Many people are familiar with the CSA (community supported agriculture) boxes that deliver a selection of seasonal, local produce to your kitchen every month. But what if you could get another kind of treat in the mail on a…

Meet three USC Dornsife graduating seniors: Brooke Kidner, Will Orr and Kirsten Herr.

Scholarship, service and success mark three students’ academic journeys

May 4, 2016

Brooke Kidner: Willing and Able Photo by Mike Glier. It was 2014, and Brooke Kidner was in the hospital again. She was combating severe nausea, headaches and chronic nerve pain, and was sleeping nearly 20 hours a…

2016 Dornsife Scholars demonstrate educational excellence aimed at positive global impact

2016 Dornsife Scholars demonstrate educational excellence aimed at positive global impact

May 2, 2016

Hard work and dedication have paid off for eight outstanding seniors — they have been named 2016 USC Dornsife Scholars. The USC Dornsife Scholars program recognizes exceptional seniors who are committed to educational…

A sign made of a photo composite of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Adolf Hitler looms over protesters gathered in Vienna's main square in March 2014 to protest Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. Photo by Ben Stevens.

International symposium examines crisis in Central Europe, launches new major

April 12, 2016

The Cold War may be over, but Central Europe, now one of the world’s most strategically important and dynamic regions, today represents a precarious bridge between the West and an increasingly aggressive…

Researchers labeled sensory neurons that are found in the skin. Green indicates protein receptors involved in cold sensation, those involved with pain are in red, and GFRα3, involved in heightening cold sensitization, is marked by blue. Photomicrograph courtesy of David McKemy.

Biology researchers find single gatekeeper guarding path to cold-induced pain

April 8, 2016

Cold can hurt. The onset of inflammation following an injury or as a result of disease can heighten pain response to cold, just as it can for pressure and heat sensitivity. Researchers at USC Dornsife have found that…

Frontline Scholar: Sophie

Frontline Scholar: Sophie

March 1, 2016

Sophie Wix ’18 knew from an early age that she wanted to be on the cutting edge of cancer research. Working toward that goal, she took advantage of the opportunity to perform research at The Bridge@USC, where she…

<em>A Penny for Your Thoughts</em> centers on a sleep-deprived character. Image courtesy of Evan McGahey.

USC Science Film Competition unites scientists and artists

February 10, 2016

Registration for the fourth annual USC Science Film competition, which seeks to promote public engagement in the sciences through filmmaking, officially opened in January. Students interested in creating a science-themed film…