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Students in the 2011 Guam and Palau class show their USC Dornsife pride. Photo by Jim Haw.

Dispatches from the Oceans of Micronesia

May 19, 2011

What happens when 24 students take to the ocean to study the fragile ecosystems of Micronesia’s coral reefs? Anyone can soon find out as dispatches from the field are posted to Scientific American’s…

Senior Jake Bloch created the documentary "Awe" for his religion honors thesis in USC Dorsife. The film investigates and merges scientific theories and religious pursuits. Photo courtesy of Jake Bloch.

An Awe-Inspiring Film

May 12, 2011

Senior Jake Bloch grew up seeing religion and science mixed together — right on his father’s bookshelf. Books by Alfred North Whitehead sat side by side with those by Albert Einstein, along with Houston Smith…

Sarrah Shahawy '11 - USC Dornsife Valedictorian

Faith Makes All Things Possible

May 9, 2011

During a recent multi-faith celebration on campus, Sarrah Shahawy recited in English and Arabic a verse from the Qur’an emphasizing that in Islam, both genders and all nationalities are considered equal before God. Oh…

Taking Action in California's Future

Taking Action in California's Future

April 29, 2011

Want to do something positive for California? This Fall, USC students can take a course that asks this question, then gives them the tools to help bring the Golden State back to prosperity. The class,…

USC Dornsife undergraduate Jordan Vieira earned first prize in the social sciences category during the 13th annual USC Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work. Photo by Heather Cartagena.

Drumming Up Winners

April 29, 2011

It was the sound of women’s hands pounding on makeshift drums — pum-pum-pum-pum — from overturned washing basins that first caught Jordan Vieira’s attention. Back home in California he began exploring…

Lauren Slak, a senior majoring in international relations and creative writing in USC College, teaches ethics to Manual Arts Senior High School students, with Richard Sidhom, a philosophy freshmen in the College. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Teachable Moments

December 13, 2010

So the United States government wants to read your private e-mails and texts. Not too hypothetical after the Patriot Act was signed into law in 2001 easing restrictions on intelligence gathering within the U.S. Is that 2G2BT…

Students in a Writing 340 class taught by Mark Marino (center) have created @Wall Watch, a service project for victims of cyberbullying. Photo credit Jie Gu.

Writing Class Takes on Cyberbullying

December 3, 2010

In response to the devastating string of recent LGBT teen suicides, a group of students and advisers in one USC College Writing 340 course have created a service project for victims of cyberbullying. The class, taught by Mark…

Student Pollsters

Political Polling, as much an Art as a Science

December 2, 2010

Undergraduate students in USC College's practicum course in American politics took to the phones, but not to call or text their friends. "We persevered even though we received many hang-ups, no answers and 'take me off your…

USC College Magazine's Latest Issue Now Online

USC College Magazine's Latest Issue Now Online

November 10, 2010

From the Dean, Fall 2010/Winter 2011              View the magazine online You can change the world. We can show you how. We use this phrase to convey to prospective students the…

Cara Magnabosco roughs it during her research in the Svalbard Islands, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Photo courtesy of Al Werner.

One Bear of a Research Trip

November 9, 2010

Dressed in layers of thermal underwear, a wool sweater, raincoat and balaclava, Cara Magnabosco trekked 2 1/2 miles in below-freezing weather lugging 30 pounds of gear to her research destination each morning. That's how…