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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…

LaRose Washington, who is studying psychology and theatre, says delving into several fields helps a student become more open-minded and analytical.

Disparate Studies Unveiled

June 24, 2014

USC students have discovered that choosing majors and minors in widely different disciplines boosts their creativity — and their career choices. In a new video, eight undergraduates talk about why they chose majors and…

Former senior adviser to the U.S. Department of Defense, alumnus Jeffrey Fields brings years of experience at the highest level of government to his new position at USC Dornsife’s School of International Relations. Fields will lead the new USC Dornsife Washington D.C. program. Photo by Susan Bell.

Politics Comes to Life

June 19, 2014

Joining USC Dornsife as assistant professor of the practice of international relations, alumnus Jeffrey Fields will direct a new program in Washington D.C. to be launched in Spring 2015. As a former senior adviser to the U.S.…

Flanked by her husband and daughter, Usman Chaudhry’s mother speaks at a vigil held on June 21, 2008, at the location of her youngest son’s wrongful shooting by an LAPD officer. The vigil was organized by Olu Orange of political science, and students from the USC Trial Advocacy Program. From left: Afzhal Chaudhry, Rukhsana Chaudhry, Usma Chaudhry. All photos courtesy of Olu Orange.

Setting a Civil Rights Precedent

June 10, 2014

Justice has been upheld and USC Dornsife faculty and students helped ensure it. On May 19, six years after police shot and killed a young autistic man, Mohammed Usman Chaudhry, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that…

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…

The four 2014 USC Dornsife Scholars, who earned their bachelor's degrees May 16, were each awarded $10,000 to be used for graduate or professional school studies.

USC Dornsife Scholars

May 16, 2014

The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the class of Dornsife Scholars for 2014. The four outstanding graduating USC Dornsife seniors were selected based on their academic achievements…

Stephanie Wetzel, a psychology major, with her poster explaining her award-winning research into the relationship between a child's admission to a pediatric intensive care unit and the development of acute stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder in the young patients and their families. Photo by Heather Cartagena.

Symposium Superstars

May 14, 2014

The daughter of a pediatric intensive care (PICU) physician, USC Dornsife psychology major Stephanie Wetzel grew up observing her father make his rounds as he cared for children suffering from life-threating illnesses or…

Members of USC’s Value Investing Group (VIG) met with USC Dornsife alumnus Arthur Lev, a managing director at Morgan Stanley, to present investment pitches and get feedback. USC Dornsife sophomores Daniel Clancy (left) and Kes Rittenberg (center) help present the group’s Dunkin’ Donuts stock pitch to Lev. Photo by Laura Paisley.

Taking Stock

May 9, 2014

“America Runs On Dunkin.’ ” Anyone who’s ever lived on the East coast is probably acquainted with the Dunkin’ Donuts slogan and their tangerine and hot pink color scheme. One of Starbuck’s…

USC Levan Institute Director Lyn Boyd-Judson with students in front of the oldest door at the University of Oxford, where teaching has existed since 1096. From left, Boyd-Judson, Emmanuel Laboy, Andrew Molina, Mushfiqur Chowdhury, Anshuman Siripurapu, Marissa Roy, Alice Lee and Orli Robin. All are USC Dornsife students except Laboy of  Quinnipiac University, Connecticut. Photo courtesy of Lyn Boyd-Judson.

Humanitarian Spring

May 1, 2014

Ensconced in a lecture room at the University of Oxford’s Merton College, seven USC Dornsife undergraduates gazed about them at the venerable oil paintings adorning the walls. Through the windows, they could look across…