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At times, students traveled by camel during their research trip this summer for the "Field Geology" course taught by Meghan Miller, assistant professor of earth sciences at USC Dornsife. Photo courtesy of Meghan Miller.

Shaking it up in Morocco

July 31, 2013

The dusty Land Cruiser bumped and rumbled along the Moroccan desert floor as our caravan approached the village of Merzouga under the light of a waxing moon.  A long day of travel behind us, the dunes in the distance…

In Hong Kong (pictured here), USC Dornsife students sat down for tea with Jiang Yu, deputy commissioner at the foreign affairs ministry, to discuss Chinese international policy and the relations between Hong Kong, Macau and China. In Hong Kong, students also met with Mike Chinoy, former CNN senior Asia correspondent and now a senior fellow at the USC US-China Institute.

Twin Cities of China

July 31, 2013

During a tropical downpour, Fan Fan and several of her classmates entered Victoria Park in Hong Kong one night in June. In every direction, people huddled under umbrellas, dressed in mourning black, and held flickering…

Environmental studies undergraduate Iñaki Pedroarena-Leal is in Panama for a summer internship at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. In underwater research, he is collecting data to assess the health of coral reef communities in the Bocas del Toro archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. Photo by Eleni Petrou.

Taking the Bull by the Horns

July 26, 2013

Wielding a machete one day this summer, Iñaki Pedroarena-Leal slowly but surely bushwhacked his way through dense, humid Panamanian jungle. From their tree perches, three-toed sloths looked down at the…

Recent high school graduate David Zimmerman prepares cultures of <em>Shewanella onedensis</em> in USC Dornsife's Steven Finkel's laboratory. Zimmerman's research on the bacterium has earned him top prizes at local and international science fairs. Photo by Michelle Salzman Boston.

Fair Becomes Excellence

June 27, 2013

Recent high school graduate David Zimmerman stands at a bench in Steven Finkel’s laboratory preparing cultures of the bacterium Shewanella oneidensis — “Shewy” as he and others affectionately call…

USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay (left) shakes hands with Ali Razi, chair of Farhang Foundation Board of Trustees, during the recent signing ceremony. Albert Checcio, senior vice president for USC advancement, is sitting right. Standing from left: Hassan Izad, Farhang's chief financial officer; Haleh Emrani, chair of Farhang’s Iranian Studies Council; and Ahmad Gramian,  vice chair of Farhang's Board of Trustees. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

‘It’s Just the Beginning’

June 24, 2013

In a recent signing ceremony, USC Dornsife and the Farhang Foundation sealed the deal on a long-term commitment to enhance the study and research of Iranian art and culture at the university. The June 19 ceremony marked the…

USC Dornsife predentistry student Erin Walker assisted dentists in performing 143 extractions and 71 fillings, and helped to serve 1,020 Honduran patients in four days. Photo courtesy of Erin Walker.

Creating Smiles in Honduras

June 13, 2013

Imagine walking for days to a makeshift mobile medical clinic to receive free health care, then standing in line with more than 1,000 others for days, hoping to be treated. Erin Walker, a USC Dornsife predentistry student,…

Students recognized as outstanding undergraduates in biological sciences honors core courses display their awards with Albert Herrera, professor of biological sciences at USC Dornsife. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Scientific Superstars

June 10, 2013

Manan Shah has a passion for understanding how the brain works. Specifically, the USC Dornsife junior is interested in visual cognition — the complex process that interprets what we see into what we know. Shah studies…

Turning the Tide

June 6, 2013

Clockwise from top left: Rebecca and Andrew Alonzo, Cynthia Maxwell Dillard, Michael Fritschner, America Ferrera and David Horacio Hernandez. The Alonzos, Dillard and Hernandez photos by Pamela J. Johnson; Fritschner photo by Erica Christianson; Ferrera photo by grad images.

You Did It!

May 17, 2013

Graduated Betty   Golden Globe and Emmy-winning America Ferrera stands with her mentor Steven Lamy, professor of international relations and vice dean for academic programs in USC Dornsife. Ferrera earned her…

Vellore Adithi won first place in the humanities category at the 2013 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work. Adithi's research (shown on computer screen) looked at Jewish-American citizenship and ethnic expression in 20th century America in the work of comic book artist Will Eisner. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Amazing Adventures in Undergrad Research

May 15, 2013

Vellore Adithi loves comic books. Growing up, the Missouri native remembers travelling to India during the summer to visit her family and voraciously reading Archie, Tin Tin, Asterix and Batman.   Adithi, a USC Dornsife…