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USC Dornsife junior and senior geology majors in Malaga, Spain. Photo courtesy of John Platt.

Spain Rocks

July 13, 2012

For some people, rocks are those pesky objects that sometimes find their way into your shoes. But for aspiring geologists, who study how rocks came to be, the aggregate of minerals provide a looking glass into the past. Was…

USC Dornsife senior Amy Rogers (right) and classmate Olivia White sampled a few ice cream flavors at Mateo’s Ice Cream in Los Angeles. The trip was one of several that Rogers made to restaurants, mercados and street vendors in neighboring cities throughout L.A. as part of lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese in USC Dornsife Sarah Portnoy’s course, “The Culture of Food in Hispanic Los Angeles.” Photo courtesy of Amy Rogers.

A Forkful of Culture

June 5, 2012

When the plate was set before her, USC Dornsife senior Amy Rogers timidly forked a piece of meat into her mouth and awaited her tastebuds reaction. The verdict: barbequed goat Oaxacan style was muy delicioso. “The meat…

Actress and USC Dornsife student America Ferrera speaks to students in professor Steven Lamy's international relations class about celebrity diplomacy — how those in the public sphere use their influence to bring attention to global issues. Ferrera has partnered with organizations such as Save the Children to raise funds to build a school in Diassadeni, Mali. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

From Actress to Activist

May 23, 2012

In 2002, when America Ferrera was a freshman studying international relations in USC Dornsife, she was torn between two possible career paths. At the time she had just appeared in two feature films: Real Women Have Curves and…

A USC Dornsife student on a scientific dive in Guam with a Hawksbill sea turtle in the foreground during a past Maymester trip. Photo by Gerry Smith.

Taking the Plunge

May 23, 2012

USC Dornsife students are diving into this year’s Maymester courses. After taking a Spring semester course on the physics, physiology, safety and methodology of scientific diving, 26 undergraduates will dive in the…

Missionary Rudolf Fisch captured this photograph, part of the International Mission Photography Archive, in early 20th-century Ghana. Photo courtesy of the Basel Mission Image Archive.

USC Historical Photography Project Gets Boost from NEH

May 22, 2012

Since 2002, USC Dornsife’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) and the USC Libraries have partnered with archives around the world to digitize more than 82,000 historical photographs by Christian missionaries…

The Fulbright Scholarship was established to increase the mutual understanding between the United States and other countries. USC Dornsife students and alumni who are 2012-13 Fulbright Scholars will study and teach throughout the world. Clockwise is Caitlin Bradbury: Mexico; Sarah Goodrum: Germany; Huibin Amelia Chew: the Philippines; Nina Gordon-Kirsch: Israel; Nelly Chávez: Spain; and Daniel Paly: Brazil.

That’s Right, You Earned a Fulbright

May 22, 2012

Six USC Dornsife students and alumni have been selected for the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship awarding them for academic achievement and commitment to cultural engagement. Established in 1946 and sponsored by the United…

During his tenure as dean, Howard Gillman has expanded undergraduate opportunities to conduct groundbreaking research through programs such as Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR) and Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF).

$1 Million Gift Establishes the Dean Howard Gillman Fund

May 16, 2012

Two anonymous donors have made a $1 million gift to the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences to establish the Dean Howard Gillman Fund. The endowment honors the legacy of Gillman, the 20th dean of the USC…

From left, Emir Estrada, Krishna Narayanamurti and Mariah Gill have earned degrees from USC Dornsife and are each heading to successful and exciting destinations. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

Going Places

May 11, 2012

Emir Estrada opened an envelope she had just picked up from her campus mailbox. The return address said the University of Connecticut. “Let’s read this together,” said Estrada, who on May 11 earned her Ph.D.…

Young Scientists Program: Energy and Motion

Eye-Opening Science

May 9, 2012

Fourth-grader Zakar Martin cut a lemon in half. He pushed a nail into the squishy side of one half and a penny into the other half of the fruit’s pulpy side. Then he clamped one end of a wire to the copper penny and the…

USC Dornsife’s Emily Gee and Lisa Cui examined how Chinese and American students responded to both negative and positive advertisements, including this Chinese ad depicting an ice cream earth melting in a desert.

It's An Ad World

May 9, 2012

When you look at an advertisement, how does it make you feel? Don Draper of AMC’s Mad Men could be five cocktails in and still wax eloquently on advertising’s myriad abilities. But Draper’s reactions to…