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Alumnus Louis Zamperini is honored in the newly launched Louis Zamperini Scholarship. Here, the late Zamperini shares a moment with Angelina Jolie, who directed the upcoming film <em>Unbroken</em> about his life. Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Honoring the Unbroken Spirit

December 18, 2014

In honor of alumnus Louis Zamperini and to keep the Trojan legend’s unbreakable spirit alive, USC has launched an endowed scholarship in his name. The Louis Zamperini Scholarship will be awarded annually to a male or…

A determined problem-solver, Michael Bergmann oversaw development of the exceedingly durable compound XDR used in the soles of Nike tennis shoes today. Photos courtesy of Michael Bergmann.

High Performance

December 16, 2014

Throughout his 30-year career with Nike, USC Dornsife alumnus Michael Bergmann recalled how again and again he would be thrown into a situation where he had to think on his feet to solve a problem. In one scenario in 2004, a…

Michael Messner, who has taught sociology at USC Dornsife for 27 years, will be honored with the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) Feminist Mentoring Award at an August 18 ceremony in San Francisco. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Messner Wins Feminist Mentoring Award

August 5, 2014

Michael Messner, professor of sociology and gender studies at USC Dornsife, will receive the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) Feminist Mentoring Award on August 18 at a banquet and awards ceremony, held at the City Club…

Haley Ishimatsu is a former Olympian and one of the top divers in the country. Photo by John McGillen.

All-District Academic Honors

May 20, 2014

Senior water polo player Flóra Bolonyai, junior tennis player Zoë Scandalis and junior diver Haley Ishimatsu were all named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 at-large team on May 15. The designation…

Priscilla Leiva, Ph.D. student in American studies and ethnicity, is exploring the role sports stadiums play in creating civic identity, as well as their interaction with their surrounding communities of color. Here, Leiva stands at a window overlooking downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Homing in on a Ph.D.

May 9, 2013

Imagine a day at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles: The checkered pattern of freshly cut grass outlines the red-brown dirt that makes up the baseball diamond. As you settle in for the game, you tear open a bag of salty, shelled…

Male athletes far outnumbered female athletes at the Olympics last summer, according to a new research report co-authored by Michele Donnelly, a postdoctoral fellow in sociology. “The perceptions of equality that led to London being called ‘The Women’s Olympics’ by some commentators are inaccurate,” Donnelly said. Photo courtesy of Diamond Catcher.

Play Fair

April 11, 2013

Some hailed it as “The Women’s Olympics,” as the 2012 London Games marked the first time in history that all participating nations allowed women to compete. But a new study co-authored by USC…

USC Dornsife alumnus Adam Goldston (right) and his twin brother Ryan provide basketball players with shoes that allow them to jump higher. The young entrepreneurs opened their business Athletic Propulsion Lab (APL) in 2009. Photo by Jie Gu.

Slam Dunk to Success

May 18, 2011

Standing at 5-foot-11 Adam Goldston knew he had his work cut out for him. “I’m obsessed with jumping higher,” USC Dornsife alumnus Goldston said. “My goal has always been to do a free throw line…

Michael Messner, professor of sociology and gender studies in USC Dornsife and director of USC's Gender Studies Program, will receive the 2011 Abby J. Leibman Pursuit of Justice Award from the California Women’s Law Center on May 26. Photo by Eddie North-Hager.

Equality On and Off the Field

May 9, 2011

Michael Messner has spent the last 25 years studying the role gender plays in sports, and likewise how sports influence society’s views of gender. In honor of Messner’s contributions to his field and his work for…

USC College sophomore Greg Woodburn is the founder of the nonprofit organization Give Running, which collects and refurbishes used athletic shoes and distributes them to underprivileged children.

Running Toward the Future

June 2, 2010

When injuries prevented Greg Woodburn from continuing to run track during high school, he never lost his passion for the sport. Instead he directed that energy toward founding a nonprofit organization called Give Running,…

More Than Just the Score

More Than Just the Score

January 27, 2010

Although ESPN The Magazine Senior Writer Jorge Aranguré Jr. ’97 remains concerned with these key components of sports reporting, deeper issues are at play in his features. Aranguré-penned stories tend to…