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Mark Ridley-Thomas (Ph.D., religion, '89) is a Los Angeles County Supervisor, 2nd District. Photo by Carlos Puma.

Pillar of Empowerment

June 23, 2011

In 1968, Mark Ridley-Thomas was a seventh grader at George Washington Carver Middle School in southeast Los Angeles. At Victory Baptist Church near his school campus, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. often preached and…

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, assistant professor of psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute housed in USC Dornsife, and alumnus Thomas Denson, who earned his Ph.D. in psychology from USC Dornsife in 2007, were recognized as “rising stars” by the Association for Psychological Science.

Making Their Mark

June 21, 2011

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, assistant professor of psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute housed in USC Dornsife, and Thomas Denson, a USC Dornsife alumnus, were recently lauded by the Association for Psychological…

Women and children carry baskets in a village near Sikoro, Mali. This summer marked the second time that USC Dornsife members of the USC Africa Health Initiative (AHI) traveled to the West African village.  Photo courtesy of AHI.

Bridging Two Worlds

June 16, 2011

In May, as USC Dornsife graduates boxed up their belongings and left campus for their new ventures, 13 boarded a plane for Africa to make good on a promise. Two years ago, the members of USC Africa Health Initiative (AHI)…

Ann Muscat (Ph.D., biological sciences, '83) is president and CEO of the Catalina Island Conservancy in Avalon, Calif. Photo by Jack Baldelli.

Keeper of the Wild

June 13, 2011

Ann Muscat walks up the sun-dappled path of Catalina Island’s Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden, the sand crunching beneath the heels of her hiking boots. While quails call from beneath the rare Catalina mahogany…

During a previous trip to Ghana, USC Dornsife alumna Elizabeth Barreras who founded Blue Kitabu mentors a student in Asebu. Photo by Alexander J. Rivest.

Sowing the Seeds for Sustainability

June 6, 2011

After earning her bachelor’s in international relations from USC Dornsife in 2007, Elizabeth Barreras kept in touch with her adviser and professor Steven Lamy. Barreras went on to earn her master’s at the School…

USC Dornsife alumnus Michael Donley (B.A., international relations, '77; M.A., international relations, '78) is secretary of the U.S. Air Force. Interviewed at the Pentagon, he said, “There were USC alumni in D.C. who got there a year or two ahead of me. I had a network to help me get started.” Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan.

An (Air) Force of Nature

June 3, 2011

The blindingly shiny floors and fluorescent lights overhead seemed to go on forever in the long walk through the jagged corridors of the Pentagon. Past the conference room of the joint chiefs — The Tank — where…

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…

Dana and David Dornsife

What’s in a name? Everything if the name is Dornsife.

April 24, 2011

On March 23, 2011, USC Board of Trustees Chair Edward P. Roski Jr., President C. L. Max Nikias and Dean Howard Gillman presided over a spectacular ceremony including a stage set representing the archetypal USC classical…

Jennifer McCard (B.A., environmental studies, '06) is a deputy operating officer for Manna Energy Limited in Kigali, Rwanda. Alex Peterson (B.A., international relations, '05) is an information management specialist for the U.S. Foreign Service in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo by Jill Peterson.

In Love, Will Travel

April 24, 2011

Jennifer McCard and Alex Peterson’s white stucco house is built into a red-earthen hillside. In the front yard, a swimming pool filled in with soil functions as a garden where they grow carrots, peas and…

Joe Cerrell (B.A., English, '01) is director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Europe Office in London, England. Photo courtesy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Global Alliances

April 24, 2011

In corporate boardrooms and presidential state rooms lined with flags, Joe Cerrell confers with the world’s most powerful leaders. As director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s new Europe office,…