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Alumni News

Through dispatches from the workforce, graduate school and abroad, a few recent graduates talk about how their experiences after USC have matched up with their expectations.

Game of Life

December 14, 2015

College students hear an awful lot about the “real world.” Relatives, professors, neighbors and even well-meaning strangers feel compelled to dispense advice about this almost mythical place. For some it can…

YSP TA Alison Kamikawa, a junior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention at USC, helps Weemes Elementary students Samantha Hidalgo (left) and Clarissa Varela, play computer games using Makey Makeys, a program board that allows them to substitute conductive substances like modeling clay or bananas for computer keys. Photos by Susan Bell.

Making science cool for kids

December 11, 2015

Sporting a black USC Dornsife Young Scientists Program T-shirt, fourth grader Lea Stevenson was proudly clutching her first-ever flash drive — a gift to each student who participated in the computer workshop organized by…

USC Dornsife senior Moriah Mulroe and alumna Anu Ramachandran ’13 are the recipients of a coveted 2016 Marshall Scholarship to pursue graduate study in the United Kingdom.

Two winners of prestigious 2016 Marshall Scholarships hail from USC Dornsife

December 7, 2015

USC Dornsife biochemistry and geological sciences major Moriah Mulroe, a senior, and USC Dornsife alumna Anu Ramachandran ’13 have each been awarded a 2016 Marshall Scholarship. They are the latest of 11 Trojans to win…

Photos by Yu Tsai.

The Art of Style: Brad Goreski

November 23, 2015

Brad Goreski has worked hard to become a successful stylist. And he remains chic, even under pressure. Case in point: During the first season of It’s a Brad, Brad World — the 2012 Bravo reality television series…

Sculpture by Mashanda Lazarus, who appeared on <em>House Hunters Renovation</em> "The Unlivable Living Room." Photo by Matt Meindl for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

As Seen on TV?

November 16, 2015

Although its popularity exploded in the 1990s, reality television —  in one guise or another — has been around almost as long as the medium itself. While the genre is frequently derided as being anything but…

Illustration by Matthew Pla Savino.

Remaining Present

November 16, 2015

I grew up in the 1970s and ’80s, a Hispanic boy living in the shadow of USC. One would think that there could be no greater divide. On my side a poor working-class neighborhood; two blocks away, an enclave of students…

Alumnus Albert Lee draws parallels between teaching and consulting. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Modeling the Future

November 5, 2015

As an undergraduate majoring in mathematics and economics at USC Dornsife, Albert Lee tutored some of USC’s best known athletes, including Olympian volleyball players Nick Becker and Brian Ivie, and NFL quarterback Todd…

Professor of Anthropology Eugene (Gene) Cooper was a devoted teacher and mentor to generations of students. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

In Memoriam: Eugene Cooper, 68

October 22, 2015

Eugene (Gene) Cooper, professor of anthropology, has died. He was 68. Cooper died at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, Calif., on Oct. 18 from pneumonia and septic shock. His death came just days after announcing his…

Alumna Anna Walther represents 20,000 California grape pickers in a multimillion dollar wage-theft lawsuit.

Defending the Invisible

October 9, 2015

For years, grape pickers in California’s San Joaquin Valley say they were obliged by their employer to arrive up to 30 minutes before their shift started and work “off the clock.” Now, alumna Anna Walther is…

Alumnus Dave Detwiler is a pastor and amateur tuba player who published research on the early history of the sousaphone. Photo courtesy of LCBC Church.

A Sousa-phony Exposed

October 6, 2015

Vacationing with his family at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan, three years ago, alumnus Dave Detwiler remembered that the music school held in its possession the first sousaphone ever made —…