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John Monterubio, who earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from USC Dornsife in 2006, is general counsel and chief operations officer at ReefCam LLC. Photos courtesy of John Monterubio.

Hero of the Reefs

March 9, 2015

When USC Dornsife alumnus John Monterubio was six years old, his parents gave him a book about fish. “There were pictures of all these different types of fish and I still remember how the barracuda always stood out to…

Ray Irani’s gift also establishes the Ghada Irani Chair in the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Photo courtesy of Occidental Petroleum Corp.

Irani Pledges Support for Residential College

March 2, 2015

USC Trustee Ray Irani Ph.D. ’57 has pledged $20 million to the university, of which $15 million will create the Ray Irani Residential College at the new USC Village. The additional $5 million will endow two faculty…

Alumna Jenny Wu believes her education at USC Dornsife helped prepare her to meet the challenges of being a contestant on <em>The Amazing Race</em>. Photo courtesy of CBS Television Inc.

Racing with Style

February 25, 2015

On the 26th season of The Amazing Race premiering on CBS Television on Feb. 25, contestants must plunge into a giant man-made pool of mud near Castaic Lake north of Los Angeles and wade through it as fast as they can. Among…

Self-proclaimed visionary Maria Paula Acuña holds a Polaroid photograph taken by a follower purporting to show proof of the presence of the Virgin Mary. Photo by Matt Gainer.

Looking the Wrong Way

February 20, 2015

Standing amid the desolate beauty of the California desert, hundreds of people raise instamatic cameras to snap pictures of a cloudless, cerulean sky. Others drop to their knees beside their cars and pick-up trucks, yet more…

Based in Singapore, Kaitlin Solimine splits her time between running the online academic magazine <em>Hippo Reads</em> and finishing her first novel. Photo courtesy of Kaitlin Solimine.

Her Heart’s in the Far East

February 13, 2015

A simple twist of fate launched the trajectory of Kaitlin Solimine’s academic pursuits. As a high school student at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, Solimine, who earned her master’s in East Asian area…

Alumnus Oscar Balderrama is a script coordinator on the popular television show <em>Arrow</em>. He earned his bachelor's degree in creative writing from USC Dornsife in 2005. Photo courtesy of Oscar Balderrama.

Write on Target

February 6, 2015

For five years, Oliver Queen was presumed dead. Unbeknownst to his family and friends, the billionaire playboy survived a shipwreck only to be stranded on a remote island in the Pacific. When he finally returns home, he finds…

In the new Fisher Fellows Program, USC Dornsife first-generation undergraduates will participate in international travel, field research and community service. Sam Fisher graduated from USC Dornsife in 2011. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Becoming a Giver

January 28, 2015

When it comes to fly fishing, Sam Fisher may have the patience of a monk. But in regard to giving back, the USC Dornsife alumnus refuses to wait. “You’ve gotta give back when something is given to you,”…

Alumnus Hovanes Margarian is so proud of his USC Dornsife education he has decorated the offices of his Glendale law firm with Trojan memorabilia, including this giant photograph of Tommy Trojan. Photos courtesy of Hovanes Margarian.

The Accidental Attorney

January 26, 2015

Hovanes Margarian never intended to become an attorney. After graduating in just three years from USC Dornsife in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, Margarian had applied to medical school and was on…

As one of the government’s most experienced disaster response experts, alumnus Ben Hemingway led the battle against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, where he is seen with local residents. Photos courtesy of Ben Hemingway.

When Disaster Strikes

January 21, 2015

Explaining to anguished parents why they could not hold their dead children and kiss them one last time before putting them in the ground was one of many tough challenges humanitarian aid workers faced during the recent Ebola…

Earning his bachelor’s and Ph.D. in international relations at USC Dornsife, Andrew Manning taught courses on foreign policy at the VonKleinSmid Center, shown here. Photo by Taylor Faust.

In Memoriam: Andrew Manning, 42

January 5, 2015

Andrew Manning, an alumnus and faculty member at USC Dornsife’s School of International Relations, died unexpectedly on Christmas Day. Manning earned his bachelor’s in 1994 and Ph.D. in international relations in…