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Political science alumni Melody Nishida and Roland Ulloa followed different career paths, but neither forgot their alma mater. Both were recently honored at gala award ceremonies. Photos courtesy of the USC Alumni Association.

LAA and APAA Honor Alumni

April 25, 2014

Graduating in the 1970s, Melody Nishida and Roland Ulloa each earned bachelor’s degrees in political science. Since then, the two have followed different career paths. Nishida, who graduated in 1978, has become a…

Recording artist and activist Akon and ONE representatives visited a classroom at USC recently to launch the #PowerProject Campaign Lab, which will combat energy poverty in Africa. International relations students presented original social media campaign ideas to a panel, shown here. Photo courtesy of ONE.

#PowerProject

April 25, 2014

How would you cook dinner without electricity? Or get your homework done after sunset without turning on the lights? And on a more crucial level, what if your local hospital had no refrigeration for medicine or power for…

Comprised of recent alumni, this planet patrol toils diligently to combat forces working against environmental health. Illustration by Niklas Asker.

The Environmentalists

April 21, 2014

These young alumni from USC Dornsife’s dynamic Environmental Studies Program pursue a host of professional paths — from law to medicine, business and conservation — and are united by their shared interest in…

USC Dornsife’s David Bottjer (right) receives the 2014 Moore Medal for Excellence in Paleontology from Evan Franseen, president of the Society for Sedimentary Geology, during a ceremony in Houston, Texas, April 8. Photo by Gary Barchfeld.

Bottjer Earns Top Paleontology Award

April 15, 2014

Recognized for his outstanding contributions to the fields of paleobiology and paleoecology, USC Dornsife’s David Bottjer has earned a prestigious award from the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), an international,…

Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith '11

Most Valuable Trait

April 9, 2014

Tenacious. Physical. Nasty. That’s how Malcolm Smith ’11 describes playing defense. “It’s not something everybody can do,” he said. “There’s definitely a darker spot inside of you…

Alumnus Matthew Boone and his daughter, Emily, share the experience of participating in JEP while at USC. Photo courtesy of Matthew Boone.

JEP’s Circle of Life

March 27, 2014

When Matthew Boone showed his daughter Emily a photo of himself receiving one of USC’s first community service awards in the late 1970s, her reaction was direct. “You had a perm in those days?” Without that…

From left to right: USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay, Provost Elizabeth Garrett, President and CEO of the Catalina Island Conservancy Ann Muscat (Ph.D., biological sciences, '83), Trojan League of Los Angeles (TLLA) Annual Benefit Co-chair Diane Bleak, TLLA President Mary Rooney and Executive Vice Provost Michael Quick. Photos by Bruce Menke.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

March 18, 2014

“For alumni, the College is a place that we hold dear in our hearts for many reasons,” said Mary Rooney, president of the Trojan League of Los Angeles (TLLA). “I will always smile when I look back on my…

Surveying the mountains of garbage surrounding her, alumna Julia McGinnis said, “I see energy. I see money.” Photos by John Livzey.

Trash Can

March 5, 2014

Smartly dressed in a sleeveless harlequin green fitted dress accented by jade-stoned, gold jewelry and patent leather high heels, Julia McGinnis gazed at a mound of waste 200-feet wide being smashed down by giant roaming…

USC Dornsife alumna Alexis Jones is the cofounder of the nonprofit I AM THAT GIRL, which aims to inspire girls to overcome their insecurities and love themselves unconditionally. Photo by JerSean Golatt.

Girl Power

February 25, 2014

After a recent speaking engagement at a Texas high school, USC Dornsife alumna Alexis Jones was approached by a young girl in tears. An aspiring ballerina, the girl told Jones she felt so pressured she had been starving…

Bita Shahian credits her liberal arts education at USC Dornsife for helping her to cultivate her diverse interests in technology, design and psychology. She aims to foster opportunities for minorities and women in the technology industry. Photo courtesy Bita Shahian.

Tech Talk

February 25, 2014

Bita Shahian believes the future lies in technology. Since she also believes in the future of college students, she wants to help them jump into the tech world. “Technology is transforming a lot of industries and making…