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The Ananias sisters, pictured here with their parents, are USC alumni. The family survived the <em>Costa Concordia</em> shipwreck in 2012. From top left: Georgia, Dean; From bottom left: Debbie and Valerie of USC Dornsife and Cindy of Keck School of Medicine of USC. Photo by Arturo Montoya.

Five Hours of Terror

November 15, 2013

When the theme song from the movie Titanic boomed from speakers, Georgia Ananias remarked to her husband maybe that wasn’t the best song to play on a cruise ship. An hour later, just as their dinner salads arrived at…

Geraldine Knatz

Raising the Anchor

November 13, 2013

Growing up in Wayne, N.J., Geraldine Knatz loved nothing more than going crabbing with her family on the Jersey Shore. Until, heading home one summer evening, she was overcome by remorse. Insisting her father turn around, she…

Brian Rodysill ’12 is attending medical school at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn. He graduated from USC Dornsife with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a minor in natural science. Illustration by Niklas Asker.

The Environmentalists: Brian Rodysill

November 12, 2013

Why did you decide to go into medicine? My drive crystallized after suffering severe spinal trauma in a skiing accident in 2010. Shattered bone fragments punctured my spinal canal, resulting in a lack of feeling and movement…

Stephen Holle ’13 is a reserve administrator at the Los Angeles environmental nonprofit Climate Action Reserve. He graduated from USC Dornsife with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies with a concentration in sustainability. Illustration by Niklas Asker.

The Environmentalists: Stephen Holle

November 12, 2013

Describe how your current job helps implement California’s landmark cap-and-trade* program. The Climate Action Reserve specializes in the regulatory and voluntary carbon offset market. We work on projects related to…

International relations alumna Molly Beckert sits with students during lunchtime at the Awoo Primary School in Gulu, Uganda. Echoing Good, the nonprofit Beckert founded, raised funds to create a farm and lunch program at the school. Photos courtesy of Molly Beckert.

Echo Effect

November 7, 2013

While studying abroad in the northern Uganda city of Gulu, Molly Beckert learned that children were dropping out of the nearby primary school at a high rate. “Families were faced with the decision of whether to send…

Alumnus Michael Dawson, Ph.D., '67 has taught psychology at USC Dornsife for nearly 30 years. He is well known for his application of psychophysiology to schizophrenia. Here, he teaches his class on emotion and the heart. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Preventing Relapse

October 16, 2013

One in a hundred people suffers from schizophrenia. Characterized by hallucinations, delusions and gross disorganization of thought and speech, schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and disabling brain disorder. During a…

James B. Smith, U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, shares his perspective on the Arab Spring during a talk organized by the USC Dornsife School of International Relations. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Royal Subject to Citizen

September 26, 2013

U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia James B. Smith witnessed firsthand the changes that took place in his region as the Arab Spring movement gained traction in 2010 and spread throughout the Arab world. These two words emerged as…

USC Dornsife alumna Bonnie Nijst, president and CEO of ZEESMAN, is a strong believer in the power of women- and minority-owned businesses to drive the economy, especially in underserved communities. Photo by Susan Bell.

Branded a Winner

August 15, 2013

A successful minority business owner, Bonnie Nijst encountered sexism and prejudice on her journey to the top. “I remember a time when someone came into my bureau for a meeting with me and said to my assistant…

USC Dornsife alumnus Paul Ignatius (right) is congratulated by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus during the Washington, D.C., ceremony celebrating the naming of the future <em>USS Paul Ignatius</em>. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Arif Patani.

A Name With Firepower

July 17, 2013

Paul Ignatius did not originally set out for a Navy career. In his youth, he dreamed of a profession in the arts — acting, writing or directing films. So it must have been kismet when, sitting in the Doheny Memorial…

International relations alumna Erica Berger ’09 was singled out by <em>Forbes</em> magazine as being one of the intellectual best of her generation, naming her one of “30 Under 30” to watch in the media category. Photo by Ashley N. Stefan.

Building a Buzz

July 10, 2013

Nothing takes the edge off a Monday morning like learning that Forbes magazine is celebrating you as a young media maven. Although the elite magazine had requested alumna Erica Berger’s photograph, she didn’t yet…