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USC Dornsife alumna Bonnie Nadzam has been awarded The Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize for her debut book, <em>Lamb</em>. At left, Nadzam, who graduated with a Ph.D. in creative writing from USC Dornsife in 2011, stands with The Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize Award. Photo by Beowulf Sheehan.

USC Dornsife Alumna Wins Prize for Debut Novel

April 10, 2012

When Bonnie Nadzam began to develop characters for her dissertation in USC Dornsife’s Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing program, she could not have predicted the shape they would eventually take. It wasn’t…

Marine pilot Capt. Brian “Domo” Gilbert, who earned his bachelor’s in international relations in 2005, flew a helicopter CH-53E Super Stallion carrying an American flag (shown here on left) during a combat mission in Afghanistan and presented the flag to his alma mater. Photo courtesy of Brian Gilbert.

Pledging Allegiance

March 29, 2012

It is tradition for military personnel to fly an American flag over the Pentagon, military hospitals, a forward operating base (FOB) or inside an aircraft during mission flights in honor of someone or something important to…

Ray Irani was appointed the Judge Widney Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. He was named to the National Academy of Engineering in February.

Ray Irani Named Judge Widney Professor

March 22, 2012

Trustee Ray R. Irani Ph.D. ’57, executive chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corp. and namesake of the university’s Ray R. Irani Hall, was appointed the Judge Widney Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry…

USC Dornsife alumna Sarah Greene, who earned a Ph.D. in geological studies in 2011, and Rowan Martindale, a doctoral candidate in earth sciences, contributed to a recent study that looks at geological records for evidence that mass extinction events may have been caused by ocean acidification.

Earth's Past Is Warning for the Future

March 6, 2012

When the Earth’s carbon dioxide level increased at a rapid rate during the Triassic-Jurassic period 200 million years ago, nearly half the ocean’s marine life became extinct. USC Dornsife geologists contributed to…

Illustration by Amy Martin

Follow Your Heart

January 31, 2012

Like most of my fellow Trojans, I lived off the I-10 Freeway during my four years at USC. I took it to the beach on beautiful afternoons; I followed it to countless reporting assignments for Annenberg classes and the Daily…

Photo by Duane Ryder.

Putting Words into Action

January 31, 2012

When Troy Polamalu left Los Angeles to join the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2003, he vowed to return and complete his college education. On May 13, 2011, he traded in his black and gold Steelers helmet and jersey for a …

From English Degree to Grammy Award

Music Man

December 16, 2011

In 1993, in a small, dingy apartment in Berkeley, Calif., Warner Bros. Records producer Rob Cavallo sat on an overturned bucket. He listened, rapt, while a punk band of three scruffy 20-somethings belted out their latest…

Peter Berton, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Relations at USC, was born in Poland and at age 6 moved to Harbin, China, one of the largest Jewish communities in the Far East. He studied violin in Japan and after waiting 12 years for a visa to come to the United States, began graduate studies at Columbia University. Berton became a consultant for the Library of Congress one year after his arrival to the U.S. Photo by Jie Gu.

The "Godfather" of Japanese Studies

December 8, 2011

Dapper in a formal tailcoat, Peter Berton stood between American and Japanese flags as he accepted the Order of the Rising Sun. The Japanese government honored the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Relations…

USC Dornsife alumna Dawn Powell spent her Fulbright year investigating Sino-Brazilian economic relations in Brazil. Powell enjoys the sunset on Sugar Loaf mountain after a day of interviews in Rio de Janeiro. Photo courtesy of Dawn Powell.

Brazil Should Welcome Chinese Investors, USC Dornsife Fulbright Fellow Says

December 1, 2011

On a humid August day in Rio de Janeiro, USC Dornsife alumna Dawn Powell boarded an un-air-conditioned bus bound for Luís Eduardo Magalhães, an agribusiness town in western Bahia. An hour into the trip, the…

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An Uplifting Tale

November 14, 2011

Is there a general fatigue from an oversaturation of American dream stories? I can’t say (because I don’t know), but I do think we take our parents’ sacrifices and uniquely American opportunities and…