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Celia C. Ayala (B.A., sociology and Spanish, '76) is CEO of the Los Angeles Universal Preschool in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo by Phil Channing.

Champion for Education

August 5, 2011

Celia C. Ayala discovered her life’s passion at an early age. With a quest to contribute to her community, she knew what she wanted to do; it was the how that remained a mystery. In her eighth floor office, Chief…

Lindsay Harrison (B.A., political science and gender studies, '00) is a partner at Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C. Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan.

Firm Ambition

July 15, 2011

The young attorney might have been standing solo before the omnipotent Wizard of Oz. No small and meek here before the great and powerful. Hair blond and unbridled, the lawyer faces the scrutiny of John Roberts, Clarence…

Gen. Edward Rice, Jr. (left) makes a point, while United States Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Albert Carnesale, UCLA's chancellor emeritus, listen during the West Coast National Security Scholars Conference held at USC. Photo by James Gordon.

School of International Relations and U.S. Air Force Host National Security Conference

July 7, 2011

In a recent conference held at USC, United States Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said that today’s military must integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines and called for help from academia. Sponsored by USC…

Mark Ridley-Thomas (Ph.D., religion, '89) is a Los Angeles County Supervisor, 2nd District. Photo by Carlos Puma.

Pillar of Empowerment

June 23, 2011

In 1968, Mark Ridley-Thomas was a seventh grader at George Washington Carver Middle School in southeast Los Angeles. At Victory Baptist Church near his school campus, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. often preached and…

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, assistant professor of psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute housed in USC Dornsife, and alumnus Thomas Denson, who earned his Ph.D. in psychology from USC Dornsife in 2007, were recognized as “rising stars” by the Association for Psychological Science.

Making Their Mark

June 21, 2011

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, assistant professor of psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute housed in USC Dornsife, and Thomas Denson, a USC Dornsife alumnus, were recently lauded by the Association for Psychological…

Women and children carry baskets in a village near Sikoro, Mali. This summer marked the second time that USC Dornsife members of the USC Africa Health Initiative (AHI) traveled to the West African village.  Photo courtesy of AHI.

Bridging Two Worlds

June 16, 2011

In May, as USC Dornsife graduates boxed up their belongings and left campus for their new ventures, 13 boarded a plane for Africa to make good on a promise. Two years ago, the members of USC Africa Health Initiative (AHI)…

Ann Muscat (Ph.D., biological sciences, '83) is president and CEO of the Catalina Island Conservancy in Avalon, Calif. Photo by Jack Baldelli.

Keeper of the Wild

June 13, 2011

Ann Muscat walks up the sun-dappled path of Catalina Island’s Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden, the sand crunching beneath the heels of her hiking boots. While quails call from beneath the rare Catalina mahogany…

During a previous trip to Ghana, USC Dornsife alumna Elizabeth Barreras who founded Blue Kitabu mentors a student in Asebu. Photo by Alexander J. Rivest.

Sowing the Seeds for Sustainability

June 6, 2011

After earning her bachelor’s in international relations from USC Dornsife in 2007, Elizabeth Barreras kept in touch with her adviser and professor Steven Lamy. Barreras went on to earn her master’s at the School…

USC Dornsife alumnus Michael Donley (B.A., international relations, '77; M.A., international relations, '78) is secretary of the U.S. Air Force. Interviewed at the Pentagon, he said, “There were USC alumni in D.C. who got there a year or two ahead of me. I had a network to help me get started.” Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan.

An (Air) Force of Nature

June 3, 2011

The blindingly shiny floors and fluorescent lights overhead seemed to go on forever in the long walk through the jagged corridors of the Pentagon. Past the conference room of the joint chiefs — The Tank — where…

USC Dornsife alumnus Adam Goldston (right) and his twin brother Ryan provide basketball players with shoes that allow them to jump higher. The young entrepreneurs opened their business Athletic Propulsion Lab (APL) in 2009. Photo by Jie Gu.

Slam Dunk to Success

May 18, 2011

Standing at 5-foot-11 Adam Goldston knew he had his work cut out for him. “I’m obsessed with jumping higher,” USC Dornsife alumnus Goldston said. “My goal has always been to do a free throw line…