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Matthew Michael Carnahan (B.A., international relations, '95) is a screenwriter in Arlington, Va. Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan.

Silver Screen Storyteller

October 6, 2011

Banging out scripts from his home office in Arlington, Va., Matthew Michael Carnahan finds that real-world stories drive his creativity. One night while searching for a USC Trojans football game on television, a blip of news…

Wayne Wu (M.S., mathematics, '92) is president and CEO of Pacific Health Investment, Inc. in Orange County, Calif. Photo by Carlos Puma.

Beam of Hope

September 15, 2011

A benign brain tumor was pressing against a young woman’s optic nerve. She faced a medical Catch-22: remove the tumor via a complicated surgery with a high likelihood of destroying the nerve, or closely monitor the tumor…

Téa Obreht, who graduated from USC Dornsife in 2006 with degrees in creative writing and art history, is the youngest winner of the Orange Prize for fiction for her first novel <em>The Tiger's Wife</em>. Portrait photo by Beowulf Sheehan.

An Unforgettable Year

September 14, 2011

The past year has been a whirlwind for Téa Obreht. The USC Dornsife alumna was named one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” and selected as one of the “5 Under 35” by the National Book…

From Undecided to M.D.

The Language of Medicine

September 8, 2011

Unlike many of her peers, Heather Rosen didn’t always know she wanted to be a doctor. Now a seventh-year general surgery resident, it’s hard to imagine Rosen as anything else. In her crisp white coat and blue…

David Bach (B.A., social sciences and communication, '90) is founder of Finishrich Media in New York City. Photo by Phil Channing.

America's Money Advocate

August 26, 2011

David Bach lets the HARPO Studio’s greenroom door close behind him and waits backstage for his final cue. The top button of his blue oxford shirt open and classic black suit perfectly tailored, he’s ready. This is…

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…