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Opening D.C.’s Doors

April 8, 2015

Sophomore Kara Junttila was delighted when an article she had co-authored on the nuclear budget was published recently on Roll Call, a major online source for legislative and political news on Capitol Hill. An intern at the…

International relations major Meghan Jahnke works with elementary school pupils as part of a breakout session during the Penny Harvest Leadership Academy on March 10. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Elementary Pupils Become Penny Harvest Advocates

March 25, 2015

One by one, the four teams took turns addressing childhood cancer, foster care, homelessness and saving animals — serious, thoughtful work, especially for elementary-age presenters. But that’s one of the…

Alumna Jenny Wu believes her education at USC Dornsife helped prepare her to meet the challenges of being a contestant on <em>The Amazing Race</em>. Photo courtesy of CBS Television Inc.

Racing with Style

February 25, 2015

On the 26th season of The Amazing Race premiering on CBS Television on Feb. 25, contestants must plunge into a giant man-made pool of mud near Castaic Lake north of Los Angeles and wade through it as fast as they can. Among…



February 24, 2015

Emily Mufich started college knowing exactly how she wanted to finish — with degrees in two very different majors that would make the most of her time at USC. “I like to say that history is my fun major and…

Based in Singapore, Kaitlin Solimine splits her time between running the online academic magazine <em>Hippo Reads</em> and finishing her first novel. Photo courtesy of Kaitlin Solimine.

Her Heart’s in the Far East

February 13, 2015

A simple twist of fate launched the trajectory of Kaitlin Solimine’s academic pursuits. As a high school student at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, Solimine, who earned her master’s in East Asian area…

Tomik Vertanou (sixth from the left), stands with Hyer United volunteers. A shipment of medical supplies is ready for the two month trip to rural areas of Armenia. Photos courtesy Tomik Vertanous.

A Delivery of Health and Hope

December 22, 2014

Two years ago when Tomik Vertanous learned that doctors in the Artsakh region of Armenia were severely lacking in medical supplies, he was moved to action. “They were still using pillows that dated back to the collapse…

The American Political Science Association recognized Jane Junn's book, in part, for including innovative data analysis, which drew from five surveys. Photo by Lizzie Hedrick.

Getting All Sides

September 23, 2014

Jane Junn, professor of political science, likens her research on public opinion of immigration to a white light entering a prism — specifically the iconic image on the cover of Pink Floyd’s album The Dark Side of…

Robert Shrum (center) is presented with a chair bearing the university seal. From left to right: Dennis Chong, chair and professor of political science; Elizabeth Garrett, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; Shrum; Hope Warschaw, daughter of Carmen and Louis Warschaw; and USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay. Photos by Steve Cohn.

An Expert in Practical Politics

September 18, 2014

During a ceremony to commemorate his installation as the inaugural Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics at USC Dornsife, veteran political consultant Robert Shrum identified the one indispensable quality…

Incoming psychology freshman Jessica Wynn (left) gives her younger sister, Jada Combs, who traveled from their home in Washington, D.C., to help her move in, a squeeze. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Never Routine — Class of ’18

August 22, 2014

Smoothing a hand over the comforter and propping up a few pillows, Shermayne Hughes stood back. The bed was made. Her only child was officially moved into her new home at Fluor Tower. “I can’t believe my…

Professor Emeritus of Political Science Michael B. Preston  was an expert in urban politics, dissecting political changes that have shaped Los Angeles since the early 1980s when Tom Bradley was mayor. Photo by Phil Channing.

In Memoriam: Michael B. Preston, 80

July 31, 2014

Former USC Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives Michael B. Preston, professor emeritus and former chair of political science at USC Dornsife, an expert on racial and ethnic politics, has died. He was 80. Preston of Baldwin…