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Maria Guzman helped PERE and other organizations collect air-quality data in the Pacoima, Calif., neighborhood, which is surrounded by freeways. Studies show that those living near air pollution sources have a higher risk of asthma, as her children experienced. They also risk cancer and respiratory illnesses. Photos by Damon Casarez.

‘Our Voices Have Been Heard’

November 13, 2013

The early morning hour was taking its toll on Maria Guzman as she stood near a freeway underpass in Pacoima, Calif. As the sun rose and traffic chugged by, she diligently recorded her coordinates with a Global Positioning…

Air pollution experts John Seinfeld of California Institute of Technology, (left) and Kirk Smith of the University of California, Berkeley, earned the 2012 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, administered through USC Dornsife. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Something in the Air

May 7, 2012

John Seinfeld researches air pollution from the top down. The Louis E. Nohl Professor and professor of chemical engineering at the California Institute of Technology studies the tiny particles in the atmosphere for a broader…

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USC Sea Grant Funds Studies of "Urban Ocean" Issues

February 17, 2012

The University of Southern California Sea Grant Program has awarded $727,700 to support seven new research projects led by researchers at universities throughout California. The studies look at issues such fish contamination,…

Students from USC Dornsife's Environmental Studies Program are spending eight weeks assisting with conservation and education programs at the Catalina Island Conservancy. From left to right: Miller Zou, Alexandria Cheung, Lisa Collins, Sabrina Lawrence-Gomez, Charlie de la Rosa and Daniel Kasang. Photo courtesy of Lisa Collins.

A Trail-Blazing Summer Internship

July 15, 2011

Two students and two recent graduates of USC Dornsife’s Environmental Studies Program have started a trail-blazing summer interning with the Catalina Island Conservancy, where they are spending eight weeks assisting with…

As many as 35 Vermont Avenue Elementary School students participated in the USC Young Scientists Program, under the auspices of USC Dornsife's Joint Educational Project and made possible through the   Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

JEP Nurtures 'Green Ambassadors'

June 10, 2011

The word sustainability doesn’t always roll off the tongues of 10-year-olds. Likewise, the concept of sustainable living — a lifestyle meant to reduce society’s use of the Earth’s natural resources…

Alexander Benderskii, associate professor of chemistry and senior author of the new study in <em>Nature</em>.

Water’s Surface Not All Wet

June 8, 2011

Air and water meet over most of the earth’s surface, but exactly where one ends and the other begins turns out to be a surprisingly subtle question. A new study in Nature narrows the boundary to just one quarter of…

Margo Reid Brown is director of California’s new Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, known as CalRecycle. Photo courtesy of Margo Reid Brown.

Trash Talk

November 1, 2010

According to Margo Reid Brown ’85, almost every item you use on a daily basis can be recycled or reused. In her position as director of California’s new Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, known as…

Navigating through Kelp and Swimming with the Sharks

Navigating through Kelp and Swimming with the Sharks

July 29, 2010

One of the new courses in the summer line-up of USC College's Problems Without Passports program takes students to the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island and to Guam and Palau in Oceania, a region mostly…

USC College sophomore Greg Woodburn is the founder of the nonprofit organization Give Running, which collects and refurbishes used athletic shoes and distributes them to underprivileged children.

Running Toward the Future

June 2, 2010

When injuries prevented Greg Woodburn from continuing to run track during high school, he never lost his passion for the sport. Instead he directed that energy toward founding a nonprofit organization called Give Running,…

Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement laureates Laurie Marker and Stuart Pimm give lectures and collect their awards during an April 22 ceremony at USC. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

They're Both a Rare Breed

April 30, 2010

We know that the extinction of species is irreversible and geographically concentrated. We know that tropical deforestation is the main driver of terrestrial extinctions. So what will it take to slow the quickening pace of…