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In March, students traveled to Russia, where they crossed five time zones on the Trans-Siberian Railroad en route from Moscow to Lake Baikal in central Siberia. The trip included cultural sightseeing in Moscow and on-site lectures by the Russian Academy of Sciences on environmental issues affecting the lake. Photo by Francesca Martens.

Breaking the Ice in Siberia

June 5, 2013

Spring break tends to conjure up images of tropical beaches, sunshine and around-the-clock swimsuit fashion. There’s one thing it definitely does not bring to mind: Siberia. Putting the “alternative” in…

Named Penelope by researchers, this elephant seal is one of many fitted with a GPS tracking tag. These devices can be used to monitor potential climate change indices such as temperature increases. The tags are temporarily attached with glue and do not hurt the seals. ©Nicole Teutschel, courtesy of Tagging of Pacific Predators or TOPP.

Climate Change Hits the Beach

October 15, 2012

“Climate change is already here,” warned Douglas Capone, William and Julie Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and professor of biological sciences in USC Dornsife. “And it’s going to affect…

Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety, made good on a promise to return to USC Dornsife and finish his studies toward a bachelor's degree in history. Photo by Duane Ryder.

Steely Determination

July 30, 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 black…

A USC Dornsife student on a scientific dive in Guam with a Hawksbill sea turtle in the foreground during a past Maymester trip. Photo by Gerry Smith.

Taking the Plunge

May 23, 2012

USC Dornsife students are diving into this year’s Maymester courses. After taking a Spring semester course on the physics, physiology, safety and methodology of scientific diving, 26 undergraduates will dive in the…

The Fulbright Scholarship was established to increase the mutual understanding between the United States and other countries. USC Dornsife students and alumni who are 2012-13 Fulbright Scholars will study and teach throughout the world. Clockwise is Caitlin Bradbury: Mexico; Sarah Goodrum: Germany; Huibin Amelia Chew: the Philippines; Nina Gordon-Kirsch: Israel; Nelly Chávez: Spain; and Daniel Paly: Brazil.

That’s Right, You Earned a Fulbright

May 22, 2012

Six USC Dornsife students and alumni have been selected for the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship awarding them for academic achievement and commitment to cultural engagement. Established in 1946 and sponsored by the United…

USC Dornsife’s Emily Gee and Lisa Cui examined how Chinese and American students responded to both negative and positive advertisements, including this Chinese ad depicting an ice cream earth melting in a desert.

It's An Ad World

May 9, 2012

When you look at an advertisement, how does it make you feel? Don Draper of AMC’s Mad Men could be five cocktails in and still wax eloquently on advertising’s myriad abilities. But Draper’s reactions to…

Ocean Probes Offer Insight Into Climate Change

Ocean Probes Offer Insight Into Climate Change

August 9, 2011

Lisa Collins, environmental studies lecturer at the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, spent four years collecting samples from floating sediment traps in the San Pedro Basin off the Los Angeles…

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…

Students in the 2011 Guam and Palau class show their USC Dornsife pride. Photo by Jim Haw.

Dispatches from the Oceans of Micronesia

May 19, 2011

What happens when 24 students take to the ocean to study the fragile ecosystems of Micronesia’s coral reefs? Anyone can soon find out as dispatches from the field are posted to Scientific American’s…

Jennifer McCard (B.A., environmental studies, '06) is a deputy operating officer for Manna Energy Limited in Kigali, Rwanda. Alex Peterson (B.A., international relations, '05) is an information management specialist for the U.S. Foreign Service in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo by Jill Peterson.

In Love, Will Travel

April 24, 2011

Jennifer McCard and Alex Peterson’s white stucco house is built into a red-earthen hillside. In the front yard, a swimming pool filled in with soil functions as a garden where they grow carrots, peas and…