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As a research assistant in Matthew Dean’s lab, Amanda Johnston performs polymerase chain reactions to analyze rodent DNA and determine their genotypes.

Cracking the Code

April 22, 2012

    Student researcher: Amanda Johnston Major: Biological sciences Minor: Spanish Year: Senior Student funding sources: Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR), Summer Undergraduate Research…

A lesson in Thomas Reid’s “geometry of visibles” in James Van Cleve’s course on British empiricism sparked a collaboration between professor and student.

The Philosopher

April 22, 2012

    Student researcher: Tran Nguyen Major: Philosophy and mathematics Year: Senior Student funding source: Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR)     Adviser: James…

Using the comparanda and paint analyses, Dixon has been able to narrow down one possible identity for the figurine: Hadrian, one of Rome's first emperors to wear a beard.

The Smiting King

April 22, 2012

    Student researcher: Grant Dixon Major: Archaeology Minor: Digital studies Year: Sophomore Student funding source: Student Opportunities for Academic Research…

Still images and videos of arsenic sulfide nanofibers growing under a microscope help Ian McFarlane and Julia Lazzari-Dean to better understand the microbes’ properties and potential applications. These materials could hold the key to creating new nanomaterials that do jobs not yet imagined.

Energy in a Bottle

April 22, 2012

    Undergraduate researcher: Julia Lazzari-Dean Major: Chemistry Year: Sophomore Student funding sources: Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship and Women in Science and…

Scholarly Symbiosis

Scholarly Symbiosis

April 22, 2012

It’s no secret: Learning happens in many places, not just the classroom. In fact, students throughout USC Dornsife create their own spaces for learning by tapping into faculty expertise. By contributing to research…

Photos by Brad Wilson.

Being Human

April 22, 2012

We humans are unique animals. Each of us may define what it means to be human differently. We place value in memory, form cultures, innovate, question the purpose of life, and dream of the future. Since the beginning of our…

Perfect Vision

Perfect Vision

April 22, 2012

At the Cold War’s dusk, history graduate Wolf Gruner swung a hammer at the Berlin Wall. For years, the East Berliner had been involved in a cultural underground movement against the communist regime. Now Gruner’s…

Illustration by Amy Martin

Follow Your Heart

January 31, 2012

Like most of my fellow Trojans, I lived off the I-10 Freeway during my four years at USC. I took it to the beach on beautiful afternoons; I followed it to countless reporting assignments for Annenberg classes and the Daily…

"We want undergraduates, graduates and colleagues not to take their visual surroundings for granted. And to think intelligently and questioningly about what use we make of images. And, in a sense, the use that images make of us." - Kate Flint, Provost Professor of English and Art History, leader of the USC Dornsife 2020 research cluster “Seeing 20/20: The USC Visual Studies Research Institute.”

The Future...Not What It Used to Be

January 31, 2012

A New American Narrative The year is 2042. If you are white and living in the United States, you are a minority, according to Census Bureau projections. “By 2042, the U.S. is going to look completely different in terms…

Photo by Duane Ryder.

Putting Words into Action

January 31, 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 …