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USC Dornsife alumna Bonnie Nijst, president and CEO of ZEESMAN, is a strong believer in the power of women- and minority-owned businesses to drive the economy, especially in underserved communities. Photo by Susan Bell.

Branded a Winner

August 15, 2013

A successful minority business owner, Bonnie Nijst encountered sexism and prejudice on her journey to the top. “I remember a time when someone came into my bureau for a meeting with me and said to my assistant…

Incoming USC Dornsife freshman Ashley Knight is considering involvement in USC Greek Life, intramural sports, a cappella groups, and the USC Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs. Photo by Lillian Insalata.

From Kansas to California

August 9, 2013

Initially attracted to USC because of its location and the Southern California weather, incoming freshman Ashley Knight decided to join the university after learning about pre-health programs at USC Dornsife. An aspiring…

Environmental studies undergraduate Iñaki Pedroarena-Leal is in Panama for a summer internship at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. In underwater research, he is collecting data to assess the health of coral reef communities in the Bocas del Toro archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. Photo by Eleni Petrou.

Taking the Bull by the Horns

July 26, 2013

Wielding a machete one day this summer, Iñaki Pedroarena-Leal slowly but surely bushwhacked his way through dense, humid Panamanian jungle. From their tree perches, three-toed sloths looked down at the…

USC Dornsife alumna Lizette Salas watches her tee shot on the 16th hole during the first round of the HSBC Women's Champions at the Sentosa Golf Club on February 28, 2013 in Singapore, Southeast Asia. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images.

On an Upswing

June 28, 2013

For Lizette Salas, it’s all about the follow through. After graduating from USC Dornsife in 2011, Salas became a professional golfer, competing on the Symetra Tour in seven tournaments. She then played in the U.S.…

USC Dornsife mathematicians and new AMS Fellows, from left to right: Eric Friedlander, Solomon Golomb, Susan Friedlander, Susan Montgomery and Francis Bonahon. Absent are Robert Guralnick and Ko Honda. Photo by Susan Bell.

Seven Up

November 1, 2012

Seven of USC Dornsife’s finest mathematicians have been invited by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) to become inaugural fellows of this prestigious association for their distinguished contributions to…

George Sanchez, USC Dornsife’s vice dean for diversity, (middle) stands with past and present USC Dornsife students at a recent Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference in Seattle, Wash. Everett Salas is far left, Cynthia Joseph is in the back row far right and Yadira Ibarra stands in the front row second from the right. Photo courtesy of Yadira Ibarra.

Supporting Diversity in Science

October 31, 2012

As a first-generation college student pursuing a degree in geological sciences, Yadira Ibarra felt like the proverbial stranger in a strange land. At Brown University, there were few women studying earth sciences. And even…

The Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray of USC Dornsife (left) was recently honored for his work in the community in an event at Doheny Memorial Library hosted by USC President C. L. Max Nikias. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Tested By Fire

October 18, 2012

The Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray’s first trial by fire happened in the early 1950s. Then a young U.S. Air Force navigator, Murray was in a warplane when it erupted in flames on the tarmac. The pilot escaped the…

USC Dornsife's Moh El-Naggar (center) was voted among the 10 most promising young scientists by Popular Science magazine. Photo by Allison V. Smith.

Brilliant One

September 19, 2012

USC Dornsife scientist Moh El-Naggar has been selected as one of Popular Science’s 2012 Brilliant 10, the magazine’s annual honor roll of the 10 most promising young scientists. El-Naggar is featured in the…

60-second-seminars: Jody Agius Vallejo

Barrios to Burbs

September 5, 2012

A timely new book by USC Dornsife sociologist Jody Agius Vallejo challenges the widespread assumption that Mexican Americans in the United States are persistently poor and uneducated, and do not achieve social and economic…

Caitlin Smith, a psychology doctoral student in USC Dornsife, leads sixth grade students in their final workshop in the Going for the Goal program. With guidance from USC Dornsife students, the program teaches middle schoolers how to set themselves up to achieve their goals. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Going for the Goal

August 24, 2012

Soft-spoken and shy, sixth-graders Emily Cervantes and Nayely Gonzalez are best friends with a vision for their futures. Emily plans to be a fashion designer, Nayely an author. “I’ve actually had this goal for a…