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‘JEP Sparked a Flame in Me’

November 1, 2013

As a 9-year-old girl growing up in California’s San Fernando Valley, América Ferrera remembers lying in bed, dreaming of fame and diamonds. “That’s a 9-year-old’s fantasy of celebrity,”…

Nobel Laureate George Olah of USC Dornsife (right) receives a portrait of himself by the well-known Hungarian painter Kornél Zámbó from Hungarian Consul General László Kálmán of Los Angeles (left) and Ambassador Dán Károly, the consul general of the Hungarian consulate in New York. Photo by Janna Gould.

Honors from Their Other Homes

October 23, 2013

George A. Olah, a Nobel laureate and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and G. K. Surya Prakash, professor of chemistry and director of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, are having a busy week. Shortly before…

At the Ambassadors for Humanity gala, from left, USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett, USC Shoah Foundation Founder and USC Trustee Steven Spielberg, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Niki C. Nikias, USC Shoah Foundation Ambassador for Humanity Award recipient George Clooney, USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay, and his wife, Shelley Halpain. Photos by Larry Busacca, Getty Images.

USC Shoah Foundation’s Humanity Award Goes to George Clooney

October 4, 2013

George Clooney is well known as an actor, director, producer and writer. But it was his global humanitarian efforts that received the attention on Oct. 3 when he was honored with the Ambassador for Humanity Award by Steven…

Sabrina Sanchez, who earned her doctorate from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, will work in USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay’s laboratory as a Pew Latin American Fellow. Photo courtesy of Sabrina Sanchez.

New Pew Fellow

June 13, 2013

Sabrina Sanchez, who earned her Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, will join USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay’s laboratory in August as a Pew Latin American Fellow. Sanchez was among…

Marine microbial biodiversity expert Jed Fuhrman, McCulloch-Crosby Chair of Marine Biology and professor of biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Photo by Corey Arnold.

Fuhrman Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 26, 2013

Jed Fuhrman, McCulloch-Crosby Chair of Marine Biology and professor of biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Established in 1780, the academy is among the…

Student honorees from the Interfaith Badge Program stand with Varun Soni (center), dean of the USC Office of Religious Life. Photo by Steve Cohn.

What It Means to Be a Trojan

April 24, 2013

As a junior, Travis Glynn created the Explore Program through USC Dornsife’s Joint Educational Project (JEP). In the program, JEP volunteers challenge elementary students to look at Los Angeles through a global…

Neuroscience Ph.D. candidate Glenn Fox; USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay; USC Trustee David Dornsife; Dana Dornsife; first lady Niki C. Nikias; USC President C. L. Max Nikias; sociology major Jasmine Torres '14; and international relations and political science major Reid Lidow '14. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Turning Dreams Into Reality

March 11, 2013

The USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences kicked off a $750 million fundraising initiative with a gala that drew some 350 friends, administrators, faculty and students to USC’s Ronald Tutor…

Patrick James, the first dean’s professor under Steve Kay’s leadership, delivers the inaugural Dean’s Special Lecture to a packed audience at the University Club. Photo by Erica Christianson.

The ‘Gandalf of International Relations’

February 4, 2013

Patrick James, the first Dean’s Professor of International Relations, delivered the inaugural Dean’s Special Lecture on democracy, territorial issues and international conflict to a packed audience of faculty and…

Patrick James, the Dean’s Professor of International Relations in USC Dornsife, has co-authored a new textbook, <em>The International Relations of Middle-earth: Learning From The Lord of the Rings</em> (University of Michigan, 2012), which has already been picked up for use in course-work at the University of Glasgow and Heidelberg College. Portrait by Philip Channing.

Rings of Power Struggle

December 19, 2012

Everyone knows a Hobbit’s traditional forum is in English class. But for Patrick James, the world of J.R.R. Tolkien is more than escapist fantasy. The Dean’s Professor of International Relations in USC Dornsife…

USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay, holder of the Anna H. Bing Dean’s Chair and professor of biological sciences, envisions USC as a preeminent destination for emerging themes in science and technology. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Educate, Enrich and Empower

November 8, 2012

In an inspiring installation speech, Dean Steve Kay on Wednesday set the tone for his administration, sharing his mantra as the 21st dean of USC Dornsife: educate, enrich and empower. “We must educate our students to…