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Two children carry containers filled with water in Northern Uganda. Drinking unclean water can lead to many diseases. More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation and hygiene-related causes. Photos by Justin Arana.

My Name Is Water

October 16, 2014

Justin Arana was traveling the world on a spiritual quest to find himself. The journey was spurred by his grandfather, who had asked if Arana would be happy with the worth of his life if he died the next day. It was 2008,…

USC Dornsife alumnus Augustus Vogel (left) meets members of the Ghana Navy aboard a U.S. vessel during Vogel’s work with U.S. Naval Forces Africa. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Campbell.

Alumnus Goes Full Speed Ahead

July 10, 2014

Augie Vogel came to USC Dornsife in the late 1990s with a bachelor’s degree in biology and three years of experience in the Peace Corps. He left USC Dornsife in 2006 with a Ph.D. in biology, a NOAA Sea Grant Knauss…

Recording artist and activist Akon and ONE representatives visited a classroom at USC recently to launch the #PowerProject Campaign Lab, which will combat energy poverty in Africa. International relations students presented original social media campaign ideas to a panel, shown here. Photo courtesy of ONE.

#PowerProject

April 25, 2014

How would you cook dinner without electricity? Or get your homework done after sunset without turning on the lights? And on a more crucial level, what if your local hospital had no refrigeration for medicine or power for…

DPMG works on projects throughout the world covering a plethora of issues, such as improving access to, quality and equity of education in developing countries. Here, a teacher instructs children in Mozambique, located in Southeast Africa. Photo by Eric Miller.

An Objective Analysis

June 19, 2013

The USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) has opened a new space in the building with USC Information Sciences Institute’s office in Arlington, Va. Opened May 28, the Development Portfolio…

Brittany Berns (left) and her colleague Sabi Yoto, a fellow teacher at Toucountouna's secondary school. Berns taught English and helped to expand a school as a Peace Corps volunteer in Toucountouna from 2010 to 2012. Photo courtesy of Brittany Berns.

A Rising Star

December 6, 2012

At 6 a.m., Brittany Berns would awake to the sound of her neighbors’ breakfast pans clacking. Nearby, roosters crowed and pigs snorted. After grabbing a bite of rice and beans, Berns would pull a bucket of water from…

Chimpanzees are found from Western Africa across the continent to East Africa. At one time, there were 50,000 or more chimps in Uganda. Now there are about 5,000 as a result of logging, the encroachment of villages, trapping, snare devices and other reasons. Photo by Craig Stanford.

Into the Forest

October 8, 2012

In late September, USC Dornsife Ph.D. student Maureen McCarthy traveled 9,000 miles from Los Angeles to Hoima, Uganda, to begin a year devoted to collecting chimpanzee poop. While that may seem like an unusual way to spend a…

A rainstorm closed Mole National Park when the Ghana fellows visited to take a safari ride. Just as they were turning back to the lodge, a procession of elephants crossed their path. Photo by Elisabeth Wolfenden '13.

Not Following the Herd

November 7, 2011

A newborn goat, umbilical cord still attached, stumbled across the dusty road, bleating in wonder. From the airplane window a day earlier, eight USC Dornsife undergraduates had watched the Los Angeles sprawl and jammed I-405…

Women and children carry baskets in a village near Sikoro, Mali. This summer marked the second time that USC Dornsife members of the USC Africa Health Initiative (AHI) traveled to the West African village.  Photo courtesy of AHI.

Bridging Two Worlds

June 16, 2011

In May, as USC Dornsife graduates boxed up their belongings and left campus for their new ventures, 13 boarded a plane for Africa to make good on a promise. Two years ago, the members of USC Africa Health Initiative (AHI)…

During a previous trip to Ghana, USC Dornsife alumna Elizabeth Barreras who founded Blue Kitabu mentors a student in Asebu. Photo by Alexander J. Rivest.

Sowing the Seeds for Sustainability

June 6, 2011

After earning her bachelor’s in international relations from USC Dornsife in 2007, Elizabeth Barreras kept in touch with her adviser and professor Steven Lamy. Barreras went on to earn her master’s at the School…

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…