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USC Dornsife undergraduate Jordan Vieira earned first prize in the social sciences category during the 13th annual USC Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work. Photo by Heather Cartagena.

Drumming Up Winners

April 29, 2011

It was the sound of women’s hands pounding on makeshift drums — pum-pum-pum-pum — from overturned washing basins that first caught Jordan Vieira’s attention. Back home in California he began exploring…

Dana and David Dornsife

What’s in a name? Everything if the name is Dornsife.

April 24, 2011

On March 23, 2011, USC Board of Trustees Chair Edward P. Roski Jr., President C. L. Max Nikias and Dean Howard Gillman presided over a spectacular ceremony including a stage set representing the archetypal USC classical…

Faculty Notes

April 24, 2011

Aimee Bender, associate professor of English, won the 2010 SoCal Independent Booksellers Association Award in Fiction for her latest novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Random House, 2010). Yehuda Ben-Zion, professor…

May Berenbaum won the 2011 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, administered by USC Dornsife. Berenbaum was honored for her work on the co-evolutionary arms race between plants and the insects that eat them, and for helping to pass a bill addressing the disappearance of honey bees. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Postcards from the Edge of a Leaf

April 22, 2011

Entomologist May Berenbaum is bugged by Rep. Joe Baca. Seeking to forever squash the Delhi sands flower-loving fly, the congressman for California’s 43rd district is pushing for a bill that would amend the federal…

USC juniors and seniors recite the oath that inducts them into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Society Epsilon Chapter of California at USC. The academic society welcomed 189 inductees, many of whom are students in USC Dornsife, on April 8 during an initiation ceremony at Town and Gown. Photo by Brian Morri.

A Love of Learning

April 18, 2011

Standing beneath the large glass chandeliers in Town and Gown, USC juniors and seniors proudly raised their right hands as they recited the oath that would induct them into the nation’s most prestigious academic honor…

An Accolade for History

An Accolade for History

March 31, 2011

The graduate program in history at USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences was ranked among the top 20 “Best Graduate History Programs in the U.S.” by Education-Portal.com. “Our…

Dana and David Dornsife (center), who received the University Medallion for their historic gift, celebrate with Howard Gillman (left), dean of the newly named USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and USC President C. L. Max Nikias (right). Photo by Phil Channing.

Sharing a Transforming Moment

March 23, 2011

USC President C. L. Max Nikias held up two engraved, long golden chains — an honor presented to only one other person in USC’s 131-year-history. Slipping the heavy, shiny chains over the heads of Dana and David…

From left: Jack Peters, Danyul Lawrence, Blake Phillips and Sriram Balasubramanian celebrate their first place win at the U.S. Amateur Team Championship West chess tournament. Team member Nathan Huessenstamm not pictured. Photo credit Chris Roberts.

First Place? Check.

March 3, 2011

One recent Sunday, while most people were blissfully soaking in the remainder of their weekends, Danyul Lawrence spent 11 hours focusing his concentration on a chess board. Split between two matches — one five hours…

USC College's Mark Thompson has ranked 12th in Thomson Reuters’ Science Watch list as one of the world’s most influential chemists. Photo credit Max S. Gerber.

Topping the List

March 2, 2011

Mark Thompson, professor of chemistry, materials science and environmental sciences in USC College, has ranked 12th in Thomson Reuters’ Science Watch list as one of the world’s most influential chemists. The…

USC College doctoral candidate Adam Bush received the the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the  Association of American Colleges and Universities. Photo courtesy of Adam Bush.

Focused on Education Reform

March 2, 2011

Adam Bush, a USC College doctoral candidate in American studies and ethnicity (ASE), has been recognized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) with the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders…