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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…

USC College's Susan Forsburg has received the 2011 Roche Diagnostics Alice C. Evans Award from the American Society of Microbiology. Photo credit Eric O'Connell.

Susan Forsburg Recognized for Commitment to Women in Science

February 25, 2011

Susan Forsburg, professor of biological sciences in USC College, has received the 2011 Roche Diagnostics Alice C. Evans Award from the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) for her contributions to the advancement of women in…

USC College junior Arin Ghosh was presented with the State of Maryland Governor’s Citation in January for his on-going collaboration with the Maryland Interagency Strategic Council to strengthen Indo-U.S. relations. Photo credit Jie Gu.

Creating His Own Path

February 1, 2011

It’s Monday at 6 a.m. and Arin Ghosh’s phone is already ringing. After all, while the day is just beginning in Los Angeles, for his business contacts in New Delhi, India, it’s 7:30 p.m. and they are eager for…

Divinity Matovu '08 (middle) with young women from the Amagezi Gemaanyi Youth Association (AGYA) in Uganda, which she co-founded in 2008. <em>Glamour</em> magazine has named Matovu one of "20 Amazing Young Women Who Are Already Changing the World." Photo courtesy Divinity Matovu.

The Power of Change

January 27, 2011

When Divinity Matovu chose Kenya as her study abroad destination during her senior year in USC College, she had no idea that this one decision would dramatically alter countless lives in addition to her own. Just three years…

# Daniel J. Strouse plans to attend the University of Cambridge after graduation. Photo credit Katy Capper.

First USC Student to Receive Churchill Scholarship

January 21, 2011

Daniel J. Strouse, one of 14 students from U.S. universities chosen to receive the prestigious Churchill Scholarship, is the first at USC. Churchill Scholars must demonstrate extraordinary talent, outstanding academic…

Brighde Mullins, program director of USC College’s Master of Professional Writing Program, was awarded a 2010 USA Fellowship for literature. Photo credit Cam Sanders.

Honoring the Artist

January 4, 2011

For playwright and poet Brighde Mullins, it’s usually a powerful image that incites narrative. Recently, it was the captivating description of a young Phillis Wheatley — a slave who became the first…

University Professor Kevin Starr (fifth medalist from right) shares the stage with fellow inductees James Cameron, Barbra Streisand and Betty White, to name a few. Starr was among 14 inducted into the 2010 California Hall of Fame by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo credit Hector Amezcua of The Sacramento Bee.

A Starr Studded Affair

December 15, 2010

USC College historian Kevin Starr was among the legends inducted into the 2010 California Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Sacramento Tuesday night. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and first lady Maria Shriver presented the…