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Air pollution experts John Seinfeld of California Institute of Technology, (left) and Kirk Smith of the University of California, Berkeley, earned the 2012 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, administered through USC Dornsife. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Something in the Air

May 7, 2012

John Seinfeld researches air pollution from the top down. The Louis E. Nohl Professor and professor of chemical engineering at the California Institute of Technology studies the tiny particles in the atmosphere for a broader…

Introducing the 2012 Dornsife Scholars

Introducing the 2012 Dornsife Scholars

May 7, 2012

The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is delighted to recognize its first class of Dornsife Scholars for 2012. The 10 outstanding graduating USC Dornsife seniors were selected based on their academic…

Anu Ramachandran’s project on how a faith healer affected HIV education in Tanzania earned her the interdisciplinary award in the humanities category during the 14th annual USC Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work. Photo by Heather Cartagena.

Remarkable Research

May 7, 2012

For USC Dornsife undergraduates Ellen Park and Kevin Le, the idea of engineering a synthetic version of the E. coli immune system to learn how to defeat antibiotic resistance sparked a passion for research and two years of…

Kwasi Connor: Sampling Mussels off Catalina Island

The Long Way Home

May 2, 2012

Late one night in 2006, Kwasi Connor entered a dark, empty laboratory at California State University, Los Angeles. Connor, now a Ph.D. candidate in USC Dornsife, had worked at the lab for two years under the tutelage of…

From left, Stephen Smith, Arnold Spielberg, Steven Spielberg and USC president C. L. Max Nikias celebrate the presentation of the Shoah Foundation Institute’s inaugural Inspiration Award. Photo by Jonathan Leibson/FilmMagic/Getty Images.

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Presents Inspiration Award

April 27, 2012

Arnold Spielberg, father of USC Shoah Foundation Institute founder Steven Spielberg, was honored on April 26 with the institute’s inaugural Inspiration Award at a private luncheon in Los Angeles. Arnold Spielberg was…

Brighde Mullins has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work as a playwright. Her latest play is titled <em>The Bourgeois Pig</em>, a story about a photojournalist in the Vietnam War who becomes a paparazzo in Hollywood.

USC Dornsife's Brighde Mullins Named Guggenheim Fellow

April 25, 2012

Brighde Mullins, director of USC Dornsife’s Master of Professional Writing program, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work as a playwright. Mullins will use the fellowship to spend the Fall 2012 semester…

Kelly Purvis ’82 and Jeffrey Smulyan ’69 were presented with Alumni Service Awards at the 79th Annual USC Alumni Awards on April 28. Purvis photo courtesy of Kelly Purvis. Smulyan photo by Emmis Communications.

Dedication Defined

April 24, 2012

Two USC Dornsife graduates have been honored with Alumni Service Awards for their longtime volunteer efforts on behalf of USC. Kelly Purvis ’82 and Jeffrey Smulyan ’69 were presented with their awards at the 79th…

Graffiti from the back of the Mugamma' — a huge government building on Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt. The Arabic on the wall remembers Khaled Sa'id, a young man beaten to death by the police in Alexandria, Egypt, and whose death served to mobilize many of those who joined the demonstrations throughout the country in January 2011. Photo by Laurie Brand.

Laurie Brand Selected as Bellagio Center Resident

April 17, 2012

Laurie Brand, Robert Grandford Wright Professor and professor of international relations in USC Dornsife, has won a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center residency award to finish her project, Restor(y)ing the State: National…

USC Dornsife alumna Bonnie Nadzam has been awarded The Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize for her debut book, <em>Lamb</em>. At left, Nadzam, who graduated with a Ph.D. in creative writing from USC Dornsife in 2011, stands with The Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize Award. Photo by Beowulf Sheehan.

USC Dornsife Alumna Wins Prize for Debut Novel

April 10, 2012

When Bonnie Nadzam began to develop characters for her dissertation in USC Dornsife’s Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing program, she could not have predicted the shape they would eventually take. It wasn’t…

USC juniors and seniors, most from USC Dornsife, were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, after they recited an oath promising to be faithful to the ideals of the society during the annual Phi Beta Kappa Society Epsilon Chapter of California at USC ceremony held March 30 at Town and Gown. Photo by Brian Morri.

A Lifelong Yearning for Learning

April 6, 2012

With their right hands raised, the USC undergraduates recognized as leaders in their disciplines proudly recited an oath promising to be faithful to the ideals of Phi Beta Kappa. Vowing to uphold the Greek motto, “love…