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USC Dornsife alumnus Adam Goldston (right) and his twin brother Ryan provide basketball players with shoes that allow them to jump higher. The young entrepreneurs opened their business Athletic Propulsion Lab (APL) in 2009. Photo by Jie Gu.

Slam Dunk to Success

May 18, 2011

Standing at 5-foot-11 Adam Goldston knew he had his work cut out for him. “I’m obsessed with jumping higher,” USC Dornsife alumnus Goldston said. “My goal has always been to do a free throw line…

From left, Elizabeth Sophy, John Lien Margetis and Silvia Green.

Eyes Fixed on the Horizon

May 13, 2011

Now preparing for their next milestones, the first graduates under the name USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences earned their diplomas on May 13. USC Dornsife issued more than 2,500 degrees during…

Sarrah Shahawy '11 - USC Dornsife Valedictorian

Faith Makes All Things Possible

May 9, 2011

During a recent multi-faith celebration on campus, Sarrah Shahawy recited in English and Arabic a verse from the Qur’an emphasizing that in Islam, both genders and all nationalities are considered equal before God. Oh…

Michael Messner, professor of sociology and gender studies in USC Dornsife and director of USC's Gender Studies Program, will receive the 2011 Abby J. Leibman Pursuit of Justice Award from the California Women’s Law Center on May 26. Photo by Eddie North-Hager.

Equality On and Off the Field

May 9, 2011

Michael Messner has spent the last 25 years studying the role gender plays in sports, and likewise how sports influence society’s views of gender. In honor of Messner’s contributions to his field and his work for…

An enthusiastic USC Student Interfaith Council discusses the Dalai Lama's first visit to USC at a meeting shortly before his appearance on May 3. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

The Dalai Lama Inspires USC Dornsife Students

May 4, 2011

After years of reading the enlightening words of His Holiness, Mary Ellen “Jem” Jebbia listened to the powerful words spoken by the Dalai Lama. “It was fantastic,” the USC Dornsife junior said after…

The Dalai Lama speaks at USC for the first time to a sold-out audience at Bovard Auditorium. Photo by Steve Cohn.

A Visit to Cherish

May 4, 2011

Happiness — the basic human goal — depends upon good ethical conduct, regardless of one’s religious beliefs, said the 14th Dalai Lama during his first visit to USC on Tuesday. “An open heart helps us…

Taking Action in California's Future

Taking Action in California's Future

April 29, 2011

Want to do something positive for California? This Fall, USC students can take a course that asks this question, then gives them the tools to help bring the Golden State back to prosperity. The class,…

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…

USC Dornsife at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

USC Dornsife at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

April 25, 2011

The 2011 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books comes to the USC campus on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. Join faculty from USC Dana and…

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…