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As one of the government’s most experienced disaster response experts, alumnus Ben Hemingway led the battle against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, where he is seen with local residents. Photos courtesy of Ben Hemingway.

When Disaster Strikes

January 21, 2015

Explaining to anguished parents why they could not hold their dead children and kiss them one last time before putting them in the ground was one of many tough challenges humanitarian aid workers faced during the recent Ebola…

The new international relations and the global economy major gives students an opportunity to build a foundation in economic and international relations theories as well as statistics.

Big Picture Economics

January 21, 2015

A new major combines two of USC Dornsife’s most popular majors: international relations and economics — two disciplines that go hand-in-hand. “Each informs the other,” said Ben Graham, assistant…

A determined problem-solver, Michael Bergmann oversaw development of the exceedingly durable compound XDR used in the soles of Nike tennis shoes today. Photos courtesy of Michael Bergmann.

High Performance

December 16, 2014

Throughout his 30-year career with Nike, USC Dornsife alumnus Michael Bergmann recalled how again and again he would be thrown into a situation where he had to think on his feet to solve a problem. In one scenario in 2004, a…

Alumna Stephanie Erwin was a helicopter pilot for the U.S. Navy for nearly 11 years after participating in the Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (NROTC) at USC Dornsife. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Erwin.

Soaring to New Heights

December 8, 2014

Before her sophomore year, Stephanie Erwin signed a contract committing to Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (NROTC), an intense military preparation program requiring post-graduation service. One month later was…

David Kang, whose research defies conventional beliefs about East Asian defense budgets and possible war in the region, has received a three-year grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Researching the Pacific Rim

November 13, 2014

With headlines screaming “China, U.S. Moving Closer to Viewing War as Inevitable,” and “China Thinks it Can Defeat America in Battle,” you’d think a war with China was imminent. But USC…

Iranian studies expert Rudi Matthee says the presiding sentiment in Iran is, “The world needs Iran more than Iran needs the world.” Photos by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Autarky in Iran

November 11, 2014

Iran’s quest for self-sufficiency has deep historical roots that are as much economic and cultural as political, said Iranian studies expert Rudi Matthee during a recent lecture at USC University Park campus. Matthee…

USC Dornsife’s Brian Rathbun of international relations has put the study of diplomacy on the map with his new book, <em>Diplomacy’s Value: Creating Security in 1920s Europe and the Contemporary Middle East</em>, published by Cornell University Press. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Diplomatic Chess Game

November 6, 2014

The brutal murders of journalists and aid workers by terrorist organizations such al Qaeda and ISIS have thrust the issue of negotiation into the spotlight. With the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — ISIS…

Undergraduates in USC Dornsife’s “Immigration in Spain” course visit the Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo in Toledo, Spain. It is one of three 13th-century High Gothic cathedrals in Spain. Photo by Engie Salama.

A Wish Granted

October 22, 2014

Bonfires flickered like candlelights dotting the Spanish shores of Malvarrosa Beach. Thousands of Valencians were gathered at the beach to celebrate La Noche de San Juan, the night welcoming the summer season. Just a few days…

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,…

Ilana (Tess Lina) meets brilliant but awkward student Suresh (Kapil Talwalkar) in <em>Animals Out of Paper</em>. Photo by Michael Lamont/East West Players.

Socially Conscious Actor

October 8, 2014

Any actor still in college would be thrilled to land a leading role in a big-city Equity production, sharing the stage with only two other actors, both of whom have lengthy stage and screen credits. And then to have the Los…