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Sustainability: Human Factors

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT

Effective technology is available to move the needle on sustainability. The challenge is to implement these solutions quickly and at scale. 

That’s why USC Dornsife is thinking differently. Our researchers explore how to overcome the economic, political, and psychological challenges that stand in the way of a sustainable future.

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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Are Mixed Emotions Real? New Research Says Yes

With help from a little movie magic, researchers reveal the unique brain activity of mixed emotions, verifying they are more than a figment of the mind.

Congrats, Class of 2024!

Congrats, Class of 2024!

USC Dornsife News

Curiosity at Work

Stand Out, Together

At USC Dornsife you’ll study the things you love the most. You’ll explore ideas that you’ve never thought about before. You’ll learn how to make sense of the world from all different angles. And, as part of our community, you will help to define a dynamic academic environment focused on improving lives and the world around us.

Meet the Students

A Brighter Future Isabella Pangilinan Environmental Studies major
The Power of “And” Joshua Senior Biological Sciences major, East Asian Languages and Cultures minor
A Trojan Family Like No Other Victoria Quon-Chow Human Biology major, Nutrition and Health Promotion minor

A Brighter Future

Isabella Pangilinan Environmental Studies major

USC Dornsife student Isabella Pangilinan is passionate about finding solutions to some of our world’s most pressing challenges like climate change and social and economic inequity. The multidisciplinary courses offered through her major are preparing her for a career in environmental law.

The Power of “And”

Joshua Senior Biological Sciences major, East Asian Languages and Cultures minor

USC Dornsife student Joshua Senior is studying to become a neurosurgeon. He explains how his liberal arts education at USC Dornsife prepares him for his career goals – and for life.

A Trojan Family Like No Other

Victoria Quon-Chow Human Biology major, Nutrition and Health Promotion minor

As a student at USC Dornsife, Victoria Quon-Chow is bouyed by the support of the Trojan Family as she prepares to become a doctor.

Public Exchange

Unprecedented Access to Academic Expertise

Public Exchange fast-tracks collaboration between academic researchers and the public and private sectors to define, analyze, and solve complex problems that organizations face. Through our first-of-kind model, we amplify social impact by making academic expertise more easily accessible than ever before.

“Public Exchange provides the connective tissue that not only identifies appropriate expertise within the university to solve a particular problem, but it takes care of the contracts, project management, and other hurdles that have traditionally made collaboration with researchers challenging.”

Dean Amber D. Miller
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News and Events

USC Dornsife’s college dean of undergraduate education considers the connective power of reading.

Jun 19
12:30 pm Tommy’s Place This event will commemorate Juneteenth and feature remarks from President Carol Folt as we reflect on the holiday’s impact on the Trojan Community, celebrating the triumphs of Black Americans and continuing the fight for racial equality.

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Inspired to run? A new study by a USC Dornsife PhD student sheds light on the optimal degree of forward lean for runners who want to save energy.

Daniel Aslan, PhD student in integrative and evolutionary biology, and researchers at California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt looked at recreational runners who ran with different levels of forward lean, from a nearly upright posture to a maximum lean of 8 degrees. Findings suggest that running with a slight forward lean of 2 to 4 degrees results in less energy demand compared to a maximum lean.

Want to learn more? See our link in bio.

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