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Hooding doctors of poetry and paleontology

Hooding doctors of poetry and paleontology

May 4, 2016

Elizabeth Petsios: Appreciating Disaster Liz Petsios traveled frequently to collect rock samples for her doctoral research on ecosystems after a mass extinction. Photo courtesy of Liz Petsios. Elizabeth (Liz) Petsios…

Cardinal, Gold and Rubi: First-Gen College Student's Journey

Cardinal, Gold and Rubi

May 4, 2016

From her South L.A. high school through her USC Dornsife graduation, we followed Rubi Garcia, a first-generation college student, through the years. We watched her grow as a person and a scholar as she talks about her…

Prince performs an iconic set in pouring rain during half-time for Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium on February 4, 2007, in Miami. Photo by Anthony Correia.

Remembering Prince, virtuoso and provocateur

April 25, 2016

Dearly beloved We are gathered here today To get through this thing called life So begins Prince’s song “Let’s Go Crazy,” which opens the 1984 film Purple Rain. The movie, in which he starred as famed…

USC President C. L. Max Nikias addresses attendees at the 2016 Academic Honors Convocation in Town and Gown. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Outstanding students, faculty members recognized at 2016 Academic Convocation

April 22, 2016

Standout students, faculty and administrators celebrated the heights of Trojan scholarship at last week’s 35th annual Academic Honors Convocation. USC President C. L. Max Nikias presented the Presidential…

Students at Leichty Middle School transplant seedlings into their new aquaponics system. Photo by Linda Chilton.

USC Wrigley Institute introduces aquaponics to local K-12 students

April 21, 2016

Although the term “aquaponics” was coined in the ’70s, the practice of cultivating food by using the by-products of one aquatic species as fertilizer for another has been used for almost a millennium. In…

“We try to make the focus for the organizations less about fundraising and more about making a meaningful impact with the funds they receive," said Drops founder Shea Rouda. Illustration by Matthew Pla Savino.

USC Dornsife student Shea Rouda develops philanthropic startup

April 21, 2016

“Buy a zombie survival kit. Buy garden gnomes. Buy shoes. Buy more shoes.” So entreats the homepage of Drops.la, the brainchild of junior Shea Rouda. But there’s a critical second step to these entreaties:…

Frontline Scholar: Justin

Frontline Scholar: Justin

April 20, 2016

Justin Arana ’05 was searching for purpose in his life when he traveled to Mozambique. There he encountered firsthand the country’s water crisis and founded the nonprofit organization Water Underground to address…

Professors Percival Everett (left) and David St. John have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, bringing the number of USC Dornsife’s academy fellows to 23.

USC Dornsife’s Everett and St. John elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 20, 2016

David St. John, University Professor of English and Comparative Literature and chair of English, and Percival Everett, Distinguished Professor of English, have been named fellows of the 236-year-old American Academy of Arts…

Viet Thanh Nguyen garnered a prestigious 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with his debut novel ‘The Sympathizer.’ Photo by Matt Meindl.

USC Dornsife’s Viet Thanh Nguyen wins Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

April 18, 2016

The 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, one of America’s most prestigious literary honors, has been awarded to Viet Thanh Nguyen, associate professor of English and American studies and ethnicity at USC Dornsife. Nguyen won…

The destructive power of volcanoes was captured by William Morgan in 1840 in a hand-colored lithograph. Ancient volcanic activity could serve as a model for modern-day climate change studies. Image courtesy of the USC Libraries Special Collections.

Ancient volcanoes could be key to predicting the impact of climate change

April 14, 2016

Just over 200 million years ago, long before the demise of the dinosaurs, a cataclysm killed off a significant chunk of the planet’s animal life. The leading theory implicates massive volcanic eruptions, triggered when…

Proudly sporting USC Dornsife’s Young Scientists t-shirts, two young participants in the program learn basic coding during the computer science and robotics workshop held April 6 at 32nd Street USC Performing Arts Magnet. Photos by Susan Bell.

Bringing the art of robotics to underserved kids near USC

April 13, 2016

Fourth-grader Cody Cartier proudly held aloft a bristlebot, a tiny robot he had made by attaching a vibrating motor and a battery to a toothbrush head. Grinning happily, he dipped his bristlebot into a bowl of blue paint and…

A sign made of a photo composite of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Adolf Hitler looms over protesters gathered in Vienna's main square in March 2014 to protest Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. Photo by Ben Stevens.

International symposium examines crisis in Central Europe, launches new major

April 12, 2016

The Cold War may be over, but Central Europe, now one of the world’s most strategically important and dynamic regions, today represents a precarious bridge between the West and an increasingly aggressive…

While many college students may not yet be responsible for paying taxes, economics lecturer Ladan Masoudie stresses that there are steps all young adults should take to to be proactive about financial security.

9 ways college students can improve their financial literacy

April 12, 2016

April 15 is a date etched in all adult Americans’ calendars and minds; however, many college students are still free from the burden of filing tax returns.  While some students may not need to face this…

Thousands will gather at USC’s University Park campus to share their love of the written word and enjoy readings, panel discussions, music and more at the 21st annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

USC Dornsife faculty and students highlight the L.A. Times Festival of Books

April 8, 2016

USC Dornsife Provost’s Fellow in the creative writing and literature Ph.D. program Robin Coste Lewis recently won the National Book Award for Poetry. This Sunday she will read from and discuss her debut book, Voyage of…

Researchers labeled sensory neurons that are found in the skin. Green indicates protein receptors involved in cold sensation, those involved with pain are in red, and GFRα3, involved in heightening cold sensitization, is marked by blue. Photomicrograph courtesy of David McKemy.

Biology researchers find single gatekeeper guarding path to cold-induced pain

April 8, 2016

Cold can hurt. The onset of inflammation following an injury or as a result of disease can heighten pain response to cold, just as it can for pressure and heat sensitivity. Researchers at USC Dornsife have found that…

Safiya Sinclair grew up in a small fishing village in Jamaica, a seaside setting that figures prominently in her poetry. Photo by Diani Sinclair.

Poetry graduate student wins major award for emerging writers

April 5, 2016

Her mother would tell you that Safiya Sinclair always knew she would be a writer. When she was 16 years old, Sinclair had her first poem published in the national newspaper of Jamaica, where she grew up. Shortly thereafter…

Clay Wang and Kasthuri Venkateswaran will launch fungi into space to potentially develop new medicine for use both in space and on Earth. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

USC scientists to send fungi into orbit in quest to develop space meds

April 5, 2016

Researchers at USC and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory say they will be the first team in the world to launch fungi into space for the purpose of potentially developing new medicine for use both in space and on…

USC Dornsife junior Cashae Ellis discusses 2016 Ballot measures with a group of high school students studying local government. Photos by Mike Glier.

Undergraduates lead civic engagement program for local high school students

April 4, 2016

Despite most being bilingual themselves, New Designs Charter Schools students Michael, Cora, Joselyn, Emmanuel, Eduardo and Alejandro finished their group discussion on California’s Multilingual Education Act, split on…

Rober Koptas is an Armenian from Istanbul who will speak about his experience living with a dual identity. Photos courtesy of the Institute of Armenian Studies at USC Dornsife.

Second ‘Innovate Armenia’ will explore identity through speakers, music and cuisine

March 31, 2016

Rober Koptas’ grandparents survived the Armenian Genocide in 1915, and he is one of about 100,000 people living in Turkey who identify as Armenian. But according to Koptas, the Armenian community in his country is…

Alumna Denise Nicholas left Michigan as a young woman to join the civil rights movement in the 1960s. As an actress with the Free Southern Theater, she performed across Mississippi and Louisiana.

Actress and novelist Denise Nicholas draws from her experiences in the civil rights movement

March 25, 2016

Denise Nicholas was 19 years old when she interrupted her pre-law studies at the University of Michigan to travel to the Deep South and the heart of the American Civil Rights Movement. It was a dangerous time and place for a…

Frontline Scholar: Manuel

Frontline Scholar: Manuel

March 22, 2016

Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, grew up at the tail end of the 1960s, the son of an immigrant parent. The influences of his…

USC Dornsife student Stephanie Brito, a senior majoring in biological sciences and winner of the John R. Hubbard Award, speaks at the USC Latino Alumni Association gala on March 4. Photo by Ron Murray/ImageActive Photography.

USC Latino Alumni Association honors USC Dornsife first-generation students

March 18, 2016

Over the past 42 years, the USC Latino Alumni Association has helped more than 8,000 Latino students fulfill their dreams of a USC education, awarding more than $15 million in scholarships. The story of Stephanie Ashley…

Late psychology professor J.P. Guilford believed that through cultivating traits such as creativity and analytical reasoning, students could learn to be smarter. Photo courtesy of USC University Archives.

Late professor’s revolutionary model of intelligence valued creativity, critical thinking

March 15, 2016

For those of us who flounder while trying to calculate a tip or parallel park — but flourish when asked to write a poem or analyze a painting — we have Joy Paul “J.P.” Guilford to thank for validating…

Enormous recycling markets like this one in Beijing exist throughout China. Plastic products, in particular, must be painstakingly hand-sorted before they can be reprocessed. Photos courtesy of Joshua Goldstein.

The transformation and social implications of China’s underground recycling industry

March 15, 2016

A curious graduate student living in Beijing in 1995, Joshua Goldstein was fascinated by the throngs of people who passed him every day on bicycles piled high with what appeared to be every kind of trash. One afternoon he…

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