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Don Miller, his wife Lorna and their four grandchildren. Photo courtesy of Don Miller.

It’s Time to Invent Rituals for Retirement

March 15, 2016

Every day, as you may have heard, 10,000 people in the United States turn 65. The financial industry advertises to this retirement cohort with images of youthful-looking people sipping cocktails on a Polynesian beach. Other…

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…

Steven Luckert of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, left, and Stephen Smith of USC Shoah Foundation led a discussion of the Nazi's use of propaganda in their quest for power on March 6. The event preceded the opening of the museum's exhibit on Nazi propaganda at the L.A. Public Library. Photo by Audey Shen.

Experts discuss the Nazi’s use of propaganda to advance their cause

March 11, 2016

A painting of a handsome square-jawed man wearing an army uniform looks ahead into the future, a flag waving behind him. It’s an image that evokes strong emotions — exactly as it was meant to do. The flag,…

CASE Awards

Top CASE honors for USC Dornsife Communication

March 8, 2016

The USC Dornsife Office of Communication, led by Associate Dean for Communication Emily Cavalcanti, won seven regional 2016 Awards of Excellence from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The accolades…

A microscopic image shows the type of phytoplankton and bacteria observed by USC researchers during a study of algal blooms. Photo courtesy of David Needham and Jed Fuhrman.

Microorganisms battle it out within algal blooms

March 8, 2016

An unseen war raging among the ocean’s tiniest organisms has significant implications for understanding the ocean’s role in climate change, according to a new study. USC Dornsife researchers David Needham and Jed…

Photos by Djak Azran.

No RuPaul-ogies: Alpha Mulugeta

March 7, 2016

“I like my body,” Alpha Mulugeta ’06 declared with a subtle rasp to his voice. A midsummer cold belied his normally dulcet tone. “I’m gender variant, but that doesn’t mean I want to be a…

Dawn Gross interviewing her first mentor, Jeffrey Mandel, a hospice and palliative medicine doctor practicing in the Bay Area, during the launch of her radio show, "Dying to Talk." Photo courtesy of Dawn Gross.

Alumna and physician transforms end-of-life conversations from dread to discovery

March 7, 2016

Dawn Gross knows how to talk about death. “I’ve asked hundreds of terminally ill patients, ‘If I had a magic wand, what would you wish for?’ And not one of them has ever answered, ‘Cure…

Functional MRI scanners provide maps of signals in the brain, but scientists know these maps may be slightly inaccurate. Photo by Janne Moren.

Rare eye condition gives scientists a chance to improve brain scan studies

March 3, 2016

There is an elephant in the room each time scientists conduct a brain scan study. Functional MRI scans provide colorful maps of signals in the brain, but scientists know these maps may be slightly inaccurate. That’s…

California Crown clothing company was founded by Jay Perlman, left, and his business partner Misu Minhaz. Both men graduated from USC Dornsife in 2012. Photos courtesy of Jay Perlman.

Alumnus nurtures an idea and grows a business with the help of his Trojan community

March 2, 2016

When Jay Perlman rolled out of bed one morning in 2013, he saw a notification in his email that a new order had been placed to California Crown, his fledgling online clothing company. When he logged in to the site to take a…