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Eighty young women from Los Angeles-area high schools attended the annual Young Women’s Political and Civic Leadership Conference on Oct. 31 at USC. Photos by Erika Maldonado.

Women as Leaders

November 6, 2015

If current poll results are any indication, Hillary Clinton is likely to become the first woman president of the United States. This despite a dearth of women politicians — they represent less than 20 percent of…

Alumnus Albert Lee draws parallels between teaching and consulting. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Modeling the Future

November 5, 2015

As an undergraduate majoring in mathematics and economics at USC Dornsife, Albert Lee tutored some of USC’s best known athletes, including Olympian volleyball players Nick Becker and Brian Ivie, and NFL quarterback Todd…

National Book Award Finalists

National Book Award Finalists

October 15, 2015

USC Dornsife students, faculty and staff members and alumni have another reason to take pride: two of their fellow Trojans were named among the finalists for the National Book Awards. Doctoral candidate Robin Coste…

Alumna Anna Walther represents 20,000 California grape pickers in a multimillion dollar wage-theft lawsuit.

Defending the Invisible

October 9, 2015

For years, grape pickers in California’s San Joaquin Valley say they were obliged by their employer to arrive up to 30 minutes before their shift started and work “off the clock.” Now, alumna Anna Walther is…

Gateway Internship Program

Gateway to Success

October 9, 2015

This summer, 47 USC Dornsife undergraduates from a range of majors had an opportunity to reap the rewards of one-on-one mentoring by distinguished local business professionals. The students were participating in the Gateway…

Alumnus Dave Detwiler is a pastor and amateur tuba player who published research on the early history of the sousaphone. Photo courtesy of LCBC Church.

A Sousa-phony Exposed

October 6, 2015

Vacationing with his family at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan, three years ago, alumnus Dave Detwiler remembered that the music school held in its possession the first sousaphone ever made —…

Mark Darrah says his law practice is the closest you can get to a small-town practice in the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Photo courtesy of Mark Darrah.

A People Person

October 1, 2015

Growing up in Oklahoma in the late ’60s and early ’70s, Mark Darrah lived in five different towns before graduating from high school in Tahlequah, the capital of the Cherokee Nation. His father, a Methodist…

USC Head Swim Coach Dave Salo earned a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from USC Dornsife in 1991. Photos by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

The Science of Swimming

September 25, 2015

While studying exercise science as a master’s student at Long Beach State University, USC Head Swim Coach Dave Salo took a class in exercise physiology that changed the course of his career. “I learned theories…

The USC Dornsife Preceptor Program gives its recent Ph.D. graduates teaching experience as they seek tenure-track positions. English Ph.D. Alex Young is pictured here teaching undergraduates. Photos by Matt Meindl.

Teaching to Learn

September 16, 2015

In 1905, Woodrow Wilson, then president of Princeton University, introduced the preceptorial method — a style of learning wherein small groups of students meet regularly with a faculty member for more intimate learning…

Alumnus Morgan Hawkins overcame many obstacles to achieve his lifelong dream of becoming a physician in 2014. Photos courtesy of Morgan Hawkins.

Surviving the Storm

August 27, 2015

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005, Morgan Hawkins was holed up in a dorm room at the city’s Xavier University where he was about to begin his sophomore year as a premed student. “Most…