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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Art Auerbach of political science introduces the USC Dornsife students who will present representatives of the advocacy coalition Parks Now with findings from their research on millennials and public parks. Photo by Michelle Boston.

Students find solutions for policy challenges

December 16, 2015

“How do millennials engage with parks and green spaces? And, how can we incentivize them to support park policy measures? We seek to answer those questions.” Liz Schaeffer, a senior studying political science and…

Young students from James A. Foshay Learning Center pose with the new books they received as holiday gifts from their USC student tutors. Photos courtesy of Tina Koneazny.

Elementary school students receive donated books for the holidays from their USC student tutors

December 14, 2015

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz once said, “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” Recently, USC student tutors from the Joint Educational Project (JEP) did just that when they distributed 600…