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2016 Dornsife Scholars demonstrate educational excellence aimed at positive global impact

2016 Dornsife Scholars demonstrate educational excellence aimed at positive global impact

May 2, 2016

Hard work and dedication have paid off for eight outstanding seniors — they have been named 2016 USC Dornsife Scholars. The USC Dornsife Scholars program recognizes exceptional seniors who are committed to educational…

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…

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…

Frontline Scholar: Sophie

Frontline Scholar: Sophie

March 1, 2016

Sophie Wix ’18 knew from an early age that she wanted to be on the cutting edge of cancer research. Working toward that goal, she took advantage of the opportunity to perform research at The Bridge@USC, where she…

<em>A Penny for Your Thoughts</em> centers on a sleep-deprived character. Image courtesy of Evan McGahey.

USC Science Film Competition unites scientists and artists

February 10, 2016

Registration for the fourth annual USC Science Film competition, which seeks to promote public engagement in the sciences through filmmaking, officially opened in January. Students interested in creating a science-themed film…

Frontline Scholar: Austin

Frontline Scholar: Austin

January 19, 2016

This first video in our Frontline Scholars series profiles Austin Reagan ’16, a double major in environmental studies and political science. Building on a family tradition of global consciousness and the opportunities…

Gaming Chinese Historical Capitalism

Gaming the past

January 11, 2016

Jenny Xu and her small family had worked hard to get ahead in life. With patience, focus and saved money, they managed to acquire several parcels of land and eventually even a permit to build a factory. Jenny began to flourish…

Archaeology at El Zotz

USC Dornsife archaeologist discovers Maya royal burial

January 7, 2016

Thomas Garrison was four hours away from camp down a bumpy jungle road — headed into the city to get treated for poisonwood exposure — when he got the call from his co-director Edwin Román. “You need…

This summer, two international relations majors at USC Dornsife got an opportunity to learn how to use the big data and visualization tools employed by the United States military to understand and map terrorist networks.

Students use big data to map terrorist networks

January 5, 2016

In the wake of the recent Paris and San Bernardino attacks, counterintelligence experts have been forced to conclude that the face of terrorism appears to be shifting. Moving away from complex, grandiose plots to blow up…

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…