KUSC-FM Calls for Volunteers

Frances McCann loves classical music and opera, and has been a member of KUSC, the university’s classical radio station, for six years – that’s why she’s a KUSC volunteer. “Volunteerism is one of those things that helps sustain communities,” said McCann, a lecturer in finance and business economics. “Economics is my thing, and volunteerism helps […]

Turning air into fuel: USC scientists convert carbon dioxide into methanol

The carbon dioxide-to-methanol process (Illustration/Courtesy of Surya Prakash) They’re making fuel from thin air at the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute. For the first time, researchers there have directly converted carbon dioxide from the air into methanol at relatively low temperatures. The work, led by G.K. Surya Prakash and George Olah of the USC Dornsife […]

Documentary on World’s Fair architecture tells a personal story

Mina Chow at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo Since returning from the World Expo with initial footage, the two applied for dozens of grants, and in the highly competitive world of documentary funding, have been quite successful. In mid-May, an arts and architecture foundation, the Graham Foundation of Chicago, added a grant of $10,000. An […]

returning veterans

VA Medical Center Hosts “Welcome Home”, A Health and Job Fair for Returning Combat Veterans May 14, 2011- More than one-thousand returning combat Veterans, active duty service personnel and their family members received valuable health care and benefits information, a free lunch, and a whole day of family-friendly entertainment at the “Welcome Home” Celebration held […]

Sharing a Valuable Los Angeles Resource

Government documents librarian Anthony Anderson and Judy Truelson, head of the Doheny Electronic Resources Center. Making information available to scholars worldwide is “one contribution the library can make to the world,” Anderson said. Photo by Irene Fertik Even before the Los Angeles civil disturbances of 1992, government documents librarian Anthony Anderson was collecting a list […]

A plan to secure clean water in Africa turns out well

Sharon Stone and USC Dornsife alumnus Justin Arana in Northern Uganda Produced by Sharon Stone, the film about Arana’s efforts to bring clean water to Morrungulo and Mozambique premiered Oct. 16 at the Hollywood Film Festival. Back in Morrungulo, a day after witnessing the water condition, Arana passed by the local hospital. Long lines of […]

USC gives peace a chance

Volunteers from USC’s Latino Floor provide free tutoring and mentoring for neighborhood children. On a recent Saturday afternoon at the United University Church on USC’s University Park campus, a child asked a group of freshmen how to stay focused despite gangs and drugs at his middle school. With support from a $15,000 USC Neighborhood Outreach […]

It Really Is a Small World After All

Michálle Mor Barak teaches her global diversity management class. Photo/Brian Goodman It’s business as usual for the USC School of Social Work students taking professor Michálle Mor Barak’s global diversity management class. Vasanthi Srinivasan, a professor from the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, is beamed to a USC classroom as the day’s guest lecturer. […]

A hub of Armenian history makes its mark

Armenian women gather with their children in Turkey in 1915. Growing up in an Armenian community in Wisconsin, Richard Antaramian began wondering about his family’s history. The answers he received didn’t adequately address his curiosity. “It pushed me into more rigorous areas of inquiry, and ultimately I came out with a Ph.D. and a lifelong […]

Leading the charge of global dental brigades

Erin Walker brings smiles to children in Honduras. Imagine walking for days to a makeshift mobile medical clinic to receive free health care, then standing in line with more than 1,000 others for days, hoping to be treated. Erin Walker, a USC predentistry student majoring in neuroscience at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts […]