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Steely determination: Polamalu inspires on and off the field

Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety, made good on a promise to return to USC Dornsife and finish his studies toward a bachelor's degree in history. (Photo/Duane Ryder)

When Troy Polamalu left Los Angeles to join the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2003, he vowed to return and complete his college education. On May 13, 2011, he traded in his black and gold Steelers helmet and jersey for a black graduation cap and gown to make good on that promise.

Antarctica warmer 20 million years ago

An artist's rendition created from a photograph of Antarctica shows what Antarctica possibly looked like during the middle Miocene epoch, based on pollen fossil data. (Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Philip Bart, Louisiana State University)

Ancient Antarctica was warmer and wetter than previously suspected, enough to support vegetation along its edges, according to a new study led by Sarah Feakins of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

USC Dornsife students nab top prizes in 14th annual symposium

Gene Bickers, left, presents USC Dornsife undergraduates Ellen Park and Kevin Le, an award for taking first prize in the life sciences category. (Photo/Heather Cartagena)

For USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences undergraduates Ellen Park and Kevin Le, the idea of engineering a synthetic version of the E. coli immune system to learn how to defeat antibiotic resistance sparked a passion for research and two years of rigorous work in a laboratory.

Monkey King to become China’s Mickey Mouse?

Monkey King to Become China's Mickey Mouse?
Stanley Rosen, left, USC Dornsife professor of political science, leads a discussion on Chinese culture with television and film producer Zhang Jizhong.

International filmmakers and developers interested in partnering with China on business ventures, such as constructing theme parks or filming movies, are advised to have a deep understanding of the Chinese culture, panelists said during a recent “UCLA-USC Media and Culture in Contemporary China” conference.