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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.


Hoops and dreams

Ryan Hill is one of this year's salutatorians
Ryan Hill, one of this year's salutatorians, is graduating with bachelor's degrees in kinesiology and biological sciences from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. (Photo/Dietmar Quistorf)

Ryan Hill got down into his defensive stance, the opposing guard made his move to the basket and their knees collided with a crack. Then a sophomore on the Dana Hills High School varsity basketball team in Dana Point, Calif., Hill felt his kneecap briefly pop out of place.


USC Shoah Foundation Institute presents Inspiration Award

Smith, Arnold and Steven Spielberg, President Nikias
From left, Stephen Smith, Arnold Spielberg, Steven Spielberg and USC president C. L. Max Nikias celebrate the presentation of the Shoah Foundation Institute’s inaugural Inspiration Award. (Photo/Jonathan Leibson/FilmMagic/Getty Images)

Arnold Spielberg, father of USC Shoah Foundation Institute founder Steven Spielberg, was honored on April 26 with the institute’s inaugural Inspiration Award at a private luncheon in Los Angeles.


Gruber named director of USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Gruber delivers a lecture on April 11 at the Harlyne J. Norris Cancer Research Tower
Stephen B. Gruber, center, receives congratulations from Keck School of Medicine of USC dean Carmen A. Puliafito, left, and David Ginsburg, James V. Neel Distinguished University Professor of Internal Medicine, Human Genetics and Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School. (Photo/Brian Morri)

Stephen B. Gruber, holder of the H. Leslie Hoffman and Elaine S. Hoffman Chair in Cancer Research, was installed as the fifth director and the first clinician-scientist to lead the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.