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The Trailblazer

BY JOHN HOBBS MA ’14 Like most people, Natalie Tung would get squeamish at the sight of blood. “Every time I would see or smell blood, my mind would instantly revert back to a horrible childhood memory of seeing someone’s leg get amputated without anesthesia,” says Tung who grew up in Vietnam. While most can […]

Then & Now

BY JAMIE WETHERBE MA ’04 When Cherilyn Sheets DDS ’68 studied dentistry in the 1960s, only 1.1 percent of dental students in the United States were female, according to the American Dental Association. “A lot of what I’ve done in my career I’ve been told, “That’s the first time a woman has ever done that,’” […]

The Accidental American Dentist

She came to the United States for a year-long residency program. Nearly 40 years later, Dr. Mahvash Navazesh is still here, helping to lead one of the nation’s top dental schools. BY YASMINE PEZESHKPOUR MCM ’16 Being the first-generation college student and the only female in your family to study in a foreign country can […]


BY DULCE ACOSTA MSW ’14 My pursuit of higher education stems from an early relationship established with University of Southern California. While in high school, my brother attended Med-COR, a USC program that academically prepares students of color and socioeconomic disadvantage for professional health careers. Once a month on Saturday, my mother and I would […]