Alicia Di Rado
Alicia Di Rado is USC's editorial director. As editor-in-chief of USC Trojan Family Magazine, she combines her previous life as a writer with the Los Angeles Times and Oregonian and years as an editor and writing coach together with her training in design. Interests include sports, health, medical research, history and pop culture.
Stories by Alicia Di Rado:
Video: A clean sweep for baseball against Arizona
Slideshow: Lewis Carroll and the price of fame
USC Libraries recently purchased a coveted letter written by the author, who regretted his celebrity status.
Tennis player Zoë Scandalis stands up for team and for teens
Junior is part big sister, part role model to sixth graders.
Slideshow: Farewell to 2014′s winning water polo seniors
USC saluted its departing seniors on the women’s water polo team April 16. Take a look at a slideshow of the seniors in their final conference home game.
Video: Take a quick tour through USC News
Video: What can doctors learn from jazz quartets?
Gift to help USC Marshall address global social challenges
The Brittingham Family Foundation’s $5 million gift bolsters a USC Marshall program that advances the field of social entrepreneurship.
King’s historic words echo through modern-day digital media
“Freedom’s Ring” uses a USC-created digital platform to share the story behind Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
When in Rome, undergraduates dig into history
USC students on an archaeological adventure learned about art, ancient Roman history and a few surprises.
Silicon Beach’s economic steam gets boost from Hollywood and academia
Learn about some of the business ventures driving the growth of Silicon Beach and industry leaders making LA a hotbed for tech culture.
Celebrate Constitution Day with USC
USC Gould will present the sixth annual “U.S. Supreme Court: A Preview,” featuring former Solicitor General Gregory Garre, California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu and Rebecca Brown, USC Newton Professor of Constitutional Law.
USC students find first day on campus a moving experience
Boxes, bags, teddy bears and more. USC students moved in to their new digs, kicking off Welcome Week.
USC biologist plays the shell game
Mojave desert tortoises can stand blistering heat, but human activity threatens the lives of these ancient creatures. USC biology doctoral candidate Michael Tuma balances the needs of tortoises and people.
The ancient incendiary art of fireworks goes high-tech
Fireworks aren’t just big business these days; they’re also high-tech. USC Viterbi’s Dan Erwin talks about computer simulations, electronic matches and even the potential for “smart” fireworks of the future.
Wanted: an eco-approach to cybersecurity
Cybersecurity made national news in the wake of talks between leaders of the U.S. and China. USC’s Ranjan Pal studies how to boost it.
What’s needed for a safer Internet?
The Internet is an interconnected system, yet most users (and even some companies) only see the Internet through the keyboard, hard drive and monitor they use to access it, said Provost Fellow Ranjan Pal, a doctoral student in computer science […]
USC students fight to keep public art alive in LA
To USC’s Karina Casillas and Sabha Salamah ’12, art is a language — a language quashed in Los Angeles for a decade. So they decided to do something about it.
USC aims to link US veterans with job openings
USC hopes its “Serving Those Who Have Served” hiring event on March 20 will make a difference for local veterans looking for work.
Students take a swipe at hunger
Each semester, USC students head into finals with credits still left on their dining cards — money that goes to waste when the semester ends. A group of students is turning those dollars into food for the LA Mission.
USC expert supports better tracking — and training — for firearms
The streak of shootings and mass killings in the United States in recent years should encourage the nation to consider better tracking gun ownership, according to national security expert Erroll Southers MPA ’98.
Success in the pool is a family business
USC men’s water polo father-son duo Jovan and Nikola Vavic swept the 2012 National Coach and Player of the Year honors, announced on Jan. 29. Given out by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches, the awards capped off a […]
Final exams or last-minute shopping? Don’t stress over it
More than a third of USC undergraduates report that stress hurt their academic performance within the last year — yet too many of them choose the wrong tools to deal with anxiety.
Anatomy of a USC startup
In an economic climate that has many recent college graduates looking for the stability of a regular paycheck, a team of five recent USC grads decided to forgo the corporate route entirely
Advancing Ovarian Cancer Treatments
Studies show that high-powered chemotherapy can improve survival rates. The treatment targets a cavity in the abdomen where cancer is most likely to spread.
Keck School researchers seek to improve outcomes for head and neck cancers
Keck School of Medicine of USC researchers are trying to take away some of head and neck cancer’s malevolent bite. When caught early, most head and neck cancers are highly curable. Once they spread, the chance of survival drops precipitously. […]
Keck School researchers help to advance survival from ovarian cancer
Keck School of Medicine gynecologic oncologists have helped propel a significant advance in the battle against ovarian cancer. Lynda Roman, associate professor of gynecologic oncology at the Keck School, and colleagues at USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and LAC+USC Medical Center […]
Support group focuses on head and neck cancer recovery
For those with head and neck cancers, the obvious scars and facial and oral reconstruction that accompany cancer treatment stand as visible reminders of the cancer experience. And they often deter survivors from seeing friends or even going out in […]
Melanoma study finds Latinos at rising risk
Latinos in California are increasingly being diagnosed with melanoma, a potentially deadly form of skin cancer, according to a study by researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. The study will appear in the March 1 issue of […]
Melanoma Rising Among Hispanics
USC Keck School study underscores the need for skin cancer education in California’s Hispanic communities.
Keck smoking study links genetics to school absences
Children with a certain genetic makeup are at heightened risk of chest infections and other respiratory illnesses due to exposure to second-hand smoke, according to researchers from the Keck School of Medicine. Writing in the Dec. 15 issue of the […]
Strategies to Help Teens Avoid Obesity
Relaxation and stress reduction may help teenagers avoid the ill effects of being overweight, says a Keck School researcher.
Absences of Schoolchildren Followed
Nearly a quarter of children are especially susceptible to respiratory illness if they are exposed to second-hand smoke, according to a USC study.
Stem Cells to Be Used in Knee Therapy
Keck School researchers hope their efforts will help repair damaged tissue of a cartilage pad that serves as a shock absorber for the knee. Surgeons will recruit more than 50 patients for the trial.
Study explains why key diabetes drug fails in some patients
Patients face frustration when a medication that helps many other diabetes sufferers does not work for them; but now researchers at the Keck School of Medicine have taken a major step toward understanding that mystery. Writing in the November issue […]
Relaxation, stress reduction may help teen-agers avoid obesity and its health effects
Marc Weigensberg Marc Weigensberg is using the power of the mind to help kids battle obesity. Weigensberg, director of pediatric endocrinology at LAC+USC Medical Center’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital, sees firsthand the effects of childhood obesity, especially among minorities. Physicians […]