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About Alicia Di RadoAlicia 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. ← Older posts
The Brittingham Family Foundation’s $5 million gift bolsters a USC Marshall program that advances the field of social entrepreneurship.
“Freedom’s Ring” uses a USC-created digital platform to share the story behind Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
USC students on an archaeological adventure learned about art, ancient Roman history and a few surprises.
Learn about some of the business ventures driving the growth of Silicon Beach and industry leaders making LA a hotbed for tech culture.
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.
On the eve of 9/11, USC’s Alison Hirsch talks about the successes and potential controversies involved in creating memorial monuments to those lost to tragic events.
Boxes, bags, teddy bears and more. USC students moved in to their new digs, kicking off Welcome Week.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 hopes its “Serving Those Who Have Served” hiring event on March 20 will make a difference for local veterans looking for work.
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.
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.
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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 […]
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.
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
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 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. […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
USC Keck School study underscores the need for skin cancer education in California’s Hispanic communities.
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 […]
Relaxation and stress reduction may help teenagers avoid the ill effects of being overweight, says a Keck School researcher.
Nearly a quarter of children are especially susceptible to respiratory illness if they are exposed to second-hand smoke, according to a USC study.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
C. Thomas Vangsness Jr. USC orthopedic surgeons are beginning the first human clinical trial using stem cells to treat injured knee tissue. Researchers hope the therapy, called Chondrogen, will help the body repair damaged tissue of the meniscus, a cartilage […]
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USC’s Hossein Jadvar receives $3.4 million to examine the effect of medical scans on prostate cancer. He hopes it will provide realistic expectations about the success of therapy.
Both black women and white women who regularly exercise have a decreased risk of breast cancer compared to women who do not exercise, according to researchers at the Keck School of Medicine. Numerous studies have linked physical activity to lower […]
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Overweight Latino children who consume lots of sugar—especially in sugary drinks—show signs of beta cell decline, a precursor of type 2 diabetes, according to researchers at the Keck School of Medicine. Nearly one of four Latino children in the United […]
Overweight youngsters who ingest too much sugar may be at risk to a precursor of type 2 diabetes, researchers say.