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:
USC 2014: The year in weird science
Regrowing body parts, secrets of the universe, and some not-so-useless whale bones. Check out our favorite scientific surprises at USC in the last 12 months.
You call the shots on the video board, thanks to USC computer scientists
Company uses tech to pull basketball fans into the NBA game-day experience with the LA Clippers.
Louis Zamperini, World War II hero and longtime Trojan, 97
“He has been an American hero who has inspired millions through his courage and his character.”
Louis Zamperini to be 2015 Rose Parade grand marshal
The longtime Trojan, a Southern Californian, has a busy winter coming up: leading the Tournament of Roses and seeing his life chronicled on screen.
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.
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.
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 […]
USC researchers open trial testing use of stem cells to repair knees
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 […]
Radiologist to Further Study of Cancer
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.
High-sugar diet in overweight Latino children may lead to type 2 diabetes precursor
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 […]