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:
LAPD arrests in Xinran Ji case: USC statement
USC remarks from a police press conference announcing progress in the investigation of a graduate student’s death.
An update from Provost Garrett
Police officers have arrested alleged street robbers in connection with the passing of student Xinran Ji, and USC Viterbi prepares for a memorial.
A message from the chief of the Department of Public Safety
Words on campus safety and resources available to students.
Dean Yortsos on the tragic loss of Xinran Ji
The USC Viterbi School of Engineering mourns one of its family members.
A letter to the USC community
Provost Garrett’s message to students, faculty and staff about a tragic event in the Trojan Family on July 24.
Female? These are your chances of getting on film
Women have made big gains in comedies, but they lag behind in animated films and action flicks. Explore the numbers in this infographic.
Feathered fossil find in China builds the case for flying dinosaurs
“At a foot in length,” says Luis Chiappe, “the amazing tail feathers of Changyuraptor are by far the longest of any feathered dinosaur.”
Shifts in medicine and society push growth in student health needs
USC Engemann Student Health Center marks 100 years of student health services with a surprising discovery — and growing resources for Trojans.
Michelle Obama, Eric Garcetti headline summit to end veteran homelessness
First lady calls on nation to welcome returning veterans into the workforce and avoid ‘the same mistakes for this generation as we made in the past.’
In Millennials’ business world, borders are no barrier
Students in the new World Bachelor in Business take on the future of finance, regardless of language or culture.
Meet the members of the 11th class of USC’s Athletic Hall of Fame
From Byron Black to Jimmy Jones, stars from football, the Olympics, the baseball diamond and beyond make the list.
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.”
USC digital experts help Smithsonian create presidential tribute
The USC Institute for Creative Technologies immortalizes President Obama in 3-D.
Doris Chen gives USC back-to-back individual golf titles
The Women of Troy steam back on final championship day but finish second to Duke.
Nelson Mandela posthumously honored at LA Memorial Coliseum
Former president of South Africa visited Coliseum in 1990.
Reid Lidow on Burma: ‘The term paper’s over, but the country’s still there’
Reid Lidow, member of the class of 2014, takes his quest for international understanding to Cambridge.
Interactive media master’s degree students show and tell
On their way to their Master of Fine Arts degrees, Interactive Media & Games Division students combine design, art and technology.
Student engineers shoot to No. 1 in airplane design-and-fly contest
USC AeroDesign Team creates remote-controlled aircraft that’s lighter, stronger and faster than the rest.
Senior aims to raise awareness about spinal cord injuries
Helped by the Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund, Jennifer Bou Lahoud targets a career in neuroscience.
Women’s water polo gets a promising start in 2014 national championships
The defending champs advance to the second round after beating UC Irvine at Uytengsu Aquatics Center
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’s Lloyd Greif Center energizes California entrepreneurs with cash
Financial infusions from the USC Marshall center jumpstart fledgling businesses across the state.
Women’s lacrosse takes the field at Wrigley
Take a look at images from the team’s visit to the home of the Chicago Cubs.
Streak stretches to nine wins for Trojan baseball
USC climbs to 12-9-0 in Pac-12 standings.
Video: A clean sweep for baseball against Arizona
A walk-off hit and celebration cap a victorious weekend for the Trojans.
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
Get the most out of the site’s new features.
Video: What can doctors learn from jazz quartets?
Music, like medical management, takes cooperation and collaboration.
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.