Stories by Joanna Clay:
Gaming and physical therapy come together for unique research in the U.S. and beyond
USC’s cinema and medical schools join forces in a new effort to make tedious exercises fun and improve day-to-day life for patients in wheelchairs.
USC’s Michelson Hall, new center for convergent bioscience, makes its debut
The facility — the largest research building on the University Park Campus — provides a revolutionary environment for collaborative research.
‘Edible Education’ gives USC students skills in the kitchen
Never cooked before? No problem. USC Hospitality program gives students kitchen smarts they’ll use when they eventually move out of university housing.
A walk in the woods shows students unexpected natural remedies of the Chumash
🔊 Audio story: Jim Adams, a USC pharmacologist and associate professor, is also a Chumash healer. He shares the tribe’s medicinal secrets with fascinated medical and pharmacy students.
Vatican-supported startup project is Trojan-powered, from the top down
Inspired by a 2015 papal encyclical, Laudato Si’ encourages entrepreneurs aiming to solve environmental problems — and USC is represented at every level.
Step into an artist’s imagination in new Fisher Museum exhibit
Mexico-based James hd Brown is famous around the world, but he’s a virtual unknown in Los Angeles, his birthplace.
Actress Anna Faris brings her podcast skills to the front of the class
Teaching “Creating the Hit Podcast” is a logical step for Faris and Sim Sarna, who co-founded the popular Anna Faris is Unqualified.
Alzheimer’s education takes a page from Oprah’s playbook
USC event targeting African-American seniors looks more like a TV show than an academic lecture. Experts are using text messages, too, to help teach about the disease.
USC Iovine and Young Academy’s latest groundbreaking project: an actual groundbreaking
Ceremony kicks off construction of a new home for the innovative center, where students combine culture, business and technology — and immediately get down to business.
Environmental activist at USC heads a global group focusing on climate change
Kayla Soren’s International Student Environmental Coalition includes young people from 30 countries who raise awareness about our planet.
USC medical students hit the kitchen to learn nutrition firsthand
Keck School of Medicine of USC partners with L.A. nonprofit to help future doctors get their patients to eat right.
Iraq veteran brings life experience, and PTSD, to USC — and fights on
Cesar Jimenez Jr. has help — from his wife, a service dog, thoughtful professors and a tutor — as he works toward a degree and a future helping others.
Memories and tears as USC marks the 16th anniversary of 9/11
A pair of students from New York happen upon the university’s annual memorial service in remembrance of the 2001 terror attack.
Onetime punk rocker uses photography to tell stories of ‘my Los Angeles’
Star Montana discovered photography during a tumultuous time. Now it’s an integral part of her life as she pursues an MFA at the USC Roski School of Art and Design.
Freshman takes her love of moviemaking to another level
As a kid, she made a film with Barbie. Now Jillian Ruvalcaba is studying film and TV production and showing her Trojan pride.
Advice from one of your Friends: Lisa Kudrow shares career insight with USC drama students
Her impressive career has also had plenty of low points, like the time she was fired from Frasier.
Warrior Circle marks a new USC tradition for veterans and the Trojan community
The first-time ceremony uses ashes to symbolize the visible wounds of battle — and the invisible sacrifices — made by men and women who serve their country.
First-year student sees a need in video game design: increasing inclusivity in games
Mattie Rosen grew up loving video games, and now wants to work to see minorities and marginalized communities better represented in them.
With Prism headset, classmates-turned-entrepreneurs have augmented reality in sight
Their firm, Mira, is the first startup to come out of USC’s revolutionary Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy.
Neighbors get a closer look at USC Village open house — and say ‘thanks’
The new development brings much-needed stores and restaurants to the neighborhood, along with hundreds of new jobs.
USC Village opens to the Trojan Family with fanfare, streamers and a new campus icon
The largest development in the history of South L.A. — with restaurants, retailers and residential colleges — leaves quite an impression as it officially debuts.
From paparazzi shots to fan mags, film-industry archive provides glittering glimpses of Hollywood history
Changing technology makes the collection more important than ever — and lucky students get to hold film history in their own hands.
Teen entrepreneur gets down to business, with help from USC neighborhood programs
Ximena Salas’ clothing company Mis Raíces is making a statement in the Latino community — just like its founder, who one day hopes to be a Trojan.
Warrior-Scholar Project guides Marine — a USC DPS officer — to success in school
The weeklong bootcamp prepares vets for an academically rigorous environment, and USC is the only California school that participates.