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Policy/Law
Biddy Mason and Robynn Cox
Biddy Mason, left, was a freed slave and the fourth great-grandmother of USC assistant professor Robynn Cox, right. (Photos, from left: Courtesy of Robynn Cox; Courtesy of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work)

Social work professor reflects family legacy in criminal justice research

Robynn Cox believes her family’s history with social justice and her desire for fairness laid the groundwork for her research career at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

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Health
USC mobile clinic dental care pandemic
Jaqueline Solorio, 4, looks on as mother Vanessa Velasquez checks in with [left to right] USC dental administrative assistant Ana Parru, dental student Amanda Escobar and dental surgery student Abigail Heleba as part of the monthlong mobile dental clinic event in South Los Angeles. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Mobile dental clinic keeps kids smiling through the pandemic

The clinic — operated by the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and serving thousands annually — won’t let COVID-19 cut down on care for Angelenos in need.

Science/Technology
CREATE grant
USC’s Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) received a $972,000 grant from the US Department of Defense for a study on “Economic Viability, Resilience, and Sustainability of Logistics Systems in Post-Conflict Zones.” (Photo/iStock)

USC center receives prestigious defense grant to study transportation in post-conflict zones

The grant of nearly $1 million to USC’s Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) comes from the Department of Defense’s Minerva Program.

Science/Technology
Mars rover Perseverance USC research
Mars rover Perseverance, shown probing the surface of Mars in this illustration, carries instrumentation designed in large part at USC Dornsife to find signs of life on the red planet. (Image/Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Mars rover Perseverance will look for signs of life backed by USC research

USC Dornsife’s Ken Nealson and a team of researchers helped develop SHERLOC, the ultraviolet laser technology that will probe the red planet for chemicals produced by living organisms.