Alicia Di Rado
Alicia Di Rado is USC University Communications’ 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, fitness, history and pop culture.
Stories by Alicia Di Rado:
In memoriam: Joan Metcalf Schaefer, longtime USC dean of women
“Dean Joan” came to USC in 1955 and served generations of Trojans.
W. M. Keck Foundation names health care center at USC with $10 million gift
Generous support expands on prior $150 million gift for Keck Medicine of USC.
Longtime alumni leader Rod Nakamoto elected to USC Board of Trustees
As president of the Alumni Association’s Board of Governors, the financial adviser helped expand the university’s engagement with alumni across generations.
USC places among top institutions in fundraising — for four years running
Council for Aid to Education survey shows USC ranks third behind only Harvard and Stanford as the Campaign for USC continues its momentum.
NBA and social media star Chris Paul: class reunion organizer?
The Clippers standout visits USC Annenberg for an insightful conversation with journalism school Director Willow Bay.
Architect Frank Gehry to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom
USC alumnus is among the 21 luminaries who will be honored at the White House for their profound contributions to the United States.
Widney Society fetes benefactors who drive the success of the Campaign for USC
The organization is made up of supporters who have donated $1 million or more in gifts or pledges to the university over a lifetime.
Black alumni reach out to students as they mark professional successes
USC Black Alumni Association celebrates 40th year of scholarships, mentoring and support.
Nikias puts spotlight on diversity in annual presidential address
‘Nobody talks at the national level about the real crisis we face as a nation,’ says USC’s president during his annual speech.
USC 2015: The year in health and wellness
Find out what USC scientists have been working on to help you live a longer, healthier life — from disease-fighting diets to curing baldness.
It’s no Back to the Future hoverboard, but USC student’s skateboard flies
Engineer upcycles carbon fiber from spacecraft for a smooth ride.
USC mourns longtime medical leader Brian Henderson
Former dean and cancer center director helped build the field of cancer epidemiology.
SoCal VoCals sing their way to national trophy in a cappella championship
Winning? All the cool kids are doing it.
USC trustee to advise Oval Office on science and technology issues
Wanda Austin joins a council that makes recommendations for presidential priorities in STEM education.
USC summit marks rebirth of biotech era in Los Angeles
“As the Great Recession decimated U.S. job growth, one sector continued to thrive: biotechnology,” says USC President C. L. Max Nikias.
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.
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.
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.