Alicia Di Rado
Alicia Di Rado is USC University Communications’ editorial director. She oversees initiatives and channels that tell the overall story of USC and its people and serves as editor-in-chief of USC Trojan Family Magazine. Alicia began her career as a journalist with the Los Angeles Times and Oregonian and has served as an editor and writing coach for several decades. She also was trained in graphic design at UCLA and product design at Stanford. A native Spanish speaker, she is especially interested in sports, health, medical research, science, fitness, history and pop culture.
Stories by Alicia Di Rado:
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.
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 researchers help to advance survival from ovarian cancer
Support group focuses on head and neck cancer recovery
Melanoma study finds Latinos at rising risk
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
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.