Joanna Clay is a writer and multimedia producer for USC News. She’s been a reporter for The Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times community news. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stories by Joanna Clay:
Do probiotics work? Answers to this and other gut-wrenching questions
The microbes in your belly can have a profound impact on many aspects of your health.
With encouragement from USC religious leaders, atheist alumna heeds her spiritual calling
At USC — with nearly 100 student religious groups — the Office of Religious Life is as diverse as the student body.
High schooler researches alongside USC pharmacologists, locks down Harvard early
STAR program lets pupils work side by side with top scientists and grad students in USC labs.
Owning a home may not be in the cards for many millennials
Fewer are buying, and what they’re looking for is different from previous generations (goodbye, living room). They’re moving less, too.
Yes, it’s true: Wine is good for you — to a point
A glass or two has its benefits, such as reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease — provided you don’t overindulge. And most of us underestimate how much we drink.
How many homeless are there in Los Angeles? USC helps city, county find out
Students collect critical data in the second year of the university’s partnership with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
Mayor Eric Garcetti tours USC Village, complete with student selfies
USC President C. L. Max Nikias joins the city leader at the residential colleges, the community room, the dining hall and Trader Joe’s.
USC 2017 | Standout USC students, and a few recent grads, who’ve done amazing things
✌ Year in review: From fighting PTSD to helping create a sustainable future, these special Trojans Fight On in everything they do.
USC 2017 | Celebrities from TV and movies who taught Trojans this year
✌ Year in review: From Bryan Cranston to Issa Rae, stars from Los Angeles’ entertainment industry and beyond brought valuable lessons to USC students.
Is conspicuous consumption dead? How culture is becoming the new commodity to ‘flash’
USC’s Elizabeth Currid-Halkett argues that the well-off have found new ways to show off — in ways that still hurt society.
Is Netflix bad for you? How binge-watching could hurt your health
USC experts share when it’s time to put down the remote when watching The Crown or The Fall.
How stores get you to buy more this holiday season and all year long
Now more than ever, retailers are doing everything they can to lure you in and persuade you to buy — in ways you probably don’t even notice.
USC Pacific Asia Museum reopens with surprising Mexico-China exhibit
The museum highlights ties across the Pacific as it reopens after a yearlong renovation project.
Hiking class gets USC college students to tap benefits of ‘forest bathing’
In an age of smartphones and sedentary living, students aim to appreciate stillness, reconnect with the outdoors, get fit and learn to hike — only a few miles from urban Los Angeles.
Helenes kick off a new Conquest Week tradition at USC: protecting Hecuba
The university’s oldest all-female service organization takes on a new responsibility: Guarding the iconic statue of the queen of Troy.
Student finds ancient Greek sword in Thebes — just another day on a dig
Overseas research opportunities, like the one in which Max Novak unearthed a centuries-old sword, help the department expand its reach.
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.