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Dental hygiene students work alongside DDS students
Dental hygiene student Alisha Lee teaches dental students Cindy Tashiro and Taylor Purks different brushing methods. As part of the curriculum change, dental hygiene students work alongside dental students in the clinic. (Photo/Hannah Benet)

USC’s dental hygiene program transforms to serve a new generation of students

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC has reshaped its dental hygiene program to focus more on collaboration, adapt to new technology and better prepare graduates for an ever-evolving world.

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Duet student startup refugee giving
The team that built Duet identified refugee families who were willing to share their stories, worked with a small network of family-owned stores willing to sign up, and coded and developed the app. (Photo/Courtesy of Spence Blood)

In a season of giving, this student startup is transforming how we think about philanthropy

Duet — a student-built microphilanthropy startup — looks to connect donors with refugees and their family-owned stores in a more personalized and dignified way.

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NAI holiday meal
Luz Vasquez (second from right) with her children Emily Ramirez, Joseph Ramirez and Stephanie Vasquez (from right, behind Luz), join other NAI families at a holiday celebration. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Local working families enjoy a holiday meal, thanks to Neighborhood Academic Initiative

To show their appreciation for families in the nearby community, the USC Leslie and William McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative partnered with USC Hospitality to provide a warm holiday dinner.

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Rex Johnston
Rex Johnston lettered as a football fullback for three seasons, and was a two-year letterman outfielder for USC’s baseball team -- including the team that won the 1958 College World Series. (Photos/Courtesy of USC Athletics)

Rex Johnston, two-sport USC athlete who played in NFL and MLB, 82

Johnston — who scored the winning run in the 1958 College World Series championship game — is one of just two Trojans to have played in football’s and baseball’s big leagues.

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USC STAR program Bravo High
USC‘s STAR program brings together students from Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School, like Nirali Patel, center, to work with USC faculty members on research. (USC Photo/Eric Lindberg)

Here’s one way to get more diversity in science and health fields

When you don’t know any doctors or scientists, it can be tough to imagine becoming one. The USC STAR program introduces teens to real lab work, and it’s one of many initiatives supported by the university’s Good Neighbors Campaign.