current battery technology (Photo/iStock) Power Up

The Better Batteries That Will Power Your Phone — and a Green Future

As the world’s energy demands grow, batteries could be key to storing sustainable energy.

10 min readScience/Technology, Chemistry, Energy, Sustainability
DWP building part of AC Martin history DWP building in Los Angeles. (Courtesy of AC Martin) L.A. Story

Landmark L.A. Architecture Firm AC Martin Builds on Its Trojan Roots

Meet USC School of Architecture alumni who have quietly transformed the landscape of Southern California.

10 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Architecture, Los Angeles, USC History
USC Student Union history image and current (Photo / Dustin Snipes; Vintage Photo by Herman Schultheis/Herman J. Schultheis Collection/Los Angeles Public Library) Now and Again

The USC Student Union, From Clubhouse to Historic Monument

It’s been a hotspot for student life for more than a century. But you might not know the history behind this campus crossroads.

2 min readStudent Life, University, Buildings, USC History
Photo Portrait of Enrique Martinez Celaya Photo courtesy of Enrique Martinez Celaya Art Unbound

USC’s Enrique Martínez Celaya Explores the Ties Between Art, Science and Philosophy

The physicist turned artist crosses disciplines — and time periods — with his work.

3 min readArts, Humanities, Faculty, Fine Arts, Physics
USC student mental health illustration (Illustration/Chris Gash) Mind and Body

Helping College Students Thrive, Not Just Survive

At colleges across the country, anxiety and depression are growing. Here’s how Trojans are tackling mental health.

14 min readHealth, Student Life, Change, Mental Health, Student Health, Student Life
Kathleen Leavey McCarthy WIth Honors

Kathleen Leavey McCarthy Honored for Dedication to USC

The USC trustee has made her mark on her alma mater.

3 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Alumni Association, Awards, Trustees
Tracing Allegory by Chelle Barbour Tracing Allegory, by Chelle Barbour. Surreal Journey

USC Alumna Chelle Barbour Brings Improvisation to Art

A multidisciplinary artist creates portraits that reimagine notions of black women.

3 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Alumni Life, Fine Arts
Wanda Austin at convocation President's Page

The Trojan Family Means Caring Mentorship

Taking time to encourage others is part of USC’s culture, says interim President Wanda Austin.

3 min readPresident's Page, University
SNL cast (Photo/Kyle Dubiel/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank Via Getty Images) Laugh Track

USC Alumni Bring in the Laughs on Saturday Night Live

A hefty lineup of comedic Trojans — including Will Ferrell ’90 — have made their mark on the iconic show.

5 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Alumni, Comedy, Dramatic Arts, Entertainment, Music, Television
talking about pelvic floor dysfunction (Illustration/ Hannah Barczyk) Regaining Control

The Common Women’s Health Issue Too Few Talk About

Many women are too embarrassed to seek help for pelvic floor problems, but doctors can offer solutions.

6 min readHealth, Lifespan Health, Women's Health
usc dance graduates performing (Photo/Rose Eichenbaum) In the Spotlight

USC Kaufman’s First Graduates Set a New Bar for Dance

USC’s dance students will leave USC with an impressive slate of performances.

1 min readArts, Student Life, Dance, Students
USC women's conference 2019 attendees Trojans gathered for a weekend of inspiration, networking and learning at the 2018 USC Women's Conference (Photo/ Will Chiang) Come Together

Successful Trojans Find Connections and Community at USC’s Women’s Conference

The USC Women’s Conference heads to Washington, D.C., for the first time.

3 min readAlumni Life, Alumni Association, Alumni Life, Career Services, Diversity
Boats on the beach, one with the Puerto Rican flag on it (Photograph/ iStock) An Island Divide

The Legal Story Behind Puerto Rico’s Colonial Conundrum

Through a family’s personal history, a USC law expert uncovers the complex history of Puerto Rico and the United States.

3 min readPolicy/Law, History, Immigration, Law
Illustration of Aimee Bravo (Illustration/ Barry Falls) Social Skills

She’s Out to End the Military Mental Health Stigma

A U.S. Air Force security forces specialist turns to social work in her quest to help service members.

3 min readAlumni Life, Health, Mental Health, Veterans
Donald Skinner urology pioneer with team Donald Skinner with his team (Photo/USC University Archives) The Innovator

The Surgeon Who United a Generation of Urology Patients

Countless men and women sent him thanks. Urologist Donald Skinner paid their generosity forward.

4 min readHealth, University, Donors, Health Care, Keck Medicine, Medicine
Half Century Trojans Jim and Janet Eddy Jim and Janet Eddy (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas) College Couples

Half Century Trojans Jim and Janet Eddy Reflect on a Lifetime of Fighting On

USC has shaped their lives since they were children.

3 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Alumni Association
Bovard Administration Building Bovard Administration Building stands at the heart of the USC University Park Campus. (USC Photo/Michael Owen Baker) A Bold Leap

Historic Campaign for USC Comes to a Close

USC’s fundraising effort reshapes the university, boosting student scholarships, research, academics and more.

2 min readUniversity, Campaign for USC, Donors
killifish research model Go Fish!

This Tiny Fish Could Unlock Mysteries About Growing Old

The killifish are coming to USC, and they might just have the answers to holding back aging.

2 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Aging, Research
Corii Berg USC alumni portrait Corii Berg, USC Alumni Association Board of Governors President (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas) A Steady Hand

Meet Corii Berg, 96th President of the USCAA Board of Governors

He sees opportunities for USC to strengthen connections with alumni and build on values.

3 min readAlumni Life, University, Alumni Association, Alumni Life
Blue Angels airplane (U.S. Navy photo/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Schumaker/Released) Flying High

The Proud Alumni of USC — and the Blue Angels

Meet three Trojans who are among the select few to serve with the legendary Blue Angels.

6 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Military, Veterans
USC Alumni Awards 2019 honorees 86th Annual USC Alumni Awards (Photo/ Steve Cohn) Trojan Excellence

7 Exceptional Trojans Honored at 2019 USC Alumni Awards

The university honors generous trustees and longtime alumni volunteers, from Kathleen L. McCarthy to Herb and Kathy Goodman.

4 min readAlumni Life, Alumni Association, Alumni Life, Awards, Trustees
USC commencement history photo (Photo/Dustin Snipes; Inset photo/Courtesy of USC University Archives) Now and Again

USC Commencement Through History: An Updated Yet Timeless Tradition

The rite of passage remains one of the milestones for the Trojan Family.

2 min readStudent Life, Commencement, Commencement 2019, USC History
Wanda Austin USC president (interim) and President-elect Carol Folt Interim President Wanda Austin with President-elect Carol Folt (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas) President's Page

Reflecting on a Year of Healing and Change at USC

”I was determined to leave things better than I found them,” says Wanda Austin, who transfers leadership of USC to Carol L. Folt in July.

5 min readPresident's Page, University, Carol L. Folt, Change
Flow by USC alumnus Jenova Chen Game capture of Flow. Screen Legends

Five Trailblazing Interactive Games that Started as USC Student Projects

These titles garnered awards and industry attention — several before their creators even graduated from USC.

4 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Alumni, Design, Interactive Media, Video Games
Sunita Puri USC physician (Illustration/Jasu Hu) Going Gently...

What Makes a Good Life—and Death? Sunita Puri Explores Through Writing

A palliative care physician explores the role of medicine in helping us live and die well.

3 min readHealth, Health Care
usc lung cancer treatment illustration (Illustration/Curtis Parker) Clear the Air

Daring to Say ‘Cure’ to Lung Cancer Patients

Screenings can find cancer early, and a combination of therapies attack cancer from all angles.

8 min readHealth, Cancer, Health Care
USC opioid expert Rebecca Trotzky-Sirr Rebecca Trotzky-Sirr is fighting the opioid epidemic one patient at a time. (Photo/ Gregg Segal) The Hurt Blocker

The USC Experts on the Front Lines of the Opioid Epidemic

Nearly 400,000 people in America died from opioid overdose from 1999-2017. USC experts believe they can stem the tide.

11 min readHealth, Addiction, Health Care, Health Policy, Research
USC film school history collage (Illustration/Max-O-Matic; Photo credits/See bottom of text) Screen Legends

Celebrate Nine Decades of Cinematic Arts History

As the school hits 90, it’s about much more than movies.

3 min readArts, University, Cinematic Arts, USC History
Susana Ruiz game designer Susana Ruiz (Photo/Huy Truong/Take Action Games) Screen Legends

Creating Video Games for Social Good

Video games can influence society for the better, and these USC game creators are trying to do just that.

3 min readSocial Impact, Cinematic Arts, Design, Digital Media, Video Games
Elizabeth Daley and Marlene Loadvine Elizabeth Daley, right, and Marlene Loadvine (Photo/Cody Pickens) Screen Legends

The Strong Women Who Broke Ground (and Barriers) at the USC School of Cinematic Arts

A 28-year partnership between Elizabeth Daley and Marlene Loadvine helped shoot the school to the top.

3 min readArts, University, Cinematic Arts
USC documentary still (Photo Courtesy of Netflix) Screen Legends

A Tale of Two Oscar-Winning Documentaries Made by Trojans

Short films made by School of Cinematic Arts moviemakers bookend more than 65 years of Academy Awards.

3 min readArts, Academy Awards, Alumni, Awards, Cinema, Cinematic Arts
USC alumni films collage (Illustration/Max-O-Matic) (Copyright By A.M.P.A.S. (Douglas Fairbanks); Twentieth Century Fox (Star Wars); Columbia Pictures Corp./Photofest (Boyz N The Hood); Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive (Merrell Gage);Morningside Productions (Jason And The Argonauts); United Artists (Charlie Chaplin); Nbc/Photofest (Johnny Carson); Milestone Film & Video (Mary Pickford); Paramount Pictures (Titanic).) Screen Legends

Top Hollywood Blockbusters With Trojan Ties

From Star Wars to The Avengers, USC alumni have created some of the most successful movies in history.