musical notes and type illustrate role of art in climate change (Illustration/Mary Kate McDevitt) Creative Climate

These Students Fight Climate Change With Art

See how students use poetry, viola concertos and animated whales to try to wake the world up to climate change.

5 min readArts, Social Impact, Student Life, Climate Change, Performing Arts, Student Life, Sustainability, Visual Arts
A collage of comics scenes by Isabella Melendez and Knox Lopez, including a scientist in aquamarine and red tones and a guitarist with blue hair and a shiny blue guitar An online anthology showcases student work from a USC comics design course. (Illustrations/Isabella Melendez and Knox Lopez) Comic Relief

A Comics Class Gives Student Artists a Creative Outlet to New Worlds

USC art students pen graphic stories during their pandemic time apart that capture adventures in ancient Rome, futuristic robots and more.

2 min readArts, Student Life, Digital Arts, Students, Visual Arts
Painting of two men seated in chairs holding hands with a group of people standing around them watching Can virtual reality and interactive media help us find common ground and embrace healthy behaviors? (Painting/Sally Deng) Walk in my Shoes

Tech Can Push Us Apart, but These Games and VR Build Empathy

Meet the digital creators who are using tech to make us feel a little more human.

11 min readScience/Technology, Social Impact, Digital Media, Emerging Technology, Innovation, Interactive Media, Technology, Video Games
California state architect Ida Clair USC School of Architecture alumna Ida Clair is the first woman to serve as California's state architect. (Photo/Courtesy of Ida Clair) A Blueprint for Change

USC Alumna Prioritizes Sustainability and Access as California’s State Architect

As California state architect, Ida Clair ’87 helps set the standard for building sustainability, accessibility and safety.

3 min readAlumni Life, Architecture, Housing, Schools, Sustainability
A colorful illustration of a mother, father and daughter embracing with desert plants and small animals in the foreground and a tree, a man holding a cactus, a woman and girl wearing masks, and a skeleton playing guitar in the background Muralist Paul Botello’s imagery aims to increase vaccination rates among Latinos as part of the “Stay Connected Los Angeles” public health campaign supported by USC. (Illustration/Paul Botello) An Equal Shot

Vulnerable Groups Came First in USC’s COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts

When COVID-19 hit Southern California, Keck Medicine of USC mobilized to protect the hardest-hit, highest-risk communities.

8 min readHealth, Social Impact, Community Health, COVID-19, COVID-19 Heroes, Diversity, Health Care, Medicine, Public Health
August Wilson in a dark flat cap and black suit jacket resting his chin on his hand August Wilson is known for his poignant explorations of Black culture and experience. (Photo/Netflix) Stage Crew

The 6 Degrees of August Wilson and USC

Check out these surprising links between the award-winning playwright and the Trojan Family.

2 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Student Life, Alumni, Dramatic Arts, Performing Arts, Students
three cute robots Cuddly, expressive or functional, these bots aim to help their human keepers thrive. (Photos/Teri Weber) Got bots?

Cute, Innovative Robots Are Coming to Help You Live Your Best Life

USC researchers are testing next-generation droids that can clean, explore and play.

3 min readScience/Technology, Engineering, Research, Robotics, Technology
alumni from usc david meniane and lev peker USC alums David Meniane and Lev Peker turned CarParts.com from financially troubled to wildly successful. (Photo/Courtesy of CarParts.com) Up to Speed

A Simple Strategy Helped These Trojans Create an Online Business Success

USC alums put a once-struggling automotive parts company on the fast track. Here’s how they made it work.

3 min readAlumni Life, Business, Accounting, Alumni, Business Strategy
A screenshot of the virtual reality project showing four caribou standing in a grassy field with mountains and a stream in the background The changing climate’s effect on caribou comes to life in a unique student-led project. (Photo/Courtesy of Robert Hernandez) Reality Check

Stunning Virtual Reality Project Takes You to the Arctic — and Into Climate Change

Think caribou in the arctic tundra have nothing to do with you? USC students use immersive technology to explain their urgent message for us all.

7 min readScience/Technology, Social Impact, Climate Change, Innovation, Journalism, Students, Sustainability, Virtual Reality
USC Trojan Knights crest Century of Service

Trojan Knights Share Memories from a Century of Spirit, Service and Stunts

A campus cornerstone, the Trojan Knights mark 100 years of dedication to USC tradition and school spirit.

6 min readAlumni Life, Student Life, Alumni, Students, USC History
South side of Leavey Library USC student study area (Photo/Ed Carreon) Chill Out

We Asked for Your Top USC Campus Spots. Here Are Your Faves

The Trojan Family shares favorite hidden gems and secret study nooks on the University Park Campus.

7 min readAlumni Life, Student Life, Alumni, Buildings, Students, USC History
A wooden gavel on top of a cardinal mortarboard with a red and cardinal tassel (Photo/iStock) Setting a New Bar

USC Gould Alums Pave the Way for Next Generation of Diverse Law Students

Two longtime friends pair up to create a scholarship for future lawyers following their dreams at the USC Gould School of Law.

3 min readAlumni Life, Policy/Law, Alumni, Gould School of Law, Scholarships
Taylor Donsker furniture designer Taylor Donsker draws on his architecture background to design furniture inspired by nature. (Photo by Jack Strutz) Against the Grain

How a USC Architect Turned His Design Talents to Making Innovative Furniture

An architect-turned-woodworker draws inspiration from the natural world.

3 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Alumni, Architecture, Design, Entrepreneurship
(Photo/Steve Cohn) Alumni Aces

7 Outstanding Alumni Who Bring Honor to the Trojan Family

The university honors outstanding Trojans at the 87th USC Alumni Awards ceremony.

3 min readAlumni Life, University, Alumni, Alumni Association, Awards
USC alumni day of scervice volunteers on beach Trojans filled trash bags with cans, bottles, face masks, cigarette butts and more during a USC Alumni Day of SCervice event. (Photo/Michael Owen Baker) Pitching In

2021 USC Alumni Day of SCervice Welcomes Back Trojans After a Year Apart

Volunteers clean up a Santa Monica beach in one of scores of service projects worldwide.

5 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Alumni Association, Sustainability
Mark Cunningham USC heart surgery specialist Mark Cunningham feels right at home with robotic surgical devices, less invasive procedures and new high-tech medical tools. (Photo/Richard Carrasco III) Change of Heart

To Heal His Patients, This Heart Surgeon Turns to Tech

An engineer-turned-surgeon advances next-generation tools.

4 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Biotech, Innovation, Medicine, Robotics, Technology
Illustration of an eye with computer parts and electrical current diagrams against a mint green background A retinal prosthesis for people with vision loss is only one example of the groundbreaking bionics research happening at USC. (Illustration/Mike McQuade) Body Builders

The Paralyzed Will Walk, the Blind Will See: The Bionics Revolution Is Coming

Electronic eyes, robotic arms and exoskeletons? USC experts meld man (and woman) with machine.

10 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Biotech, Medicine, Neurosciences, Research, Technology
Illustration of a delivery person carrying a package crossing from the Eastern hemisphere to the Western hemisphere on an arrow-shaped tightrope Many companies seek cheaper manufacturers, even if they are thousands of miles away from end users. (Illustration/Raymond Biesinger) Supply and Demand

The U.S.’s Supply Chain was a Ticking Time Bomb. Here’s How to Rebuild It

COVID-19 revealed the fragility of our complex supply chain logistics. Expert Nick Vyas believes we can make it strong, sustainable and pandemic proof.