InSight mission to Mars NASA has set a new launch opportunity, beginning May 5, 2018, for the InSight mission to Mars. InSight is the first mission dedicated to investigating the deep interior of Mars. (Image/Courtesy of NASA, JPL-Caltech) Out of This World

A Trojan Takes the Helm of the Mars InSight Lander Mission

Geophysicist W. Bruce Banerdt of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab embarks on a 300-million mile journey to uncover the secrets of Mars.

lab for drug discovery in los angeles Michelson Hall is set up with areas for careful lab work, while open spaces encourage researchers to meet and share ideas. (Photo/ Gus Ruelas) The Miracle Mission

The Race to Discover New Drugs Ramps Up at USC

Academic researchers, family members and industry join forces to fight serious diseases. It’s what can happen at a place like the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience.

13 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Biotech, Campaign for USC, Lifespan Health, Medicine, Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, Research
Hearing Loss Photo (Photo/ iStock) The Miracle Mission

Drug from USC and Harvard Scientists to Treat Hearing Loss Shows Promise

Early findings show the drug helps build connections between nerve cells. It’s not yet available for humans, but it shows potential.

2 min readHealth, Biotech, Convergent Science, Deafness and Hearing Loss, Lifespan Health, Research
Ray Stevens Ray Stevens, Provost Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemistry/ (Photo/ Gus Ruelas) The Miracle Mission

To Tackle Diabetes, a Global Research Team Turns to 3D Modeling

Diabetes affects 400 million people around the world. Scientists hope that their models of the cells behind the disease can unlock better treatment.

2 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Convergent Science, Diabetes, Lifespan Health, Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, Research
children's eye cancer treatment (Illustration/ Amy Dixon) The Miracle Mission

Children’s Eye Cancer Treatment Takes Big Step Forward

Innovative research for retinoblastoma may help children preserve their vision — and avoid risky surgery.

3 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Biology, Cancer, Convergent Science, Ophthalmology, Vision
Anita Sengupta USC alumna Anita Sengupta (Photo/ Noe Montes) Fast Lane

Train Travel at Supersonic Speed? A Trojan Alumna at Hyperloop Hopes to Make it Possible

USC Viterbi alumna Anita Sengupta works on a high-speed transportation system that’s like “a spacecraft flying on the ground.”

3 min readAlumni Life, Science/Technology, Alumni, Engineering, Transportation
Brady Connolly Brady Connolly lives with the condition known as phenylketonuria, or PKU. (Photo/Gus Ruelas) The Miracle Mission

Diagnosis of Rare Disorder Spurs Families to Turn to Researchers for Answers

After years with no therapies, patients with phenylketonuria, or PKU, now have an available drug and a second is awaiting approval. A USC alumnus and scientist helped make it happen.

10 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, Research
Making hard decisions at crossroads (Illustration/ Michael Greenwood) Decisions, Decisions

Are You Bad at Making Decisions? USC Experts Explain Why You’re Not Alone — and How to Get Better

The science of making up your mind is more complicated than you might think.

10 min readScience/Technology, Economics, Psychology, Research, Security, Wicked Problems
(Illustration/ Chris Gash) (Illustration/ Chris Gash) Better with Age

To Help Seniors Stay Active, Keck Medicine Physicians Take New Approach to Healthy Aging

Doctors rethink how to treat seniors with innovative approaches for evaluating health and fitness.

8 min readHealth, Aging, Cardiovascular, Orthopedics
science of happiness illustration (Photo/Cintascotch/Room Collection/Getty Images) The Pursuit of Happiness

The Surprising Impact Happiness Has on Health, Relationships and Even the Economy

Researchers across disciplines at USC turn a scientific eye on happiness and its complex connection to our health, relationships and economy.

17 min readHumanities, Social Impact, Economics, Mental Health, Psychology
Varun Soni USC dean of religious life The Pursuit of Happiness

How to Be Happy? It May Be About Finding Purpose

Over time, many of us come to realize that we seek something beyond happiness in our lives. USC’s Varun Soni, dean of religious life, talks about the quest for meaning.

3 min readSocial Impact, Mental Health, Philosophy
Iovine and Young student cohort Macki Alvarez-Mena, Arjun Mehta, Nathan Wallace, Serene Boachie and Jared Bass, from left.  (Photo/Cody Pickens) Class of 2018

USC Iovine and Young Academy’s First Graduates Defy the Status Quo

Innovators, thinkers, disruptors and problem solvers: The academy’s inaugural class heads into the world ready to tackle its challenges.

5 min readSocial Impact, Student Life, Commencement 2018, Entrepreneurship, Iovine and Young Academy
David Kirtman and Jennifer Biehn Point of Pride

Former Student-Athletes Give Back to USC Programs That Put Them on Path to Success

Meet two Trojans who are proud to support USC, even after they left the football field and golf course.

3 min readAlumni Life, Athletics, Alumni, Campaign for USC, Football, Golf, Philanthropy, Scholarships
Michael Felix Michael Felix ’83, a first-generation college graduate, is a longtime supporter of USC. The Family Man

Michael Felix is 95th President of the USC Alumni Association’s Board of Governors

The new leader wants to help other first-generation students find their place in the Trojan Family.

3 min readAlumni Life, University, Alumni, Alumni Association, First-Generation Students
Ryan Coogler and Forest Whitaker Ryan Coogler, left, with actor Forest Whitaker. (Photo/Steve Cohn) Trojan Honors

Nine Notable Trojan Leaders Honored at 2018 USC Alumni Awards

Trojan friends and family gathered to celebrate notable leaders at the 85th Annual Alumni Awards Gala.

5 min readAlumni Life, University, Alumni, Alumni Association, Awards
Illustration by Jacqui Oakley Illustration by Jacqui Oakley Tech Talk

How Twitter, Instagram and other Social Media are Transforming Diplomacy

The USC Center of Public Diplomacy’s Jay Wang weighs in on how technology is changing the rules of policymaking.

3 min readPolicy/Law, Center on Public Diplomacy, Public Diplomacy, Public Policy, Social Media
Illustrations of three students Star Pupils

Meet 3 Astronaut Scholars Who Are Pushing the Frontiers of Science

Recipients of the prestigious Astronaut Scholarship represent some of the country’s best and brightest STEM students.

3 min readScience/Technology, Student Life, Alumni, Scholarships, Students
Bolden and Munoz New Heights

USC Board of Trustees Welcomes Charles Bolden and Oscar Munoz

Both alumni of the university, the pioneering aviation leaders bring a distinguished history of leadership and experience to USC.

3 min readAlumni Life, University, Alumni, Trustees
Laura Mosqueda USC medical school dean Laura Mosqueda is evolving teaching at the Keck School of Medicine of USC as the journey of becoming a doctor is changing. (USC Photo/Ricardo Carrasco III) Good Medicine

The Evolution of Becoming a Doctor

Laura Mosqueda was once a student at USC’s medical school. Now, as dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, she sees an evolution in how to teach future doctors.

5 min readHealth, University, Education, Keck School of Medicine, Medicine
USC's Hoose Library (Photo/ Dustin Snipes) Now and Again

The Hoose Library: Preserving A Timeless USC Landmark

From its priceless manuscripts to its unique architecture, the Hoose Library of Philosophy is a beloved USC landmark.

2 min readHumanities, University, Construction, Libraries, Philosophy, USC History
Dietrich family, a USC family Back row, from left: David McLeod, Dane McLeod, Daniel Kilpatrick and David Kilpatrick. Front row, from left: Devon McLeod, D’Arcy Dietrich McLeod, Danielle Dietrich Kilpatrick and Dustin Kilpatrick.(USC Photo/Gus Ruelas) All in the Family

For Two Sisters—and 24 of Their Relatives—Being a Trojan is a Family Affair

Over three generations, the Dietrich sisters’ ties to USC have only grown stronger.

3 min readAlumni Life, Alumni
USC physical therapy alum Drew Morcos Drew Morcos working with patient (Photo/ Nate Jensen) Back to Basics

Trojan Physical Therapist for NFL Athletes Gets Back to Basics

From pro athletes to weekend warriors, Drew Morcos takes a fresh approach to help his clients be their best.

3 min readAlumni Life, Health, Physical Therapy
USC Alumni Entrepreneurs Network members USC Alumni Association’s Patrick Auerbach (far left) and Danielle Harvey Stinson (far right) join AEN members (left to right) Adam Mendler, Taryn Rose, Mark Friedman and Dee Murthy at a panel. (Photo/ Will Chiang) Taking Care of Business

USC Alumni Entrepreneurs Tap into Trojan Family Network

The USC Alumni Entrepreneurs Network offers social, educational and career-oriented events for enterprising Trojans.

5 min readAlumni Life, Business, Alumni, Alumni Association, Entrepreneurship
Peter Lee of URB-E in USC Village shops Alumnus Peter Lee, CEO and co-founder of URB-E, returned to USC to open a storefront for his foldable electric vehicles. (Photo/ Gus Ruelas) Village Vanguards

The Trojan Alumni Behind Businesses at USC Village

Whether you’re looking for an iced latte, tasty bite or a fast way to get across campus, USC Village’s Trojan-owned business have you covered.

3 min readAlumni Life, Business, University, Alumni, Los Angeles, USC Village
USC game design Aimee Zhang USC junior Aimee Zhang (Photo courtesy of Aimee Zhang) Play It Again

A USC Student Designs Games With an Emotional Punch

A creative junior designs games for all different platforms that are both fun and heart-wrenching.