usc president Carol Folt portrait (Photo/Christina Gandolfo) The Way West

USC President Carol Folt’s Mission to Put Students and Discovery First

The aquatic biologist and noted academic leader returns to California to help the university write its next chapter.

13 min readUniversity, Carol L. Folt, Change
Angela Masson first female pilot 747 Pilot Angela Masson (on the left in this photo from 1976) made her name as an aviation pioneer. (Photo/Courtesy of Angela Masson) Flying High

The First Woman to Fly a 747 Keeps Breaking Barriers

Angela Masson paved the way for women in the commercial cockpit — and she holds four USC degrees.

3 min readAlumni Life, Alumni
USC alumni teacher Don Young Teacher Don Young at Foothills Middle School challenges students to think critically. (Photo/Gus Ruelas) Best in Class

For USC Alumni Who Teach K-12, the Path to College Starts Early

Meet some of the Trojans who go back to school every autumn as elementary and secondary school teachers.

5 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Education
Ghecemy Lopez and Gloria Estrada (Photo/Damon Casarez) The Givers

Three Dedicated Trojans Who Will Inspire You

Far from the spotlight, members of the Trojan Family make a big difference in the lives of others.

10 min readSocial Impact, Community Health, Community Outreach, Student Life
Horse and cart mark USC Homecoming history A surrey decorated for homecoming (Photo/USC University Archives) Trojans on Parade

A Homecoming in Tune with the ‘Roaring Twenties’

Trojans decorated horse-drawn buggies and later, automobiles, to welcome alumni to campus.

2 min readAlumni Life, University, USC History
David Barker pyrotechnics (Illustration/Tim McDonagh) An Explosive Personality

The Trojan Who Makes Hollywood Go Boom

The coolest job ever? David J. Barker blows things up for movies like Avengers: Endgame and Transformers.

3 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Cinematic Arts
student in refugee research project (Photo/Elias Marcou) Lives, Not Grades

Your Homework Assignment: Improve Refugees’ Lives

Students get creative with solutions as migrants flee regions in turmoil around the world.

2 min readScience/Technology, Social Impact, Engineering, Globalization, Immigration, Innovation
climate change 2050 oceans illustration (Illustration/Brian Stauffer) Future Forward

What Will Our World Look Like in 2050?

USC researchers say confronting reality and taking local action may help humanity cope — and even spur economies and innovation.

13 min readScience/Technology, Climate, Climate Change, Earth Sciences, Environment, Research, Sustainability
hydrogen fuel symbol (Photo/iStock) Fueling Change

Hydrogen Fuel is Getting Buzz, But Here’s Why It Hasn’t Gone Mainstream

Is hydrogen the answer to our energy needs? An aerospace and mechanical engineer explains how to bring this fuel down to Earth.

4 min readScience/Technology, Social Impact, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Energy, Environment, Sustainability, Transportation
A Discovery of Witches Deborah Harkness, professor of history, is behind A Discovery of Witches. (Photo/AMC) History, Mystery and Magic

Best-Selling Author Deborah Harkness Writes Fantasy with a Historian’s Eye

The creator of A Discovery of Witches looks back at her “overnight success” that took a decade.

3 min readArts, Humanities, Faculty, History
usc animation alumni storyboard Caffè storyboard (Illustration/Margaret Spencer) Building Character

How Animators Bring Their Doodles to Life

Some of the most compelling animated stories on screen start as scribbles in a notebook.

2 min readArts, Student Life, Animation, Cinematic Arts, Students
Stevie Nicks makes Trojan Marching Band history (Photo courtesy of Trojan Marching Band Archives) This is Troy

Relive Legendary Moments in Trojan Marching Band History

Take a trip back in time with ”Hollywood’s Band,” one of the most recognizable musical forces in college athletics.

2 min readStudent Life, University, Trojan Marching Band, USC History
USC alumni restaurants Taste of Success

L.A.’s Restaurant Scene is Fierce, But These Alumni Love It

Trojans behind three popular hotspots explain what the view looks like from the inside.

4 min readAlumni Life, Business, Alumni
Kevin Kline and Kate Burton in a scene from Broadway's Present Laughter Kevin Kline and Kate Burton in a scene from Broadway's Present Laughter. (Photo/Joan Marcus) Class Act

Kate Burton Prepares USC Students for Stage and Screen

“Through the ages, actors have provided entertainment, education and inspiration to the world,” says the Emmy Award-winning actress.

3 min readArts, Dramatic Arts, Faculty
Daniel Smythe USC alum Dan Smythe (Illustration/Tom Deslongchamp) Key Change

How a Promising Musician Embraced Business

Daniel Smythe balances his love for music with his career in consulting.

3 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Alumni, Music
brain illustration epilepsy signals (Illustration/Harry Campbell) Exit Strategy

When Epilepsy Has No Easy Answers, They Aim to Help

People with complex epilepsy in Central and Southern California have a new team of medical experts to turn to.