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
doctor with patient in pain (Photo/iStock) The Hurt Blocker

Pain Relief Without Opioids? Yes, It’s Possible

Patients are turning to over-the-counter medications and mind-body therapies to ease pain without narcotics.

5 min readHealth, Health Care, Pharmaceuticals
Non-opioid pain medication (Photo/iStock) The Hurt Blocker

They’re Cutting Opioid Prescriptions by Stopping Pain Before It Starts

What if you could quickly feel better after surgery just by planning ahead? That’s one way physicians are tackling the opioid crisis.

5 min readHealth, Addiction, Health Care, Health Policy
Hand holding a sapling (Photo/ iStock) Seeds of Change

Efforts to Change the Culture at USC Mount

The university adds an ombuds office, boosts compliance and makes background checks more stringent.

3 min readStudent Life, University, Student Health, Student 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 squadron.

6 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Military, Veterans
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
lung cancer screening USC CT USC’s Lung Cancer Screening Program doctors use a CT scan to detect lung cancer in at-risk patients before it spreads. (Photo/Don Milici) Clear the Air

Lung Cancer Screening with CT Aims to Save Lives

Routine tests could help people at high risk for lung cancer. USC doctors are spreading that message to get more patients screened.

6 min readHealth, Cancer, Community Health, Health Care
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
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
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.

1 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Alumni, Cinema, Cinematic Arts
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
Sunita Puri USC physician (Illustration/Jasu Hu) Going Gently...

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

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

3 min readHealth, Health Care
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
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
USC student life 1969 Daily Trojan (Photo courtesy of USC University Archives) Blast from the Past

From Love Ins to Single-sex Dorms, USC Student Life Has Come a Long Way Since ’69

USC has changed in the 50 years since man first walked on the moon. Take a look back at the student experience in the Age of Aquarius.

2 min readStudent Life, University, Student Life, USC History
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
Pocket Sun (Illustration/Meryl Rowin) Venture Forth

Venture Capitalist Pocket Sun Banks on Women’s Businesses

The USC Marshall grad brings venture capital know-how to female entrepreneurs to grow their potential.

3 min readAlumni Life, Business, Diversity, Entrepreneurship
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
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
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
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
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
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.