space industry los angeles The Launch Pad

Southern California Aerospace Innovation Has Trojan Flair

USC alumni and researchers build on the region’s legacy in aerospace and aviation to push the next generation of spaceflight

13 min readScience/Technology, Aeronautical Engineering, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Alumni, Los Angeles
physical therapy entering primary care (Illustration/ David Plunkert) The Therapist is In

These Surprising Specialists May Help You Kick Habits and Prevent Disease

Physical and occupational therapists are teaming up with physicians to provide personalize care for injury recovery, disease prevention and much more.

10 min readHealth, Health Care, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy
rheumatoid arthritis patient Sarah Robles The Therapist is In

Rheumatoid Arthritis Can’t Hold Her Back

For a young woman living with the painful disease, occupational therapy helped her regain independence in her daily life.

2 min readHealth, Health Care, Occupational Therapy
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
(Illustration/ Keith Negley) (Illustration/ Keith Negley) Teaching Tolerance

How to Teach Against Hate? Lean on Genocide Survivors

Learning from eyewitnesses of some of history’s darkest moments, educators strive to teach the power of decency and respect.

12 min readSocial Impact, Digital Media, Education, USC Shoah Foundation
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
Stephanie Barish IndieCade CEO (Illustration/Jacqui Oakley) Game Changer

IndieCade Founder Stephanie Barish Champions Diverse Voices in Video Games

A USC School of Cinematic Arts alumna celebrates the diversity, creativity and artistry of video games.

3 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Diversity, Video Games
Jaime Lee USC trustee Jaime Lee (Photo/ Will Chiang) Trojan Trailblazers

Third-Generation USC Alumna Jaime Lee Joins Board of Trustees

Real estate CEO and dedicated volunteer Jaime Lee is a third-generation Trojan.

2 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Real Estate
USC freshmen Aspiring Trojans

Who Was Accepted Into USC’s 2018 Freshman Class?

USC draws a record number of diverse applicants for the 2018 freshman class, including first generation, SCion and military family students.

1 min readStudent Life, University, College Admissions, Students
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, Entrepreneurship, USC Village
Oleg Prezhdo solar energy research USC Bright Mind

Meet the Man Who Might Have the Key to Cost-Effective Solar Energy

A USC chemist looks to nanomaterials to help us unlock the power of the sun.

3 min readScience/Technology, Chemistry, Energy, Sustainability
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 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.

5 min readArts, Student Life, Entertainment, Students, Video Games
Wanda Austin USC president with Provost Michael Quick USC interim President Wanda Austin now steers the university’s overall direction, while Provost Michael Quick continues to oversee academic issues. (Photo/ Karen Ballard) Engineer of Change

Meet Wanda Austin, USC Interim President, Alumna and Engineering Leader

The successful businesswoman shares her vision for change as the university moves forward.

6 min readUniversity, Alumni, Leadership
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
The Cutting Edge - Three Patients The Cutting Edge

Facing Serious Medical Conditions, Three Patients Get New Life

Seeking treatment at Keck Medicine of USC put these patients in the right place at the right time.

10 min readHealth, Cardiovascular, Health Care, Keck Medicine, Vision
makerspaces usc Rendering by Frederick Fisher and Partners Shop Talk

USC’s Makerspaces Give Creative Students a Home

USC’s maker culture is thriving as working spaces for creators pop up across campus.

3 min readStudent Life, Design, Innovation, Student Life
USC's Hoose Library (Photo/ Dustin Snipes) Now and Again

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, Architecture, Buildings, Construction, Libraries, Philosophy, USC History
Detail on USC buildings Campus Closeup

11 USC Campus Flourishes — Can You Locate Them?

Architectural flourishes abound at USC buildings on the University Park Campus. Can you guess where these campus snapshots were taken?

1 min readUniversity, Architecture, Buildings
Wanda Austin USC president Wanda Austin PhD ’88 was named interim president of USC on Aug. 7. She earned her doctorate in industrial and systems engineering from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and serves as a USC trustee since 2010. (Photo/ Karen Ballard) President's Page

A Trojan Welcome From USC Interim President Wanda Austin

As a dedicated member of the Trojan Family, the longtime USC trustee believes in the USC community’s ability to withstand and transcend challenges.

2 min readPresident's Page, University, President's Page
Keck students in yoga class Keck School of Medicine students can take free yoga classes as part of a wellness initiative at Keck Medicine. (Photo/ Eric Lindberg) Being Well

USC Aims to Help Physicians Stay Healthy

Amid growing awareness of suicide and depression among health professionals nationwide, new wellness programs at Keck Medicine of USC ensure students and doctors care for themselves.

13 min readHealth, Student Life, Keck School of Medicine, Medicine, Mental Health, Student Life
Saba Syed Razvi book Poetry by USC alumna Saba Syed Razvi explores the darkness of language and the art of the uncanny. Art of Darkness

For Horror Poet Saba Syed Razvi, Scary and Monstrous Tales Have an Irresistible Pull

A USC alumna reflects on her lifelong fascination with creepy mysteries and the darkness of language.

7 min readAlumni Life, Humanities, Alumni, Diversity, English, Literature
Clifford Johnson Clifford Johnson (Photo/Cody Pickens) Popular Science

The Physicist Who Helps Make Science Cool in TV and Movies

USC Dornsife scientist Clifford Johnson hopes to make science part of our everyday literacy.

3 min readScience/Technology, Cinema, Faculty, Television
Society 53 Members Society 53's newest members gather to celebrate with outgoing members who graduated in May. Good Society

Linking USC Students to USC Alumni: ‘Society 53’ Turns 10

USC Alumni Association’s Student ambassadors have the opportunity to build close relationships with Trojan alumni leaders.

3 min readAlumni Life, Student Life, Alumni, Alumni Association, Students
Bovard Auditorium history archive (Photo by Dustin Snipes; historic photo by Dave Siddon/Valley Times/Los Angeles Public Library) Take a Bow

Bovard Auditorium is One of the Busiest—and Oldest—Venues in L.A.

The beloved auditorium has been a centerpiece for the Trojan Family for nearly 100 years.

2 min readUniversity, Buildings, Theater, USC History
Neftalie Williams skateboarding Neftalie Williams with his skateboard (Photo/Kaveh Rezaei/VOA) Skating Between the Lines

Diplomacy through Skateboarding?

USC Annenberg alumnus and lecturer Neftalie Williams uses street culture to break social barriers.

3 min readAlumni Life, Social Impact, Alumni, Faculty, Public Diplomacy
Marientine Gotsis and Christine Lelon demo Skyfarer Research assistant professor / principal investigator, Marientina Gotsis left and graduate student Christine Lelon have developed a project called Skyfarer an interactive device that helps people in wheelchairs with their physical training.(Photo/Gus Ruelas) Game Therapy

3 Ways Tech Helps Heal the Mind and Body

Mixed-reality experiences use immersive technology to help humans deal conditions ranging from injuries to PTSD.

2 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Mental Health, Video Games, Virtual Reality
macular degeneration iris Blue Iris by Qa International / Science Photo Library See the Light

Stem Cell Therapy Gives Her a Second Chance at Sight

A clinical trial tests engineered stem cells in the fight against macular degeneration, one of the leading causes of blindness.

9 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Ophthalmology, Research, Stem Cells
On the Safe Side

Steps for School Violence Prevention, from USC Experts

As elementary and secondary schools grapple with bullying and violence, USC experts help chart a path forward to make classrooms safer.

10 min readSocial Impact, Campus Safety, Education, Security
Illustration of a park in a police badge shape (Illustration/ Harry Campbell) On the Safe Side

USC Student Safety Initiatives Help Strengthen Campus Community

The USC Department of Public Safety offers several initiatives so that Trojans can help themselves, and each other, stay safe.

2 min readUniversity, Campus Safety, Students
Noopur Sinha illustration (Illustration / Sam Kalda) Fresh Voice

She Balances Hollywood and Bollywood

Rising producer Noopur Sinha MFA ’15 crosses from India to the U.S. to seek stories worth telling — and remembering.

3 min readAlumni Life, Digital Media, Alumni, Digital Arts, Media Arts, Television
Wanda Austin Interim President Wanda Austin received her doctorate from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering in 1988, and has served as a USC trustee since 2010. (Photo/Steve Cohn) President's Page

The Trojan Family’s Points of Pride

“We build lives. We do our best to do good for others, and we give back to our communities.”

2 min readPresident's Page, University, Alumni, President's Page
usc broadcast journalism alumni microphone with logo News Breakers

Veteran USC Alumni News Broadcasters Find Stories that Matter

You’ll find them in small towns and on the big networks. Reporters and anchors from USC keep TV news alive.

5 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Journalism, Media, Television
real estate in Los Angeles aerial (Photo/ Michiko Tierney) The Builders

Innovative Real Estate Development Projects Tackle L.A.’s Challenges

When it comes to creating a more affordable, livable Southern California, Trojans are rising to the challenge.

16 min readPolicy/Law, Social Impact, Alumni, Los Angeles, Real Estate
Emily Ryo immigration expert (Photo / Kirk Mckoy/Los Angeles Times Via Getty Images) Migration Patterns

USC Immigration Expert on the Complex Ties Between Citizens and Non-citizens

An immigration law expert looks at the complex ties that connect citizens and noncitizens in America.

6 min readPolicy/Law, Social Impact, Law, Social Policy
usc music student experience includes performance (Photo / Bad Wolf Media) Trojans Rock

Trojans Rock Out with Some of the Biggest Names in Music

USC students drum up experience in the pop and rock music world before they even graduate.