USC instructor teaching dance remotely College teaching has gone online at USC and many other universities due to COVID-19. (Photo/Mary Mallaney) Generation Next

Applying to USC? Admission Insiders Offer Tips During COVID-19

Get the rundown on what USC’s admission team looks for in future Trojans — and how things have changed during the pandemic.

9 min readStudent Life, University, College Admissions, COVID-19, Students
U.S. Congress building Seven seats in the U.S. House of Representatives went to Trojan alums in the November 2020 election. (Photo/iStock) Capitol Gains

Seven Newly Elected Trojans Head to Congress

The septet of USC alumnae will take their place among a record number of women serving in the next U.S. legislature.

10 min readAlumni Life, Policy/Law, Alumni, Election 2020, Elections, Politics
pandemic hospital architecture operating room The Héroe team's health facilities include spaces for critical services like surgeries. (Photo/Courtesy of HLW and Project Héroe) Ready Room

How Hospital Architecture Could Stop the Next Pandemic

Alum David Swartz explains how building modular, pandemic-proof health care sites might isolate future outbreaks.

5 min readAlumni Life, Social Impact, Architecture, COVID-19, Design, Public Health
students read fake newspaper in USC-UCLA prank Illustration/John Dykes Paper Caper

In the History of USC-UCLA Pranks, This One Delivered and Made News

In 1958, a crew of Trojans devised a bold plan to embarrass their crosstown rivals. Could they pull it off?

7 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Alumni Life, Student Life, USC History
Illustrations of USC and UCLA symbols, including Tommy Trojan, football players, cheerleaders, Olympic medals, band members, and academic honors Illustrations/John Dykes Battle for L.A.

The USC-UCLA Rivalry: What You Need to Know

How do these two fierce competitors really match up when it comes to sports, marching bands, school spirit and academics?

7 min readAthletics, University, Trojan Marching Band, USC History
USC and UCLA researchers join forces to advance health therapies. (Illustration/Harry Campbell) Care Package

5 Ways USC and UCLA Researchers Joined Forces for Your Health

In labs and clinics across Los Angeles, Trojan and Bruin researchers partner to help Americans live longer and better.

4 min readHealth, Health Care, Medicine, Research
USC Gould School's PCJP client Charles Charles found purpose in healing traumatized dogs and preparing them for adoption. (Photo/Courtesy of Post-Conviction Justice Project) Road to Redemption

He Was Healed Through a Love of Dogs — and the People Who Believed in Him

Twenty-two years into a life sentence for a crime committed as a teen, a former gang member found hope with the help of USC legal advocates.

11 min readPolicy/Law, Social Impact, Animals, Community, Criminal Justice, Law
Voting at USC A deputy election registrar registers voters in front of USC’s Student Union in 1960. (Photo/Courtesy of USC University Archives) Vote of Confidence

“I Voted”: Professors and Alums Share Memories of Their First Election Day

Trojans remember casting their first ballot — and the hope and civic pride that still inspires them, even decades later.

11 min readSocial Impact, University, Alumni, Civic Engagement, Election 2020, Faculty
GIPHY Editor-in-Chief Tyler Menzel gives “hang loose” symbol with both hands Clip Art

Why GIFs are the Internet’s Emotional Art Form

Meme expert and GIPHY Editor-in-Chief Tyler Menzel ’06 explains why GIFs are so universally funny — and meaningful. (A story partly told in GIFs.)

8 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Entertainment, Internet
Adam Levanthal Adam Leventhal (Photo/Gregg Segal) Double Jeopardy

When Addiction and COVID-19 Collide

The coronavirus outbreak could worsen America’s substance use crisis. USC addiction expert Adam Leventhal explains why it matters to all of us.

7 min readHealth, Social Impact, Addiction, COVID-19, Faculty, Research
usc student mental health struggles due to COVID College students may be struggling during the pandemic, but experts are there to help. (Illustration/David Pohl) Trojans Together

College Students, It’s Tough Out There. Here’s What I’m Hearing

Broderick Leaks, a student mental health expert at USC, shares in his own words how to thrive in a time of stress and uncertainty.

7 min readHealth, Student Life, COVID-19, Mental Health, Student Health, Students
Tracy Grikscheit stem cell scientist (Photo/Phil Channing, The Saban Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles) Future Medicine

USC Pediatric Surgeon Aims to Heal Infants Using Stem Cells

Tracy Grikscheit helps babies with digestive disorders. Stem cells could help her develop life-changing treatments.

5 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Election 2020, Faculty, Research, Stem Cells
Jack Feinberg holds tuning forks. Professor Jack Feinberg devised simple experiments using everyday objects, like these tuning forks, to ensure USC students could continue hands-on learning from home this semester. (Photo/Pam McKniff) Special Delivery

When Physics Students Couldn’t Go to Class, This Professor Mailed Class to Them

Longtime educator Jack Feinberg came up with fun kits to ship to students so they could still do physics experiments at home. It’s in his nature.

8 min readScience/Technology, Student Life, COVID-19 Heroes, Faculty, Physics, Students
Little Chapel of Silence at USC in 1960s and 2018 The Little Chapel of Silence at USC's University Park Campus (Photo/Dustin Snipes; Vintage Photo/Courtesy of USC University Archives) Now and Again

Where Trojans Go to Pray, Meditate and Reflect: The Little Chapel of Silence

In this busy world, you can find quiet moments of comfort at this timeless USC spot (yes, even remotely).

2 min readStudent Life, Mental Health, Religion, Students, USC History
health care startup expert Jay Goss Entrepreneur Jay Goss sees disruption in the health care industry as a prime opportunity for innovation and investment. (Photo/Jay Goss) Value Judgment

Now Might Be a Great Time to Invest in Health Care

Entrepreneur and investment expert Jay Goss made a career out of betting big on disruption and health innovation.

9 min readAlumni Life, Business, Health, Alumni, Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Health Care, Innovation
sugar in food (Photo/iStock) Sweet Science

You Know Sugar is Bad for Your Kids. Here’s What You Can Do

A USC children’s health expert offers practical solutions to cure our sweet tooth.

6 min readHealth, Diabetes, Diet, Food, Public Health
Janet Evans and Muhammad Ali 1996 Olympics torch Muhammad Ali and Janet Evans with the Olympic torch at Centennial Olympic Stadium in 1996 (Photo/Lynn Johnson/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) Champion for Change

Janet Evans Keeps Olympics Spirit Aflame as L.A. Readies for 2028

The four-time gold medalist and Trojan alumna paves the way for a new generation of athletes.

4 min readAlumni Life, Athletics, Alumni, Alumni Life, Los Angeles, Olympics, Swimming
Martin Luther King Jr. at a podium flanked by other rally attendees at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks during a religious rally at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1964. (Photo/Bob Miller, Valley Times Collection/Los Angeles Public Library) Legacy in L.A.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Moments and Mission in Los Angeles

The civil rights leader visited USC and its surrounding neighborhoods throughout the late ’50s and ’60s in his quest to improve the lives of Black Americans.