Photo collage of health care worker with test tubes, syringes and personal protection equipment. (Illustration/Johanna Goodman) A Bold Response

How USC Health Experts Jumped into Action to Fight COVID-19

Trust the science. Follow the data. Keck Medicine of USC confronts the coronavirus pandemic with strategies centered on rigorous research.

9 min readHealth, COVID-19, COVID-19 Experts, COVID-19 Heroes, Health Care, Infectious Diseases, Keck Medicine, Research
Los Angeles urban gardener Jose Miguel Ruiz As a college student, Jose Miguel Ruiz dreamed of bringing his passion for gardening into urban life through a community-building model. (Photo/Courtesy of Jose Ruiz) Seeding Change

How to Make Los Angeles Greener? Urban Gardens Could Help

Jose Miguel Ruiz inspires sustainable renewal through onions, celery and Swiss chard — and it’s happening one empty lot at a time.

4 min readAlumni Life, Social Impact, Alumni, Environment, Food, Los Angeles, Sustainability, Urban Planning
Richard Dang and Negin Sazgar at Dodger Stadium (Photo/Linda Wang; Photo/Isaac Mora) Big Shots

How to Vaccinate 12,000 People in a Day: Behind the Scenes at Dodger Stadium

Two USC pharmacists give us an inside look at how L.A. fights the coronavirus at one of the largest vaccination sites in the country.

12 min readAlumni Life, Health, Community Health, COVID-19 Experts, COVID-19 Heroes, Public Health
A 1953 photo shows a red Santa Monica Air Line train traveling on Exposition Boulevard past USC's Mudd Hall of Philosophy. The Santa Monica Air Line, which stopped passenger service in 1953, traveled along Exposition Boulevard on its route between downtown L.A. and the beach. (Photo/Alan Weeks/Metro Library and Archive) Ticket to Ride

Before the Metro E Line Cruised Past USC, There Was the Santa Monica Air Line

The Air Line closed in 1953 — a half-century before Metro rail lines revived regional interest in public transit.

2 min readUniversity, Los Angeles, Transportation, USC History
lymphoma survivor Aviana D'Souza Aviana D’Souza (left) found a supportive community at USC that helped her handle the challenges of surviving cancer as she entered her teenage and young adult years. (Photo/Courtesy of Aviana D'Souza) Life Guard

Timely Advice Protects a Cancer Survivor’s Dreams of Starting a Family

A decade after surviving lymphoma as a child, a young woman gets critical guidance from a USC doctor about her fertility.

3 min readHealth, Cancer, Health Care, Medicine, Women's Health
Parveen Parmar USC health and human rights advocate Physician Parveen Parmar studies health and human rights violations among refugees and displaced people. (Photo/Courtesy of Physicians for Human Rights) Right to Thrive

Meet 4 Trojans Who Fight for the Health and Dignity of the World’s Most Vulnerable

They advocate for safety, human rights and well-being across the globe, and they’ll come back tomorrow to do it all over again.

14 min readHealth, Social Impact, Community Health, Health Care, Human Rights
Caroline Black traumatic brain injury scientist Caroline Black is a postdoctoral fellow with AbbVie and the USC School of Pharmacy. (Photo/Courtesy of Caroline Black) Mind Matters

Inspired by Her Father, Alum Seeks Better Treatments for Traumatic Brain Injury

A new approach could help doctors diagnose and treat patients within the critical first hour after an accident.

4 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Alumni, Neurosciences, Pharmaceuticals, Research
USC’s Shimada family alumni portrait Tommy, Charlene, Philip and Elisa Shimada, from left, are all proud USC graduates. (Photo/Courtesy of Charlene Shimada) All in the Family

This Trojan Family’s Love of Learning is All Relative

With eight USC degrees among them (and counting), the Shimadas make learning a family tradition.

3 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Alumni Life, f, Trojan Love
people streaming video games Video games have the power to bring people together, says USC's Gordon Bellamy (Photo/iStock) State of Play

The Future of Video Games: More Interactive, More Global — and More Streaming?

A gaming industry pioneer talks about how far games have come and how streaming is leveling up interactive experiences.

8 min readScience/Technology, Faculty, Video Games
la mer walker diversity hiring expert La Mer Walker launched a startup to connect tech firms with diverse talent. (Photo/Justin Officer) Hire Power

Can’t Find Enough Diverse Job Candidates? This Alum Has an Answer

USC architecture grad La Mer Walker bolsters the hiring of Blacks and people of color in tech by bringing qualified professionals and employers together.

5 min readAlumni Life, Social Impact, Alumni, Black History Month, Career Services, Diversity, Startups, Technology
Three images of USC Thornton students: Chandler Lawn with a ukelele, Marley Eder with a flute, and Shelby Wong reading a children's book. USC music students sent in heartwarming videos to lift the spirits of Keck Medicine of USC workers. Heart Beats

When Health Workers Fight Exhaustion, USC Musicians Soothe Their Souls

Artists send uplifting tunes that provide moments of relief during the pandemic — and you can watch and hear some of them on video here.

2 min readArts, Health, COVID-19 Heroes, Health Care, Music, Students
People with impostor syndrome struggle with self-doubt and fear that others will see them as a fraud. (Illustration/Eric Hanson) The Impostor Inside

Feel Like You Don’t Belong? You Might Have Impostor Syndrome

What do you do when your biggest doubter is yourself?

3 min readHealth, Student Life, Alumni, Mental Health, Students
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
Current image of Elizabeth Kuhn and Andrew Green with their two children and a second image of them in their Trojan Marching Band uniforms. Trojan Love Story

USC Has Sparked Countless Love Stories. Here are a Few of Our Favorites

Share the love with these heartwarming stories from USC alumni who fell head over heels while on campus.

7 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Alumni Life, Trojan Love
David Bohnett in a dark suit and blue-striped shirt and tie against a background of trees David Bohnett prioritizes community building in his career and philanthropic work. (Photo/Michael Bulbenko) Stronger Together

Bringing People Together is This USC Trustee’s Driving Principle

Whether he was building one of the internet’s earliest social networks or championing equal rights, David Bohnett has made community a priority.