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.