virtual art museum tour of USC Pacific Asia Museum Users can step into the USC Pacific Asia Museum’s galleries with this 3D immersive experience. (Video/USC Pacific Asia Museum) State of the Art

How the Pandemic Changed Museums Forever (or Did It?)

They had to rethink how to connect with the public. Turns out “Botticelli on Zoom” and art talks from the couch might change the way Americans get their culture fix.

12 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Alumni, Alumni Life, COVID-19 Heroes, Digital Arts, Fine Arts, Media Arts, Museums, Visual Arts
1935 USC graduation photo at Coliseum In 1935, faculty and graduating students gathered at the Coliseum to celebrate commencement. (Photo/Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive, Collection 1429. Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.) Pomp and Circumstance

USC Commencement at the Coliseum: Vintage Photos from 1924 to 1950

As Trojan 2020 and 2021 grads get ready to walk at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, join us in our wayback machine. See how decades’ worth of Trojans celebrated at the stadium

players in profile symbolizing college athlete mental health A focus on mental health helps USC student-athletes balance academics, sports and life. (Photo/John McGillen/USC Athletics) Game Changers

Let’s Talk About the Quiet Crisis in College Sports: Mental Health

Student-athletes have long stayed silent about depression. USC sport psychologists are telling them it’s OK to get help — and they’re not alone.

15 min readAthletics, Health, Mental Health, Psychology, Students
An illustration of pencil that is drawing pictures of children growing among plants (Illustration/Hanna Barczyk) Class Action

Educational Equity is Good for All Kids— So We Must Do Everything We Can to Advance It

Poverty is not a learning disability. It’s a barrier to education that we can overcome together.

4 min readSocial Impact, Education, Faculty, Schools
An illustration of two girls following an open hand and looking at floating patterns and symbols in the air (Illustration/Hanna Barczyk) Class Action

“Girls Can’t Do Math”: How Unconscious Bias Leads to Gender Gaps in STEM

How we teach mathematics can discourage women from pursuing computation-heavy fields.

3 min readSocial Impact, Education, Faculty, Mathematics, Schools
An illustration of a student in a graduation gown climbing a staircase of books while another student is left behind unable to climb onto the books (Illustration/Hanna Barczyk) Class Action

Educators Need to Break the Academic Bias Against Young Men of Color

Studies show that teachers and counselors often hold low expectations of boys from minority communities.

4 min readSocial Impact, Education, Faculty, Race and Ethnicity, Schools
An illustration of a book with the American flag on the cover opening and four students floating out of it along the red and white stripes (Illustration/Hanna Barczyk) Class Action

Revitalize Civics Education By Connecting Real-World Action to the Classroom

In an age of disinformation and disaffection, how do we teach the next generation of informed, active citizens?

4 min readSocial Impact, Civic Engagement, Education, Faculty, Schools
virtual art museum tour of USC Pacific Asia Museum Users can step into the USC Pacific Asia Museum’s galleries with this 3D immersive experience. (Video/USC Pacific Asia Museum) State of the Art

How the Pandemic Changed Museums Forever (or Did It?)

They had to rethink how to connect with the public. Turns out “Botticelli on Zoom” and art talks from the couch might change the way Americans get their culture fix.

12 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Alumni, Alumni Life, COVID-19 Heroes, Digital Arts, Fine Arts, Media Arts, Museums, Visual Arts
Illustration of a mother hanging from the handle of a boy's stroller next to a senior in a wheelchair About 12% of all U.S. parents with children under 18 also care for an adult. (Illustration/Keith Negley) Labor of Love

COVID-19 Made it Clear We Need to Care for Caregivers

The pandemic kept kids home from school and upended the workplace, placing Americans who care for aging family members under even more pressure.

11 min readHealth, Social Impact, Aging, Community Health, Community Outreach, COVID-19, Health Care
Poet David Romero with a mural David A. Romero grew up with his working-class Mexican American parents and three siblings in Diamond Bar, California. (Photo/Gus Ruelas) Born Identity

One Mexican American’s Identity Struggle: Confronting Race and Belonging

Thoughts on speaking Spanish and passing as white all come out in a starkly honest Q&A with spoken word artist and USC alum David A. Romero.

8 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Alumni, Literature, Poetry
USC students showing victory sign in Zoom meeting USC students found friendship and community online during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo/Courtesy of USC Campus Activities) Virtual Fun

6 Ways Students Made Friends and De-Stressed During a Pandemic Year Apart

From growing plants and crafting to meeting with book clubs and playing board games, USC students flexed their creativity while creating online communities.

7 min readStudent Life, COVID-19, Events, Students
USC alumni mentor Adrienne Visnic and student Ziming Jim Liu Actress and singer Adrienne Visnic offers advice to aspiring entertainers like Ziming Jim Liu as a mentor at USC. (Photo/Gus Ruelas) Role Model

A Friend in the Business: Trojan Network Connects USC Undergrad and Hollywood Mentor

As an aspiring actor pursues a creative career in entertainment, he can lean on the advice and guidance of a multitalented fellow Trojan.

8 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Student Life, Alumni, Dramatic Arts, Entertainment, Students
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
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
Illustration of a malevolent-looking face made of rocks with red eyes and two smokestacks rising from its forehead against a yellow, orange and red background Beyond addressing climate change, USC alumnus John Whysner says reducing air pollution would have immediate health benefits (Illustration/Richard Borge/The iSpot) Toxic Relationships

The Science Behind Harmful Chemicals Explained

Toxicologist John Whysner says the health problems linked to burning fossil fuels share a common cause with global climate change.

5 min readHealth, Alumni, Alumni Life, Climate Change, Public Health, Sustainability
(Illustration/Courtesy of plantillustrations.org) Nature's Nurture

Five Surprising Ways Plants Can Keep You Healthy

You might find a hangover cure, protection against Alzheimer’s and much more in nature’s bounty.

3 min readHealth, Alzheimer's Disease, Cancer, COVID-19, Medicine, Pharmacy
starry sky symbolizing USC alumni in space exploration USC alumni who have built their careers around space exploration are expanding our understanding of the universe. (Photo/Stocksy) Final Frontier

USC Alumni Explore Space to Unlock the Origins of the Galaxy — and Life Itself

From peering into deep space to looking for signs of life on Mars, Trojans are going where no human has gone before.

5 min readAlumni Life, Science/Technology, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
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
Beverly Pham in her job as a new graduate Determination and perseverance helped Beverly Pham land a coveted job in sports media. (Photo/Gus Ruelas) Career Launch

A Young Alum’s Job-Hunting Tips for New Grads

Beverly Pham, an editorial designer at Fox Sports, shares lessons from her career journey.