Autumn 2013

Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Photo by David Zentz Cultivating Creativity

A Degree in Disruption

Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young (Dr. Dre) invest $70 million to prepare USC students who’ll shape the future.

8 min readArts, Business, Science/Technology, Campaign for USC, Design, Innovation, Iovine and Young Academy
Illustration by Josh Cochran To Live and Drive in LA

L.A.’s Roads Scholars

As Los Angeles builds public transit, USC’s policy and engineering minds predict how the city will commute.

9 min readPolicy/Law, Los Angeles, Public Policy, Transportation, Urban Planning, Wicked Problems
Beach Boys photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Defining Los Angeles

Los Angeles in Books, Movies and Song

USC experts on local lore give their lowdown on Los Angeles culture.

10 min readArts, Humanities, Cinema, Faculty, Literature, Los Angeles, Music
As co-directors of the Spine Center of USC, John Liu, left, and Jeffrey Wang aim to get to the bottom of patients’ spinal pain. (Photo by Don Milici) The Back Pack

For Back Pain, These Doctors Start by Staying Away from Surgery

Neurosurgeons, orthopaedists, physical therapists and other experts at USC team up to ease spinal pain.

7 min readHealth, Lifespan Health, Neurology
The Stahl House. Also called Case Study House No. 22, this often-photographed modernist home was designed by Pierre Koenig ’52. Photo by Nicolas de Camaret Architectural Icons

USC Grads Leave Their Mark on L.A.’s Landscape

Did you know these landmarks of Los Angeles were designed by Trojans?

1 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Alumni, Architecture, Los Angeles
Cherney now works in San Francisco for Credit Suisse. Photo by Lee Pellegrini, Boston College TROJAN VOICES

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Liza Cherney is one tough Trojan

A USC alumna shares her story from the Boston Marathon bombing, in her own words.

3 min readAlumni Life, Alumni
Photos courtesy of USC's Space Engineering Research Center Fly to the Sky

Shooting Rockets into Space? There’s a School for That

In Los Angeles, the aerospace industry gets a boost from USC grads with hands-on experience.

8 min readScience/Technology, Student Life, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Technology
Cyrus Hobbi feels just as at home on a stage as he does on the gridiron. Photo by Dan Avila Role Player

Drama Takes to the Stage for this Football Player

USC center Cyrus Hobbi had an unusual way to work through his frustration: He wrote a play.

2 min readAthletics, Student Life, Dramatic Arts, Football
The Investor

Can Depression Drugs Fight Cancer? USC Aims to Find Out

USC Trustee Daniel Tsai invests in a potential anticancer strategy that unites U.S. and Taiwanese scientists.

3 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Campaign for USC, Cancer, Pharmaceuticals, Trustees
Photos by Cody Pickens Finding a Muse

Los Angeles by the Book

Three highly regarded USC novelists draw from the city’s eccentrics and ordinary folk for their inspiration. But that doesn’t mean they have L.A. all figured out.

9 min readHumanities, English, Faculty, Los Angeles
From left, back row: Jerry Neely, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Rebecca Soni, Barbara Cotler, Mitchell Lew; front row: Patrick Auerbach, Linda Givvin, Frank Fertitta, C. L. Max Nikias, Geraldine Knatz. Photo by Steve Cohn The Envelope, please

7 Alumni Who Make the Trojan Family Proud

2013 USC Alumni Awards honor achievement and a record of commitment.

4 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Alumni Association, Awards
Photo by Meiko Takechi Arquillos Next-Generation Trojans

USC’s Renaissance Man and International Woman

Students Steven Strozza and Akilah Booty are the new face of USC.

4 min readStudent Life, Access, Scholarships, Student Life, Students
Photo by Chris Shinn Alumni Connection

Ramona Cappello Means Business for USC

A conversation with the alumna volunteer who’s leading the USCAA Board of Governors.

4 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Alumni Association
Photos by Gus Ruelas Smiles for Success

Tooth Squad Brings Vital Dental Checkups to L.A. Kids

Studies link oral health to school success, and USC dentists aim to keep children smiling.

7 min readSocial Impact, Community Outreach, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, Lifespan Health
Stark Sands USC Dramatic Arts alumni Stark Sands, right, is one of the stars of the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots. (Photo/Bill Tucker) Stage Life

Stark Sands Takes on Broadway with ‘Kinky Boots’

The Tony Award nominee cemented his passion for acting at USC.

3 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Dramatic Arts