Autumn 2014

Rise of Troy

A Strong Foundation for USC Village

A new residential complex will reshape how generations of Trojans live and learn on campus.

8 min readStudent Life, University, Residential Colleges, USC Village
Surfing photo © Leroy Grannis, photo courtesy of M+B Gallery, Los Angeles Dawn Patrol

A Historian Explores the Evolution of Surfing

Trojans weigh in on that most quintessential of Southern California sports: surfing.

9 min readHumanities, History
Visionary Science

Restoring Sight to the Blind

At USC Eye Institute, stem cells, wearable computers and biomedical implants are doing what was once impossible—restoring lost sight.

9 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Emerging Technology, Health Care, Ophthalmology
Small But Mighty

The Secret Life of Bacteria

Get to know the tiny beings that live all around us—and how USC researchers are understanding and harnessing their powers.

7 min readScience/Technology, Biology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Marine Biology
Marc Benioff Benioff AP Photo/Chris Stewart Wise Words from Alumni

Five Life Lessons from Marc Benioff

At USC’s commencement for the class of 2014, Marc Benioff shared his life lessons for success and happiness.

2 min readBusiness, Commencement
Buck Allen Javorius "Buck" Allen. Photo by Gus Ruelas. Tailback U

Catching Up with Javorius “Buck” Allen

The stand-out tailback is racking up success on the football field—and in the classroom.

4 min readAthletics, Student Life, Football
Photo courtesy of William J. McMorrow Global Outlook

USC Marshall Gets a Global Boost

A gift from William J. McMorrow prepares USC Marshall students for international real estate.

2 min readBusiness, Donors, Globalization, Marshall School of Business, Real Estate
Illustration by Joe Ciardiello Illustration by Joe Ciardiello Good Sports

The Wide World of Sports

Take a look at just a few of USC’s lesser-known sports and club teams.

2 min readAthletics, Student Life, Students
Megan Rosenbloom is a leader in the national "let's talk about death" movement. Photo by Elli & Polly Photography Being Human

A USC Librarian Explores Mortality

Once a year, around Halloween and Día de los Muertos, we dwell on death. That isn’t nearly often enough, according to Megan Rosenbloom, for whom the “undiscovered country” is a year-round scholarly pursuit.

3 min readHealth, Humanities, Anthropology, Libraries
Louis Zamperini '40 Longtime USC Trojan Louis Zamperini '40 on the track in 1938. Unbroken Spirit

In Memoriam: USC Olympic Legend Louis Zamperini, 97

The incredible journey of a USC Olympian and war hero lives on.

2 min readAthletics, Alumni, Obituaries
PHOTO BY ROSALIE O’CONNOR Photo by Rosalie O'Connor Leap Forward

USC Kaufman’s “New Movement”

The USC Kaufman School of Dance is poised to transform the world of dance education.

3 min readArts
Photo By Adam Voorhes, Styling By Robin Finlay Matters of the Heart

Revolutionizing Cardiac Surgery

Keck Medicine of USC surgeons make once-extraordinary heart surgeries refreshingly routine.

5 min readHealth
Mary and Mark Stevens. Photo by Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times Powering Change

Behind the USC Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute

“The field of neuroscience represents the next great frontier of medical research in the 21st century,” Mark Stevens says.

2 min readScience/Technology, Alzheimer's Disease, Campaign for USC, Neurosciences
Longtime USC Trustee Kathleen Leavey McCarthy. Photo by Gus Ruelas Honor Roll

New Honors College Finds a Home at USC Village

A gift from the Leavey Foundation builds new home for top scholars

3 min readAlumni Life, Student Life, Campaign for USC, USC Village
Rise of Troy

A Sneak Preview of USC Village

New buildings and amenities will connect seamlessly with the existing University Park Campus.

2 min readStudent Life, University, Residential Colleges, USC Village
Rendering courtesy of Kelly Slater Wave Company Dawn Patrol

USC Researcher Engineers Perfect Man-Made Waves

A specialist in fluid dynamics teams with pro-surfer Kelly Slater to create endless, perfect waves for surfers.

3 min readScience/Technology, Engineering, Research
Lisa Kulik, wearing the Argus II. Photo by Gus Ruelas Visionary Science

See the Road Ahead with Artificial Vision

After receiving FDA approval, the Argus II is fitted for its first patient at USC.

3 min readHealth, Emerging Technology, Health Care, Ophthalmology
Rohit Varma (Photo/Van Urfalian) Visionary Science

Rohit Varma Takes the Lead at USC Eye Institute

Ophthalmologist Rohit Varma is on a lifelong mission to let children see their future.

3 min readHealth, Ophthalmology, Public Health
Movers and Shakers

USC Iovine and Young’s Inaugural Class

The USC Iovine and Young Academy welcomes its first class of innovators, artists and entrepreneurs.

5 min readArts, Business, Science/Technology, Iovine and Young Academy, Technology
USC Clique 2014 Family in Film

The USC Clique Makes Hollywood Feel Like Home

Two decades in, friendships formed through cinema only grow deeper.

5 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Cinematic Arts, Entertainment
Ilan Ben-Hanan and Sarah Happ. Photo by Gus Ruelas USC Love Story

Trojan Power Couple Ilan Ben-Hanan and Sara Happ

Two alumni translate their marketing smarts into careers in the sports and beauty industries.

3 min readAlumni Life, Entrepreneurship, Marketing
Amy Ross, president of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors. Photo by Chris Shinn Welcome to the Board

Above and Beyond: Amy Ross PhD ’86

From developing cancer diagnostics to serving as president of the USCAA Board of Governors, Amy Ross finds ways to help others.

4 min readUniversity, Trustees