Spring 2016

Photography by Cody Pickens Start Me Up

Trojan Tech Talk

Four Trojan entrepreneurs share their advice, experience and hope for the future of innovation.

10 min readScience/Technology, Alumni, Entrepreneurship, Faculty
USC professors in a narrow hallway From left: USC professors Drew Casper, Todd Boyd, John Walsh and Tatiana Akishina. (Photos by Gus Ruelas) Class Acts

Legendary USC Professors Are Anything But Textbook

Great professors have the power to inspire, inform, enrich or incite—sometimes all at once.

14 min readStudent Life, Faculty, Leadership
Think Thanks

Neuroscientists Track the Power of Gratitude

The testimonies of Holocaust survivors help scientists map the brain circuitry of their subjects.

2 min readScience/Technology, Social Impact, Neurosciences, Psychology
Photo by Amanda Schwengel, courtesy of Hampshire College Prized Poet

Poetry Debut Earns National Book Award

USC Dornsife student garners the prestigious literary honor for her first book of poems.

1 min readHumanities, Awards, Student Life
Photo by Steve Anderson Portrait of a Litigator

‘Woman in Gold’ Lawyer Talks Stolen Art

A USC Gould lecturer takes a stand at the intersection of history, law and art.

2 min readAlumni Life, Policy/Law, Art History, Faculty, Law, Museums
Photo by Lynn Lipinski Against the Odds

The Unexpected Journey of Stephen Guy

Without schooling after the third grade, a 28-year-old sophomore comes into his own at USC.

4 min readStudent Life, Access, First-Generation Students, Students
Photo by Craig Rowitz Home Again

Return to Troy: Celebrate Reunion Weekend 2015

Reuniting feels so good for alumni coming back to University Park.

3 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Alumni Association
George Lucas '66 photo by Steve Cohen Diverse Voices

Diversity in Film Gets a Big Boost

A $10 million gift will establish The George Lucas Foundation Endowed Student Support Fund for Diversity.

2 min readArts, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Scholarships
Photo courtesy of the Casa Grande Valley Newspapers Inc. Music That Moves

USC Student Brings Music to Prisons

Evan Pensis aims to offer arts to the imprisoned.

2 min readArts, Social Impact, Student Life, Music, Students
Photo by Gus Ruelas Breath of Fresh Air

An Air Pollution Expert’s Take on Exercise, Smog and Health

Keck Medicine of USC's Ed Avol wants to help Angelenos breathe easy.

3 min readHealth, Environment, Los Angeles
A Good Year. A production still from Scott’s 2006 romantic comedy-drama shows him working closely with leading man Russell Crowe. Photographed by Gus Ruelas, with permission from The USC Cinematic Arts Library Stuff of Legend

Ridley Scott Memorabilia Finds a Home at USC

A filmmaking icon brings his collection to the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

1 min readArts, Entertainment
Andrea and Michael Gehring. Photo by Stephen Blaha. Blueprint for Success

A Family of Trojan Architects

Every day feels a bit like a Trojan reunion for the Gehring family of four architects.

2 min readAlumni Life, Architecture
Photo by Armando Brown Power of Giving

Here Comes the USC Day of SCupport

The event taps into a network of 377,000 alumni — and the entire Trojan Family

3 min readAlumni Life, Social Impact, Alumni Association, Campaign for USC
New USC Trustees (from left) Tracy Sykes, David Bohnett, Jeanie Buss, Kathy Leventhal and Kris Popovich New USC Trustees (from left) Tracy Sykes, David Bohnett, Jeanie Buss, Kathy Leventhal and Kris Popovich (Photo by Gus Ruelas) Welcome to the Board

USC Board of Trustees Welcomes Five Influential Leaders

Dedicated supporters join the USC Board of Trustees.

3 min readBusiness, Trustees
Illustration by Chris Gash Art of Medicine

Keck Medicine Doctors Keep Singers, Musicians and Actors in Peak Shape

Specialists keep performing artists in the spotlight.

8 min readArts, Health, Dramatic Arts, Music, Performing Arts
Photo courtesy of Tracy Oliver Role Model

Tracy Oliver Rewrites the Script for Her Career

Tired of waiting for good parts, the Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl co-creator shaped them herself.

3 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Entertainment, Television
Photo by Matt Gainer Street Smart

Children Identify the Perils of Walking to School

An award-winning paper authored at USC Price reveals that students favor busy streets over low-key locations.

2 min readPolicy/Law, Social Impact, Urban Planning
Photo by Dustin Snipes Now and Again

The L.A. Memorial Coliseum: Home to USC Football Since 1923

Only the Trojans can call the Coliseum their longtime home.

1 min readAthletics, Football, USC History
Photo courtesy of Mark Rightmire, The Orange County Register Bottle Service

A Dentist Pursues His Passion for Winemaking

A Trojan tackles owning and operating a winery — all without quitting his day job.

3 min readAlumni Life, Business, Entrepreneurship
Photo courtesy of the USC Freehand Project Life in 3-D

USC Students Create Prosthetics with 3-D Printers

USC students create hand prosthetics for children in war-torn areas.

2 min readScience/Technology, Social Impact, Design, Students, Volunteerism
Password Poetry Art Password Protection

To Create Stronger Passwords, Use Poetry

Leave it to USC researchers to find a better way to log on safely—using poetry.

2 min readScience/Technology, Cybersecurity
Kabira Stokes Photo by Buck Lewis Resourceful Resilience

Recycling E-Waste to Rebuild Lives

A public policy expert gives people—and digital debris—a second chance at life.

3 min readAlumni Life, Policy/Law, Social Impact, Alumni, Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship
Illustration by Lincoln Agnew Start Me Up

The Rise of LA’s Startup Ecosystem

Los Angeles may not be the first name that jumps to mind when it comes to tech startups. But Silicon Beach is flourishing, and USC plays a starring role.

8 min readBusiness, Science/Technology, Entrepreneurship, Los Angeles, Startups
Start Me Up

5 Trojan Startups Acquired by Major Tech Companies

These unique ventures from USC alumni caught the attention of major tech companies.

2 min readBusiness, Science/Technology, Emerging Technology, Entrepreneurship
Illustration courtesy of USC institute of Creative Technologies Future Forward

3 Advances in Computer Simulation from Army Research at USC

Next-generation computer simulations have grown out of Army research at ICT.

2 min readScience/Technology, Emerging Technology, Virtual Reality
Illustration by Lincoln Agnew Start Me Up

Blendspace Founder Talks About Her Road to Success

A startup founder finds her footing in Silicon Valley

3 min readAlumni Life, Science/Technology, Emerging Technology, Entrepreneurship

The Life of a Student Entrepreneur

Startup-minded students explore, learn, network and, if they’re lucky, launch the Next Big Thing.

10 min readScience/Technology, Student Life, Entrepreneurship
Andrea Belz, director of Innovation Node–Los Angeles. Illustration by Lincoln Agnew. Start Me Up

Guiding the Next Big Idea From Lab to Marketplace

A national investment aims to propel technologies from top U.S. universities into your own hands and homes.

2 min readScience/Technology, Entrepreneurship, Los Angeles
Illustration by Lincoln Agnew Start Me Up

The Future of Virtual Reality Takes Shape in LA

LA’s artistic and technical talents support the growing VR industry.

4 min readScience/Technology, Emerging Technology, Entrepreneurship, Virtual Reality
Service Call

Trojans Pursue Public Service in D.C.

Dedicated alumni make a difference in policy and government.

4 min readAlumni Life, Policy/Law, Government
Illustration by Lincoln Agnew Start Me Up

5 Resources for Trojans Launching the Next Big Thing

USC entrepreneurs have lots of places to turn for help with everything from funding to mentorship.

1 min readBusiness, Entrepreneurship, Startups
Ashish Soni Ashish Soni is founding director of the USC Viterbi Startup Garage and the Viterbi Student Institute for Innovation. Photo by Gus Ruelas Start me up

Q&A: Teaching Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age

Ashish Soni preaches the benefits of hunger, heightened awareness and, yes, failure.

3 min readBusiness, Science/Technology, Digital Media, Entrepreneurship, Faculty, Startups