Spring 2020

USC law school historic building The Tajo Building (Courtesy of USC University Archives) L.A. Law

When the USC Gould School of Law Called Downtown L.A. Home

USC students of a century ago pursued law right in the middle of the legal scene: downtown Los Angeles’ hotbed of courthouses.

2 min readPolicy/Law, University, Gould School of Law, Los Angeles, USC History
USC alumni dentists Daryn Nishikawa, Wayne Nakamura and Kent Ochiai, from left are the dental team for Los Angeles Football Club.(Photo/Imad Bolotok, LAFC) Dental Defenders

Trojan Dentists Keep Los Angeles Football Club Players Smiling

When one of LAFC’s soccer players chips a tooth or hurts his jaw, a dental team of USC grads stands ready to help.

2 min readAlumni Life, Health, Alumni, Dentistry, Soccer
Aerial illustration of beach with palm trees in foreground (Illustration/CSA Images) California or Bust

California’s Population is Barely Budging, But Why?

Why is the Golden State’s population growth flattening?

3 min readPolicy/Law, Los Angeles, Population, Public Policy, Social Policy
Viterbi art museum Interior of the Viterbi Museum (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas) Art Everywhere

Art and Cultural Treasures Abound at USC — and They’re Beckoning

With four museums and 11 galleries, USC offers an unexpectedly diverse look at the history—and future—of art in L.A.

2 min readArts, University, Los Angeles, Museums, Visual Arts
Mike Bohn USC athletic director Athletic Director Mike Bohn quickly embraced the Trojan spirit. (Photo/John McGillen) Game Changer

USC Athletic Director Mike Bohn is Ready to Fight On to Victory

USC Athletic Director Mike Bohn is on a mission: Do what it takes to help student-athletes perform well on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

4 min readAthletics, University, Football
Matt Petersen Matt Petersen (Photo/Ken Lee) A Man with a Plan

USC Alum Matt Petersen Believes in a Greener L.A.

The enthusiastic optimist sees opportunities for sustainability around every corner.

3 min readAlumni Life, Policy/Law, Social Impact, Alumni, Los Angeles, Public Policy, Social Entrepreneurship, Sustainability
USC students after World War II (Photo/Dustin Snipes) Now and Again

When Cars Cruised Down Trousdale

With servicemen streaming to campus after World War II, an explosion in enrollment would change the university.

2 min readUniversity, Los Angeles, USC History
usc culture change slogan Making Change

Faculty, Staff and Students Chart USC’s Future Through ‘Culture Journey’

Thousands are voicing their values and vision for how the university should reshape itself, through a process underway across USC’s campuses and centers.

3 min readUniversity, Change
Viterbi researchers pose in front of line graph showing their research From top right, clockwise: Tim Greer, Shrikanth Narayanan, Ben Ma. (Photo/Haotian Mai) Are You Listening?

Music Moves Us in Unexpected Ways. But Why?

USC artificial intelligence experts took a closer look at how our brains, bodies and emotions react to music.

2 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Music
Josh Neman USC neuroscientist Josh Neman is an assistant professor of neurosurgery and member of the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas) Scientist of the People

To Stop Cancer, a Neuroscientist Studies Its Uncanny Survival Skills

To understand how cancer spreads to the brain, Josh Neman looks for answers in his lab—with inspiration from patients.

3 min readHealth, Cancer, Faculty, Neurosciences, Research
Career journey illustration (Illustration/Joe Anderson) Finding His Way

A Trojan Brings Engineering Know-How to Marketing

Young alum Grant Whitney applies his engineering smarts to marketing. The guiding star on his career journey: working with people.

3 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Alumni Life
USC mentors and mentees (Illustration/Eric Hanson) In This Together

Meet Two Trojan Mentors Who are Paying It Forward

Alumni find rewards in helping the next generation of USC students succeed and thrive.

5 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Alumni Life
diversity in clinical trials symbolized by colorful pills (Illustration/Elisabetta Bianchi) The True Picture of Health

Why Diversity in Clinical Trials Matters

Having a wider array of people participating in medical research is crucial to advancing care for all patients.

8 min readHealth, Cancer, Cardiovascular, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Medicine, Pharmaceuticals, Research
Bistra Dilkina uses math for social good Bistra Dilkina (Illustration/Israel G. Vargas)  Math on a Mission

From Cambodian Tigers to Cancer Patients, These Numbers Save Lives

These everyday heroes use math and networks to make a difference in the world.

9 min readScience/Technology, Social Impact, Artificial Intelligence, Cancer, Community Outreach, Public Health
Athlete jumping (Photo/Cody Pickens) The Science of Sport

Get Faster, Stronger and Fitter Through the Power of Data

Wearable devices track athletes’ every move, helping them train smarter and recover from injury faster.

11 min readAthletics, Science/Technology, Big Data, Emerging Technology, Innovation, Physical Therapy
massry prize illustration of scientist (Illustration/David Plunkert / the iSpot) Winner’s Circle

Trojans Get Early Access to Nobel Prize Winners’ Great Minds

Nineteen recipients of USC’s Massry Prize have gone on to win science’s biggest honor.

2 min readScience/Technology, Awards, Research
soda can symbolizing sin taxes (Illustration/Heads of State) Price of Prevention

Can We Tax Unhealthy Habits Away?

Boosting the cost of sodas and sugary drinks might not necessarily add up to better health, say USC experts.

7 min readPolicy/Law, Obesity, Public Health, Public Policy, Taxes
Ryan Melendez with horse USC Dornsife student Ryan Melendez (Photo/Courtesy of Ryan Melendez) Ride On

USC Student Helps Children with Cancer Build Healing Bonds with Horses

Ryan Melendez has raised more than $500,000 for pediatric cancer through Warrior Horses for Warrior Kids.

3 min readSocial Impact, Student Life, Cancer, Nonprofits, Student Life
De Leon Palmer (Photo courtesy of Marita De Leon) Trojan Tribute

The Football Player Born on Campus

The late Manuel De Leon, a celebrated painter, Trojan lineman and lifelong USC supporter, grew up in a small home near where Heritage Hall stands today.

5 min readAlumni Life, Athletics, Alumni Life, Football, Obituaries, USC History
Deserted USC campus The pedestrian thoroughfares in Alumni Park and on Trousdale Parkway are tranquil — and eerily silent. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas) The Sound of Silence

A Quiet Campus Awaits

Scenes from the University Park Campus show a USC transformed in the time of COVID-19.

2 min readUniversity, Buildings, COVID-19, Student Life
USC acceptance 2020 New Trojans

Our 10 Favorite USC 2020 Admission Tweets

Potential future alumni celebrate their acceptance letters on social media.

2 min readStudent Life, University, College Admissions