Summer 2015

Illustration by Chris Gash Illustration by Chris Gash Injection of Science

Understanding Vaccines

Everything you need to know about one of the most powerful tools for public health.

7 min readHealth, Public Health
Digital Detective

Fighting Crime in Las Vegas—with Engineering Skills

Thanks to a USC Viterbi alumnus, it’s game over for slot machine scammers.

3 min readAlumni Life, Science/Technology, Alumni, Electrical Engineering
Like his siblings, Jesus Jr. mentors students going through the Neighborhood Academic Initiative. (Garcia Photo by Gus Ruelas) The Trojan Ticket

Payoff for LA Teens’ Hard Work: Scholarships to USC

The Neighborhood Academic Initiative brings college-prep classes to kids and teens around USC’s campuses.

7 min readSocial Impact, Student Life, Community Outreach, Neighborhood Academic Initiative
Photo courtesy of Viet Luong Stars and Stripes

The Trojan Who Became a Brigadier General

Viet Luong ’87 makes history as the first Vietnamese-born U.S. military general.

3 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Military
Photo by Gus Ruelas Asked and Answered

Meet Michael Quick, USC Provost

In this Q&A, USC’s academic leader has advice for students, a vision for the university—and a foodie side.

4 min readUniversity, Education, Faculty
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The Case for Celebrating Accountants

For USC’s Jacob Soll, it’s time that good accountants get the respect—and historical spotlight—they deserve.

3 min readBusiness, Humanities, Books, Faculty, Finance, History
Scientists are just starting to understand the tiny particles in air pollution and how they damage the body. Clear the Air

Saving Kids’ Health Through Smog Science

USC researchers help Angelenos breathe a little easier—and healthier.

7 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Community Health, Environment, Los Angeles, Public Health, Research
The USC Alumni Club of Washington, D.C., sorted food at the Capital Area Food Bank. (Photos by Bill Denison; Joy Albritten; Nuttapon Kongkitimanon; Armando Brown) Alumni Worldwide

USC Alumni Day of SCervice 2015

A global network of Trojans pitched in to help communities around the world.

1 min readAlumni Life, Social Impact, Alumni Association, Community Outreach, Volunteerism
woman yawning Pillow Talk

The Science of Sleep

Too little snoozing takes a toll on our well-being, but USC doctors and scientists have some tips for getting more ZZZs.

10 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Health Care, Public Health, Pulmonary
Photo courtesy of USC University Archives Triple Play

The Baseball Hall of Fame Welcomes Another Trojan: Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson becomes the third USC baseball player inducted into the MLB’s shrine.

1 min readAthletics, Awards, Baseball
Photos courtesy of USC University Archives legacy

Town and Gown of USC: A League of Extraordinary Women

The oldest women’s philanthropic association at USC celebrates its 110th anniversary.

2 min readUniversity, History, Scholarships, Volunteerism
Game Day

Tailgating, Trojan-Style

Take a look at pre-game changes coming for the 2015 football season.

4 min readAlumni Life, Athletics, Football
Test Drive

Pollution Prescription on Your Morning Freeway Commute

You can get as much as a half of your daily air pollution exposure on your drive. Scott Fruin criss-crosses the Southland to learn more.

3 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Environment, Public Health, Research, Transportation
If your child screams, "I hate you," this USC School of Social Work expert has an approach that may help. Straight Talk

How to Raise a Teen—the Right Way

If your child screams, “I hate you,” this USC School of Social Work expert has an approach that may help.

4 min readHealth, Social Impact, Psychology, Social Work
Then and now Tommy Trojan Composite/Courtesy of USC Libraries, left, and Gus Ruelas Now and Again

Tommy Trojan, Then and Now

Students from the 1940s and 2010s meet at the same spot: USC’s iconic Trojan Shrine.

1 min readStudent Life, University, History, Students
Photo by Gina Sabatella Photography Visual Mastermind

In Memoriam: Jon Jerde ’66

The USC alumnus left a mark on the Olympics and Los Angeles that lasted beyond his lifetime.

2 min readArts, Architecture, Obituaries, Olympics
Since 2010, donors to the USC School of Cinematic Arts (above) have endowed 10 new faculty chairs. Quest for the Best

Fundraising Campaign Already Transforming the Face of USC

In USC classrooms, offices and labs, funds from the Campaign for USC are paying off in great teaching and influential scholarship.

7 min readUniversity, Philanthropy, Scholarships