Summer 2016


Meet the Pacific Rim’s Disaster Patrol

Earthquakes. Tsunamis. Cybercrime. USC researchers seek out threats to public safety in the Pacific Rim.

9 min readScience/Technology, Social Impact, Cybersecurity, Research
Women Engineers Budding engineers like Ruyan Chen ’16, left, benefit from the support of engineering professors like Maja Matarić, center, and Leana Golubchik. | PHOTO BY CODY PICKENS Diversity Matters

Women Engineers Thrive at USC Viterbi

Top-ranked USC Viterbi is one of the most female-friendly engineering schools in the country—and it’s no accident.

12 min readScience/Technology, University, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Engineering, Faculty
John Knuth at his Los Angeles studio John Knuth at his Los Angeles studio | PHOTO BY DUSTIN SNIPES The Buzz

John Knuth and the Art of Chaos

John Knuth MFA ’05 disrupts the natural order with flies, snakes and other collaborators from the animal kingdom.

5 min readArts, Fine Arts
Philosophy Greats Food for Thought

Philosophy Hones Critical Thinking and Career Prospects

Now, more than ever, reasoning skills matter.

9 min readHumanities, Career Services, Faculty, Philosophy
Heart illustration Illustrations by Chris Gash Guiding Light

Interventional Cardiologists and Radiologists Heal From Inside Out

Minimally invasive techniques to treat diseases helps patients recover more quickly and safely.

6 min readHealth, Biotech, Cardiovascular, Radiology
Steven B. Sample Steven B. Sample | PHOTO COURTESY OF USC UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES Trojan Leader

Steven B. Sample’s Leadership Legacy

USC looks back at the contributions and influence of the university’s 10th president.

5 min readUniversity, Obituaries
Jody Armour Jody Armour | PHOTO BY CODY PICKENS Life Lessons

Four Professors Find Purpose After Difficult Pasts

Meet four USC educators and researchers whose pasts motivate them to make a difference for others.

16 min readSocial Impact, University, Faculty, Wicked Problems
John Lien Margetis John Lien Margetis / Photo by Pamela Johnson Against The Odds

This Healer Lives Life On His Own Terms

A Trojan inspires his patients with stroke and brain injuries through occupational therapy.

3 min readHealth, Alumni, Faculty, Occupational Therapy
Samantha Bricio PHOTOS BY JOHN MCGILLEN Women of Troy

The Ace: Samantha Bricio

The USC alumna leaves University Park for professional volleyball in Italy.

3 min readAlumni Life, Athletics, Alumni, Volleyball
Yoga Glow photo PHOTO BY MICHAEL BAKER To Your Health

USC Students Fight the ‘Freshman 15’ with Wellness

Be Well USC helps students balance healthy habits with their schoolwork and social life.

1 min readHealth, Student Life, Mental Health
James Dolan was part of the team that identified what may be LA’s gravest seismic threat: the Puente Hills blind thrust fault. | PHOTO BY GUS RUELAS Faults in Our Midst

‘Geologic Detective’ Unearths L.A.’s Seismic Secrets

The Southland is being torn apart in ways we are only beginning to understand. Just ask James Dolan.

11 min readScience/Technology, Earth Sciences, Los Angeles, Research
Portrait of couple Alumni Ada Del Rosso and Corbin Johnson made the L.A. Coliseum part of their engagement. (Photo courtesy of Ada Del Rosso and Corbin Johnson) Trojan Tales

Trojans’ Favorite L.A. Coliseum Memories

Alumni write in with their most memorable moments on the field and off.

8 min readAlumni Life, Athletics, Alumni, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, USC History
Portrait of Alfonso Gonzales Against the Odds

USC’s Oldest Student Proves Perseverance Pays Off

A 96-year-old WWII vet returns to finish a USC degree he started six decades ago.

3 min readAlumni Life, Access, Alumni
Bovard photo PHOTO BY DUSTIN SNIPES Now and Again

A USC Campus Cornerstone

The Bovard Administration Building has stood at the heart of the University Park Campus for 95 years.

2 min readUniversity, Buildings, Construction, USC History
Geoffrey Cowan Geoffrey Cowan / PHOTO BY BENJAMIN DUNN President Expert

Q&A: Why Presidential Primaries?

A preeminent media scholar traces how primary elections shaped modern American politics.

3 min readPolicy/Law, Elections, History, Politics
Harlan A. Helvey Harlan A. Helvey Campaign for USC

Harlan Helvey Gives Back for Tomorrow’s Accounting Students

His $15 million gift brings upgraded spaces to USC Leventhal.

2 min readAlumni Life, University, Accounting, Campaign for USC
Book stack Campaign for USC

USC Scholarships With a View

Alumni, parents and friends find their own unique ways to help students attend USC.

2 min readUniversity, Campaign for USC, Scholarships
Fake teeth Mind Your Mouth

How Dentists of the Future May Fix Your Teeth

From gum collapse to early tooth decay, these dental researchers see a bright future for your teeth.

3 min readHealth, Biotech, Dentistry, Research
Steven Spielberg PHOTO BY STEVE COHN PHOTO BY STEVE COHN Preserving the Past

The Storied Life of Steven Spielberg

The USC trustee receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

1 min readArts, Awards, Trustees, USC Shoah Foundation
Brock Harris and Jonathan von Mering Brock Harris ’97, right, the group’s founder, owns the nine-bedroom house that serves as the hub of activity for current VoCals like Jonathan von Mering, left. | PHOTO BY GUS RUELAS Sing Their Praises

California’s Captains of A Cappella

Tradition-bearers, sponsors, mentors and die-hard fans, SoCal VoCals alumni follow the group from concert to concert.

5 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Alumni, Music
Paul Revere Williams PHOTO COURTESY OF KAREN HUDSON Creative Minds

Remembering Paul R. Williams, Pioneering Architect

Paul Revere Williams ’19 was California’s first licensed African-American architect.

2 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Alumni, Architecture, Los Angeles
Monica Ramirez-Basco, ILLUSTRATION BY ALEXANDRA COMPAIN-TISSIER Behavior and the Brain

A USC Alumna Has Psychology on Her Mind

A USC Dornsife alumna takes down our hurdles to better mental health.

3 min readAlumni Life, Health, Alumni, Psychology
Carbon Illustration Climate Talk

Turning Carbon Dioxide into Fuel

We’ll run out of oil and gas, but the sun will be there for another 5 billion years.

2 min readScience/Technology, Climate Change, Research
Healthcare in America The Best Medicine

Reality Check for Health Care

The Schaeffer Center teams up with the Brookings Institution to advance better U.S. health care policies.

2 min readHealth, Health Care, Price School of Public Policy, Wicked Problems
William Schoen USC Trustee William Schoen ’60, MBA ’63 was honored with the Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award at the 83rd Annual USC Alumni Awards, which also feted six other outstanding USC graduates. | PHOTOS BY STEVE COHN Those Who Serve

This Marine Stands Up for Veterans on Campus

Veteran and USC Trustee Bill Schoen makes USC possible for men and women after the military through scholarships.

4 min readAlumni Life, Alumni Association, Awards, Scholarships, Veterans

Randy Flores Thinks Outside the Uniform

A one-time Trojan baseball walk-on recruits talent for Major League Baseball.

3 min readAlumni Life, Athletics, Baseball, Technology
Photo by Gus Ruelas PHOTO BY GUS RUELAS Our Town

Trojans and the City

Trojans are behind some of the high-profile developments in downtown Los Angeles.

5 min readAlumni Life, Business, Los Angeles, Real Estate
Alumni Association Members of the USC Real Estate Network, accompanied by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, planted trees at Loren Miller Elementary School in South Los Angeles. | PHOTO COURTESY OF USC ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Volunteers at Work

Community Spirit at the 2016 USC Day of SCervice

Trojans volunteer and reach out worldwide.

1 min readAlumni Life, Social Impact, Alumni Association, Community Outreach, Volunteerism