Winter 2015

Sarcos humanoid robot The Sarcos humanoid robot has helped USC researchers test an artificial spinal cord model | PHOTO BY LUKE FISHER The Robot Revolution

Developing Machines to Promote Human Health

Visionary engineers launch a promising new era for robot-assisted health care.

9 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Engineering, Robotics
From left: Bruce Block, Sergei Eisenstein Endowed Chair in Cinematic Design; George Lucas ’66, USC alumnus and supporter; Michael Fink Georges Méliès Endowed Chair in Visual Effects; Elizabeth Daley, Dean and Steven J. Ross/Time Warner Dean’s Chair; and Alex McDowell, William Cameron Menzies Endowed Chair in Production Design. Photo by Steve Cohn Seats of Distinction

Why Endowed Chairs Matter

As timeless as the university itself, endowed chairs are the gold standard for recruiting distinguished faculty and supporting academic endeavor

4 min readUniversity, Faculty
Illustration by Chris Gash Master of Mind Games

The Science Behind Our Habits

A USC psychology researcher delves into the surprising ways your subconscious mind affects your actions.

7 min readHumanities, Science/Technology, Faculty, Psychology, Research
Michael Fink introduced a green-screen course at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 2012. “Directing in a Virtual World” was instantly popular and always has a hefty wait list. Photo by Noé Montes Lights, Camera, Animation

USC Pioneers Live Action Visual Effects

Animators seamlessly meld their work with live action, transporting movie audiences to new worlds.

10 min readArts, Animation, Cinematic Arts
Photo by Steve Cohn Selective Set

Meet USC’s Fall 2016 Incoming Freshmen

The Class of 2019 is USC’s most select group of freshmen.

1 min readStudent Life, College Admissions, Freshmen, Students
Leaf through USC history digitally with the Trojan Family Archive. From the Vault

Revisit Your USC Days Through the Digital Library

Take a nostalgic stroll back to your student days with the USC Digital Library archive.

2 min readAlumni Life, Digital Media, Publications
Photo by Meiko Takechi Arquillos A Weighty Issue

Tackling Obesity, One Patient at a Time

Obesity remains a major health challenge without a one-size-fits-all solution.

10 min readHealth, Obesity, Public Health
Illustration by Brian Stauffer Picture of Health

USC’s One-Stop Shop for Fighting MS

Neurologist Daniel Pelletier accelerates Keck Medicine of USC’s imaging and treatment efforts to find answers to multiple sclerosis

6 min readHealth
USC Women's Golf Coach Andrea Gaston has led the team to several championships. Trojan Leader

Golf Coach Andrea Gaston: Lessons Learned on the Green

From the amateur circuit to the WGCA Hall of Fame for coaching, a golfer recalls her journey.

3 min readAthletics, Golf
Illustration by Justin Renteria Honor Roll

Trojan Fulbright Scholars Gain a Global Outlook

More Trojans than ever are taking their studies overseas through a prestigious grant program.

10 min readStudent Life, Awards, Leadership, Scholarships
The BAA’s annual pinning and affirmation ceremony welcomes new Trojans with symbolic pins naming the attributes of a USC scholar. Photo by Michael Owen Baker Trojan Mentors

The USC Black Alumni Association’s Circle of Support

Two alums share the paths that brought them back to USC and the Black Alumni Association.

4 min readAlumni Life, Diversity Equity and Inclusion
Sound Decisions

A New Major in Music Production

Chart-topping sound engineers and DJs help design USC Thornton’s newest major.

2 min readArts, Music, Students

Tech-Savvy Trojan Creates Apps for Seniors

A gerontologist brings tech to an overlooked demographic: seniors.

3 min readBusiness, Science/Technology, Aging, Alumni, Entrepreneurship, Health Care
Photo by Alexander Vertikoff from The Gamble House book Historical House

A New Chapter for The Gamble House

A new book about the historical landmark is the first published in more than 20 years.

2 min readArts, Architecture, Los Angeles
Grafitti wall in Munich. Photo courtesy of John Beckner Trojans Worldwide

Transatlantic Trojans

Alumni outposts in Europe bring the Trojan Family together.

5 min readAlumni Life, Alumni
The Next MacGyver

Holding Out for a Hero(ine)

Which one the five finalists in ‘The Next MacGyver’ competition do you want to see on TV?

2 min readScience/Technology, Social Impact, Engineering, Entertainment
Photo by Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times/Redux Design for Life

A Sculptor’s Five-Decade Journey to World Acclaim

Like his life, an artist’s meaningful, dynamic work defies convention.

3 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Alumni, Football, Sculpture
Illustration by David Plunkert Well-Read Trojan

Goodreads Co-Founder Builds a Literary Community

A journalist with a love for language helped build one of the largest online communities for readers.

3 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Alumni, Entrepreneurship
Photo of pizza Photo by Meiko Takechi Arquillos A Weighty Issue

There’s More to Body Fat Than You Might Think

Body fat isn't just an inert blob; it's alive and like a major organ, communicates with the brain.

3 min readHealth, Obesity
dancer dissolves into particles Remember their names

Poised for Success

Meet some of the dancers in USC Kaufman’s historic first class of freshmen.

3 min readArts, Dance
From left: The Lyons, Lederers and Erdmans Return to Troy

Trojans, Twice Over

Alumni feel the USC love all over again when they become Trojan parents.

4 min readAlumni Life
The Widney Alumni House. Committed to Memory

Campus Construction: 135 Years and Counting

New buildings are coming to the USC's campuses — what's new?

3 min readAlumni Life, University, Construction, Infrastructure
Barbara and Malcolm Currie recently donated $10 million toward the endowment of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and construction of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience. Photo courtesy of USC Libraries Powering Change

Building Bioscience at USC

Through generous gifts and visionary leadership, engineering and health initiatives take shape across the university.

2 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Engineering, Leadership, Philanthropy
Catalina Island Ocean Views

USC Wrigley Center Celebrates 50 Years

Four facts you might not know about the environmental research facility

1 min readScience/Technology, Environment, Research