Winter 2017

Mark Stevens (Photo/Cody Pickens) The Self-Made Man

Mark Stevens’ Trojan Success Story

The venture capitalist and USC trustee has invested to create a better world, and he and his wife, Mary, have donated more than $100 million to grow USC.

15 min readAlumni Life, University, Alumni, Campaign for USC, Donors, Electrical Engineering, Startups, Trustees
Mark and Mary Stevens Mark and Mary Stevens celebrate the opening of the USC Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute. | PHOTO BY GUS RUELAS The Self-Made Man

Mark and Mary Stevens Champion Philanthropy at USC and Beyond

The Trojan parents’ generosity has endowed several programs and centers important to USC’s future.

2 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Campaign for USC, Donors, Philanthropy
Artificial intelligence future (Illustration/Chris Gash) Brain Builders

The Future of Artificial Intelligence is Here — in Your Pocket and at USC

USC researchers hone artificial intelligence to thwart international criminals, instantly translate thousands of languages and more.

10 min readScience/Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Emerging Technology, Information Sciences Institute, Innovation, Research
artificial intelligence future (Illustration/Chris Gash) Brain Builders

5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Change the World by 2050

USC researchers weigh in on artificial intelligence’s future in entertainment, medicine and more.

3 min readScience/Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Electrical Engineering, Emerging Technology
Art of the Matter Artists from USC and the community perform as part of Classical KUSC and Classical KDFC Kids Discovery Days. The events introduce children to the arts, including live music. (Photo/Peter Howard) Igniting Imagination

The Trojans Bringing Arts Education Back to Kids and Schools

If you think arts education has vanished from schools and neighborhoods, these Trojans have some news for you.

11 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Arts for Social Change, Community, Community Outreach, Dance, Education, Fine Arts, Music
Cancer gets personal © 2017 Photo Researchers Inc. Cancer Quest

The Idea That Changed Cancer Treatment Forever

Four Keck Medicine of USC oncologists share how they’re fighting cancer through personalized medicine.

9 min readHealth, Cancer, Faculty, Health Care, Lifespan Health, Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Research, Wicked Problems
colon cancer immunotherapy patient After a diagnosis of colon cancer, Ryan D'Cunha and his family tried an innovative treatment plan at Keck Medicine. (Photo Courtesy of Ryan D'Cunha) Cancer Quest

Turning the Immune System Against Colon Cancer

Patient Ryan D’Cunha was devastated when he learned a genetic mutation resulted in colon cancer. But he found hope at USC.

3 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Cancer, Genomics, Health Care, Lifespan Health, Wicked Problems

Viet Thanh Nguyen Wins Acclaim for Explorations of Identity and Displacement

The USC professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author is named a 2017 MacArthur Fellow.

3 min readHumanities, Awards, Faculty
USC students in 2017 entering class Students flash the victory sign at the Residential College Spirit Rally. (Photo/Michael Owen Baker) First in Class

2017’s Freshmen Hit New Benchmark: Most Competitive Class in USC History

Incoming first-year students set new university records for achievement.

1 min readUniversity, College Admissions, Freshmen, Students
Willametta Keck Day Healthcare Center PHOTO BY RICARDO CARRASCO Healthy Support

W.M. Keck Foundation Builds on USC Legacy by Naming Health Care Center

The foundation boosts its longstanding support for medicine with the Willametta Keck Day Healthcare Center.

2 min readHealth, University, Campaign for USC, Donors, Health Care
Lithium-sulfur battery USC researchers created a way for lithium-sulfur batteries to hold charge for longer. | ILLUSTRATION BY DIANA MOLLEDA Power Up

The Secret to Better Rechargeable Batteries Is in Their Sandwich

The next wave of smartphone and car batteries could pack big power in a small size.

1 min readScience/Technology, Energy, Faculty, Innovation, Research, Technology
iPhone Addiction Addiction to apps and social media could be rising. Digital Domain

Are Smartphones as Addictive as Drugs?

Since their introduction 10 years ago, smartphones have become a necessity many can’t live without.

2 min readScience/Technology, Addiction, Psychology, Research, Technology
Paul Aisen Alzheimer's researcher Paul Aisen (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas) Changing Minds

Paul Aisen Aims to Find and Treat Alzheimer’s Early

The USC Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Institute Director leads the fight to end a disease that affects millions.

3 min readHealth, Aging, Alzheimer's Disease, Health Care, Lifespan Health, Neurosciences, Pharmaceuticals, Research, Wicked Problems
usc students homelessness volunteers Share a Meal volunteers deliver food throughout L.A. twice a week. | PHOTO BY GUS RUELAS Street Smarts

Combating Homelessness With Creativity and Compassion

Calling it a “moral imperative,” Trojans tackle homelessness across disciplines.

3 min readSocial Impact, Community Outreach, Homelessness, Social Work
scoring music for screen (Photo/Chandler Golan) Attuned to the Arts

5 New Master’s Programs Keep Students in Sync with the Music Industry

From the business of live music to screen scoring, USC Thornton finds niches for music students.

2 min readArts, Music, Performing Arts, Thornton School of Music

Golf’s Unexpected Health Benefits for Seniors

Senior military veterans may benefit physically and psychologically from “a good walk spoiled.”

2 min readHealth, Aging, Golf, Lifespan Health, Physical Therapy, Veterans, Wicked Problems
Oluwole Betiku Oluwole Betiku arrived in the United States after impressing coaches who were looking for players in Nigeria. (USC Photo/John McGillen) Trojan Dreams

USC Linebacker Oluwole Betiku Finds a New Life Far From Home through Football

Natural talent, strong support and a little luck put dreams within reach for a football novice from Nigeria.

4 min readStudent Life, Football, Student Life, Students
Sword of Troy (Photo/Ben Chua) Forging an Icon

New Year, New Sword for USC Drum Major

After 25 years, a freshly forged blade stabs the field for the Trojan Marching Band.

2 min readStudent Life, Football, Trojan Marching Band, USC History
renters' rights housing clinic Nakea Brown previously lived at the Rolland Curtis Gardens apartment complex, which is being redeveloped. She found affordable housing elsewhere with help from the USC Housing Law Clinic. (USC Photo/Ron Mackovich) Good Neighbors

USC Housing Law Clinic Protects L.A. Renters’ Rights

Renters living near the university’s campuses have a lifeline when they need help.

2 min readSocial Impact, Civic Engagement, Community, Housing
USC Football board game This circa 1930s board game from Howard Jones is one of thousands of unique historical pieces housed in the USC Libraries' Special Collections. PHOTO COURTESY OF USC LIBRARIES, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS From the Collections

The USC Football Nostalgia is Strong in This Game

Armchair quarterbacks and Trojan fans could make their own calls with this vintage Howard Jones board game.

2 min readUniversity, Football, Libraries, USC History
Jessica Lall in DTLA (Photo Courtesy of Jessica Lall) Tales of the City

Alumna Maps the Future of Downtown L.A.

As head of the Central City Association, a USC Dornsife graduate has her eye on transforming the Los Angeles landscape.

4 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Los Angeles, Real Estate
Horse Traveler IX Traveler has a long history with USC. (Photo/John McGillen) Ride On

Traveler IX Gallops Into a Beloved Trojan Tradition

As Traveler VII retires, cheering fans welcome a new horse to the Trojan Family.

2 min readAthletics, University, Football, USC History
Karen Wong and Scott Lee Scott Lee and Karen Wong (Photo/Will Chang) The Advocates

Couple’s Advocacy Creates Legacy for Asian American Students

A shared passion for community service and Asian Pacific American issues brought together two Trojans.

3 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Diversity Equity and Inclusion
FOX Producer Jacob Ullman Jacob Ullman '95 (Photo/Gus Ruelas) Making the Call

How One Sports Fan Went Behind the Scenes of the NFL

Handling the complicated logistics behind NFL game broadcasts is all in a day’s work for USC Annenberg alumnus Jacob Ullman.

3 min readAlumni Life, Athletics, Alumni, Communications, Football
Brad Cracchiola Paralympics Wheelchair (Photo/Brad Cracchiola) Speed Zone

The USC Viterbi Engineer Behind the World’s Fastest Wheelchairs

Reimagined wheelchairs revolutionize a Paralympic sport.

2 min readAlumni Life, Athletics, Science/Technology, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Alumni, Design, Technology
Gina Clayton USC alumna (Photo Courtesy of Gina Clayton) The Advocate

She Empowers Women with Loved Ones in Prison

Essie Justice Group helps launch community leaders ready to advocate for and support other women.

3 min readAlumni Life, Social Impact, Alumni, Community, Criminal Justice
Jefferson New Entrance Now and Again (Photo/Dustin Snipes) Now and Again

Trojans on Trousdale: A Welcome Walk to Campus

A Jefferson Blvd entrance extends a pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare to USC Village.

2 min readStudent Life, University, Construction, USC History, USC Village
arts outreach for children (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas) Igniting Imagination

Does Learning Art, Dance and Music Boost Young Brains?

There’s a growing body of research that suggests music and other arts can affect childhood brain development.

3 min readArts, Education, Music, Neurosciences