Winter 2018

Clifford Johnson Clifford Johnson (Photo/Cody Pickens) Popular Science

The Physicist Who Helps Make Science Cool in TV and Movies

USC Dornsife scientist Clifford Johnson hopes to make science part of our everyday literacy.

3 min readScience/Technology, Cinema, Faculty, Television
Society 53 Members Society 53's newest members gather to celebrate with outgoing members who graduated in May. Good Society

Linking USC Students to USC Alumni: ‘Society 53’ Turns 10

USC Alumni Association’s Student ambassadors have the opportunity to build close relationships with Trojan alumni leaders.

3 min readAlumni Life, Student Life, Alumni, Alumni Association, Students
Saba Syed Razvi book Poetry by USC alumna Saba Syed Razvi explores the darkness of language and the art of the uncanny. Art of Darkness

For Horror Poet Saba Syed Razvi, Scary and Monstrous Tales Have an Irresistible Pull

A USC alumna reflects on her lifelong fascination with creepy mysteries and the darkness of language.

7 min readAlumni Life, Humanities, Alumni, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, English, Literature
Changes at USC in 2018: Wanda Austin Interim President Wanda Austin received her doctorate from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering in 1988, and has served as a USC trustee since 2010. (Photo/Steve Cohn) President's Page

The Trojan Family’s Points of Pride

“We build lives. We do our best to do good for others, and we give back to our communities.”

2 min readPresident's Page, University, Alumni
USC student life news clippings (Photo Of Caryl Smith Gilbert / John Mcgillen / USC Athletics) Blast from the Past

From Wartime to Fake News, 100 Years in USC Student Life

News from USC a century ago shines a spotlight on the USC student experience.

1 min readStudent Life, University, USC History
Portrait of Brandon Wexler (Photo/Ron Mackovich) Proud Service

How USC Student Veterans Are Transitioning to College Life

USC expands initiatives that help veterans find success in academics, social networking and career development.

2 min readStudent Life, Housing, Students, Veterans
usc music student experience includes performance (Photo / Bad Wolf Media) Trojans Rock

Trojans Rock Out with Some of the Biggest Names in Music

USC students drum up experience in the pop and rock music world before they even graduate.

2 min readArts, Student Life, Music, Students
usc broadcast journalism alumni microphone with logo News Breakers

Veteran USC Alumni News Broadcasters Find Stories that Matter

You’ll find them in small towns and on the big networks. Reporters and anchors from USC keep TV news alive.

5 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Journalism, Media, Television
Neftalie Williams skateboarding Neftalie Williams with his skateboard (Photo/Kaveh Rezaei/VOA) Skating Between the Lines

Diplomacy through Skateboarding?

USC Annenberg alumnus and lecturer Neftalie Williams uses street culture to break social barriers.

3 min readAlumni Life, Social Impact, Alumni, Faculty, Public Diplomacy
Noopur Sinha illustration (Illustration / Sam Kalda) Fresh Voice

She Balances Hollywood and Bollywood

Rising producer Noopur Sinha MFA ’15 crosses from India to the U.S. to seek stories worth telling — and remembering.

3 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Digital Arts, Media Arts, Television
Emily Ryo immigration expert (Photo / Kirk Mckoy/Los Angeles Times Via Getty Images) Migration Patterns

USC Immigration Expert on the Complex Ties Between Citizens and Noncitizens

An immigration law expert looks at the complex ties that connect citizens and noncitizens in America.

6 min readPolicy/Law, Social Impact, Law, Social Policy
Marientine Gotsis and Christine Lelon demo Skyfarer Research assistant professor / principal investigator, Marientina Gotsis left and graduate student Christine Lelon have developed a project called Skyfarer an interactive device that helps people in wheelchairs with their physical training.(Photo/Gus Ruelas) Game Therapy

3 Ways Tech Helps Heal the Mind and Body

Mixed-reality experiences use immersive technology to help humans deal conditions ranging from injuries to PTSD.

2 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Mental Health, Video Games, Virtual Reality
Bovard Auditorium history archive (Photo by Dustin Snipes; historic photo by Dave Siddon/Valley Times/Los Angeles Public Library) Take a Bow

Bovard Auditorium is One of the Busiest—and Oldest—Venues in L.A.

The beloved auditorium has been a centerpiece for the Trojan Family for nearly 100 years.

2 min readUniversity, Buildings, Theater, USC History
macular degeneration iris Blue Iris by Qa International / Science Photo Library See the Light

Stem Cell Therapy Gives Her a Second Chance at Sight

A clinical trial tests engineered stem cells in the fight against macular degeneration, one of the leading causes of blindness.

9 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Ophthalmology, Research, Stem Cells
On the Safe Side

Steps for School Violence Prevention, from USC Experts

As elementary and secondary schools grapple with bullying and violence, USC experts help chart a path forward to make classrooms safer.

10 min readSocial Impact, Campus Safety, Education, Security
Illustration of a park in a police badge shape (Illustration/ Harry Campbell) On the Safe Side

USC Student Safety Initiatives Help Strengthen Campus Community

The USC Department of Public Safety offers several initiatives so that Trojans can help themselves, and each other, stay safe.

2 min readUniversity, Campus Safety, Students
dopamine, target of Parkinson's disease treatment In Parkinson’s disease, too little dopamine is produced in part of the brain. This photo shows a magnified view of dopamine crystals under polarized light. (Photo/ Karl Gaff / Science Photo Library) Unraveling Parkinson's

The Doctors Hot on the Trail of Parkinson’s Disease

Researchers are closing in on one of the most common — and complex — neurodegenerative diseases.

8 min readHealth, Health Care, Neurology, Neurosciences, Research
real estate in Los Angeles aerial (Photo/ Michiko Tierney) The Builders

Innovative Real Estate Development Projects Tackle L.A.’s Challenges

When it comes to creating a more affordable, livable Southern California, Trojans are rising to the challenge.

16 min readPolicy/Law, Social Impact, Alumni, Los Angeles, Real Estate
Parkinson's disease brain scan Brain scan of a patient with Parkinson‘s disease on a CT (Image / Zephyr / Science Photo Library) Unraveling Parkinson's

For Parkinson’s Patient, a ‘Mobility Miracle’

After undergoing deep brain stimulation, Robert Warner can once again drive, type and work out.

3 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Health Care, Neurology
USC stained glass flower Campus Quiz

The Stained Glass That’s So USC

The shimmering glass panels adorn areas of contemplation, wisdom and worship.

1 min readUniversity, Buildings, USC History