Winter 2019

Winston Crisp USC Winston Crisp (Photo/Gus Ruelas) College 101

How to Get the Most Out of College Life, According to Winston Crisp

“If you’re here, it’s because you have what it takes to be here, and you have to believe that,” says USC’s student affairs chief.

5 min readStudent Life, Student Life, Students
algal blooms (Photo/iStock) Life Aquatic

What Are Algal Blooms and Are They Harmful?

In oceans and lakes across the country, tiny organisms create big problems.

3 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Climate, Climate Change, Marine Biology, Sustainability
Robin Coste Lewis (Photo/Kelly Miroire) Well-Versed Writer

5 Things to Know about Poet Robin Coste Lewis

Get to know the award-winning poet laureate, theologian and USC writer in residence.

2 min readHumanities, Awards, Books, English, Literature, Poetry
Iovine and Young Hall classroom USC Iovine and Young Academy students (Photo/Chris Shinn) Think, Innovate, Repeat

USC Iovine and Young Hall Fosters Disruption By Design

USC Iovine and Young Hall brings together students pursuing a combination of design, technology and business.

2 min readStudent Life, Design, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Iovine and Young Academy, Startups
1990 Rose Bowl players Trojans celebrate after their 17-10 win over the Michigan Wolverines at the 1990 Rose Bowl. (Photo/Mike Powell/Getty Images) Back in Time

USC’s 1990 Rose Bowl: A Look Back at an Unbelievable Season

It’s the 30-year anniversary of “The Drive.” The win in Pasadena capped off a campaign that got off to a grim start.

3 min readAthletics, Football, USC History
Los Angeles architecture LADWP building (Photo/Courtesy of AC Martin) L.A. Landmarks

The Trojan Architects Behind the Buildings of Downtown L.A.

You might recognize these L.A. landmarks. But did you know that alumni of the USC School of Architecture designed them?

3 min readAlumni Life, Architecture, Los Angeles
Little Fir Foundation students (Photo/Courtesy of Little Fir Foundation and Ding Qin) Seeds of Change

Alumna Gives Rural Chinese Students a Window to a Wider World

USC Price graduate Jingying Wu started the Little Fir Foundation to help children pursue their dreams for college and beyond.

3 min readAlumni Life, Social Impact, Access, Alumni, Alumni Life, Nonprofits
Richard Bernstein opera bass Richard Bernstein as Zuniga in Carmen. (Photo/Marty Sohl, Courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera) Center Stage

An Opera Star’s Journey from USC to New York’s Biggest Stage

A USC Thornton alum reflects on the glamour — and hard work — of life as an operatic bass.

3 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Alumni Life, Music, Performing Arts
Trojan Travel trips cemetery visit (Photo/Linda Ball) Know Your History

A Trip of a Lifetime Helps Trojans Honor the Past

A journey through Europe gives Trojans unforgettable lessons from World War II.

3 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Alumni Association, History
Cyclist at USC sports medicine (Photo/iStock) In It to Win It

Sports Medicine Innovations That Help Weekend Warriors Stay in the Game

Experts in physical therapy, orthopaedics, ophthalmology and more help people stay active for longer.

10 min readHealth, Orthopedics, Physical Therapy
Geoffrey Chaucer language changes (Illustration/Marion Deuchars) Speak for Yourself

Cringing at How Teens Talk? Surprise — Language Changes

From gender-neutral words to textspeak, language often has undergone controversial shifts — and no amount of grumbling can stop it.

10 min readHumanities, Communications, Digital Media, Gender Studies, Linguistics, Social Media
Metrolink CEO Stephanie Wiggins, Metrolink CEO. Stephanie Wiggins, Metrolink CEO (Photo/Brian Morri) On the Move

Metrolink CEO Puts L.A. Public Transportation on the Fast Track

Mass transit will have to play a bigger role in the growing county’s future, says USC alumna Stephanie Wiggins.

3 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Alumni Life, Transportation
USC archaeology Mexico trip map (Illustration/Russell Shaw) Retracing the Past

In Mexico, USC Students Find Connections to Cities Lost to Time

Each summer, USC archaeology students travel to Mexico and follow in the footsteps of history.

3 min readHumanities, Student Life, Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Students
USC Doheny Library cards (Photo/Dustin Snipes) Now and Again

For Generations of Trojans, Research Started Here

Countless scholarly projects got their start in Doheny Memorial Library’s card catalog room. Today, the library remains at the heart of the university’s research community.

2 min readUniversity, Libraries, USC History
ex-convict illustration (Illustration/Edel Rodriguez) Tales of Redemption

Writing Unites USC Students and Ex-Prisoners Seeking a Better Life

Released prisoners share their stories while USC students write their own in an unusual partnership that has changed lives.

8 min readHumanities, Social Impact, Arts for Social Change, Community Outreach, Criminal Justice, English, Students
recycled carbon airplane (Photograph/Darren Braun) (Re)New and Improved

How Trash Turns into Treasure in Labs at USC

Waste salvaged from dumpsters and airplane graveyards finds a sustainable second life.

10 min readScience/Technology, Social Impact, Chemistry, Engineering, Environment, Innovation, Research, Sustainability
Don Antonio Coronel plays a guitar as his daughter, Dona Mariana Coronel stands by his side Don Antonio Coronel, fourth mayor of L.A., plays a guitar as his daughter, Dona Mariana Coronel, stands by his side, ca.1886. (Photo/Courtesy of USC University Archives) History, Revisited

Untold Los Angeles Stories Come Alive in K-12 Classrooms

USC Libraries brings diverse communities to light through the Lost LA Curriculum Project.

2 min readHumanities, Education, History, Libraries, Los Angeles
Robot from The Jetsons Smart Surroundings

The Minds Behind Tomorrow’s Smart Buildings

Workspaces will listen to people, talk with them and keep them safe. What’s next? USC experts are working on it.

2 min readScience/Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Emerging Technology