Winter 2021

lIlustration of COVID-19 viruses on a green circuit board. (Illustrations/Josh Cochran) Marvelous Machines

Five Ways Artificial Intelligence Promises to Change Our Lives

USC scientists use smart machines to treat and cure disease, build safer cars and much more.

2 min readScience/Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Emerging Technology, Research, Technology
Photo of Mike Washington who kneels on one knee with his hands touching a tombstone engraved with his son's name and military service milestones. Mike Washington fell into a mental health crisis after the loss of his son, Michael T. Washington, who died in combat at the age of 20. (Photo/ Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times) Call of Duty

Veteran and Firefighter Who Saved Countless Lives Struggled to Save His Own

Burdened by tragedy and pain, USC alumnus Michael Washington almost gave up on life. Now he helps other first responders find hope and healing.

6 min readAlumni Life, Social Impact, Alumni, Mental Health, Social Work
USC alumni Manuel Carmona, Kellee O'Rourke, Angelo Reyes, Matthew Feaster and Adrienne Kung stand in an outdoor corridor at Pasadena City Hall From left: USC alumni Angelo Reyes, Manuel Carmona, Kellee O'Rourke, Matthew Feaster and Adrienne Kung helped Pasadena achieve one of the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the state. Their Best Shot

How USC Alumni Led Pasadena to One of California’s Highest COVID Vaccination Rates

Five Trojan public health experts share their personal stories about facing down a global health crisis.

7 min readHealth, Social Impact, Alumni, Alumni Life, Community Health, COVID-19 Heroes, Public Health
Illustration of a delivery person carrying a package crossing from the Eastern hemisphere to the Western hemisphere on an arrow-shaped tightrope Many companies seek cheaper manufacturers, even if they are thousands of miles away from end users. (Illustration/Raymond Biesinger) Supply and Demand

The U.S.’s Supply Chain was a Ticking Time Bomb. Here’s How to Rebuild It

COVID-19 revealed the fragility of our complex supply chain logistics. Expert Nick Vyas believes we can make it strong, sustainable and pandemic proof.

9 min readBusiness, COVID-19, Economics, Faculty, Globalization, Research
A student wearing a stethoscope helps another student adjust a blood pressure cuff USC's free community programs put Los Angeles students and residents on the path to health care careers. Field Guide

L.A. Residents Get Their Start in Health Careers Through These USC Programs

USC offers workforce development programs to help kids, teens and adults find their future in the medical industry.

4 min readHealth, Social Impact, Civic Engagement, Community, Community Outreach, Health Care
Photo of career counselor Jason Tran sitting at his desk talking with a junior business major in his office at the USC Marshall School of Business Succeeding in college isn't just about grades, says Jason Tran. The career services specialist recommends business students add campus activities, internships and networking to their resume. Here to Help

Four Success Tips for First-Generation Students Navigating College Life and Beyond

Career services specialists offer guidance and resources to business students who are the first in their family to go to college.

5 min readStudent Life, Career Services, First-Generation Students, Marshall School of Business, Students
Video still from USC student dance group NSQK dancing to Troyboi's Drip (No Mayo). NSQK, a hip-hop dance crew, is one of more than 20 student dance clubs at USC. (Courtesy of NSQK) Finding Their Rhythm

Watch USC Student Dance Clubs Bring the Moves — and the Fun — to Campus Life

Students find good vibes and friendships in a vibrant dance community.

5 min readArts, Student Life, Dance, Performing Arts, Student Life, Students
Najuma Smith-Pollard wears a black jacket and jeans as she sits in a red pew inside the Word of Encouragement Community Church in Los Angeles. Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard, founding pastor of the Word of Encouragement Community Church in Los Angeles, has seen Black churches drive social change in the city. Acts of Faith

Why Activism Thrives in L.A.’s Black Churches

Pastors advocate for their people from the pulpit and on the streets — and training at USC gives them the tools to take their work further.

12 min readSocial Impact, Black History Month, Civic Engagement, Community, Religion
Animation of a neon sign to flashes between the words "Bar" and "Lab Bar Exam

Wait. It’s a Bar and It’s a Lab? Yes, and It May Help Unravel the Riddle of Problem Drinking

COVID-19 got people drinking — a lot. USC experts are looking for solutions to the long-term effects of alcohol and their harmful impact.

11 min readHealth, Addiction
Emily Hsu finds that violin and business are in harmony with each other. Emily Hsu finds that business and music are in harmony. Doubling Up

Art or Science? Dance or Math? USC Students Can — and Do — Choose Both

Trojans embrace a Renaissance mindset, blending their creative and artistic passions with entrepreneurship, medicine and more.

10 min readStudent Life, Education, Students