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
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