Scholarship Woodwind Quintet members Scholarship Woodwind Quintet members (from left) Anna Lenhart, Sergio Coelho GCRT ’16, Stephanie Bell MM ’16, Sarah Minneman MM ’15 and Emily Schoendorf MM ’15 at Walt Disney Concert Hall. | PHOTOS BY NOÉ MONTES Music Scene

For USC Musicians on the Rise, Los Angeles is Their Place to Play

USC Thornton gives students opportunities as precious as their dreams. (Check out our story in photos, and you’ll see what we mean.)

3 min readArts, Student Life
Lynn Swann PHOTO BY JOHN MCGILLEN Leading Man

Lynn Swann Takes on His Next Breakout Role: USC Athletic Director

The USC Annenberg alumnus and former NFL player returns to Troy.

10 min readAlumni Life, Athletics, University
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A Bold Vision Comes Into Focus at USC Roski Eye Institute

The institute will change how we see the world—and the ways we can live better in it.

10 min readHealth, Science/Technology
Portrait of Mark Humayun Opthalmologist, engineer and scientist Mark Humayun holds joint appointments at Keck School of Medicine and USC Viterbi School of Engineering. | PHOTO BY ZÉ CARLOS BARRETTA Visionary Science

Pioneering Doctor Recognized for Helping the Blind See Again

Mark Humayun received the White House's National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

2 min readHealth
Breathing Wall II Photo by Ramtin Khah Immersive Environments

The Mind-Bending Works of Behnaz Farahi Give Tech New Life

A USC School of Cinematic Arts student redraws the boundaries between humans and technology.

5 min readScience/Technology
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How Did American Politics Lose Its Civility?

Researchers look at the road to rudeness and chart a path to more respectful discourse.

10 min readPolicy/Law, Social Impact
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The Roski Family Puts Eye Care Solutions in Sight

The newly named USC Roski Eye Institute advances research and treatment for visual impairments.

2 min readHealth, University
USC Trustee David C. Bohnett | PHOTO BY SUSANA CAPRA FOR MILLENNIAL MAGAZINE USC Trustee David C. Bohnett | PHOTO BY SUSANA CAPRA FOR MILLENNIAL MAGAZINE Champion for Change

Service-Minded Students Will Find a Home at USC Village

David Bohnett ’78 endows a living-learning space for students committed to social justice and service.

2 min readSocial Impact, University
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Dance Education Finds a Dream Home

The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center opens its doors.

1 min readArts
Jake Olson Blind long snapper Jake Olson, right, fulfills a childhood dream to play Trojan football. | PHOTO BY PATRICK GEE Against the Odds

Jake Olson Finds Strength on the Football Field

A longtime USC fan and now a football player, the sophomore wins an award for his perseverance.

1 min readAthletics, Student Life
Thermometer Visual Cues

Truthiness: How Pictures Turn Fiction to Fact

People are more likely to believe a claim when it sounds familiar—especially if it has a photo that goes with it.

3 min readScience/Technology
Amber Miller and David Bridel Trojan Leaders

New Deans at USC Dornsife and School of Dramatic Arts

A physicist and a performer take the helm at two major programs.

2 min readUniversity
Rohit Varma Rohit Varma | PHOTO BY JOEL LIPTON Visionary Science

One Doctor’s Dedication to Keeping Kids’ Eyes Healthy

Ophthalmologist Rohit Varma is on a lifelong mission to let children see their future.

2 min readHealth
Viet Thanh Nguyen Viet Thanh Nguyen has been awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. (Photo/Courtesy of Viet Thanh Nguyen) Challenging Identities

Pulitzer Prize Winner Reflects on Misconceptions About Refugees

Viet Thanh Nguyen explores how the world views refugees—40 years after he arrived in America as one himself.

3 min readHumanities
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Your Health Depends on More Than Your DNA

Nature and nurture both matter in the move to personalized medicine.

9 min readHealth
PHOTO OF CHASE MILLSAP AND THE CAPTAIN BY SPENCER MILLSAP Chase Millsap and The Captain | Photo by Spencer Millsap The Promise

Marine Veteran Strives to Bring Wartime Allies to Safety

Brothers in arms, they're now a world apart.

4 min readAlumni Life, Social Impact
100-year-old graduation gown Kathy Windsor's 100-year-old graduation gown celebrates generations of her family's graduates.| PHOTO BY GUS RUELAS Ceremonial Style

Graduation Gown Marks a Century-Old Trojan Family Tradition

Worn more than 45 times, the garment has the names of every college graduate in the family stitched inside.

2 min readAlumni Life
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Where Won’t This Alumna Travel for the Jeopardy! Clue Crew?

An adventurous USC Annenberg grad travels the world filming video clues for the classic game show.

3 min readAlumni Life
Chris Kyriakakis USC VIterbi’s Chris Kyriakakis and an international team of researchers studied Greek religious spaces | PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS KYRIAKAKIS Surround Sound

He Uses Sound to Travel Through Time

Chris Kyriakakis is on an acoustic journey for the ages. And there’s chanting…lots of chanting.

3 min readHumanities, Science/Technology
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Dispelling Dinosaur Movie Myths

An anatomy expert looks beyond Hollywood's depiction of prehistory's most popular creatures.

2 min readScience/Technology
ILLUSTRATION BY LAURINDO FELICIANO Jon Pynoos | ILLUSTRATION BY LAURINDO FELICIANO Coming of Age

The Cross-Generational Friendship That Inspired a Life’s Work

A decades-long friendship taught a gerontologist that independence and dignity are worth fighting for.

3 min readHealth, Social Impact
Album Cover For the Record

Hit Play: Albums from the Trojan Marching Band

Take a musical tour of the Spirit of Troy's discography.

1 min readArts, Athletics
Historical photo of soldiers walking through campus Now and Again

USC’s Enduring Military Tradition

A partnership with U.S. armed forces is part of a decades-long legacy.

2 min readStudent Life, University
First Generation student photo Brittney McClendon is just one of many first-generation students joining the Trojan Family| PHOTO BY MICHAEL OWEN BAKER Trojan Trailblazers

7 Resources for First-Generation Students at USC

USC helps students pave the way to college success.

2 min readStudent Life
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A New Beginning

The Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC opens a new chapter in cancer research.

3 min readHealth, Science/Technology
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Veterans Get Mental Health Services They Deserve at Cohen Clinic

The Cohen family partners with USC to serve families in Los Angeles.

3 min readHealth, Social Impact
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3 New Trustees Join USC’s Governing Board

Trustees help steer the university's growth.

3 min readUniversity
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What Do Alumni Think About USC?

A new survey looks at how Trojans view their university experiences — and how they might forge future ones.

3 min readAlumni Life, University
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Rod Nakamoto Takes Helm of USCAA’s Governing Board

The USC Marshall alumnus encourages alumni to rediscover the university.

3 min readAlumni Life, University
Portrait of Fred Keenan Fred Keenan is the first of three generations of Trojans in his family. | PHOTO COURTESY OF USC UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES Memory Lane

100-year-old Trojans Remember College Days

For three Half Century Trojans, dedication to their alma mater runs deep.

4 min readAlumni Life
Group photo from Trojan Family Weekend Trojan Family Weekend (Oct. 6-9) gives parents and siblings a taste of campus life through panel discussions, open houses, classroom visits and guided tours at schools throughout USC. Families can get into the school spirit with face painting, photo booths and a pregame tailgate party. | PHOTOS BY SARAH M. GOLONKA All in the Family

Parents Dive Into USC Life at Trojan Family Weekend

The revamped event gives parents an inside look at USC like never before.