The Sarcos humanoid robot has helped USC researchers test an artificial spinal cord model. Photo by Luke Fisher

Winter 2015


The Robot Revolution: Developing Machines to Promote Human Health

Visionary engineers launch a promising new era for robot-assisted health care. Full story »

Fabulous Fulbrights: Trojan Scholars Gain a Global Outlook

Lights, Camera, Animation: USC Pioneers Live Action Visual Effects

A Weighty Issue: Tackling Obesity, One Patient at a Time

Trojan News

Photos by Gus Ruelas

Sands of Time

Intricate sand mandalas symbolize the ephemeral passage of time.

Photo by Steve Cohn

Meet USC’s Incoming Freshmen

The Class of 2019 is USC’s most select group of freshmen.

Poised for Success

Meet some of the dancers in USC Kaufman’s historic first class of freshmen.

Sound Decisions: A New Major in Music Production

Chart-topping sound engineers and DJs help design USC Thornton's newest major.

From left: Bruce Block, Sergei Eisenstein Endowed Chair in Cinematic Design; George Lucas ’66, USC alumnus and supporter; Michael Fink
Georges Méliès Endowed Chair in Visual Effects; Elizabeth Daley, Dean and Steven J. Ross/Time Warner Dean’s Chair; and Alex McDowell, 
William Cameron Menzies Endowed Chair in Production Design. Photo by Steve Cohn

Seats of Distinction: Why Endowed Chairs Matter

As timeless as the university itself, endowed chairs are the gold standard for recruiting distinguished faculty and supporting academic endeavor.

USC Women’s Golf Coach Shares Lessons Learned on the Green

From the amateur circuit to the WGCA coaching Hall of Fame, a golfer recalls her journey.

Photo courtesy of Sinatra Family Foundation

Remembering Ol’ Blue Eyes: Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday

Family and friends celebrate the legend at Frank Sinatra Hall at USC.

Photo by Alexander Vertikoff from The Gamble House book

A New Chapter for The Gamble House

A new book about the historical landmark is the first published in more than 20 years.

Chinese TV personalities Dong Qing, right, and Bai Xu Xu co-host the gala dinner

Powering Innovation at the 2015 USC Global Conference

Notes from the bi-annual summit for visionary USC faculty and luminaries.

Illustration by Luke Freeborn

The Next MacGyver: Holding Out for a Hero(ine)

Which one the five finalists in “The Next MacGyver” competition do you want to see on TV?

Illustration by Chris Gash

Master of Mind Games

A USC psychology researcher delves into the surprising ways your subconscious mind affects your actions.

USC Wrigley Center Celebrates 50 Years

Four facts you might not know about the environmental research facility

Barbara and Malcolm Currie recently donated $10 million toward the endowment of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and construction of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience. Photo courtesy of USC Libraries

Building Bioscience at USC

Through generous gifts and visionary leadership, engineering and health initiatives take shape across the university.

Illustration by Brian Stauffer

Picture of Health: USC’s One-Stop Shop for Fighting MS

Neurologist Daniel Pelletier accelerates Keck Medicine of USC’s imaging and treatment efforts to find answers to multiple sclerosis.

Family News

From left: The Lyons, Lederers and Erdmans

Trojans, Twice Over

Alumni feel the USC love all over again when they become Trojan parents.

The BAA’s annual pinning and affirmation ceremony welcomes new Trojans with symbolic pins naming the attributes of a USC scholar. Photo by Michael Owen Baker

The USC Black Alumni Association’s Circle of Support

Two alumni share the paths that brought them back to USC and the Black Alumni Association.

Photo courtesy of John Beckner

Transatlantic Trojans

Alumni outposts in Europe bring the Trojan Family together.

Leaf through USC history digitally with the Trojan Family Archive.

A Digital Memory Lane

Take a nostalgic stroll back to your USC days with the USC Digital Library archive.

Illustration by David Plunkert; Photo courtesy of Goodreads

A Well-Read Trojan: Goodreads Co-Founder Builds a Literary Community

A journalist with a love for language helped build one of the largest online communities for readers.

Photo by Michela Ravasio/Stocksy

Bringing Tech to an Overlooked Demographic: Seniors

A tech-savvy gerontologist invests in the future of elder-care apps and services.

Photo by Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times/Redux

A Sculptor’s Five-Decade Journey to World Acclaim

Like his life, an artist's meaningful, dynamic work defies convention.

The building now called the Widney Alumni House is the oldest college structure in Southern California. Photo courtesy of USC University Archives

Committed to Memory

Take a trip through time on campus.