Photo by Chris Shinn

Spring 2015


The Best Medicine

From superstar scientists to top doctors, USC is going all-in on academic medicine in the nation’s second-largest city. Full story »

The Art of Success

Redefining the Trojan Skyline

On Drier Ground

Trojan News

Photo by Bill Kallenberg


USC men’s tennis is on the move.

Christina Yu Yu, director of USC Pacific Asia Museum. Photo by Gus Ruelas

The Art of Engagement: Treasures from Asia

Christina Yu Yu picks four standout pieces from the USC Pacific Asia Museum.

Photo courtesy of USC University Archives

Bite On!: USC’s Other Loyal Mascot

Before Tommy and Traveler, there was Tirebiter.

Cannon photo by Don Milici

USC Virologist Hits Hollywood

A USC virologist creates a deadly pandemic for the small screen.

Photo courtesy of Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania

America’s Early Love Affair with Sugar and Fat

An 18th-century family cookbook chronicles cooking in America.

Photo by Ana Beatriz Cholo

A Pipeline for First Generation College Students

USC Rossier’s near-peer advising program puts first-generation high school seniors on track for college.

Brett Ressler '14 with fiancee Alyssa. Photo by Uyen Bui Photography

Schoen Family Scholarships Give Back to Student-Vets

A Navy veteran completes his degree with help from unexpected places.

The Beauty of Books

You never know what you might uncover in USC Special Collections.

Photo courtesy of USC University Archives

Pioneering Players: Baseball at USC

USC baseball’s humble beginnings.

Singers Jessie Smith, Robbie Montgomery and Venetta Fields helped Ike and Tina Turner to a series of musical hits by providing backup vocals as The Ikettes. Ikettes photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Pop Secret: How to Have a No. 1 Song

Do backup vocals hold the secret to chart-topping success?

From left: USC President C. L. Max Nikias, USC Trustee John Mork, 
Michael Johnson and retired Gen. David Petraeus gather at the opening of USC’s Veterans Resource Center, where Petraeus gifted his combat cap to the university. Photo by Gus Ruelas

Student, Leader, Marine

After two tours of duty in Iraq, Michael Johnson focuses on a new mission: earning his USC degree.

Illustration by Viktor Koen

Be Well, Connected: The Future of Digital Health Starts Here

Your smartphone could become as instrumental to your health as your prescriptions, and the USC center for body computing is making it happen.

Family News

Photo by Gus Ruelas

Strong Support

A history of supporting students who served.

Photo by Gus Ruelas

Two Alums with the Necessary Skill for Leadership

Tracey and Ross Necessary show love for and loyalty to their alma mater.

Young Trojans-to-be show their school spirit.

SCions Build a Trojan Legacy

Celebrating Trojan alums who are also Trojan parents.

Photo by Ziva Santop/Steve Cohn Photography © 2013

A Venture Capitalist’s Rules for Success

Mark Stevens ’81, MS ’84 adds the 2015 Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award to his portfolio.

A Place for Student-Vets

From career contacts to making new friends, USCAA connects Trojan veterans.

Photo by Gus Ruelas

Biotech Brothers Bring Innovations to the Market

Two brothers combine their backgrounds in biology, medicine, business and law to create an innovative biomedical startup.

Little Tokyo, seen here in the early 1940s, was home to Masako Miura’s office after the war. Photo courtesy of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

A Pioneering Physician Ahead of Her Time

Masako Miura ’36, MD ’41 was one of two women in the graduating class of 1941 at USC’s medical school.

Photo by Emil Kara

Got Camel’s Milk?

An enterprising USC Marshall alum finds a unique niche at the intersection of food, health and Amish farming.

Ask Tommy

Photo by Helen Rushbrook

Ask Tommy

Questions and answers with Tommy Trojan