Autumn 2013

The Stahl House. Also called Case Study House No. 22, this often-photographed modernist home was designed by Pierre Koenig ’52. Photo by Nicolas de Camaret Art for Living

Architectural Icons

Los Angeles would look a lot different without the creativity of USC School of Architecture graduates. Many of their buildings are icons of modern-day LA.

1 min readArts
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Beach Boys photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Defining Los Angeles

Los Angeles in Books, Movies and Song

USC experts on local lore give their lowdown on Los Angeles culture.

10 min readArts, Humanities, Cinema, Literature, Los Angeles, Music
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At the formal announcement ceremony in January. (Photo by Steve Cohn) President's Page


Gary Michelson advances the university’s efforts to fast-track detection and treatment of diseases.

3 min readBiotechPresident's Page
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Cherney now works in San Francisco for Credit Suisse. Photo by Lee Pellegrini, Boston College TROJAN VOICES

One Tough Survivor: Liza Cherney

A USC alumna shares her story from the Boston Marathon bombing, in her own words.

4 min readAlumni Life, Alumni
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As co-directors of the Spine Center of USC, John Liu, left, and Jeffrey Wang aim to get to the bottom of patients’ spinal pain. (Photo by Don Milici)

The Back Pack

Neurosurgeons, orthopaedists, physical therapists and other experts at USC team up to ease spinal pain.

7 min readHealth
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Illustration by Josh Cochran Traveling in LA

The Roads Scholars

As Los Angeles builds public transit at a furious pace, USC’s best policy and engineering minds look around the curve and invent better ways to commute.

9 min readPolicy/Law
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Photo by Chris Shinn

Singing USC’s Praises “A Cappello”

A conversation with alumna volunteer Ramona Cappello

4 min readHumanities
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Photo courtesy by Yagi Studio / Getty Images

We Can’t Live By Tech Alone

2 min readScience/Technology
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From left, back row: Jerry Neely, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Rebecca Soni, Barbara Cotler, Mitchell Lew; front row: Patrick Auerbach, Linda Givvin, Frank Fertitta, C. L. Max Nikias, Geraldine Knatz. Photo by Steve Cohn

The Envelope, Please

USC Alumni Awards honor dedicated members of the Trojan Family.

4 min readStudent Life
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Photo by Meiko Takechi Arquillos

Next-generation Trojans

Steven Strozza and Akilah Booty are just two of the USC academic all-stars with a global outlook and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

4 min readStudent Life
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Cyrus Hobbi feels just as at home on a stage as he does on the gridiron. Photo by Dan Avila

Role Player

USC football player Cyrus Hobbi had an unusual way to work through his frustration: He wrote a play.

2 min readAthletics
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Cancer Fighter

A potential anticancer strategy unites U.S. and Taiwanese scientists.

3 min readScience/Technology
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Photos courtesy of USC's Space Engineering Research Center Fly to the Sky

Space School

In Los Angeles, the aerospace industry gets a boost from USC graduates with hands-on experience. Here’s how a unique program is taking off.

8 min readScience/Technology, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Technology
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Photos by Gus Ruelas Smiles for Success

Tooth Squad

USC dentists are giving LA’s children more than just a bright smile: Studies now link oral health to school success.

7 min readSocial Impact, Community Outreach, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry
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Photos by Cody Pickens Finding a Muse

Los Angeles by the Book

Three highly regarded USC novelists draw from the city’s eccentrics and ordinary folk for their inspiration. But that doesn’t mean they have LA all figured out.

9 min readHumanities, Faculty, Los Angeles
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Photo by David Zentz Cultivating Creativity

A Degree in Disruption

Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young (Dr. Dre) invest $70 million to prepare USC students who’ll shape the future.

8 min readArts, Business, Science/Technology, Iovine and Young Academy
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