Summer 2014

Business-Minded

Business Without Borders

Globe-trotting Millennials are taking on our interconnected economy through USC’s World Bachelor in Business.

8 min readBusiness, Globalization, Students
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Photos by John Livzey Convergence

Gary Michelson: Man with a Plan

At USC, philanthropist Gary Michelson just put scientist’s and engineers’ efforts into overdrive.

5 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Convergent Science, Innovation, Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
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Photo courtesy of USC Thornton School of Music Top of the Pops

Rising Stars of the USC Popular Music Program

Meet six artists from the USC Popular Music Program who are shooting for stardom.

2 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Alumni, Music, Students
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Imaging by David Koos Convergence

To Get Treatments to Patients Faster, Make Worlds Collide

Convergence melds life science, physical sciences and engineering to find answers to perplexing problems in health.

8 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Biotech, Convergent Science, Innovation
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Andrea Armani is a professor in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Photo by Gus Ruelas. Convergence

When Physicians, Scientists and Engineers Come Together

They tackle problems from different directions, but their work shows the promise of convergent bioscience.

4 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Convergent Science, Innovation
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Aseem Afsah Photography by Dustin Snipes Business-Minded

World Bachelor in Business Students: Aseem Afsah

He loves clean fonts and classy design. Meet one of the students from the first class of the World Bachelor in Business program.

2 min readBusiness, Student Life, Globalization, Students
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Photography by Dustin Snipes Business-Minded

World Bachelor in Business Students: Sophia Lim

She speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese, some Spanish and now she’s learning American Sign Language. She’s got a head start on USC Marshall’s global business program.

2 min readBusiness, Student Life, Globalization, Students
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Photography by Dustin Snipes Business-minded

World Bachelor in Business Students: Anna Chiara Pollastri

She loves game-changing thinkers. Meet Anna, of the students from the first class of the World Bachelor in Business program.

2 min readBusiness, Student Life, Globalization, Students
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Guru Photo by Jared Fullerton Top of the Pops

Launchpad to the Future of Pop Music

Jam with Chaka Khan? Perform with Elton John? It’s part of the USC Thornton popular music program experience.

7 min readArts, Music
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Suemy Gonzalez, left, with Trio Ellas. Photo by Reuters/Radu Sigheti Top of the Pops

A Mariachi Singer and USC Alum Finds Her Voice

Trio Ellas garnered a 2012 Latin Grammy Award nomination for their first album and they haven’t stopped since.

3 min readArts, Music
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The Guru of Hip-Hop

A successful sound engineer, music producer and DJ, this music industry veteran has a new handle at USC: “Professor Guru.”

3 min readArts, Music
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DERIK NELSON video Top of the Pops

Trojan Tracks: Songs from USC Pop Music Artists

USC Popular Music Program students and alumni have created an extensive playlist of eclectic songs and albums.

1 min readArts, Entertainment, Music
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Illustration by Wayne Brezinka Legal Practice

Long Journey to Justice

The Post-Conviction Justice Project leads a nationwide movement for juveniles serving life sentences without parole.

10 min readPolicy/Law, Social Impact, Criminal Justice, Law
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Well-Suited

Drawing parallels between the creation of clothing and structures, USC architecture students in Lee Olvera’s fifth-year studio class painstakingly construct Mao jackets using unconventional materials.

1 min readArts
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Art Bartner at Dodger Stadium Trojan Marching Band Director Art Bartner at Dodger Stadium in 1978. Photo courtesy of Trojan Marching Band. Spirit of Troy

Live From Dodger Stadium … The Trojan Marching Band

You know the Trojan Marching Band calls the Coliseum its home. But the band and Dodger Stadium also go way back.

1 min readArts, Athletics, Music, Trojan Marching Band
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Photo by Al Seib / Los Angeles Times Trojan Trailblazers

Redefining Reality

USC researcher Mark Bolas pushes the boundaries of human-computer interaction with immersive technologies.

3 min readScience/Technology, Emerging Technology, Virtual Reality
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Illustration by Brian Stauffer

A Curriculum for Curiosity

As educators across the country prepare for new inquiry-based teaching standards, a USC professor helps them think outside the textbook

3 min readScience/Technology
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Out of the Book, Into the Classroom: Next Gen in Action

We asked Frederick Freking to compare a science unit taught with traditional standards to one taught with Next Gen standards. He used mitosis—or cell separation—as an example.

2 min readScience/Technology
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“My academic coach helps me tremendously with time management, planning and goal setting,” Dani Ashijan says. Photo by Kylie Nicholson

A Different Way

Trouble concentrating? ADHD diagnosis? Or just disorganized? The USC Kortschak Center helps students with much-needed college survival skills.

4 min readHealth
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Microraptor gui illustration by David Krentz

From Dinosaurs to Dissection

Anatomists at the Keck School collaborate with USC paleontologists on dinosaur bone identification.

2 min readScience/Technology
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Lewis Carroll wrote the letter in 1891. Photo courtesy of the USC Digital Library / Cassidy Lewis Carroll Collection

Literary Lamentations

In celebrity-crazy LA, hand-scripted words by C.L. Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) about fame find a fitting home—123 years later.

2 min readHumanities
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Illustration by Jeong Suh at Bryan Christie Design

Brain Trust

The future of neuromedicine grows closer at the USC Neurorestoration Center, where patients are already seeing the benefits.

9 min readHealth
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The Society of Trojan Women assembled then served snack packs to women at the Downtown Women’s Shelter in Los Angeles. Photo by Armando Brown

SCerving Around the World

On March 22, Trojan alumni from LA to Shanghai organized 80 projects for the Alumni Day of SCervice, giving back to their communities. Here are a few of their activities:

2 min read
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Photo by Jon J. Shapley

Texan Trojan Spirit

Austin alumni are among the hundreds of Trojan faithful who give back at the USC Alumni Day of SCervice.

4 min read
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Celebrating more than 50 years of marriage, Jim and Mary Manos are Half Century Trojans and "still fighting on!" Photo by Armando Brown Trojan Love Story

Longtime Trojans Still Fight On

Half Century Trojans Jim and Mary Manos share their love for all things USC.

3 min readAlumni Life, Student Life
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Photo courtesy of USC University Archives

Fast Company

A former Olympic sprinter juggles professional life in LA, a country home in Arizona and volunteering for USC.

3 min readAthletics
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Rigo Diaz at the USC Latino Alumni Association’s 40th anniversary scholarship gala in March. Photo by Ron Murray/Imageactive

Partners in Pride

Rigo Diaz dreamed of being a Trojan and made it happen. Now he gives back to support scholarships for tomorrow’s students.

2 min readStudent Life
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