Summer 2014

Photos by John Livzey Come Together

Gary Michelson: Man with a Plan

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

5 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Biotech, Campaign for USC, Convergent Science, Innovation, Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
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Imaging by David Koos Come Together

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, Campaign for USC, Convergent Science, Innovation, Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
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Andrea Armani is a professor in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Photo by Gus Ruelas. Come Together

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, Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
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Illustration by Brian Stauffer Setting standards

Teaching Those Who Teach the Next Generation of Science

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, Education, Sciences
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“My academic coach helps me tremendously with time management, planning and goal setting,” Dani Ashijan says. Photo by Kylie Nicholson Academic access

Students Build College Survival Skills at the USC Kortschak Center

Trouble concentrating? ADHD, dyslexia or just disorganized? The USC Kortschak Center helps students survive college.

4 min readHealth, Student Life, Donors, Education, Student Life
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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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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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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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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:

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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.

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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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USC Sprinter Inger Miller Looks Back at USC Olympics Legacy

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

3 min readAthletics, Alumni, Olympics, Track and Field
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Los Angeles craft brewers John Rockwell and Kristofor Barnes Los Angeles Ale Works co-founders John Rockwell (left) and Kristofor Barnes (Photo/Geoff Kowalchuck) POPPING BUBBLY

The Trojans Taking on L.A.’s Craft Beer Scene

John Rockwell and Kristofer ‘Kip’ Barnes aim to bring L.A. Ale Works to life.

3 min readAlumni Life, Business, Alumni, Food, Trojan Marching Band
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