Summer 2017

PET scans can show areas of the brain with decreased activity PET scans can show areas of the brain with decreased activity as well as accumulated plaque, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. PHOTO COURTESY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Changing Minds

USC Researchers Race to Get Ahead of Alzheimer’s

Every 66 seconds someone’s loved one is diagnosed with the disease. Researchers want to know how it happens, and stop it.

16 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Alzheimer's Disease, Neurosciences, Research
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First-generation college student Alejandra Franco Alejandra Franco had college in her sights since childhood. | PHOTO BY NOÉ MONTES The Way Up

First-Generation College Students Transform the Face of USC

About one of every five USC undergraduates has parents who didn’t go to college. And these first-generation Trojans are some of the university’s top students.

11 min readSocial Impact, Student Life, Diversity, First-Generation Students, Scholarships
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2017 Alumni Awards TOP ROW (from left): C. L. Max Nikias, Niki Nikias, Rick Caruso. BOTTOM ROW (from left): Grant Gershon, Vicki McCluggage, Wanda Austin, Allyson Felix, Wilfred Uytengsu and Dan Cassidy | PHOTO BY STEVE COHN Trojan Leaders

The 2017 USC Alumni Awards Salute Seven Outstanding Trojans

Rick Caruso is recognized with the university’s highest alumni honor.

4 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Alumni Association, Awards
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Magnified image of skin pore This might look like a cave, but think smaller. It's a sweat pore, magnified. Everyone has millions of these pores, which help you skin keep your body cool. | PHOTO BY SPL/SCIENCE SOURCE More Than Skin Deep

Keck Medicine Dermatologists Tackle the Toughest Skin Problems

Skin can be your body’s first line of defense against disease. Here’s how physicians keep it healthy.

8 min readHealth, Faculty, Health Care, Research
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Daniel Pollack The longtime faculty member at the USC Thornton School of Music views himself as a “musical grandchild of the great Russian musical heritage.” | PHOTO COURTESY OF DANIEL POLLACK To Russia With Love

Q&A: Pianist Daniel Pollack Returns to Russia as Arts Advocate

The acclaimed pianist reflects on his role as an honorary cultural ambassador.

3 min readArts, Faculty, Music
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Coach Jovan Vavic Even after decades of coaching and playing, Vavic knows there’s always something new to discover. | PHOTO BY KEVIN SULLIVAN/NCAA PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES Making Waves

USC’s Winningest Coach Always Keeps Learning

Water polo’s Jovan Vavic has led the team to more titles than any coach in USC history.

3 min readAthletics, Coaches, Water Polo
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Stevens Hall USC Stevens Hall for Neuroimaging opened in 2016 after extensive renovation and rehabilitation of the building’s 1952 frame. | PHOTO BY JOHNNY STEVENS Rise of Troy

Revamp Beautifies USC Health Sciences Campus

Updated patient, research and residential facilities are just a few of the improvements.

2 min readHealth, University, Buildings, Construction, Keck School of Medicine
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High school students at USC Provost Quick's with military high-school students attending USC's pre-college summer program School’s In

Teens (and More) Get a Taste of the USC College Experience

USC’s specialized summer classes make the transition to higher education a little easier.

2 min readSocial Impact, University, Education, First-Generation Students, Veterans
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Can Journalists Help Readers Navigate the Changing Media Landscape?

As the media industry copes with fake news, journalists still relish the chance to tell stories that matter.

9 min readSocial Impact, University, Education, Journalism, Media, Social Media
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USC Institutions Illuminate Latin American and Latino Art

From murals to movies, USC museums help celebrate Pacific Standard Time LA/LA.

1 min readArts, Fine Arts, Los Angeles, Museums, Visual Arts
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man with women in head coverings ILLUSTRATION BY LAURINDO FELICIANO Trojan Leaders

USC Rossier Student Opens First Women’s School in Afghanistan

A USC Rossier doctoral student opens the first educational institute for women, by women.

3 min readSocial Impact, Student Life, Education
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laurel wreath campaign for usc Driven by Dreams

The Campaign for USC Hits $6 Billion and Keeps on Going

The university raises $6 billion ahead of schedule—so leaders refocus on grander ambitions and extend the record-breaking fundraising campaign.

9 min readUniversity, Campaign for USC, Donors, Trustees
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USC LAMBDA members at early meetings Members at one of the first meetings of USC Lambda | PHOTO COURTESY OF USC LAMBDA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ARCHIVES Trojan Trailblazers

LGBT Alumni Celebrate 25 Years of Pride

For a quarter century, USC Lambda has championed diversity and inclusion.

4 min readAlumni Life, University, Alumni, Alumni Association, LGBT
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Now and Again Now and Again

Timeless Tommy: A Look Back at the Trojan Shrine

Unveiled in 1930, the iconic sculpture of Tommy Trojan was created to rally the USC student body.

1 min readAlumni Life, University, USC History
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USC Board of Trustees Chair Julie & John Mork with Nikias' From left: USC Board of Trustees Chair John Mork and his wife, Julie Mork, with Niki C. Nikias and C. L. Max Nikias | PHOTO BY STEVE COHEN President's Page

A Milestone for USC

In redoubling our efforts, USC accelerates vital progress toward our goals.

3 min readUniversity, Campaign for USC, President's Page
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Illustration with Jan Berkeley Jan Berkeley | ILLLUSTRATION BY JACQUI OAKLEY Out of This World

USC Viterbi Alumna Shoots for the Stars as a NASA Engineer

For Jan Berkeley ’86, the sky’s not the limit. It’s just the beginning.

3 min readAlumni Life, Science/Technology, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Alumni, Astronomy, Engineering
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Illustration of parents and child ILLUSTRATION BY DAN PAGE Navigating the Divide

How Parents Can Help Kids Deal with Divorce

David Kuroda MSW ’72 has spent his career advocating for children—and healthy divorces.

3 min readHealth, Social Impact, Alumni, Child Welfare, Mental Health, Social Work
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USC Football Leon McQuay interception USC’s Leon McQuay III helped set up an unforgettable Rose Bowl victory with a key interception in the fourth quarter. | PHOTO BY JOHN MCGILLEN For the Fans

Relive USC Football’s 2017 Rose Bowl Win One More Time

The touted USC Trojans turn a championship triumph into renewed motivation for the next football season.

2 min readAthletics, Championships, Football
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Reflections from the Washington Post’s Fred Ryan

Ryan ’77, JD ’80 brings decades of experience as a media entrepreneur and adviser to the USC Board of Trustees.

2 min readAlumni Life, University, Alumni, Media, Trustees
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Oscar De Los Santos Oscar De Los Santos sits beside former President Obama. | PHOTO COURTESY OF OSCAR DE LOS SANTOS The Way Up

The Trojan Rhodes Scholar Who Helps the Marginalized

First-generation college graduate Oscar De Los Santos ’15 heads to Oxford.

2 min readAlumni Life, Social Impact, Awards, First-Generation Students, Scholarships
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USC Village supporters Chuck and Jessie Cale Charles Cale with his wife, Jessie (Photo/Courtesy of Chuck Cale) Trojan Leaders

The Cales Help USC Village Break New Ground

Cale Residential College opens at USC Village this August.

2 min readAlumni Life, University, Alumni, Campaign for USC, Donors, Residential Colleges, Trustees, USC Village
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USC Rhodes Scholar Jung Kian Ng Jung Kian Ng is one of 96 Rhodes Scholars chosen from around the world. (Photo/Nadila Nordin) Traveling Trojan

USC alumnus heads to Oxford as a 2017 Rhodes Scholar

Jung Kian Ng ’14, MS ’14 aims to bring new-found expertise back to Malaysia.

2 min readAlumni Life, Social Impact, Alumni, Awards, Scholarships
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Seniors test exercise to prevent Alzheimer's disease. Research participants placed in the physical activity intervention group will do moderate aerobic walking 150 minutes each week to determine its impact on their brain health. | PHOTO BY NATE JENSES Changing Minds

Can Brain Activity and Exercise Delay Alzheimer’s Disease?

A new Alzheimer's disease study examines how cognitive and physical activity can help brains stay healthy.

9 min readHealth, Alzheimer's Disease, Neurosciences
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USC Gould law students Four future lawyers illustrate the range of backgrounds and cultures at USC Gould. | PHOTO BY MIKEL HEALEY Case Studies

Think You Know the Typical Law Student? Meet Four Who Break the Stereotypes

Four future lawyers illustrate the range of backgrounds and cultures at USC Gould.

15 min readPolicy/Law, Student Life, Diversity, Law, Student Life
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