Tyler Hoog describes coming to USC as the best experience of his life so far, thanks in large part to the Swim With Mike community. (USC Photo/Eric Lindberg)

Swim With Mike helps standout athlete move forward after tragic accident

Instant familiarity is a built-in benefit of Swim With Mike, the USC scholarship program that supports student-athletes with physical disabilities. Now in its 39th year, the scholarship initiative started as a swim-a-thon fundraiser for All-American USC swimmer Mike Nyeholt after he was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident. 

Ricky Bluthenthal, USC’s new associate dean for social justice, speaks with students in his qualitative research methods class. (USC Photo/Eric Lindberg)

USC medical leaders promote social justice as key step toward healing society’s ills

Doctors should do more than treating diseases and fixing broken bones. That mentality is at the heart of the vision for the new Office for Social Justice within the Keck School of Medicine of USC. The initiative advocates for fairness in health policy and equal access to health care and other social services. The effort also promotes community well-being.


Helping The Homeless

Recently The Weingart Center Association, a provider of comprehensive homeless services, has been working with a new collaborator: the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Students in Steve Bucher’s advanced writing class for engineers, Writing 340, worked on group consulting projects for Weingart. As part of their research, they spoke to the nonprofit’s leaders to find out the center’s needs, visited the …

USC sustainability goals include minimizing trash that goes to landfills by recycling, composting and reducing food waste.

USC steps up recycling and composting efforts in move toward zero waste

A sizeable portion of trash collected at the university goes to recycling or composting facilities, thanks to USC’s intensifying effort to embrace sustainability. Recent initiatives include installing 120 new bins with separate waste and recycling sections in academic and administration buildings on the University Park Campus. An additional 60 recycling bins have been installed at USC Village and outdoors across …

Stacy Giwa is the new vice president of ethics and compliance. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

New ethics and compliance leader brings a focus on values

Stacy Giwa has joined USC as vice president of ethics and compliance — with a focus on values and culture and the goal of strengthening integrity and ethical decision-making across the university. She is an experienced leader in ethics and compliance, culture, investigations and human resources. Hiring Giwa to oversee the USC Office of Ethics and Compliance is an element of USC’s …

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Nearly 100 events mark USC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Week

USC marked Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Week with nearly 100 events across all areas of the university. Events included panel discussions and workshops, presentations, film screenings, social events and more. Topics ranged from sexual harassment in the workplace and finding academic mentors to money issues for first generation students and students of color and the struggle for LGBTQI right around …


USC Viterbi VAST programs gain attention for community engagement in computer sciences

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Adopt-a-School, Adopt-a-Teacher (VAST) PreK-12 STEM education outreach program has teamed up with two national partners, both global leaders in STEM outreach and education. USC VAST is now the Southern California Regional Partner of Code.org, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Additionally, USC VAST also …

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Building A Better “CAR”

Several recent cancer treatments show considerable promise. Among them is Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cell therapy, which the American Society of Clinical Oncology recently named the “2018 Advance of the Year.” Three USC Viterbi researchers – Assistant Professor Stacey Finley, Professor Pin Wang and Assistant Professor Nick Graham – have just published a paper in “Biophysical Journal” that sheds light on how this new treatment works, information …


USC MESH Academy and Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health Collaborate

The USC MESH (Medicine, Engineering, Science, Humanities) Academy at the USC Keck School of Medicine announced today a collaborative agreement with Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health, L.P., a Pasadena-based venture capital firm investing in healthcare startups.  The goal of this collaboration is to accelerate the pace of innovation in health and life sciences, expand the portfolio of external investment at USC, and …

Dr. Valter Longo from Gerontology, speaking

Ensuring Lifespan Health

As you may know, Ensuring Lifespan Health is one of USC’s strategic priorities. Life expectancies are generally increasing worldwide, contributing to a demographic shift in which older people will soon outnumber young children. This change presents health care challenges on a global scale and refigures certain elements of our social fabric. At USC, and with our partners across the country and world, …

Viet Thanh Nguyen, right, speaks on a panel that includes Rebecca Hall, Melissa Chan, Josh Kun and Aditi Mayer, from left, on the topic of "Cultural Appreciation or Appropriation?" at the USC Pacific Asia Museum

What is the line between cultural appropriation and appreciation?

On Thursday, panelists at a discussion hosted by the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena shared their definitions of cultural appropriation, offered examples of it and its historical context — colonialism and genocide. The panelists included University Professor Viet Thanh Nguyen, MacArthur “Genius Grant” awardee and Pulitzer-winning author of The Sympathizer; Josh Kun, professor of communication and American studies and ethnicity and a MacArthur …

Interim USC President Wanda Austin, left, thanks George and Irina Schaeffer for their support

USC Shoah Foundation opens new office, kicks off 25th anniversary commemoration

USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education embarked on a new chapter on Tuesday when it unveiled its new global headquarters on the USC University Park Campus. The event marked the start of the institute’s 25th anniversary, a time that will propel its work into new frontiers as it continues its mission of sharing the 55,000 …

USC dentistry provides free dental treatment to hundreds of underserved South Los Angeles students

USC dentistry provides free dental treatment to hundreds of underserved South Los Angeles students

On Saturday, Oct. 20, Ostrow kicked off its two-year engagement with a special community event and VIP tours of USC’s three mobile clinics, including the Hutto Patterson Mobile Dental Clinic, a nation’s second-largest mobile dental clinic. The endeavor represents a partnership between Ostrow, the California Resources Corporation, the United Teachers Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District. Throughout the day, Ostrow …

Four up-and-coming classical musicians study at USC, perform with a premier orchestra and mentor diverse members of a local youth orchestra

To diversify America’s orchestras, USC collaborates on new strings fellowship

Fewer than two or three of every 100 musicians in professional orchestras are African-American or Latino. With that lack of diversity among performers, classical music may feel foreign and out of reach to many. But a new fellowship based at USC, in partnership with the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, aims to change that.