Go LEGO Robots, Go

Students from Computer Science 445 Photo by Irene Fertik Students from Computer Science 445 cheer on “Mad Jax,” the eventual winner of the LEGO robot contest held Dec. 14. The 43 students, working in two- and three-person teams, created 16 fully autonomous robots out of LEGO technic parts and a student-programmed microprocessor, gear train and […]

NAI students go behind the scenes at Univision

Univision journalists Cecilia Bográn and Alejandro Mendoza, right, chat about their careers with Neighborhood Academic Initiative students. (USC Photo/Teresa Lara) A bus filled with enthusiastic USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) students arrived at the headquarters of the Spanish-language television network Univision for a day of discovery and career shadowing. The opportunity to tour the network’s […]

Over 10 regions unveil cuts in social security programs

An elder shows her social security card in Nantong city, Jiangsu province, March 30, 2016. More than 10 provincial-level regions have unveiled their social security cut programs, and local governments said lowering the percentage will not affect employee’s welfare and benefits, chinanews.com reported on its website.The report came six weeks after the State Council announced […]

Doctoral degree awaits pharmacy grad student

Tino Sanchez will receive a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from the USC School of Pharmacy. For Tino Sanchez, walking across the stage on May 11 and receiving his degree from USC is a dream come true. And it’s been long in coming. “I grew up in the neighborhood,” Sanchez said, “so I had always wanted […]

God’s Heart Has No Borders: How Religious Activists Are Working for Immigration Rights

In understanding the contributions religious activists are making to immigration rights in post- 9/11 America, USC College sociology professor Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo provides a comprehensive view of how Muslim, Christian and Jewish groups are working to counter xenophobia. Based on years of fieldwork, the book looks at Muslim Americans defending their civil liberties after 9/11; Christian […]


Networks of Outrage and Hopeby Manuel CastellsPolity Press, $14.95 New forms of social movements and protests are erupting throughout the world, from the Arab uprisings to Occupy Wall Street groups in the United States. These social protests share one thing in common: They’re interwoven with communication networks supported by the Internet and wireless communication. University […]

USC athletic director addresses hot-button topics in college sports

In this month’s State of Troy announcement, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden provides his perspective on recent hot-button topics in college sports, including former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon’s lawsuit against the NCAA over the use of player likeness. Haden on the potential effects of the O’Bannon case … To be prudent, institutions have to think about […]

Volunteer Victims Wanted for ShakeOut

The Great California ShakeOut needs volunteer victims for a mass casualty drill on the Health Sciences campus. The drill will be held Thursday, Oct. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to noon on the Health Sciences campus. Lunch will be provided for participants at the conclusion of the drill. Participants will report to Lot 70 on Biggy […]

In Memoriam: Charles Ritcheson, 86

Charles Ritcheson Charles Ray Ritcheson, USC University Librarian Emeritus and Colin Rhys Lovell Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, died Dec. 8 at his home in Washington, D.C. He was 86. State Librarian Emeritus of California, University Professor and associate dean of USC Libraries Kevin Starr said, “Charles Ritcheson brought a first-rate mind, an impeccable academic […]

Hip Fracture Risk for Women Who Discontinue Hormone Therapy

Roksana Karim led research indicating that women who stop hormone therapy are at higher risk of hip fracture. Women who stop taking estrogen-based hormone therapy are at higher risk of hip fractures, according to a study by researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Kaiser Permanente Southern California. The study, led by […]