Niparko takes on new role as head of USC Care

In his new role, John Niparko will collaborate with leaders in health care. John Niparko has been appointed to the position of president of USC Care Medical Group. He will serve a two-year term, which began on July 1, succeeding Edward Crandall, chair of the Department of Medicine, who also served a two-year term. As […]


Riding the train to work is not a part of the typical Southern Californian lifestyle, but if Robert Doiel’s experience is any indication, that may soon change. Doiel, who works as a programmer in student affairs, has been taking the new Metrolink commuter train from his home in Santa Clarita to Union Station in downtown […]


For most of the 1980s, Southern California real estate was booming. New shopping centers, housing tracts and office buildings sprouted up throughout the region. It was practically impossible to make a bad investment. In the ’90s, however, real estate development began to go bust. Lenders, who had suffered through the savings-and-loan crisis, became more and […]

Awards: Scripter goes to ‘Wonder Boys’ writers

Novelist Michael Chabon and screenwriter Steve Kloves are the winners of the USC Scripter Award for their contributions to Paramount Pictures and Mutual Film Company’s “Wonder Boys.” Screenwriter Scott Frank, chair of the 13th Annual USC Scripter selection committee of 54 film and literary professionals, announced the award on behalf of the Friends of the […]

Shenzhen Customs seize $2.6m in goods to protect IPR

Shenzhen Customs seized 18 million yuan ($2.6 million) in goods that infringed on intellectual property rights of Chinese enterprises last year, up 90 percent on 2015.More than 260,000 items were confiscated, up by 33 percent year-on-year. Most were clothes, shoes and bags, although patent infringements on electronic products has been rising, the authority said.Among the […]

A Longer Life Span

Current government projections may significantly underestimate the future life expectancy of Americans, according to a new study from the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society. The research, co-authored by Dana Goldman of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development and the USC School of Pharmacy, finds that by 2050 Americans may live […]

Chinese drama staged at 68th Avignon Festival

Rhinoceros in Love directed by Meng Jinghui will be staged at Avignon Festival.July brings the annual festival to Avignon and transforms the city in southern France into a lively theatre. A special performance of China Night also creates a dense Chinese culture atmosphere there. Meng Jinghui, art director of the Beijing Fringe Festival (formerly the […]

TV makers pin hopes on AR tech

Television manufacturers’ application of augmented reality technology into TVs is regarded as an attempt to seek new industry growth, however it remains to be seen whether this will be accepted by the market, industry experts said. Chinese TV manufacturer Skyworth Group Co Ltd recently unveiled the world’s first AR smart TV. The AR application in […]

Potala Palace paintings preserved

Images inPotala Palaceinclude religious stories, historical figures, and biographies of eminent monks. Five billion pixels are the technological fix for preserving murals in Tibet’s Potala Palace. The digitization project is part of ongoing efforts to safeguard temple art throughout the Tibet Autonomous Region.The Potala Palace, in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, has a history of […]

One for the Books

Sheridan Street Elementary School students, from left, with Aaron Fernandez, Jasmine De La Cruz and Mark Gonzalez with USC professor Mel Baron USC School of Pharmacy associate professor Mel Baron, who has a long-standing commitment to increasing literacy and education in the community, recently made a contribution that hit close to home. With a successful […]