A Time for Gratitude

Awards and Honors

USC is made up of those who see solutions, not problems. In honor of the boundless energy and unmatched effort to re-open our campus, President Folt has honored those who made it happen with a first-of-its-kind award. The spotlight also has shown a host of achievements for faculty, staff and students.

Plaque with an image of the USC Presidential Medallion

Employees’ pandemic work honored with monuments representing USC’s Presidential Medallion

For the first time, the medallion is presented to all staff, faculty and front-line health-care workers for keeping USC safe during the pandemic.

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Solar panel atop Galen Center and a view of the Downtown L.A. skyline

Driven to lead, USC sets the pace on carbon neutrality

In a move taken by only a handful of universities, USC aims for net zero carbon emissions. By 2025, USC will have improved its energy efficiency and expanded the use of solar power. USC also has made sustainability a core part of its curriculum, fostering global citizens who will fight climate change.

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USC Viterbi’s Andrea Armani and Cyrus Shahabi and USC Dornsife’s Sri Narayan

Three USC professors elected fellows of the National Academy of Inventors

USC Viterbi’s Andrea Armani and Cyrus Shahabi and USC Dornsife’s Sri Narayan join a distinguished class of 175 inductees who demonstrate “a prolific spirit of innovation.”

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Solar panels on the roof of the Galen Center help USC reach its sustainability goals

USC wins silver in the nation’s sustainability rating system for colleges and universities

The university underwent a rigorous evaluation by STARS, the nation’s sustainability rating system for colleges and universities, with the results highlighting successes in community partnerships and biodiversity.

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John Carpten

USC’s John Carpten to chair President Biden’s National Cancer Advisory Board

As chair of the presidential board, Carpten will be in a position to guide the nation’s cancer research efforts.

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A hillside ablaze during the Bobcat Fire

Enlisting the power of AI to fight California wildfires

USC Viterbi artificial intelligence experts are helping firefighters strategize how best to plan controlled burns and manage unexpected blazes.

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USC Architecture Professor Doris Sung

Award-winning design from USC architecture professor saves energy while using none

Though Doris Sung has won awards before, she hopes this particular one — the Cooper Hewitt 2021 National Design Award for climate action — will inspire the next generation of architects at USC.

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USC Leonard Davis assistant professor receives prestigious investigator-focused grant

Assistant Professor Bérénice Benayoun will receive more than $2 million over five years to support her research on mechanisms of genomic regulation and how they influence health and disease.

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Anne Katz and Jennifer Lewis

USC social work professors awarded Fulbrights to expand research internationally

Clinical Associate Professor Jennifer Lewis and Clinical Professor Emerita Anne Katz are among highly select number of USC faculty awarded by U.S. Department of State.

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Gerald Giaguinta with students

Professors Hannah Garry and Gerald Giaquinta set to go overseas as Fulbright Scholars

Garry will study laws to enforce refugees’ rights and Giaquinta will teach cross-cultural communication and business.

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