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May 19, 2022

Four stories to read this weekend, chosen by our editors

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A man with bleached, spiky hair addresses a room full of graduates

Keck School of Medicine graduates honored for compassion, perseverance

On May 14, Keck School of Medicine of USC graduates were honored for their hard work under the difficult circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. In her commencement address, award-winning journalist Ann Curry encouraged the graduates to make time for emotional and physical self-care so they may continue to give their best to others. Dexter Holland, PhD, and the lead singer of the rock band The Offspring, also spoke at the ceremony and remarked that would be remembered as "the class that did the impossible." And at the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences, the Native American Student Assembly surprised Native students with special sashes made from a handwoven blanket in the tradition of honoring a person by wrapping them with a blanket.

A young woman wears a relieved smile

How an eye exam saved a patient's life

When Anne Crile began to experience multiple sudden changes to her vision, she never imagined that her symptoms would lead to the diagnosis of a life-threatening brain tumor. Fortunately, optometrist Kent Nguyen, OD, of the USC Roski Eye Institute, was able to determine that her new onset colorblindness was a sign of a serious neuro-ophthalmologic problem.

A dean gives a diploma to a young woman

USC Pharmacy's 115th commencement honors the graduating class of 2022

On March 13, the USC School of Pharmacy marked its 115th commencement before an audience of more than 2,000. Dean Vassilios Papadopoulos, DPharm, PhD, presided over the event on the Broad Lawn, encouraging graduates to embrace the mission to transform the face of pharmacy.

A trio of images show a broken bone mending

For large bone injuries, it's Sonic hedgehog to the rescue

A USC Stem Cell study published in NPJ Regenerative Medicine presents intriguing evidence that large bone injuries might trigger a healing process in adults that imitates how bones form in fetuses. Key to this repair strategy is a gene with a fittingly heroic name: Sonic hedgehog.

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