USC's Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton on her Presidential Citizens Medal win

Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton
Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton USC

When President Obama recently awarded the Presidential Citizens Medals, he said, “What unites these citizens - what makes them special - is the determination they share ... to recognize when others are suffering and take it upon themselves to make a difference."

One of the recipients is USC professor Roberta Diaz Brinton, who developed the STAR program. It encourages future doctors, scientists, and researchers to explore and help their world. [Audio: She talked to KPCC's Steve Julian on how the program got started.]

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