The Viterbi Voices podcast featured Dr. Andrea Armani, and talked to her about her path to becoming a chemical engineering professor at USC, her interdisciplinary lab, and the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience. Dr. Armani’s lab will be moving to Michelson in December, and she will serve there as director of the cleanroom.
The USC Iovine and Young Academy announced a grant from the Phase ONE Foundation that will initiate a full-scale, four-year undergraduate track focused on health innovation to help patients achieve better outcomes, anticipated to launch in fall 2019. Since last year, students have been working with USC’s Convergent Science Initiative in Cancer led by Peter Kuhn, a faculty member at the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience and dean’s professor at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, to “hack cancer,” as Kuhn puts it. (November 30, 2017)
On November 9, 2017, family, friends, faculty, and staff gathered to celebrate the naming of the John D. O’Brien Nanofabrication Lab dedicated to the beloved, former Executive Vice Dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, who passed away unexpectedly last March. (November 13, 2017)
Forbes writes that “It’s hard to over-stress how big a breakthrough this USC IP course is. Until recently, intellectual property had been taught only in law schools or the occasional business school seminar.” The outlet notes that for Dr. Gary Michelson, the course “helps fulfil a promise he made to his crippled grandmother half a century ago to find cures for disease.” (November 9, 2017)
Dr. Cristina Zavaleta brings to the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience her expertise in nano-based molecular imaging, a tool that can be exploited in early cancer detection and tumor resection, or surgical removal. (October 31, 2017)
USC Dornsife researchers Peter Kuhn and Valery Fokin say culture will play a prominent role in shaping the new USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience. Fokin and Kuhn are convinced that personal connections, fostered by a healthy, supportive culture that breaks down academic silos, encourages collaboration and allows for failure will be as important as the bricks and mortar. (November 1, 2017)
As college graduates enter an increasingly competitive and global knowledge-based economy, intellectual property — driving more than $6 trillion in annual output and responsible for more than 80 percent of the market value of publicly traded companies, has become a critical area for future entrepreneurs and business leaders. It is an important topic for USC President C. L. Max Nikias, the holder of eight patents himself, and Gary K. Michelson, an inventor, philanthropist and retired orthopedic surgeon whose 2014 gift to USC named the Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience.
The trade outlet highlights that Michelson Hall is “designed, engineered, and constructed with an eye toward space flexibility and the accommodation of whatever equipment might need to be installed in the future, according to Alton Parks, the senior project manager. The hope, too, is that the design provokes interdisciplinary interaction.” (October 12, 2017)
USC Bridge Institute scientists and School of Cinematic Arts creatives came together to produce an inspired animation about scientific exploration through Hyper Spectral Phasor technology, an imaging technique developed by USC postdoctoral fellow Francesco Cutrale and USC Professor Scott Fraser.
Michelson Hall debuted November 1 at USC’s University Park Campus. It will be the home of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, bringing great minds from disciplines all over the campus — from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the Keck School of Medicine of USC — under one roof to solve the world’s most pressing health problems. The building is the result of a $50 million gift from retired orthopedic spinal surgeon Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson. (USC News, November 1)