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“Design is by definition a polymathic pursuit. ”—Kevin Starr

Spring 2012 / Polymathic Pizza - Weird Science
Bugs: Can They Be Outwitted?


Wednesday, March 7 2012


Doheny Memorial Library, Room 241


Open to undergraduates


We are not alone on this planet.  Bugs are everywhere, butterflies and viruses alike.  What are bugs trying to teach us regarding mutation and survival?  Will we ever win the battle against deadly viruses? Or will bugs prove our undoing?

Jed Fuhrman

Jed Fuhrman

Jed Fuhrman is McCulloch-Crosby Chair in Marine Biology & professor of biology at USC.  He studies the roles of microorganisms in natural marine ecosystems and the cycling of matter in the ocean, from the microscopic scale to the global scale. His work has also moved beyond the lab to improve public health.  He measures human pathogenic viruses at recreational beaches as a potential health hazard, and works on innovative ways to make such measurements relatively easy and inexpensive.

Spring 2016 Series

Quadrant Series with Edwin McCann

The Academy for Polymathic Study guides its enquiries through four flexible pathways or Quadrants:  (1) critical and integrative thinking; (2) study of the polymaths; (3) the tapestry of knowledge; and (4) communication.

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Undergraduate Series:

Polymathic Pizza, Part II: Speculative Futures

What will our world look like in ten, twenty, or fifty years? How can we imagine, prepare for, and influence future trajectories of our planet in terms of governance, sustainability, and co-existence? The spring 2016 Polymathic Pizza series brings together faculty and students from diverse disciplines and interests to speculate on the future and to explore how we might have a hand in shaping it.

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Polymathic Workshops, Panels, and Special Events

In Spring 2016, the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study is partnering with leading global and academic institutions and scholars, holding workshops and symposia to explore topics and issues from a polymathic perspctive.   

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The Goethe Society

The Goethe Society, an undergraduate organization affiliated with the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, will continue its enjoyment of the cultural resources of the USC campus and greater Los Angeles. 

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