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“It is a place to test run your ideas and make you a better thinker. ”—Shao-Ling Ma, doctoral candidate, department of English

Spring 2012 / Polymathic Pizza - Weird Science
Cells: How Will Stem Cells Revolutionize Medicine?

When

Wednesday, April 4 2012
5:00pm-6:30pm

Where

Doheny Memorial Library, Room 241

Who

Open to undergraduates

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Stem cells are the protean building blocks of biological life, triggered into multiple formats by genetic chemistry.  Hence they offer breathtaking possibilities for regenerative medicine.  How far along are we in understanding these design mechanisms?

Gregor B. Adams

Gregor B. Adams

Gregor B. Adams is assistant professor of cell & neurobiology at USC with a joint appointment in the Keck School of Medicine.  His work focuses on researching hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) niche.  His research, which involves collaborations with Cal Tech and work across many schools at USC, seeks to understand the HSC niche.  His research has important implications for the development of stem-cell treatments.

Spring 2015 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: Back to the Future

The Future—what is it, how best to predict it, whether it will feature utopic advancement or a dystopic nightmare—has long occupied our minds. Over the course of Spring 2015, students and select faculty will consider paradoxes and what possibilities thinking about the future might hold.

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Polymathic Workshops, Panels, and Special Events

In Spring 2015, 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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