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“The idea is to escape the rigidity of classic study ”—Sidney Harman

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


Wednesday, April 4 2012


Doheny Memorial Library, Room 241


Open to undergraduates


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 2014 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: Global Issues

Ours is a global civilization, and USC is a global university with a global student body.  This spring, the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study will sponsor a polymathic pizza oriented to global issues. 

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Graduate Series:

Objects of Knowledge III

This third season of a series of conversations examines the diverse ways that images and things interact, embody and generate ways of knowing, which guide the course of human action and understanding and engender creativity and innovation. 

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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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