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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 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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