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USC summit marks rebirth of biotech era in Los Angeles

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(left to right) USC Trustee Frank Cruz, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and USC President C. L. Max Nikias during the Los Angeles Biotech Summit at the University of Southern California Health Sciences Campus, Thursday, February 25, 2015. USC Photos/Gus Ruelas

(left to right) USC Trustee Frank Cruz, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and USC President C. L. Max Nikias during the Los Angeles Biotech Summit at the University of Southern California Health Sciences Campus, Thursday, February 25, 2015. USC Photos/Gus Ruelas

Los Angeles city and county policymakers and educational institutions are laying the groundwork for the region’s biotechnology strategy at a summit today on the USC Health Sciences Campus.

The Los Angeles Biotech Summit draws leaders from business, academia and government to discuss ways to build the industry and, in turn, create more jobs.

Participants include Los Angeles County supervisors Hilda Solis and Mark Ridley-Thomas; Nelson Rising of Rising Realty Partners; Bill Allen of the Los Angeles Economic Development Council; Steve Kay, biochemist and dean of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; David Meyer of the Los Angeles BioMedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center; Marvin Martinez, president of East Los Angeles College; and Elmy Bermejo, regional representative for U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez.

“Today, we gather at a most auspicious moment in the history of medicine and the biological sciences. Each day brings advances that not only improve how long we live, but how well we live. Now, we have an opportunity to usher in progress and economic development, here in the heart of our city,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias.

“What Silicon Valley brought to computer technology, Los Angeles can bring to biotechnology: a thriving environment of innovations encompassing academic institutions, training centers, companies, and communities throughout the county.”

Read the complete article at USC News, and The Los Angeles Times Op-Ed by President Nikias.

Nikias comes to defense of the research university

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USC President C.L. Max Nikias delivers his address to the staff Feb. 19 at Bovard Auditorium. He also spoke to faculty Feb. 10 at the Health Sciences Campus and Feb. 11 at Town & Gown on the University Park Campus. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

USC President C.L. Max Nikias delivers his address to the staff Feb. 19 at Bovard Auditorium. He also spoke to faculty Feb. 10 at the Health Sciences Campus and Feb. 11 at Town & Gown on the University Park Campus. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

In his 2015 addresses to faculty and staff, USC President C. L. Max Nikias delivered a full-throated defense of the research university.

Speaking Feb. 11 to faculty at Town & Gown, he responded to a recent wave of criticism in the media over ballooning tuition, crushing student debt and uncertainty about the market value of a college education.

Nikias acknowledged that these are legitimate concerns.

“We owe it to ourselves and to our nation to examine ourselves honestly,” he said, setting himself the goal of being “as complete and objective as possible.”

Read the full article on USC News.

Nikias and Solis discuss biotech

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County Supervisor Hilda Solis and USC President C. L. Max Nikias at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration

County Supervisor Hilda Solis and USC President C. L. Max Nikias at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration

USC President C. L. Max Nikias met with Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis ’81 to discuss how to bring more economic development to the First District, which encompasses the university’s Health Sciences Campus.

Jobs are an area of expertise for Solis, who until 2013 was President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Labor. Solis is also part of the Trojan Family, having earned a master of public administration degree at USC.

In advance of a Biotech Summit to be hosted by USC on Feb. 26, the president and the supervisor shared their visions for a biotech corridor that would stretch from HSC on the west to California State University, Los Angeles, on the east and beyond.

Read the full article on USC News

Connecting with global leaders in Davos

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(left to right) USC President C.L. Max Nikias, Emilio Lozoya Austin, CEO of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX)

USC President C. L. Max Nikias with Emilio Lozoya Austin, CEO of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) in Davos, Switzerland

USC President C.L. Max Nikias just returned from Davos, Switzerland, where he attended the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting last week. The event convenes 2,500 industry and national leaders from across the world to discuss international challenges and shape global agendas.

While at the Annual Meeting, President Nikias participated as a special guest in the annual governors meeting of the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF). The GULF group consists of the top administrators of the world’s leading research universities who convene regularly to cultivate partnerships, exchange ideas and tackle crucial issues. Outside of his engagement with the GULF group, President Nikias’ schedule consisted of interactive sessions and meetings with national and industry leaders.

He also contributed written commentary on online education’s greatest promise, which was published on Agenda, an online publication of the World Economic Forum. The full article is available here.

Commerating civil rights and law enforcement

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(left to right) USC President C.L. Max Nikias, Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey during the 6th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Los Angeles Police Department breakfast,   Saturday, January 10, 2015. USC Photos/Gus Ruelas

USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, and LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey. (USC Photo / Gus Ruelas)

USC hosted an event on campus on January 10, 2014 in cooperation with the Los Angeles Police Department, marking the ongoing legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The law enforcement community came together for the 6th annual Los Angeles Police Department Martin Luther King Breakfast, attended by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson, new Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell and Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey. USC President C. L. Max Nikias welcomed police officers and city officials prior to a keynote address by United States District Judge Andre Birotte, Jr.

USC Experience Initiative receives boost from groundbreaking author Joseph Pine

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USC President Nikias, author Joseph Pine, and USC Trustee Rick Caruso during lunch at the USC Experience Retreat held at USC in Los Angeles, CA. Nov 20, 2014. USC Photo / David Sprague.

USC President Nikias, author Joseph Pine, and USC Trustee Rick Caruso during lunch at the USC Experience Retreat held at USC in Los Angeles, CA. Nov 20, 2014. USC Photo / David Sprague.

“Why do people go to university?” author B. Joseph Pine II asked a roomful of USC leaders.

It’s not for the ideas or the books or the classroom instruction, he said. It’s not even for the out-of-classroom encounters, though that’s getting a bit closer.

“It’s because they’re looking to be transformed.”

The renowned author and business consultant was the featured speaker at this year’s President’s Leadership Retreat, held Nov. 20. Some 400 USC managers gathered in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center ballroom that morning to listen and then brainstorm on the university’s place in what Pine has dubbed “the experience economy.”

The event doubled as the formal launch of The USC Experience initiative, a new push to integrate Pine’s business ideas into the fabric of Trojan life.

Read the full article on USC News.

USC awards $100,000 annual grant to LAPD Cadet Leadership Program

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USC President C.L. Max Nikias greets the Los Angeles Police Department cadets prior to the LAPD Cadet Press Conference, Wednesday, November 19, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. (USC Photo/ Gus Ruelas)

USC President C.L. Max Nikias greets the Los Angeles Police Department cadets prior to the LAPD Cadet Press Conference, Wednesday, November 19, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. (USC Photo/ Gus Ruelas)

In an ongoing commitment to fostering community partnerships throughout the city, USC has awarded the Los Angeles Police Department a $100,000 annual grant to support its burgeoning Cadet Leadership Program.

The annual award will help the LAPD expand its signature community youth program, which has 6,000 active members age 13 to 20 from every part of the Los Angeles area. With USC’s support, the LAPD Cadet Leadership Program can continue to help students from all walks of life achieve academic excellence, develop character and leadership skills, and lead productive lives.

“This support speaks to USC’s confidence in these young women and men, and our shared commitment — along with LAPD — to our community and its youth,” USC President C. L. Max Nikias said Wednesday morning before presenting the award.

“These cadets are our future. Look at them. It’s America’s future,” Nikias said. “The USC community stands with them, not only today, but every day for the many, many years to come.”

Read the full article on USC News.

USC Pacific Asia Museum Gala honors USC Trustee Dominic Ng

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USC President C. L. Max Nikias and USC Trustee Dominic Ng

USC President C. L. Max Nikias and USC Trustee Dominic Ng

For the first time since the alliance formed between USC and Pacific Asia Museum one year ago, more than 550 supporters and friends of the museum gathered for the annual Festival of the Autumn Moon Gala.

The event, in its 37th year, honored Dominic Ng, chairman and CEO of East West Bank, for his business and civic leadership as well as his passion and support of Asian art and culture.

USC President C. L. Max Nikias cited Ng’s stellar leadership in business and his passion for the arts, in addition to praising the partnership between USC and Pacific Asia Museum.

USC Pacific Asia Museum Director Christina Yu Yu thanked sponsors, volunteers and friends whose steadfast support made the evening possible and allows for the museum’s continued commitment to the arts.

Read more at USC News.

Widney Society sets course for USC’s future

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Widney Society Gala 2014

USC Trustee John Mork, Julie Mork, Niki C. Nikias, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Lynn Booth, Gail Garner Roski, USC Trustee Edward P. Roski, Jr., USC Trustee William J. Schoen

Following in the pioneering vision of USC founder Judge Robert Maclay Widney, USC honored its philanthropic leaders at the 3rd annual Widney Society Gala. Benefactors who have donated $1 million or more in gifts or pledges to the university are inducted at this annual event, recognizing their extraordinary generosity and foresight in creating an enduring legacy for the future at USC. The gala evening event is set right outside Widney Alumni House, the university’s oldest buildings, now enhanced with a newly commissioned bronze statue of the university’s founding father.

The historic $6 billion Campaign for USC, launched in 2011, has raised $3.74 billion to date, with the generous support of more than 250,000 donors.

Veterans Resource Center established for USC students

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Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, left and USC President C. L. Max NikiasRetired Army General David Petraeus, left, and USC President C. L. Max Nikias, right, show their engraved wooden Trojan swords. The swords were presented to them by the USC Student Veterans Association for their help in opening  USC Veterans Resource Center, on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. (USC Photo/ Gus Ruelas)

Presidential priorities

  • Transforming USC into a major hub of the emerging Age of the Pacific—by creating trans-Pacific alliances, by fully utilizing Los Angeles as a laboratory for trans-Pacific research, education and culture, and by building the foremost network of Pacific leaders.

  • Ensuring that the USC academic community serves as a key engine of intellectual, economic and cultural progress for the nation, and allowing its vast array of disciplines to be combined creatively in order to catalyze new knowledge and innovation.

  • Ensuring that USC promotes imagination and invention by creating a living and learning environment in which the university’s undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty are fluent in a wide variety of intellectual areas, ranging from classical literary works to the latest digital technologies.

  • Serving the neighborhoods around our two campuses through job creation and quality k-12 education. Further strengthening the legendary traditions of the Trojan Family.

  • Leading USC during the most ambitious fundraising campaign ever announced by an American university. This historic endeavor will raise $6 billion to support USC's faculty and students, as well as its academic priorities, capital projects, and essential infrastructure.