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USC President C. L. Max Nikias (left) presents philanthropist Gary K. Michelson, M.D. and his wife, Alya, the gift of a framed rendering during the USC Michelson Center Groundbreaking Celebration, Thursday October 23, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. (USC Photo/ Gus Ruelas)
USC made a historic first step in the interdisciplinary area of convergent bioscience, as campus leadership broke ground on the new USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience.
Generously supported by a $50 million gift from Gary K. Michelson, a retired orthopaedic spinal surgeon whose groundbreaking work generated more than 955 issued or pending patents worldwide, the center will be the cornerstone of a new collaboration between the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering that aims to transform how research is conducted at the intersection of engineering and the life and biomedical sciences.
“We have to get our government, on behalf of us collectively, to act — to invest catalytically in building out the infrastructure for a vast, medical research ecosystem that would be nucleated around the vision of this man,” Michelson said, indicating Nikias, “and this university and a commitment to medical research.”
Noting that USC is an engine for entrepreneurs, Michelson predicted Los Angeles will be the next hotbed for biomedical ventures. USC has long advocated creating biomedical research clusters that would foster new businesses and boost the economy.
“Los Angeles should become to medical research what Silicon Valley is to information technology. We owe it to the world. We owe it to LA. We need to invest in this,” he said.
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(left to right) USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Leslie Song (daughter of the late Alfred Song), and Korean Consul General Kim Hyun-myung Kim during the unveiling ceremony. (USC Photo/ Gus Ruelas)
USC President C. L. Max Nikias, USC Trustee Edward P. Roski, Jr., alumni, friends, family and supporters of the late Honorable Alfred Hoyun Song gathered on October 3, 2014 to unveil the Alfred Hoyun Song memorial monument. The monument is located in the plaza outside of the Metro Purple Line Wilshire/Western Station in Koreatown.
Hon. Alfred Hoyun Song (1919 – 2004) served in the California State Assembly, California Senate and as Chairman of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board.
Among his many achievements, Song was the first Korean American admitted to the California Bar and the first Asian American elected to the California State Legislature. His legislative record includes the creation of the California Evidence Code, and leadership on enhanced enforcement of child support, tightening of consumer protection laws, support of press freedom and improving the quality of available healthcare. Song graduated from USC with a bachelor’s degree in government in 1942 and in 1945, returned to complete his J.D. and LL.M. degrees at the USC Gould School of Law.
The memorial monument is engraved with a speech given by Senator Song in both Korean and English and was made possible by the Senator Song Commemoration Committee, chaired by Mr. Roski.
MSNBC news anchor and USC alumna Alex Witt, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Wallis Annenberg, and Dean Ernest J. Wilson III of the USC Annenberg School.
The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism inaugurated a new era of digital media education, communication and production with the grand opening of the visionary Wallis Annenberg Hall on October 1, 2014.
A crowd of more than 500 students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni and friends of USC Annenberg cheered the ribbon-cutting that marked the official opening of the 88,000-square-foot, future-focused facility that rises from the center of USC’s campus. Cardinal and gold metallic streamers filled the air as members of the Trojan Marching Band trumpeted the occasion. School and university leaders heralded the building as an expression of the school’s dedication to transparency, collaboration and experimentation. As the digital media revolution pushes ahead, Wallis Annenberg Hall is uniquely prepared to help build the next generation of communicators.
“Thanks to philanthropist Wallis Annenberg, students will have access to the digital tools of the future in the richest of learning environments,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias. “It is her sustained support of USC Annenberg that has allowed it to flourish, he said.”
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