Making cancer a disease of the past inspires a legacy of giving by the Norris family

January 11, 2018

Lisa Hansen stepped among the steel girders, watching proudly as the building around her slowly took shape.

Her family has been a leading force behind many of the facilities at the USC Health Sciences Campus, like the one she was walking through that day. But as a hardhat-wearing Hansen made her way through the dust and din, the hammering and drilling, she was not only proud, but also amazed — because everyone she met at the site was brimming with passion

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Students find home away from home at annual Thanksgiving dinner

November 27, 2017

Thanksgiving can be a lonely holiday for international students and those who can’t travel home to visit family and friends.

But hundreds of USC students who would have spent last Thursday on their own had plenty to be thankful for this year. Continuing an annual tradition she started years ago, Niki C. Nikias, wife of USC President C. L. Max Nikias, welcomed students into their home for a classic Thanksgiving meal.

“We open our doors to many visitors throughout the year, and this

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USC’s Michelson Hall, new center for convergent bioscience, makes its debut

November 1, 2017

In the near future, USC researchers might be talking about medical breakthroughs made while chatting with engineers in line for an espresso at Michelson Hall — noting the ideas on a nearby touchscreen and saving their thoughts to the cloud.

Michelson Hall debuted Wednesday at USC’s University Park Campus. It will be the home of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, bringing great minds from disciplines all over the campus — from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the

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USC Iovine and Young Academy’s latest groundbreaking project: an actual groundbreaking

October 11, 2017

Much like a startup itself, when the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy started at USC four years ago, it had to be scrappy.

It took a part of a fourth floor in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center in the middle of campus. A couple of classrooms — dubbed “the garage” — served as the hub for its first group of 30 students. It made use of every bit of space, converting conference rooms to classrooms, but the academy outgrew

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Prominent Angelenos and generous donors join in celebration of USC Village

October 4, 2017 USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Niki C. Nikias arrive at the USC Village gala. (USC Photo/Steve Cohn)

Nearly 1,000 of L.A.’s most prominent business leaders, philanthropists and elected officials joined USC President C. L. Max Nikias and colleagues Tuesday for a festive gala celebrating the opening of USC Village.

“Tonight we can see the full span of USC’s extraordinary evolution from cornerstone to capstone,” Nikias told the crowd gathered in USC Village’s Central Piazza.

“And we recognize that the USC Village stands as the crowning achievement of all of our capital construction efforts, efforts that have been fueled and fulfilled

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USC’s freshman class sets record: More first-generation students than ever

September 28, 2017 This year’s class was selected from the most applicants in USC history. (USC Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

The Trojan Family grew by 3,358 when the fall semester began, and many of those incoming students are first in their families to attend college. Almost 17 percent of the class of 2021 are first-generation college students, according to the USC Office of Admission.

About two-thirds of the class are students of color. The incoming class also has the highest average test scores in USC history.

“As the numbers show, our fall freshman class is the highest achieving and the most diverse

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Foshay Learning Center provides more first-year USC students than any other high school

Foshay graduates now at USC: Kathryn Johnston, Jose Martinez-Garcia, Dayanara Saucedo, Samantha Suarez, Katherine Loera, Jessica Hernandez-Flores, Angelica Vasquez, Fatima Saravia, Sergio Lopez and Nancy Hernandez, from left (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

The Foshay Learning Center has done it again. For the second year in a row, the public high school — which is less than a mile from the University Park Campus — has sent more first-year students to USC than any other high school. Foshay first took the honor last year with 19 students, and that number rose to 21 this year.

Although the students may be moving in different academic directions, their Foshay bond doesn’t break.

“We’ve been together since sixth grade,” said

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USC Global Conference 2017 opens in Tokyo

September 21, 2017 USC President C. L. Max Nikias speaks at the welcome dinner for the 2017 USC Global Conference in Tokyo. (USC Photo/Staff)

TOKYO — The 2017 USC Global Conference opened at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo today with nearly 500 people at the welcome dinner to kick off the three-day event. Guests were treated to a special performance by legendary violinist Midori Goto, Distinguished Professor at the USC Thornton School of Music.

The conference runs through Saturday and features presentations and discussions among USC researchers, regional business leaders and other global executives and academic leaders.

“This is a special moment for so many of us, to

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USC Village opens to the Trojan Family with fanfare, streamers and a new campus icon

August 31, 2017 (left to right) Sculptor Christopher Slatoff, USC President's wife Niki Nikias and USC President C. L. Max Nikias unveil the Hecuba statue during USC Village grand opening celebration, Thursday, August 17, 2017. (Photo/Gus Ruelas)

The Trojan Marching Band, led by its Trojan warrior in full regalia, led hundreds into the medieval Tuscan village.

You know, the type of medieval village with a Starbucks, Trader Joe’s and lodging for 2,500 students.

“Let’s follow them!” a woman shouted from the crowd.

USC Village, the university’s massive development at the corner of Hoover Street and Jefferson Boulevard, officially opened to the Trojan community Thursday on the same day as the annual new-student convocation.

Not only is it the largest development

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Nikias and USC professor Jacob Soll talk financial accountability in high level Athens meetings

July 7, 2017

USC Professor Jacob Soll’s master work, The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations (Basic Books, 2014), cast a stark light on the financial world as national economies continued to recover from the Great Recession of a few years earlier. Now the book has been translated to Greek, and Soll presented the updated version to scholars at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece.

Soll, the recipient of a MacArthur Fellows award (often called a MacArthur genius grant), was joined by USC

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