|SynTouch Featured in Popular Mechanics|
SynTouch, a USC Viterbi BmE start-up with Jerry Loeb, was featured in the list of the top-10 Innovations in 2013 from Popular Mechanics: These are robotic fingers that give machines humanlike touch. David Petraeus saw the robotic fingers on Tuesday and was “blown away”.
|Arieh Warshel wins Nobel Prize|
Arieh Warshel, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, has earned a new title: Nobel laureate. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for 2013 on Oct. 9 to Warshel and two colleagues for developing the key principles behind computer simulations that are now indispensable in the study of chemical reactions.
|USC Alum Fundraises for The Genesis Controller|
USC Alum, Sanjay Kumar Rajpoot, is launching a $50,000 IndieGoGo campaign for his latest venture, Sustainable Microfarms. Sustainable Microfarms has developed The Genesis Controller, the first product to make hydroponics easy, accessible, and automated so that anyone can adopt hydroponic farming.
|USC Center for Body Computing Demos First Ever Heart Rate-on-Instagram App|
The USC Center for Body Computing demonstrated its BioGram app today at its 7th Annual USC Body Computing Conference. The app allows users to take their heart rate and post it on Instagram and its own photosharing tool. The app, which is not yet commercially available, is the first time biostatistical information is integrated seamlessly onto a multimedia platform for sharing.
|AliveCor ECG Comes to Android, Transmits Your Palpitations to Instagram|
If your heart really does beat faster when you hold your loved ones, you can now share that on Instagram too; the University of Southern California has created BioGram, an app that pairs with AliveCor's tech to do slap your heart's BPM over the top of your sepia-tinged photos.
|A USC Win at Biomedical Engineering Society Coulter Competition|
The USC team won both the 1st place and “People’s Choice” awards at the Coulter College hosted by the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) at its national conference. The three clinical needs projects that the USC team researched concurrently at the event were: 1) Drug-infusion pump for pediatric neuro-oncology, 2) Smart hydrocephalus shunt, and 3) Automated drug dosing for schizophrenic patients. They won with the drug infusion pump for pediatric neuro-oncology from the Meng lab.
|Long Live the Humans|
Scientific American featured research by Caleb Finch and Eileen Crimmins of the USC Davis School, who are studying Peruvian mummies to learn why humans live as long as they do today. The mummy research has shown that, despite improvements in sanitation over millennia, certain age-limiting factors were built into human evolution. Finch said that obesity and climate change may provide a reason to be cautious about predicting expanding life spans in the future.
|A Mathematical Approach to Syria|
USC journalism professor, K.C. Cole writes an op-ed on how game theory can be used to help alleviate the Syrian standoff. The working compromise is a classic case of the power of game theory, a branch of mathematics that analyzes the best possible outcomes in conflicts where neither side knows what the other will do.
|Aiming High: Students at USC Attempt to Launch Rocket into Space|
In the northern Nevada desert, student engineers from the University of Southern California's Rocket Lab in Los Angeles say they are trying to make history by sending a student-built rocket into space.
|Is Your School Underrated for Tech Entrepreneurship?|
Managing partner of Los Angeles tech accelerator StartEngine, Howard Marks, announces the 2013 StartEngine College Index. Tackling a problem most investors have of searching for the nation's best talent, Marks breaks down how the Index was created and how tech investors can use it to their advantage. The Index uncovers some of the nation's best-kept secrets in entrepreneurship - public schools are powerhouses, strong user bases aren't coastal - debunking other common sense in the tech entrepreneurship industry.
|Home Court Advantage: Will California Teams Dominate at Solar Decathlon?|
In previous years, the Department of Energy’s US Solar Decathlon has been held in Washington, D.C., posing a challenge for California colleges and universities. This year’s Decathlon will take place in Orange County, which will hopefully improve the odds for teams from Stanford, Caltech and USC.
|Quantum Computing Disentangled: A Look Behind the D-Wave Buzz|
Back in April, a USC team led by Sergio Boxio ran tests to prove that the D-wave computer was truly a quantum machine. The debate continues. This article from Scientific American breaks down quantum computing and the D-wave phenomenon.
|New Clinical Trial Aims to Help Children Whoâve Never Been Able to Hear|
The Children's Hospital Los Angeles and House Research Institute (HRI) were awarded a grant for a five-year clinical trial that will cover medical costs for an auditory brainstem implant on children between the ages of 2 and 5 who have not been able to hear since birth.
|A Survivor for the Ages|
Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter told stories about the terror of the Warsaw Ghetto and being separated from his family upon arriving at a concentration camp to David Traum, head of the Natural Language Dialogue group at USC’s Institute for Creative Technology (ICT). Along with the USC Shoah Foundation, ICT has been working toward transforming survivors like Gutter into 3D holograms that can tell new generations about their experiences.
|Life in the Subsurface|
USC researchers from the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences have launched a five-year project to search for microorganism in deep mineshafts, boreholes and other sites located hundreds of meters below the surface. The project, funded by the NASA Astrobiology Institute and affiliated with USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, looks to detect and characterize microbial life in the subsurface.
|Researchers Figure Out How to Grow Uniform Batches of Carbon Nanotubes|
Last month, USC researchers published a paper detailing how to grow specific types of carbon nanotubes, eliminating the expensive and time-consuming process of sorting by size. These tiny tubes, which measure 1 nanometer across and are composed of rolled up grapheme, have the potential to be used in solar cells, batteries, electronic circuits and everyday objects.
|USC Student Re-imagines Google Glass Applications with Epson|
Epson released their Moverio smart glasses almost two years ago, and recently invited app developers to their North American headquarters to start thinking of exciting ideas for future versions of the device. Serhan Ulkumen, a junior at USC, developed a running app that projects an image of the user running the same route, allowing them to work on surpassing a personal record.
|SynTouch, Featured in the World Economic Forumâs Technology Pioneers 2014|
Co-founded by USC researchers in 2008, SynTouch develops and manufactures the only sensor technology in the world that allows robots to replicate (and often exceed) the human sense of touch. It is their mission to continue the development of tactile sensors in order to assist scientists working with cutting-edge applications where the sense of touch is beneficial.
|Zeus â 3D Printer Scanner Overfunds in 24 Hours|
ZEUS is a 3D printer scanner that was invented at USC’s incubator/accelerator, Viterbi Startup Garage. Upon launching their Kickstarter crowdfunding page, the team exceeded their $100,000 goal within 24 hours.
|SBIR Phase II Workshop|
|4th Annual PortTech EXPO|
|PortTech EXPO Cleantech Entrepreneur Pitch Competition|
|AUG 28: Seminar, Impact of Early Life Events on the Developing Mind|
|AUG 26: Regulatory Science 2, Risk-Assessment Tools for Proposed Clinical and Translational Project|
|Chewse-ing Healthy Catering Options in LA is Getting Easier|
Tracy Lawrence, founder and CEO of Chewse, was once a USC student with a great idea. After working nonstop with co-founder Jeff Schenck and becoming part of the 500 Startups Accelerator in northern California, Chewse has expanded throughout the LA area.
|Proposed Federal TRANSFER Act Would Open Funds for University Proof of Concept|
Congressman Chris Collins and Congressman Derek Kilmer introduced technology-transfer legislation to accelerate the commercialization of federally-funded research and technology.
|New Wearable Device Helps Blind Patients See Shapes and Colors|
USC's Dr. Mark Humayun is an opthalmologist and biomedical engineer who developed the Argus device. Dean Lloyd lost his sight in 1989 and began using the Argus in 2007. Though his sight is not restored, the Argus activates the function of sight and allows Lloyd to see borders and boundaries at low resolution.
|The Hottest Startups On College Campuses Right Now|
Business Insider published an article about successful startups that are being built by current college students. GymFlow, part of USC’s Viterbi Startup Garage, is an app that allows users to determine how crowded the gym is before they get there. Planana (a spin-off of TrueRSVP) was presented at the 2011 USC Student Innovator Showcase and now has clients such as Saks Fifth Avenue, AlwaysOn and DEMO.
|Redefining Cancer Could Reduce Unnecessary Treatment|
CBS News interviewed Dr. David Agus, cancer specialist and head of the USC Westside Cancer Center on the subject of redefining cancer. In many cases, slow-growing cancers are treated too aggressively, leading to unnecessary side effects. Cancer specialists are working toward eliminating these mistakes by educating patients and re-categorizing certain illnesses that should not fall under the “cancer” umbrella.
|USC Lab Faces Up to Digital Innovations|
The Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) Graphics Lab at USC showcased several of their visual innovations at the 40th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (or SIGGRAPH 2013). ICT’s project, Digital Ira, is a photo-real digital double that is responsive to changes in viewpoint and lighting.
|USC Engineer to Spotlight His NASA Research|
Behrokh Khoshnevis is a professor of industrial and systems engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. His NASA-funded Contour Crafting research uses computerized robots to build houses and facilities on Earth… among other locations. With NASA’s help, he is currently designing and building infrastructure elements such as an airport on the moon or Mars. Professor Khoshnevis has been invited to showcase his far-reaching concepts at NASA’s annual Technology Day at the US Capitol.
|Faster Data Transmission|
Inside Higher Ed featured Alan Willner, professor of electrical engineering at USC, on their podcast “Academic Minute” to discuss how twisting light could significantly increase data transmission speeds. Several data-carrying beams of light can be twisted in different ways and separated at a receiver, thus increasing the data capacity for a given space.
|PhD Candidate Receives USC Diploma in Innovation Grant|
Amber Angell, an occupational science PhD candidate, was recently awarded a Diploma in Innovation grant from the USC Graduate School with help from the USC Stevens Center for Innovation. Angell’s research focuses on Latino children with autism, specifically the accuracy and timeliness of their diagnosis. The Diploma in Innovation grant will aid Angell in creating a professional awareness curriculum and a corresponding webinar.
|Keck Medical Center Implements New Record-Keeping System|
Keck Medical Center of USC is getting close to implementing an electronic medical record system. Known as KeckCare, the system will eliminate paperwork and enhance the patient experience. In the long run, KeckCare will make patient information available at any hospital location.
|Conference to Focus on Future of Drug Delivery (Oct. 25-27, 2013)|
What will the latest crop of drug delivery vehicles be like and how can we create them to be as effective as possible? Such questions will be the focus of the Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery Symposium 2013 (NanoDDS), to be co-sponsored in October by the USC School of Pharmacy and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego.
|When Fear Factors In|
A little bit of learned fear is a good thing, keeping us from making risky, stupid decisions or falling over and over again into the same trap. But new research from neuroscientists and molecular biologists at USC shows that a missing brain protein may be the culprit in cases of severe over-worry, where the fear perseveres even when there’s nothing of which to be afraid.
|New Research Project to Examine Media Tendencies|
“Future of Media,” a two-year research project that will study media consumption habits, corporate strategies and potential industry scenarios, has been announced by the Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM) at the USC Marshall School of Business.
|USCâs Solar Decathlon Home Comes Together on Campus|
The interdisciplinary project to build a net-zero, affordable and innovative home is taking shape on the South Lawn behind Watt Hall. USC’s entry into the Solar Decathlon competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy is called fluxHome, which refers to its modules that can be rearranged, stacked and added on as family units change.
|The Secret Life of Fruit Flies|
Sergey Muzhdin, professor of biological sciences at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, is currently using thousands of fruit flies to understand the genetic basis of social behaviors such as courtship, group formation, aggression, learning and more.
|3-D Genomics Shapes Up|
Remo Rohs, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and assistant professor of computational biology at the USC Dornsife College, published five important new papers in leading scientific journals in April and May. His research utilizes genomics and structural biology, and holds potential to have profound implications for furthering research into cancer and other genetically based diseases.
|Health Sites Under Scrutiny Over Mining of Data|
The privacy we are guaranteed in a doctor's office is not necessarily provided by websites such as WebMD and Health.com. Marco D. Huesch, a health care policy researcher at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at USC, used such sites for his research and subsequently observed how his searches and personal health information was disseminated to various third-party trackers. The Network Advising Initiative revised its code of conduct to reduce or event eliminate this worrisome leakage of personal information.
|USC Buys Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale|
One of many mergers taking place across the nation, USC has purchased Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, CA. This $30 million investment will allow Keck Medicine of USC to expand its reach to the foothill communities, expand its obstetrics department and add an upgraded emergency room to its network.
|How to Maximize the Potential of Your Alumni Network|
Building a strong and supportive alumni network makes all the difference when it comes time to leave college and enter the competitive job market. Recent grads and current students should check out this insightful resource on how to maximize the potential of your own network.
|Googleâs Quantum Computer Proven To Be Real Thing (Almost)|
D-Wave claims to have created the first quantum computer (now owned by Lockheed Martin and Google)—resulting in much speculation from many of the world’s experts. On July 1, USC researchers published a paper that comes close to showing that it is indeed a quantum machine. USC houses and operates Lockheed’s system under the supervision of Daniel Lidar, professor of Electrical Engineering, Chemistry and Physics.
|Researchers Who Know New Technology|
In a collaboration between the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the Keck School of Medicine of USC, researchers are testing an interactive system that allows teenagers to manage their physical activity levels. USC Viterbi faculty members Murali Annavaram and Shri Narayanan are collaborating with Keck School Professor Donna Spruijt-Metz, with the help of USC Viterbi’s Gaurav Sukhatme and Gisele Ragusa, to develop the system called Knowme Networks.
|USCâs New Supercomputer Ranks Fifth in the Nation|
More than three times faster than its predecessor, USC’s new supercomputer has achieved a benchmark of 531.6 teraflops, or 531.6 trillion floating-point calculations per second, making it the nation’s fifth-fastest academic supercomputer, according to TOP500 Supercomputer Sites, which ranks the 500 most powerful computer systems in the world.
|More Than a Neighborhood Watch|
Cyrus Shahabi, professor of computer science and electrical engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, is creating a powerful technology that can help police prevent future terror attacks and quickly track terrorists before they strike again. Shahabi, along with dozens of PhD candidates, postdoctoral students and faculty, has developed “iWatch” or “Intelligent Watch,” which extracts video from a city’s surveillance cameras and stores it in a massive database for computer processing.
|USC Research IDs Potential Treatment for Deadly, HIV-Related Blood Cancer|
Researchers at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center have discovered a promising new way to treat a rare and aggressive blood cancer most commonly found in people infected with HIV. The USC team shows that a class of drugs called BET bromodomain inhibitors effectively targets primary effusion lymphoma (PEL), a type of cancer for which those drugs were not expected to be effective.
|Silicon Beach Fest | June 19-22, 2013 | Cost: Varies|
Silicon Beach Fest is LA’s first festival celebrating LA tech, entertainment & startups with panels, keynotes, workshops, mixers, and more in Santa Monica on June 19-22, 2013. Head to the beach on the first weekend of summer to celebrate LA's digital innovators in tech, entertainment and startups!
|Los Angeles Startup Weekend | Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 2 | Cost: Varies|
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!
|Women in Tech: She++ Screening | Thursday, May 16|
In 2010, only 15% of computer science majors were females and 50% of girls felt that STEM was not a career path for women. These statistics inspired a few Standford Unviersity students to produce a short film that explores the topic of women in tech. This Thursday, May 16th General Assembly LA and Women in Tech will host an exclusive screening of this documentary. Following the viewing, there will be food, drinks, discussion around this particular topic and a panel of female engineers.
|Driving Tech Startups â A Day in the Life of a Serial Entrepreneur | Wednesday, May 22|
In collaboration with the USC School of Pharmacy, USC Stevens is hosting another event as part of our Conversations in Life Sciences series called, Driving Tech Startups – A Day in the Life of a Serial Entrepreneur. Join our conversation with Troy Wilson (CEO of Wellspring) and Karen Kerr (USC Stevens Senior Director for New Ventures and Alliances) on building a successful biotech startup.
|Laboratory of Neuro Imaging Moves to USC|
Cluster hire of the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI), with more than 100 faculty, researchers and multi-disciplinary staff headlined by eminent scientists Arthur W. Toga and Paul Thompson.
|MedTech Idol Competition|
Announcing the Inaugural 2013 MedTech Idol Competition for Early-Staged Medical Device Companies: Deadline for submissions June 3, 2013! The MedTech Idol Competition is for early-staged medical device companies. The purpose of the competition is to encourage medical device entrepreneurial activity by providing exposure and recognition to promising early-stage MedTech ventures.
|10 Week Paid Internship Opportunity with a Venture-Backed Startup | Deadline: Wednesday, May 15|
The inaugural LA Venture Fellows Program is an opportunity for entrepreneurially-minded undergraduate programmers from USC, UCLA, Harvey Mudd, and Cal Tech to work at one of LA's hottest venture-backed start-ups this summer. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 15.
|USC develops virtual tool to train child interviewers|
Trying to get a child to overcome embarrassment and fear when we need them to disclose information in a court of law can be very difficult. This is why the USC Gould School of Law and the USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) joined together to create the Virtual Child Witness (VCW) project that aims to train future investigative interviewers, help them ask the right questions and use the right techniques to get children to talk.
|Apply to the Accelerator+Incubator+Mentoring Summer 2013 Program |
AIM: This 12-week summer program is a competitive accelerator, incubator, and mentoring program directed at launching startups. Selected startup teams will have the opportunity to compare strategies, receive mentoring from successful entrepreneurs and Marshall faculty, and develop plans for company launch.
|HTE@USC: Engineering and Medicine at USC|
The mandate of Health, Technology, and Engineering @ USC (HTE@USC) is to facilitate links between clinicians and engineers. On Friday, May 10th, 10am-3pm, HTE@USC will host a third Frontiers Symposium at UPC in the Forum located on the fourth floor of the Tutor Campus Center (Rm. 450).
|Theodore Berger's Memory Implants Featured on MIT's Technology Review|
Theodore Berger, whose “memory implants” are described by MIT Technology Review's contributing editor Jon Cohen. Berger, who is a biomedical engineer and neuroscientist at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, wants to restore the ability to create long-term memories in patients with severe memory problems by putting silicon chips inside their heads.
|Cardborigami at Los Angeles Community Impact (LACI) Spring Showcase | May 2, 2013|
At the LACI Spring Showcase event on May 2nd, at 8pm, LACI will share the work and research conducted over the semester for their clients, including Cardborigami. Cardborigami, a former participant of the USC Stevens Center for Innovation Student Innovator Showcase, is one of the clients Los Angeles Community Impact (LACI) has been working with this semester.
|National Geographic Features Valter Longo, Cell Biologist at USC|
Valter Longo, a cell biologist at the University of Southern California who studies aging, describes his research in the newest clues to a longer life. A decade earlier Longo had begun to manipulate the genes of simple organisms like single-celled yeast, creating mutations that allowed them to live longer.
|Healthcare in the Age of Disruptive Innovation: How much information do we need? | Wednesday, May 15|
Please join us on May 15th as we bring together a panel of experts made of practitioners, entrepreneurs, VCs, IT specialists, policy makers and regulators to discuss concerns, needs, limitations and opportunities contributing to this new and changing field of healthcare. The event is a collaboration between the Health System Improvement Collaborative (HSIC), the Medical Innovation Program (MIP), Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and the USC Stevens Center for Innovation.
|Women In Tech: We're Init(Together)|
Tara Brown, instructor of the recently held General Assembly LA Women in Tech event, is featured on Forbes for her valuable advice to women in Los Angeles looking for opportunities in the startup community.
| The Creativity Workshop | Friday, April 26|
Am I creative? (Hint: answer is yes!) How can I give my creativity a purpose? What do creative people do? To find out the answers to these questions, join this interactive workshop on April 26th at USC brought to you by PlushMoney & MoneyThink. The purpose of this interactive workshop is to help discover your true creative potential by exercising the tools necessary for creative thinking. Engage in activities that highlight problem solving and idea generation, among many more topics! We'll have a fun day filled with activities, speakers, and lots of inspiration to move forward. Attendance is free and requires RSVP by April 25, 2013.
|USC Trusteeâs Gift Launches New Center to Target Cancer|
Businessman and USC Trustee Daniel M. Tsai has made a $1.5 million gift to the USC School of Pharmacy to create a binational research center focused on one of the most promising new leads in the fight against cancer.
|Sustainability Innovations Showcased at First Look West (FLoW) |
LOS ANGELES, CA – April 18, 2013–The second annual First Look West (FLoW), www.flow.caltech.edu competition will star university cleantech entrepreneurs whose innovations may transform our energy future. Altogether 23 teams from 14 universities across the Western Region will vie for over $150,000 in prize money. This round is the culmination of a six-month process that narrowed a field of over 50 original contestants to 23 hot contenders. The winners will then move on to the Department of Energy’s National Competition in Washington D.C., June 11 – 13, 2013.
|'Do More Than You Thought You Could' with Adam Cheyer|
Please join us as we welcome Adam Cheyer, co-founder and lead engineer of Siri, the mobile virtual assistant sold to Apple. Adam also co-founded Change.org, the world's most popular online petition platform, and Genetic Finance, a hedge fund utilizing a scalable machine learning network. The event will be oversubscribed, so please register at the link.
|NBC Universal NextTech Opportunity|
NBC Universal is looking for qualified candidates to participate in their NexTech Program starting summer of 2013 in Los Angeles. NextTech is a hands-on 2-year technology program.
|Apply for the National Day of Civic Hacking at the White House | Deadline: April 19|
We're inviting a group of developers and tech experts to join us on June 1 for National Day of Civic Hacking at the White House. At the first White House hackathon we hosted 21 participants who built apps and visualizations based on the new API for We the People -- the White House petition system. For the National Day of Civic Hacking, participants will focus on producing full, production ready apps and visualization tools that will be featured on the We the People website and made available under an open source license.
|TEDxTrousdale | Applications Due April 18|
One hundred Trojans will come together on April 25th, 2013 to listen to seven student speakers share their passions, projects and experiences with their peers. TEDxTrousdale hopes to build a sense of community to share interdisciplinary ideas, showcase the talents of our student leaders, and foster the TED spirit on campus. TEDxTrousdale aims to start a dialogue between all speakers and attendees to connect our diverse student communities under the TED vision. Deadline to apply is April 18, 11:59pm.
|USC Marshall Society and Business Lab Lunch & Learn: ACCION San Diego | April 22, 2013|
ACCION San Diego developed a successful lending methodology for domestic microfinance in 1994 tailored to local micro-entrepreneurs in Southern California’s neighborhoods. With economic opportunity, these entrepreneurs can build assets and better provide for their families and communities. Join USC Marshall Society and Business Lab in welcoming ACCION San Diego for their Lunch & Learn Series on Monday, April 22. Complimentary lunch will be served.
|Apply to Minor in Social Entrepreneurship | Deadline: May 3|
The Minor in Social Entrepreneurship includes 14 units of required courses, and 7 units from among a list of electives. This minor is for students of all majors who are interested in social innovation and want to use business to solve the world’s most serious problems. Deadline to apply is May 3, 2013.
|Rhythms + Visions: Expanded + Live 2 | April 26, 2013|
Rhythms + Visions: Expanded + Live 2 will light up the School of Cinematic Arts Complex in an evening of large exterior projections and animated sonic performances. Innovative artists Quayola & Sinigaglia, Miwa Matreyek and Charles Lindsay with video artist Chen Serfaty will perform an eclectic program of contemporary visual music and audio-visual art.
|Performance and Form: A Net-Zero House | April 16, 2013|
The USC School of Architecture will bring together an interdisciplinary panel of experts on sustainability and design for a provocative conversation on the Solar Decathlon competition, its implications for long-term application and the future of green living.
|USC Marshall School of Business Marcia Israel Awards Banquet | May 2, 2013|
Join the USC Marshall School of Business in celebrating the newest entrepreneurship class with the presentation of certificates and graduation sashes.
|General Assembly: Intro to the LA Startup Community | April 18, 2013|
This free class is an orientation to help newcomers to the startup scene get acquainted with the exciting world of tech in Los Angeles. We will canvas key events/meetups to attend, people, companies, VCs, blogs, hot issues, and more. Learn the role of key players such as Los Angeles UX & UI Meetups, Startup Weekend, Creative Mornings, Maker Studios, Machinima, Nation Builder, Factual, Riot Games as well as Launchpad LA and the Accelerator / Incubator ecosystem. After class you are welcome to network with a number of prominent folks in the ecosystem.
|500 Startups-Backed Food Delivery Startup Chewse Raises $1 Million From Chris Sacca And Others|
There are all sorts of startups looking to make life easier, including a whole bunch trying to make ordering lunch a no-brainer. Chewse is the newest entrant into the food delivery game, as it seeks to provide office admins a new, easy way to get lunch catered. To do so, the company has raised $1 million in seed funding from a group of investors that include Chris Sacca and 500 Startups.
|Professor provides thoughts on growth of digital data|
Thomas Davenport, a thought leader in business and technology, shared his insight on emerging trends in “big” and “small” data analytics during the second USC Marshall Distinguished Speaker Seminar at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.
|Taking robots from the lab to grade school|
While USC’s robotics lab conducts cutting-edge research, an afterschool program funded by the university is studying artificial intelligence at a more elementary level — as in, elementary school. troybots, a USC Neighborhood Outreach (UNO)-funded program in partnership with the California Science Center that teaches local children how to build basic robots, is holding its first showcase on April 6.
|Women in Tech: Intro to the LA Startup Community|
This free class is an orientation to help you get acquainted with the exciting world of tech in Los Angeles. In this special Women's edition, we will showcase female founders that have founded amazing companies and canvas key events/meetups to attend. In edition to covering the basics, we will talk about VCs, blogs, hot issues, and other resources you should know about. Don't worry, guys are welcome too!
|Big Data Discussion|
"Big Data" is hot, but what the heck is it really? USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Professor Dmitri Williams, along with PhD students Alex Leavitt and Josh Clark, will explain what it means and why you should care. They will explain why the CIA is interested in night elves, how you can predict the future, why you can tell a liar by their avatar's hats, and how you might position yourself to get a good job in a rapidly growing industry.
|USC Offers Glimpses of the Future|
Technology media and industry experts received a peek at the future and more at “GLIMPSE: A Digital Technology Showcase,” an exclusive event, featuring cross-disciplinary research held on Jan. 29 at USC.
|Device Offers Partial Vision for the Blind|
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Second Sight's Argus II, the first treatment to give limited vision to people who are blind, involving a technology called the artificial retina.
|A Gem of a Game for Amputees|
Belinda Lange, a research scientist at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, specializes in developing game-based systems for people with neurological or physical injuries.
|Lung Cancer Study Takes Page from Googleâs Playbook|
The same sort of mathematical model used to predict which websites people are most apt to visit is now showing promise in helping to map how lung cancer spreads in the human body, according to a new study published in the journal Cancer Research.
|USC Appoints New Executive Director for USC Stevens Center for Innovation|
The USC Stevens Center for Innovation, a university-wide resource that helps USC innovators make impact with their ideas, today announced the appointment of Jennifer Dyer as Executive Director.
|The 2013 Council on Foundations Annual Conference: A Critical Moment for Philanthropy|
Under the umbrella of Vision & Action, programming will showcase philanthropy's intersection on today's pressing issues–including gun violence, health, education, and more–and equip participants with the tools, ideas, and connections they need to invest in solutions.
|Conscious Capitalism 2013: Discover how Conscious Capitalism is relevant to you, and how you can put it to work|
Designed for business owners, executives, non-profits, students and others who want to understand the principles of Conscious Capitalism and how to apply them, the 2-day conference will feature dozens of speakers and workshop leaders from some of the most dynamic and innovative companies practicing Conscious Capitalism.
|University of Southern California is named #1 game design program by The Princeton Review for fourth consecutive year|
For the fourth straight year, USC has been named the No. 1 game design school in North American for its graduate program by The Princeton Review. This ranking is shared by the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) Interactive Media and Games Division and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science. USC has been ranked the number one school for game design for each year The Princeton Review has released the ranking.
|USC Appoints New Executive Director for USC Stevens Center for Innovation|
The USC Stevens Center for Innovation, a university-wide resource that helps USC innovators make impact with their ideas, today announced the appointment of Jennifer Dyer as Executive Director.
|TEDxLoyolaMarymountU: Better Together|
Better Together seeks to bring together stakeholders in Los Angeles education for the sake of creating community, sharing new ideas, and inspiring action. We believe that while education is easily politicized, we are all on the same team and ultimately, better together. Our speakers have come from across the country and from various industries to share new insights for education from their unique lenses. We look forward to seeing you at this one-of-a-kind conference!
|USC Marshall Professor Gerry Tellis on Fast Company: The Importance of Mavericks in Innovation |
Companies consistently pass up or cast out those who create friction, cause insecurity among leaders, or make other employees uncomfortable. It's their loss--since those mavericks are often their best shot at true innovation
|Redefining Animation: The 25th Annual Conference for the Society for Animation Studies 2013 | June 23 - 27, 2013|
The John C Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts, the University of Southern California, and the School of Cinematic Arts is proud to host REDEFINING ANIMATION: The 25th Annual Conference for the Society for Animation Studies 2013. In the ever evolving field of animation and digital arts, creative and technical innovation continues to expand the meaning of the art form and establish new ways to perceive, understand and express the world around us.
|March Metrics â the first World Championship for Research Impact | March 1 - 31, 2013|
From March 1st – 31st, 2103, the USC School of Pharmacy will collect submissions of all types of research activity – from publication of journal articles, to sharing open data sets, to raising money for your research through new mechanisms such as Crowdfunding. By combining “impact points” for each type of data and its downstream impact (shares, tweets, downloads, etc.), we will produce overall and category-specific World Champions for Research Impact.
|USC Engineered Anti-Terrorism System Deployed at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach|
A USC-designed computer application has been deployed at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach (POLA/LB) to make the local waterways safer, it was announced today. The ARMOR-PROTECT system randomizes Coast Guard patrols to thwart would-be terrorists and increase security.
|OBR-LA: How do we make Los Angeles a Better Biotech Hub? | March 21, 2013|
OBR’s mission is to engage our academic and industry communities on-campus to foster a conversation about the health care and life sciences industry. The event will feature an exciting panel discussion with local industry experts, followed by a networking session where students can interact with industry professionals. All are welcome as we look to the future of LA as a global leader in biotech!
|ABL Denim: Adaptive Jeans|
ABL Denim: Adaptive Jeans by Stephanie Alves are made for people with limited mobility, lack finger dexterity, or have a broken arm. Jeans can be difficult to get on and off and they can be uncomfortable for people with any of these issues. ABL Denim jeans look just as good as other premium denim lines in the stores but also combine functionality with style.
|Women in Entrepreneurship: Hear Firsthand From Female Founders & CEOs|
Girls in Tech (GIT) - USC will be hosting its first all-female entrepreneur panel on Friday, March 8 at 5 p.m. in KAP 156 featuring women who have started or have co-founded their own businesses. The panel will include Josie Baik, president and co-founder of CyPOP as well as Dorian Howard, USC alum and founder of the successful customizable shoe company, milk & honey! Q&A and networking opportunities will follow after the panel discussion.
|Doctor and Patient Join Forces to Launch Decade-Long Movement to Find the Cure for Colon Cancer|
The Wunder Project maps out a detailed research plan, calls on USC and international team of medical leaders to find the cure and aims to raise $250 million in two years to ensure viability of success.
|Startup Equinox is Back! | April 4th, 2013|
Startup Equinox, the largest for-students by-students entrepreneurship event returns to USC this spring and it's better than ever! With new speakers, new opportunities to pitch, and maybe even some friendly competition.
|Entrepreneurial Approaches to Global Health Challenges|
Hosted by the USC Institute for Global Health, Jacqueline Novogratz, founder of Acumen Fund, a social investment fund operating in India, Pakistan, and across Africa that has reached over 90 million people through its 70 portfolio companies, will challenge the audience to think about the role they can each play in building a more inclusive, healthy future for us all.
|Retinal Implant Wins FDA Approval|
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved the Argus II retinal prosthesis system for use in the United States. Mark Humayun, who holds joint appointments at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, was a key member of the team that developed the device, which will be available to qualified patients at the Keck Medical Center of USC.
|Prezi + TED Ideas Matter Contest | Deadline: February 18, 2013|
Create and submit a prezi inspired by one of the popular TED Talks below for a chance to be chosen by the Curator of TED and the CEO of Prezi, featured on the TED blog, and shared with the TED speaker whose talk inspired your winning prezi.
|2013 Duke University Sustainable Business & Social Impact Conference | February 20, 2013|
The Duke MBA Net Impact Club is hosting a one-day Sustainable Business and Social Impact Conference, focusing on four different tracks: Technology, Finance, Social, and Sustainability.
|Cleantech Goes Social Contest | Deadline: March 4, 2013|
The Cleantech Goes Social Contest aims to support the development of Facebook applications and new uses of Facebook’s billion-person network to encourage adoption of clean technologies, help individuals and companies reduce their environmental impact, and engage the public in further dialogue surrounding key sustainability challenges. The winner of the contest will receive $25,000 in funding and personalized guidance from Cleantech Group and Facebook on how to maximize the impact of their idea.
|2013 USC Greif Center New Venture Seed Competition | Deadline: February 17, 2013|
Prizes this year include multiple cash awards up to $50,000 and free legal and business services from our supporting organizations.Among the categories will be social impact ventures. All applicants will have the opportunity to attend workshops where they will be guided to refine their business concept leading to their presentation including presentation slides (“pitch deck”) for the Preliminary in March. All USC students, faculty and staff are encouraged to apply.
|The ingenious plan to preserve Holocaust survivors as holograms |
The Week featured GLIMPSE, a showcase of USC digital technology held last week at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The story highlighted holograms of Holocaust survivors developed by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education and USC’s Institute of Creative Technologies. The holographic virtual survivors will allow future generations to ask questions and learn their stories. In the next one to five years, the holograms could be set up at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
|Ninja Metrics Gains $750,000 To Decode Social Influence In Apps, Games|
How do you figure out which of your users matter most in your social applications and games, and help that to improve social interaction and engagement in your apps? Redondo Beach-based NinjaMetrics has just scored some funding for exactly that, in the first part of a Series A funding round, worth $750,000. The new funding comes from Yuri Pikover (Xylan, 5Square, Access360), along with the Tech Coast Angels' Ace Fund, along with other angels.
|Six USC Research Teams Complete Startup Boot Camp and Receive Nearly $500K to Commercialize Technologies|
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA – The USC Stevens Center for Innovation, whose mission is to support the creation of start up companies and commercially viable products emerging from research across the University of Southern California, announced today that six faculty led research teams received nearly $500K in gap funding to develop and commercialize their innovations.
|USC Viterbiâs Online Graduate Engineering programs ranks No. 1|
he USC Viterbi School of Engineering earned top honors in two online education categories in this year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings, it was announced January 16, 2013.
|IBM Watson Challenge @ USC|
Marshall will host a three-day case competition in regards of Artificial Intelligence technology from Feb 8th to 10th.
|E2: Evolution of Entertainment Conference 2013|
The Evolution of Entertainment Conference (E2) is a can’t miss event for all who are interested in or currently working in the field of entertainment or new media. E2 is focused on the evolving changes that have made a tremendous impact on the business of entertainment. This event is an excellent educational and networking opportunity that will help industry newcomers and veterans alike understand the latest changes in the industry – as described by the decision makers themselves!
|Crowdfund your Research with Microryza - USC Workshop on Fri. 2/8 @ 11am|
So you have a research idea that you think would never get funded by NIH? It's too early stage? You have no preliminary data? Meet Microryza and learn how to crowdsource funding for your research! The founders of Microryza, Cindy Wu and Denny Luan, created the platform because they themselves struggled with funding as young scientists. Microryza will be joining us for a short workshop on how to get started on Microryza and how you can leverage the crowd and the internet to get your ideas funded!
|Intellectual Property and Your New Venture Workshop|
On Wednesday, January 30th in RTH 526 at 2pm, figure out if you have intellectual property and learn how to protect it. This workshop is open to anyone at USC and space is limited. Seating is on a first come, first served basis so arrive early to guarantee your seat. Light refreshments will be served. Workshop is hosted by USC Stevens.
|Student Founders. Get $18K. Free office space. Mentorship. No strings attached.|
Founded in 1988, Highland Capital Partners is a global venture capital firm focused on putting the entrepreneur first. With offices in Silicon Valley, Boston, and Shanghai, Highland has raised over $3 billion in committed capital and invested in more than 225 companies across consumer and enterprise technology.
|Green Biz Forum San Francisco|
Framed by the 2013 State of Green Business report, GreenBiz Forum defines the trends, challenges and opportunities in sustainable business today. This year, the GreenBiz Forum will feature two events in New York (Feb 19-21) and San Francisco (Feb 26-28), engaging stakeholders across industries, sectors, and regions to discuss how, and how well, companies are addressing sustainability challenges and opportunities, in a comprehensive view of the state of green business today.
|FLOW â First Look West Competition | Deadline: February 10, 2013 |
Win up to $100,000 to launch your clean tech business idea! Innovations in technology will typically be the foundation of your application, but are not required to be patented at the time of submission. Transformational concepts with commercial potential are welcome as well as more formalized businesses. At least half of each team must be current undergraduate or graduate students at accredited universities.
|A Support System For Innovation|
Founded in 2002 by Anil Rathi, Skild is a platform and software designed to run competitions. It functions as “a support system for innovation,” helping brands, businesses, and non-profits design competitions that unveil the hidden potential within their own employees. With 10 years of experience so far, Skild has helped create over 120 competitions for companies and organizations such as: IBM, Viacom, Nissan, TBWA/Chiat Day, Royal Bank of Canada, the University of Southern California, and many others.
|DreamIt Health: On the Road|
The DreamIt Health team is heading out on a six-city tour through the Northeast and Mid Atlantic to meet-and-greet with healthtech entrepreneurs. Come out and network with other healthtech entrepreneurs and get your questions answered about the DreamIt Health accelerator.
|Call for nominations! TR35 is looking for the 35 innovators under 35 of 2013!|
Let MIT know who you think belongs on the 2013 list of Innovators Under 35. All nominations remain confidential. They will contact the nominee directly to participate in their selection process.
|Tell it to the hand|
Holding a spoon, a cell phone or a baby all require bending and straightening the hand and arm. Most of the time, people take the ability for granted. But when that functionality is damaged or missing, combining microsurgery with orthopaedic surgery may help.
|Inebriated mice provide fodder for liver research|
Scientists at the Keck School of Medicine of USC have found evidence that liver mitochondria in mice adapt to become better metabolizers of alcohol and increase in number after chronic exposure, which may raise the potential for free radical damage associated with aging and cancer over time.
|Dedication to science pays off|
Frances Richmond, director of the USC School of Pharmacy's regulatory science program, has been recognized with an Award for Excellence in Regulatory Affairs.
|Attend TEDxCaltech this Friday, January 18th!|
TEDxCaltech will be held at the California Institute of Technology on Friday, 18 January 2013, from 9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It will take ideas worth sharing from Caltech out into the world by exploring: The Brain. TEDxCaltech will be an immersive experience — on stage and off. In keeping with the spirit of TED conferences, our diverse group of speakers are asked to give the "talk of their lifetime," sharing with the audience their exciting discoveries, talents, and dreams. The audience, which is every bit as extraordinary as the speakers, will have many opportunities to mingle and connect at extended breaks, lunch, and finally a closing reception.
|PortTech Los Angeles hosts Funding Technology Innovation: SBIR/STTR Workshop|
Over $2 Billion in Federal Government R&D Grants Available Learn How To Prepare a Winning Proposal for Your Business
Each year the federal government awards technology grants to companies like yours to conduct research and develop innovations for the government. You can then convert the funded research project into commercial business opportunities. Attend this workshop to learn how to write successful proposals to any of the 11 government agencies that run Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.
|The Days of Wine and Pulses|
USC engineers have been at the forefront of a technology known as pulsed power for decades. Notably, Professor Martin Gundersen of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering has been developing devices that produce ultrashort, very intense electric pulses for use in fields ranging from engine research to cancer therapy.
|Shire Acquires USC Spinout Lotus Tissue Repair, Inc.|
Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG), announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire Lotus Tissue Repair, Inc. of Cambridge, MA, a privately held biotechnology company developing the first and only protein replacement therapy currently being investigated for the treatment of dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (DEB). DEB is a devastating orphan disease for which there is no currently approved treatment option other than palliative care. Subject to customary government approvals, Shire will purchase the company for an upfront payment and certain contingent payments based on the achievement of certain safety and development milestones.
|Interdisciplinary Possibilities Pull Caltech Biologist to U. of Southern California|
Scott Fraser is bringing two dozen people from Caltech to his new institution, where he hopes team members will shift disciplines to solve problems. To learn more about Fraser and his decision to work at USC, click here.
|Oh, the Games They Play on Demo Day|
Demo Day is an eagerly awaited biannual event that attracts the brightest programming and engineering students across campus, as well as the attention of leaders in the video game industry.
|USC Ventures Forth - Top LA Innovators|
Karen Kerr, USC Stevens Center for Innovation's Senior Director of New Ventures and Alliances is featured as one of LA's top innovators of 2013. Karen is leading USC Stevens' into a new age of intellectual property.
|Founder of Society and Business Lab honored|
Adlai Wertman, professor of clinical management and organization at the USC Marshall School of Business, was “tapped” by USC’s Torch and Tassel Chapter of the Mortar Board.
|SBL Lunch & Learn: Environmental Sustainability |
Corporate Responsibility (CR) is a broad-based movement in business that encourages companies to take responsibility for the impact of their activities on customers, employees, communities & environment. Learn more from an Environmental Analyst!
|Anatomy of a USC Startup|
Five recent USC grads take their college entrepreneurship lessons and apply them to their own startup venture.
|Hollywood Light Stage, Behind the Scenes|
USC's Institute for Creative Technologies Bring Real-to-life Video Graphics
|USC Davis School of Gerontology - Special Lecture - Innovationship: Collaborative Creativity by Design|
Leon Segal Ph.D., Innovation Psychologist and Scott Underwood, Design Thinker will present the lecture: “Innovationship: Collaborative Creativity by Design.”
|Ideas Empowered Presentation and Pitching Event at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies|
Please join us for the USC Stevens Center for Innovation's third annual Ideas Empowered Presentation and Pitching Event at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) in Playa Vista on Tuesday, December 11, 2012.
|The Commercialization of Space with The CFO of SpaceX: A PlushMONEY Event|
Come mingle with SpaceX and hear a fascinating talk on the Commercialization of Space!
|USC Marshall Society and Business Lab Lunch & Learn Series: Social Business Certification|
The USC Stevens Center for Innovation is co-sponsoring the November Lunch & Learn featuring Andy Fyfe, Community Development Coordinator at B Lab, a nonprofit that certifies and supports B Corporations and that facilitates the passage of benefit corporation legislation. This series exposes the USC community to issues of social and environmental importance and how business solutions can be used to approach these issues. Click here to learn more about future Society and Business Lab events.
|Healing Wounds, Visible and Invisible|
From prosthetics to PTSD, Viterbi researchers advance the future of veterans’ care.
|How to Build A Pacemaker For Unborn Babies|
NIH awards USC team $1 million for fetal pacemaker - Professor Loeb collaborates with Keck School on 20 mm long prototype
|TEDx arrives in Encinitas! Get your tickets to TEDxVillageGate|
Registration is now open and tickets are limited for the December 8th, 2012 -- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. TEDx conference! Apply for tickets by Nov. 23rd at www.tedxvillagegate.com.
|Research to explore communication delays in space|
Outer space isn’t exactly the first setting that comes to mind when considering the role of social workers, but USC School of Social Work Professor Lawrence Palinkas is taking the profession to new frontiers.
|Renowned ear surgeon joins Keck School of Medicine|
John Niparko has been named professor and chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
|USC scientists unlock the potential of carbon nanotubes|
Integrated circuit computer chips have been made from silicon since computing;s infancy in the 1960s. Now, thanks to a team of USC researchers, carbon nanotubes may emerge as a contender to silicon's throne.
|Hanna Damasio receives high honor in Spain|
University Professor Hanna Damasio has received a doctora honoris causa from the prestigious Open University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain.
|Keck School professor wins young investigator award|
The V Foundation for Cancer Research recently honored Christina Curtis with one of only 17 2012 V Scholar grants.
|USC Coulter Translational Program Informational Sessions|
Call for pre-proposals for Pilot Funding Program! Deadline is December 15, 2012.
|Light at the End of the Needle|
When typical biopsies are performed, doctors are guessing at their target. ClariTrac provides light at the end of the needle.
|Viterbi Student Innovation Institute Kicks-Off with a Twitter|
VSI2 launches via a fire-side chat with Mike Abbot - Ex VP of Engineering at Twitter.
|USC Marshall Society and Business Lab Lunch & Learn - Social Business Certification |
|In this together: New home for neuroscience at USC is as much a visual triumph as an embodiment of the belief that neuroscience and the humanities belong together|
The newest building at USC is organized like a brain, with spaces for both rational inquiry and appreciation of the beautiful. It’s a fitting home for a research center that merges the latest advances in neuroscience with ancient questions of what it means to be human: What drives us to create? How do we seek meaning? Where do feelings come from?
|USC develops software to facilitate large-scale biological inquiry|
The world's leading mass spectrometer manufacturers have agreed to license technology that enabled University of Southern California (USC) researchers to develop software that, for the first time, allows scientists to easily use and share research data collected across proprietary platforms.
|Should You Drink the Kool-Aid?|
On Tuesday, Nov. 27th, hear Venkatesh Rao's brief outline of the entrepreneurs-are-the-new-labor argument, but rather than dwelling on the argument itself, he will spend the bulk of the time discussing some speculative conjectures about the relationships between personality type, capacity for true belief and entrepreneurial success.
|USC Alum & Founder of Chewse Named 1 of 8 Women Entrepreneurs in 500 Startups' Latest Class|
Chewse was started by USC students, Tracy Lawrence and Gary Yao. Their website offered not only student discounts, but also foodie-inspired reviews and public transit information for those who don’t have cars and unable to go to restaurants. Chewse has grown now into a company that provides the easiest way to order catering online.
|Crowdfunding Gets Down to Business|
The crowdfunder.com team will give a short talk on how exactly crowdfunding for businesses works. They will provide an update on SEC regulations per the JOBS Act, and outline how USC entrepreneurs can use crowdfunding as an effective tool for raising capital to build and scale their businesses.
|USCâs Collegeology Games Launches Facebook Game to Teach Students About Applying to College|
Mission: Admission aims to fill the college-counseling void for underserved high school students, pairing research from the USC Rossier School of Education and game design from the USC School of Cinematic Arts
|Creativity takes center stage at USC Student Innovator Showcase|
The USC Stevens Center for Innovation held its sixth annual Student Innovator Showcase, giving 30 teams of students the opportunity to present their innovations and compete for $9,000 in funding.
|TEDxUSC 2012 speaker Doris Kim Sung's talk chosen for release on TED.com's front page|
USC Architecture professor Doris Kim Sung's TEDxUSC 2102 talk was chosen for release on TED.com's front page! In her talk, "Metal that Breathes," Sung explains why building skins should be more similar to human skins
|USC Marshall Society and Business Lab Lunch & Learn - Social Business Certification|
The Lunch and Learn series exposes the USC community to issues of social and environmental importance and how business solutions can be used to approach these issues. The 2012-2013 Lunch and Learn series is titled "Can business models end poverty? Spotlight on the UN Millennium Development Goals." Lunch and Learn events are open to Marshall undergraduate and MBA students, as well as faculty, staff, and students from the greater USC community.
|Student innovators present concepts|
Contestants at the USC Stevens Center for Innovation’s sixth annual Student Innovator Showcase spent Friday pitching their inventions and business ventures to attendees and judges.
|Discovery Leads to New Hope Against Ovarian Cancer|
Scientists at USC have discovered a new type of drug for the treatment of ovarian cancer that works in a way that should not only decrease the number of doses that patients need to take, but also may make it effective for patients whose cancer has become drug-resistant.
|2012-2013 USC Marshall SBL Lunch & Learn Series |
Can business models END POVERTY? Spotlight on the UN Millennium Development Goals.
|Can L.A. Stop Being a Slacker In Biomedicine?|
The Ingredients For Supremacy Are All Here. We Just Need To Step Up Our Game—Slightly.
|From Flesh to Digital |
Plastic-looking characters that do not fully blend with their surroundings can be a distraction rather than an enhancement in virtual environments. Convincing virtual characters are needed in training, educations and entertainment. So, is it possible to turn flesh into digital imagery?
|Startup Weekend |
|Measuring Impact from USC Startups - Please Complete the Survey by September 15, 2012|
The USC Stevens Center for Innovation is in the process of collecting updates on USC startups for preparation of our annual report and would greatly appreciate your help in completing a brief survey about your startup company by September 15, 2012.
|Join us at the 2012 USC Student Innovator Showcase and Fast Pitch on Friday, Oct. 19|
The sixth annual USC Student Innovator Showcase highlights USC student creativity and breakthrough ideas from all disciplines. Each year during Trojan Family Weekend, the USC Student Innovator Showcase gives parents and students alike a glimpse at a select group of cutting-edge companies, non-profits, art projects, inventions, creative performances, and new technology produced by USC students.
|10 Women Entrepreneurs Who Are Changing the Game in L.A.|
Karen Kerr, Senior Director for New Ventures and Alliances and Coulter Principal Investigator is featured in a Forbes article as one of the "10 Women Entrepreneurs Who Are Changing the Game in L.A." Karen has taken on the role of spearheading USC Stevens Center for Innovation’s efforts to help launch startup companies from the university’s most promising technologies. She has a long history in venture capital with a specific focus on licensing technologies from universities, and has served as U.S. head of business development for Intellectual Ventures and as managing director of ARCH Venture Partners. Early in her career, she was a Kauffman Fellow and served as a fellow and associate at Patricof & Co Ventures.
|Los Angeles Business Journal: Special Report on Innovation & Tech Transfer|
L.A.’s three prominent research universities send a range of products into the real world. CALTECH, USC and UCLA researchers ponder big questions. How would you improve cancer treatment? Can solar power be produced more efficiently?
|The Story of Steve Jobs: An Inspiration or a Cautionary Tale?|
Aaron Levie, a USC graduate who started Box, a platform that allows cloud-based file-sharing in his USC dorm room in 2005, is referenced in the article as being a self-described Jobs "wantrepreneur."
|Leadership Changes at USC Stevens Center for Innovation|
Krisztina Holly, the founding Executive Director of the USC Stevens Center for Innovation and Vice Provost for Innovation at USC since 2006, has decided to leave USC this month to pursue other opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation through a variety of independent projects in the U.S. and abroad. I would like to take this time to thank Krisztina for her service to USC, as she helped to build USC Stevens and to establish its current high visibility in the university and the nation as a leader in innovation.
|Conversations in Life Sciences, An Interactive Discussion|
|Future of Crowdsourcing in Content Marketing, Ad, & Tech|
Learn how executives from top Fortune 500 companies including eBay, GE, Amazon, and many more will be integrating crowdsourcing into their business practices in the next three years to solve common business problems and out-leverage competitors.
|LASVP's 2012 Social Innovation Fast Pitch Now Accepting Applications|
Los Angeles Social Venture Partners is pleased to announce that the application period is now open for the 2012 Social Innovation Fast Pitch program! Help us find the most innovative, effective nonprofit organizations to participate and compete for over $35,000 in awards!
|Los Angeles Mayor Announces Council on Innovation and Industry to Put a Spotlight on LAâs Vibrant âInnovation Economyâ|
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – June 27, 2012 – Today, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and 25 of Los Angeles’ entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and business leaders announced the formation of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Council on Innovation and Industry (LAMCII). Backed by a broad range of local business leaders, LAMCII was formed to focus national and worldwide attention on the thriving Innovation Economy in Greater Los Angeles and facilitate community and government actions to drive continued innovation, entrepreneurship and venture capital in the region.
|X Prize MetaPrize Competition|
|Caltech Biotechnology Club Intellectual Property and Patent Law Night|
Caltech's Patent Law and Intellectual Property Night event will be a networking event devoted to giving their club members and campus community the opportunity to learn more about careers in IP-patent law directly from professionals in these fields.
|$20M to Research 58 Compounds, NIH-Industry Pilot Program: Discovering New Therapeutic Uses for Existing Molecules |
On May 3, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched its Discovering New Therapeutic Uses for Existing Molecules program. The program matches researchers to 58 industry compounds to help scientists find new treatments for patients.
|USC Stevens' Ideas Empowered mentoring and funding program call for proposals|
$500K Ideas Empowered Program seeks to fund and aid the development of promising research at USC that has the potential to make an impact on the market or society either as a start-up company or as new product or service. The Ideas Empowered mentoring and funding program has just released the 2012 call for proposals - deadline is June 27, 2012.
|Tuesday, May 29, and Wednesday, May 30: NACIE Members Krisztina âZâ Holly and Ray Leach Discuss Innovation and Entrepreneurship |
|Apply to the NIH SBIR Phase I Program |
|Featured in Forbes: "Future Medicine: Pills, Platforms, And A Better Band-Aid |
The future of medicine is a vast, opening playing field. If we could invent a magic pill for everything, perhaps we’d never deal with disease and pain again. For now, our human bodies are fallible. And in those fallacies, there is complicated science. What does the future of medicine look like exactly? It’s a wide range of devices, platforms, therapeutics, and of course — new drugs.
|2012 SoCalBio Workshop on Accessing Government Funding|
Get more information about changes in the SBIR/STTR rules, sharpen your grant-writing skills and hear from entrepreneurs who won grants and get tips from active venture capitalists all in one workshop.
|5 Ways To Smarter Ideas From Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell |
At the celebration of Mindshare 50th networking event in Los Angeles, Nolan Bushnell said improving intelligence doesn't require state-of-the-art gadgets or mind-altering medication--just a pair of skis and some yoga pants.
|Derrick Ashong On Going Viral, Again And Again |
Whether in the role of front man for world-music band Soulfege, hosting an award-winning TV show, or creating a better business model for independent artists, Derrick Ashong is just trying to communicate.
|TED announced the 2012 Gates Scholarship Recipients for TEDGlobal 2012|
Over 300 TEDx Organizers from around the world applied for a TEDx Gates Foundation scholarship to TEDGlobal 2012. The applicant pool was an amazing group -- narrowing it down was a challenging task!
|Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus|
A defining characteristic of the U.S. economy throughout its history is its rapid and sustained growth. For example, real income per person two hundred years ago was four percent of what it is today.
|USC School of Cinematic Arts Announces Media Institute for Social Change|
As part of its commitment to cultivating engaged, informed citizens, the University of Southern California is proud to announce the launch of a new Media Institute for Social Change, a non-profit organization housed at the USC School of Cinematic Arts that focuses on how to harness the power and reach of film and television entertainment for positive social change.
|Emerge yourself in a five day workshop that enhances the success of your early business ideas|
VentureLab is a five-day, highly experiential and immersive program developed and designed to enhance the success of early business ideas.
|Follow TEDxUSC Live! |
Check-in, tweet and see what's happening at TEDxUSC 2012 in real time!
|Pre-party with TEDxUSC and dublab|
Now is your chance to become actively involved in dublab’s mission of sharing progressive music, arts and culture with the world! Help us energize the universe by attending dublab’s 2012 “Creative Cultivation” fundraiser dinner, the day before TEDxUSC 2012.
|USC offers insights into evolution of its start-ups|
In Financing Innovation: The Evolution of Startups at the University of Southern California, Richard A. Hull, Karen Kerr, and Krisztina “Z” Holly offer an interesting analysis on the history and workings of the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation.
|The story of the first TEDx: Q&A with Krisztina âZâ Holly|
USC Stevens' Krisztina “Z” Holly was the first person to ever be called a TEDx organizer. Her event, TEDxUSC, took place on March 23, 2009, and had 1,200 attendees. Learn how she became involved.
|The Fry Girl Food Truck Launch Party|
Network and mingle with wedding & event industry professionals, sample our savory & sweet menu items and re-connect with The Fry Girl!
|Skateboard Empire: Stoked Skateboards|
A California high school student turned a $1,000 loan into a $1 million skateboarding business.
|Doing it for the Troops: Salute the Brave|
Ryan Morris launched Salute the Brave, a clothing line designed to give back to the United States military members stationed overseas.
|One iTunes Sensation and Growing: 1st Round|
After signing break-out rap artist Sammy Adams, this fledgling record label and entertainment firm is hoping for more wins.
|The âZâ Factor|
A start-up veteran guides researchers' adventures in entrepreneurship.
|So You Want to be an Entrepreneur?|
The USC School of Pharmacy welcomed more than 100 attendees on March 10 to “Entrepreneurship for Academics,” a USC Center for Excellence in Research-sponsored event designed to share ideas and inspiration with current and budding entrepreneurs.
|USC Viterbi Awards Second Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize|
During the event, teams made up of USC Viterbi students and faculty will present business plans for engineering innovations in hopes of receiving a $50,000 cash prize to fund their ideas. As part of the competition, innovations must address one of the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges, the fourteen areas identified as awaiting engineering solutions in the 21st century.
|The Leap - There's an App for That|
Join Adam Cheyer, Co-founder of Siri for the next Leap Speaker Series.
|Triptrotting Announces $1 Million in Funding|
Triptrotting, an international community connecting travelers with like-minded locals for meet ups and authentic experiences, announced today, that it has raised funding from Google Ventures, Mark Suster (LaunchpadLA), Dave McClure (500 Startups), Bill Gross (Idealab) WI Harper Group, Safa Rashtchy, Eric Chen and other angel investors bringing its total funding to $1.3 million to date.
|Students Make Their Case For More Efficient Buildings|
Just last week, Secretary Steven Chu announced the winners of the Better Buildings Case Competition, part of the Energy Department's Better Buildings Challenge. University of Southern California students won the Most Innovative award! The team ran a sophisticated energy model to make recommendations for energy efficiency upgrades of the multitenant office building. Congratulations!
|Flake-Proof Your Next Event: trueRSVP|
Fei Xiao and Anna Sergeeva, two undergrads at the University of Southern California, are building a tool to help event planners get better attendance.
|March 21, 2012: Are you an Entrepreneur? Have an Idea or looking for one? Searching for a Cofounder?|
Please join USC Stevens Executive Director, Marshall's EVMA, Viterbi's NOBE and eClub as they bring together entrepreneurs with different skill sets at USC to meet, break down barriers between programs and collaborate to build amazing things.
|USC hosts 42 ambassadors for State Dept.|
Ambassadors to the United States representing more than 40 countries came to campus Friday to learn about innovation as part of a three-day tour of Los Angeles sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
|February 22, 2012: USC Welcomes Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing|
Please join USC Marshall School of Business on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 for a special forum with Eric Hirshberg, CEO of
|Student Film Submissions for TEDxUSC 2012!|
TEDxUSC also showcases interstitial content such as musical performances, short films, and animations from students at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. And we’re looking for submissions!
|StartEngine USC MBA/Engineering Student Mixer - March 6, 2012|
Are you looking to start a company but lack an engineer or a business co-founder? StartEngine, Los Angeles' largest accelerator, wants to help match you with the right co-founders and build a world class team.
|USCâs Innovation and Technology Translation Initiative|
A key element of the strategic vision of the university is creating scholarship with consequence. Establishing the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation five years ago was an important step towards achieving this goal.
|Universities in Innovation Networks: The Role and Future Promise of University Research in U.S. Science and Economic Policymaking|
The vast majority of economic growth in America arises from technological innovation, which depends heavily on research universities.
|Trojan Hack - February 3rd â 6:00PM Saturday, February 4th|
Students from any university in the Los Angeles area can team up and compete to see which school really has the best programmers and entrepreneurs at the first ever Trojan Hackathon!
|2012 and the Technology Blahs - FoxNews.com|
Ian Murphy, Director of Communications for the USC Stevens Institute addresses how companies formed from USC research have raised more than $380 million in financing over the past three years, at the height of the economic downturn.
|FINANCING INNOVATION: THE EVOLUTION OF STARTUPS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA|
The study found that 39 USC startups raised more than $800 million over the past 15 years and more than$380 million of that was raised in the past 3 years, at the height of the financial crisis.
|NPR: Entrepreneurship Lessons For The Academic-Minded|
Ellis Meng, from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and an Ideas Empowered finalist from 2010 participated in the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, and was quoted in the article from NRP. Meng's team is working on a new implantable device for drug delivery.
|2011 USC Student Innovator Showcase|
The annual USC Student Innovator Showcase is a first glimpse at some of the most compelling innovators of the future. In total, 48 student presentations – from art to business, and technology to social sciences – will be featured at this year’s showcase. Nearly 100 students will participate in this visually engaging program.
|Robots Built to Help Autistic Children|
Robots aren't known for their soft side. They build cars and defuse bombs; they don't, as a rule, make friends or deal with feelings. But a few groups of researchers around the world are working to build robots for an unusual purpose: Making emotional connections with autistic children who often struggle to interact with humans.
|USC Alumâs Tiziano Project Defeats CNN and NPR At Community Collaboration|
The Tiziano Project, started by USC Alum Andrew McGregor, won the 2011 Online Journalism Award for “Community Collaboration,” over CNN Digital and NPR’s Andy Carvin. The Tiziano Project is an all-volunteer organization that strives to develop and encourage collaborative journalism on a global scale.
|Inventing the Future: Los Angeles Business Journal|
Believe it or not, scientists at USC have invented a kind of seeing-eye vest. It's equipped with monitors that alert blind people as they near obstacles. And that's only one of the many innovations coming out of USC, UCLA and Caltech. In this special report, you can discover just how L.A.'s leading universitiies of innovation take great ideas born in laboratories and turn them into real businesses.
|Jose Antonio Rosa featured on TEDxTalks site!|
Psychologist Jose Antonio Rosa seeks to understand innovation in its purest form. In his research, he lived amongst the four billion people who sustain on less than $2 a day, communities we know little about, and witnessed the way these people make being innovative, experimental, and creative a way of life and incorporate modern market practices into the business of scavenging, whether its testing products or coming up with guarantees.
|Obama Signs New Patent Law â How this might affect you|
The new landmark patent reform legislation, the American Invents Act, went into full effect on March 16, 2013. To help you understand how this legislation might affect you, the USC Stevens Center prepared the following summary of highlights of the new law.
|USC Innovation Spurs Economic Growth and Prepares the Next Generation of Scientists, Engineers, and Entrepreneurs|
USC focuses on participating in regional innovation clusters, partnering with existing companies to commercialize federally funded research, nurturing startups, attracting and motivating commercialization talent, and educating and training a world-class workforce.
|New Film Competition to Link Arts and Sciences|
USC is launching its first science filmmaking competition today to promote student collaboration across disciplines and to communicate complex science concepts through different means.
|Johnson & Johnson and University of Southern California Partner to Accelerate Innovation in Translational Health Science Research|
The USC - Johnson & Johnson Translational Innovation Partnership Program seeks to further groundbreaking research in a wide range of therapeutic areas and will showcase emerging technologies or innovations with high potential for impact in life sciences.
|Calling all Innovators! Are you a Faculty Researcher at USC? |
Please take a moment to participate in a survey.
|MIT Technology Review Selects USC Viterbi Associate Professor Bhaskar Krishnamachari and Assistant Professor Jernej Barbic to join its 2011 List of the Worldâs Top Young Innovators|
USC one of only two universities in the world with multiple names among world’s top innovators.
|Bhaskar Krishnamachari and Jernej BarbiÄ Recognized by Technology Review's Prestigious TR35 Listing of the World's Top Young Innovators for 2011|
Technology Review's annual list of 35 INNOVATORS under 35 are recognizing two researchers from USC!
|Robot-Constructed Cities: USC American Academy in China Hosts DigitalFUTURE Robotics Exhibition in Shanghai|
August 15 to Sept. 11: Exhibition Highlights New Robotics Technology in Architecture and City Building
|Startup Stories: Connecting Cabs and Customers|
USC Annenberg alumna Tal Flanchraych blogs on the White House website about her team’s startup, Cabulous, an online and mobile service that uses GPS technology to locate available cabs for customers, keeping people from driving their own cars when they don’t see a taxi and creating a wasteful inefficiency.
|USC Scientist Develops Virus That Targets HIV |
In what represents an important step toward curing HIV, a USC scientist has created a virus that hunts down HIV-infected cells.
|Ocean Probes to Help Refine Climate Change Forecasting|
A USC researcher has opened a new window to understanding how the ocean impacts climate change.
|GamePipe Gizmo Giving Users' Gaits to Game Characters Gains Patent|
If you're on a bicycle, your character in the "PetPal" game application is bicycling too, thanks to a new USC invention
|USC Startup Weekend - Register Today!|
Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend.
|Society and Business Lab's Lunch & Learn Series, September 27th!|
The Lunch and Learn speaker series brings social entrepreneurs and industry leaders from local, national and international social enterprises to campus to explore solutions for issues of social and environmental impact.
|Lotus Tissue Repair, Inc. and USC Enter Into Exclusive License Agreement for Recombinant Collagen Patent and Technology Portfolio |
Lotus Tissue Repair Developing Proprietary Technology as Therapy for Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa and Other Chronic Wound Healing Indications
|2011 Social Innovation Fast Pitch - Apply Today!|
Los Angeles Social Venture Partners are seeking innovative nonprofit organizations to participate in this free, two-month communication skills training program and compete for over $100,000 in awards!
|Keep Up with TEDxUSC!|
Watch the surprise finale to TEDxUSC featuring Troupe Vertigo and Nightmare and the Cat and Dr. Alan Horsager's talk on how restore sight to the blind!
|News-Medical.Net: USC Engineers to Develop Robot-Vision Based Mobility Aid for Visually Impaired|
USC engineering researchers are further developing their software that sees the world for the blind and visually impaired.
|Business Insider: Hungry? Meet the 26-Year-Old Entrepreneur Who's Helping to Drive the Street Food Movement|
USC Alum's Company Tracks Food on the Move
|UCSD Jacobs: Southern California Wireless Health Innovators Win Funding for Inventions|
USC Professor Ellis Meng, Ph.D. and team have won commercialization support and research funding through the TATRC/Qualcomm Wireless Health Innovation Challenge.
|The Atlantic Mobile: College? There's an App for That: How USC Built a 21st Century Classroom|
USC spearheads a new wave of teaching - A collaboration of ambition and innovation between USC and alum John Katzman has the university on track to become the nation’s largest not-for-profit teacher prep program by 2013.
|USC Research Reveals Surprising Clues about Communication in Hair Stem Cell Populations|
Keck School of Medicine of USC scientists have conducted one of the first studies to interpret how hair stem cells in mice and rabbits can communicate with each other and encourage mutually coordinated regeneration.
|Academics Ink Deals with Industry in the Hopes of Bolstering Research and Funding|
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News references the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation as one of the four-university-connected institutions recently selected to participate in the Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program.
|OCTANe Presents VC in the OC 2011|
The afternoon keynote speaker was Mark Stevens, a partner at Sequoia Capital and investor in the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation.
|Breakthrough Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC) Technology Portfolio Licensed from USC/Caltech by SFC Energy, Inc.|
The University of Southern California, the California Institute of Technology, and SFC Energy, Inc. today announced the execution of a license to an extensive portfolio of U.S. patents for direct methanol fuel cell technology (DMFC). The nonexclusive license to the universities’ patents will facilitate SFC Energy, Inc.’s expansion of its methanol fuel cell products into the U.S. market.
|Innovation Celebrated at USCâs TEDx Event|
What do you get when you mix 1,200 curious audience members, 18 insightful orators, a poet, a DJ, a rock band and a circus? You get the explosion of sight, sound and thought that is TEDxUSC.
|Two NEW TEDxUSC talks released! |
Rick Nahmias: acclaimed photographer, writer, and visual storyteller and Jennifer Pahlka: founder of Code for America.
|New York Times and Washington Post Feature ICT MxR Labâs Gmail Motion Video|
Continuing coverage of the April 1 video out of Mark Bolas’s MxR Lab here at ICT that turns Google’s Gmail Motion spoof into a working prototype…
|MAT@USC Wins 2011 Innovation Award|
|USC Stevens Institute for Innovation Funds Seven Breakthrough USC Innovations|
The University of Southern California’s Stevens Institute for Innovation, a university-wide resource that helps USC innovators make maximum impact beyond traditional academic means, today announced it will award $439,000 in gap funding for seven breakthrough USC innovations that have a high potential to spin out within a year or two.
|PBS.org: Will the Next Revolution be Stroomed?|
In an era where revolutions no longer need be televised -- now it's tweeted -- wouldn't a collaborative online video editing platform that allows producers, correspondents and reporters to create news reports in real time be a welcome addition to the insurgents' arsenal? Tom Grasty, creator of Stroome.com, talks about how Stroome was used in the Egyptian revolution.
|CNN.com: Severely short Ecuadorians resistant to diabetes, cancer, study says|
USC researcher has a study published in Science Translational Medicine focusing on a group of 99 Ecuadorians -- described as being of "severe short stature." The mechanisms that stunt their growth could potentially prevent cancer and diabetes, according to the findings.
|OnGreen Enters into cleantech Patent Marketing Partnership with The USC Stevens Institute for Innovation to Advance Green Intellectual Property Commercialization|
OnGreen, the leading online marketplace for clean tech investment, announced today it has entered into a marketing partnership with the University of Southern California’s Stevens Institute for Innovation (USC Stevens) to include USC’s patented technologies with potential clean tech applications and commercialization on its website. OnGreen will host USC’s patents on OGPX, its Patent Exchange platform. OnGreen received non-exclusive rights to assist in marketing USC’s cleantech-related patents worldwide.
|TEDxUSC 2011 APPLY FOR AN INVITATION TODAY!|
Apply for your invitation today!
TEDxUSC 2011 will take place on Tuesday April 12, 2010, in the Bovard Auditorium at USC.
More information: www.tedxusc.com
|Los Angeles Times: Contests are a springboard for student entrepreneurs|
Business-plan competitions give people a chance to start companies — or at least make connections — while still in college.
|USC Research Is Among Science Magazine's Top Breakthroughs in 2010|
Groundbreaking research by Keck School of Medicine of USC scholars has been selected as one of Science magazine’s top 10 breakthroughs of 2010.
|Lighting the Way|
|At first glance, the project almost looks like a small-scale playground. One of the structures resembles a jungle gym. The other looks like a cross between an igloo and an inflatable jumper.|
|Strategy + Business: Best Business Books 2010: Innovation|
An essay written by Krisztina “Z” Holly published in the Strategy+Business best business books 2010 issue details how innovation is a social act that involves individuals, organizations, and society as a whole.
|USC Annenberg Launches Innovation Lab|
|The USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism announced the launch of a social and technological innovation lab that will develop projects with both a real-world application and a societal impact.|
|Los Angeles Times: USC launches Annenberg Innovation Lab to create social technology prototypes|
Recruiting top faculty from its media, engineering and cinema programs, USC is starting a new social technology laboratory with a focus on big-ticket issues in digital culture.
|Forbes: Paint the Ivory Tower Green|
USC's Krisztina Holly has the challenge of turning professors into capitalists.
|LinkedIn Launches New Career Tool at USC|
|The Career Planning and Placement Center cannot offer students crystal balls, but it can provide them with a new tool for gazing into their professional futures.|
|CNN iReport: Out-of-the-box Shelter Solutions|
Thanks to the TEDxUSC event, Trina Hovespain was able to meet the producer of CNN iReport and share her story and creation of "Cardborigami" with Christopher Dawson from Impact Your World.
|ATVN.org: USC Students Promote Healthy Youth|
Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" competition winners were announced on September 29, 2010. University of Southern California students won the $20,000 Grand Prize from their game, "Trainer."
|The USC Chronicle: Entrepreneurship isnât just for grads|
USC has many resources to encourage, support and develop innovation. The USC Stevens Institute for Innovation was founded in 2004 to promote and incubate innovation at USC among the faculty and students.
|Iridescent Science Festival & Studio Launch|
On behalf of the U.S Office of Naval Research and Iridescent, it is my great pleasure to invite you to the launch of a unique science center for the community - the Iridescent Science Studio.
|The USC Chronicle: Student Showcase Offers Forum for Innovation|
The 2010 USC Student Innovator Showcase and Competition, presented by the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation, again has provided an advance look at tomorrow’s ideas, inventions, social activism and businesses - as envisioned by students from every corner of the university.
|The USC Chronicle: Music in Two Places at Once|
While music education has long been built on the personal relationship between teacher and student, new technology is allowing lessons to grow beyond the face time necessary in the past. Today, the USC Thornton School of Music will co-host a vocal arts master class with the Manhattan School of Music in an Internet2 video teleconference.
|2010 Social Innovation Fast Pitch - Register Today!|
Social Innovation Fast Pitch is a two-month training and mentoring program for innovative nonprofits that are effecting social change in Greater Los Angeles, that culminates in the Social Innovation Fast Pitch Event and Showcase on October 21, 2010.
|The USC Stevens Institute for Innovation Names Senior Executive Team|
The USC Stevens Institute for Innovation announced a new executive team, demonstrating USC's commitment to speeding up the transition of new ideas to market for societal impact. The new structure focuses on business development, translating technologies into practical application, and encouraging the private sector to work with USC.
|Monitor the Air - With a Smartphone|
|USC Viterbi School of Engineering researchers have found a way to combine smartphone resources with a novel application that allows the phonesâ users to help monitor air quality.|
|2010 USC Student Innovator Showcase and Competition|
The USC Student Innovator Showcase gives students from all corners of the university – from interactive media to public policy, education to engineering, to life sciences and the environment – the opportunity to present their breakthrough ideas. Every year, hundreds of students from all over campus participate in this highly interactive, visually engaging showcase
|USC STUDENT INNOVATORS COMPETE FOR $3000 IN CASH PRIZES|
Win cash for your ideas! $3000 In cash prizes!
Presented by the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation, the university-wide USC Student Innovator Showcase gives parents and students a highly interactive glimpse into the imaginations of USC student innovators, and a sneak peak at tomorrow's world. The showcase is hosted each year during the opening day of Trojan Parent's weekend and is followed by an awards reception in Hahn Plaza at Tommy Trojan.
|Povinelli Lauded as a Top Innovator|
|USC Viterbi School of Engineering assistant professor Michelle Povinelli has been recognized by Technology Review magazine as one of the worldâs top innovators under the age of 35.|
|USC Launches Official Facebook Page|
|USC has launched its official Facebook page to connect with the universityâs students, alumni, faculty, staff and fans.|
|Journalism Class to Test iPad as Reporting Tool|
|The iPad tablet computer has changed the way many people consume news, but a USC Annenberg journalism class starting this fall will explore how the device might also change the way news is reported.|
|USC Hosts Forums on Commercializing University Research|
The U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship recently completed four regional forums held at USC, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Michigan and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
|They Have It All Mapped Out|
|Not long ago, people referred to their Thomas Brother guides to find out how to get across town. Now they access GPS navigation systems or tap into mapping programs on iPhones, Blackberries or other devices.|
|Turning an Idea Into a Business|
|Steve Gatena Ă˘âŹâ˘10 and USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism undergraduate Andy McNeil had a great idea for a new business, but did not know how to turn it into a reality.|
|A Conversation With Lucy Hood|
|If you used your mobile phone during the recent season of American Idol to vote for your favorite contestant, you can thank Lucy Hood for making it possible.|
|USC Awarded $56.8 Million Grant for Clinical Research|
|USC has received a prestigious $56.8 million Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health to support and promote scientific discoveries and their application in real-life settings to health and health care.|
|Why Funding University Innovation Matters|
An article in the June 27 New York Times Sunday Business section ("The Idea Incubator Goes to Campus") highlighted a proposal I wrote for the Obama administration's 2011 federal budget designed to accelerate the movement of innovative research from university campuses to the marketplace.
|The Idea Incubator Goes to Campus|
Published in the New York Times, Bob Tedeschi discusses the advancement of innovation on college campuses, including the University of Southern California. The story highlights USC’s efforts in innovation in the same breath as those of other leaders like the MIT Deshpande Center and the von Liebig Center at UCSD.
|Stroome.com Wins Knight Foundation Award|
|Stroome.com, an online video-editing platform conceived and developed at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, has won a Knight News Challenge award.|
|Conference Promotes Use of New Media in Education|
|Nearly 400 scholars, educational administrators and technology specialists gathered in Anaheim from June 8-12 for the 2010 New Media Consortium Summer Conference.|
|Big Think Interview with Krisztina Holly |
While in New York City last month, Krisztina Holly was interviewed by Big Think, an online news and commentary portal. The interview focused on the future of the US major research university. Read and watch the interview now.
|The Full Potential of University Research|
University research historically forms the foundation for many of the most significant U.S. technological advancements and industries—think biotechnology and the Internet, to name just a few notable examples. Yet many more ideas are left on the shelves and in the laboratories of universities across the country.
|Pilot Program Set for New Ideas and Marketplace|
|USC has launched Ideas Empowered, a new two-year pilot program designed to bridge the gap between ideas and the marketplace.|
|The Academy and Fashion -- An Unlikely Pair Teaches Us About Innovation|
Read Krisztina Holly’s latest Huffington Post column where she discusses what should be used as the appropriate measurements of innovativeness – arguing it’s not patent volume, but rather how many ideas we're sharing and the impact we're making.
|USC STUDENT INNOVATOR RESOURCE FAIRE TODAY!|
On August 30, 2010 the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation will host a celebration of creativity and imagination for the USC community. The USC Student Innovators Resource Faire will give student innovators the opportunity to meet and greet with their peers, talks about their ideas and learn about the programs USC is developing to help students make impact.
|Breakthrough Research at Oncology Meeting|
|Researchers at USC and the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center will present promising new findings in a number of cancer research areas at the 2010 American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting.|
|USC Launches Gap Funding and Mentoring Program for Faculty and Student Teams|
“Ideas Empowered” Program provides $50k and mentoring for proof-of-concept and prototype development.
|Yang Chai Honored for Outstanding Research|
|The Method to Extend Research in Time Award of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has been given to Yang Chai.|
|USC Shoah Foundation Institute Licenses Portfolio of Multi-Media Management Patents |
In March, the University of Southern California licensed a significant portfolio of intellectual property assets, comprising 11 issued United States patents from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education. The license allows for continued use and development of the technologies for academic purposes, both at USC and elsewhere.
|USC Shoah Foundation Institute Licenses Portfolio|
|In March, USC licensed a portfolio of intellectual property assets involving 11 U.S. patents from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.|
|Center Aims to Interrupt Cancer Pathways|
|A new program created at the Keck School of Medicine of USC aims to treat cancer and other diseases by discovering and modulating cellular communication pathways.|
|Teaching With Technology Prize Winners|
|USC College faculty Colin Keaveney and Charles McKenna were awarded the ProvostĂ˘âŹâ˘s Prize for Teaching With Technology.|
|Internet2 Announces Winners of Fifth Annual IDEA Awards|
Internet2 today announced the 2010 winners of its Internet2 Driving Exemplary Applications (IDEA) Award.
Four applications share the award this year, including: EchoDamp, a multi-channel audio mixer and echo controller for videoconference-based musical and other collaboration from the USC Thornton School of Music among others.
|Rochelle Steiner Named Dean of USC Roski School of Fine Arts|
|Noted curator, writer and contemporary art leader Rochelle Steiner has been named dean of the USC Roski School of Fine Arts, effective Aug. 1.|
|USC to Offer Graduate Diploma in Innovation|
|USC Creates Diploma in Innovation|
|Krisztina Holly: Tech Transfer's Big Moment|
|County, USC Look to Hatch Business Incubator|
|New USC Center for Learning Support|
|USC parents Walter G. and Marcia B. Kortschak have made a historic gift commitment of $10 million to establish an endowment for the creation of the USC Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity in Student Affairs at USC.|
|USC Global Impact Student Nina Gordon-Kirsch has been Awarded a Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Award|
|R&D Plus Wizardry|
|You donĂ˘âŹâ˘t have to penetrate a Microsoft bunker in Redmond, Wash., to find out what may be coming after AppleĂ˘âŹâ˘s iPad or to learn about the newest trends in 3-D graphics, serious games and smartphones.|
|Social Work Sets Virtual MSW Program|
|USC has announced a second virtual masterĂ˘âŹâ˘s degree program, this time at the School of Social Work.|
|Software Creates Noise in the Industry|
|USC Thornton School of Music professor Brian Shepard will be honored with the 2010 Internet2 IDEA award, one of the highest accolades in the advanced networking industry.|
|Maximizing the Impact of Our Future Scholars|
This week, the University of Southern California announced a first-of-its-kind Diploma in Innovation Program for Ph.D. students. It's a highly selective, 12-unit course of study within the USC Graduate School designed to complement the students' disciplinary training with practical skills and creative perspectives to help them make maximum impact with their ideas.
|USC Showcases the Best in Innovation|
Students and faculty demonstrate the fresh thinking taking place in technology, entertainment and design at the second TEDxUSC Ideas Empowered conference.
|Surgeons Find Improved Outcomes for Kidney Tumor Surgery|
|Several studies published in top medical journals by USC surgeons have found that surgical treatment of kidney cancer is not the daunting prospect it once was.|
|When Opportunity Came Calling|
|Mark Wapnick Ă˘âŹâ˘72 believes that some of his best ideas have come out of frustrating situations.|
|USC to Collaborate With Autism Institute|
|The Keck School of Medicine of USC has announced a collaboration with the Dan Marino Foundation and its Marino Autism Research Institute to support multidisciplinary research into the causes and treatment of autism spectrum disorder.|
|USC Eye Trauma Program Wins Federal Funding|
|Restoring sight for combat troops who have suffered eye injuries in battle is one of the goals of a research program based at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.|
|Qingyun Ma Receives a Global Honor|
|Of the planetĂ˘âŹâ˘s 27 most influential designers, one is a Trojan dean.|
|Oakes Named Director of Joint Replacement Program|
|Daniel A. Oakes has been named director of the USC Joint Replacement Program and associate professor of clinical orthopaedics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.|
|USC Professor Hosts Online Conference|
|Welcome to the emerging world of online conferences for the humanities.|
|Cinema Tops Game Design Survey|
|The USC School of Cinematic Arts ranks No. 1 on a list saluting the 50 best undergraduate institutions in the United States and Canada to study game design, according to The Princeton Review.|
|These Two Are Virtually Unforgettable|
|Ada and Grace, two bright and bubbly young women, literally stopped visitors in their tracks in the National Science Foundation booth at the recent American Association for the Advancement of Science conference.|
|Gift Goes to Center for Global Innovation|
|A $1 million gift from Don Murray of Resources Global Professionals will support the ongoing research of the USC Marshall Center for Global Innovation.|
|Smartly Done - USC Goes Mobile|
|Your smart phone just got a whole lot smarter, thanks to USCmobile Ă˘âŹâ developed by ITS Web Services as a free resource for the university community.|
|USC Viterbi Professors Lead Underwater Research|
|Say you let loose a dozen robots into the ocean. The launch is easy. WhatĂ˘âŹâ˘s harder is figuring out how best to program this Ă˘âŹĹsearch partyĂ˘âŹÂ to collect data.|
|A Pill Against Chemo?|
|The researchers who proposed limited fasting as a protective strategy against chemotherapy now say that existing drugs may be able to do the job without the hardship and risks of fasting.|
|For jobs, look to university spin-offs|
This column discusses a specific proposal for how the federal government can better catalyze economic and societal impact through ideas generated at major research universities. In the column, Holly outlines the IMPACT proposal, a pilot initiative that would invest a small amount of federal funding to coax existing research results into the U.S. commercial marketplace through ten local demonstration sites. Funding would equal $2 million per year, per university, for five years. These local sites would nurture a culture of entrepreneurship within each university, create and enhance the innovation ecosystem around each university, and provide the resources necessary for researchers to effectively translate their ideas into societal impact. The three key components of each program would be: gap funding, community-building, and mentoring and education, though other aspects are welcome. The results would be measurable, reproducible, and scaleable.
|Does Music in Speech Equal Empathy in Heart?|
Some people are annoyed by upspeak: the habit of making a sentence sound like a question?
On April 13, 2010 TEDxUSC returned to the University of Southern California. TEDxUSC 2010 saw a surprise presenter line-up that fascinated and delighted guests, with mind-blowing technology demos, captivating talks, and stirring musical performances.
|New Partnership Enhances Pre-Health Programs|
|More than 30 percent of first-year students at USC College enroll as pre-health majors.|
|Going Green Good for the Economy|
|In Michigan, being green just got easier.|
|Oscar to Shine on Lighting Technology|
|Paul Debevec and three colleagues will be honored with a scientific and engineering Academy Award for the design of a facial rendering system developed for motion pictures.|
|Academy AwardĂÂŽ Honors Developers of USC ICTĂ˘âŹâ˘s Light Stage Technologies Used on Avatar, Benjamin Button|
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Paul Debevec, associate director, graphics research at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, Tim Hawkins of LightStage LLC, John Monos of Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Mark Sagar of WETA Digital, will be honored with a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award® for “the design and engineering of the Light Stage capture devices and the image-based facial rendering system developed for character relighting in motion pictures.”
|The Fly Could Prove Fruitful|
|Michelle Arbeitman, the Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at USC College, has received a $325,148 federal stimulus grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.|
|Innovative Surgery Performed in L.A.|
|A Los Angeles mother recently became the first person on the West Coast to donate a kidney using a pioneering procedure that makes it less challenging for many people to give the gift of life to loved ones by decreasing recovery time and post-surgical pain.|
|Cancer Group Awards Grants to Researchers|
|Two researchers with the Saban Research Institute of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and the Keck School of Medicine of USC have received grants from the organization Stand Up to Cancer.|
|Hollywood Calls USC Linguist for Help|
|When the alien characters voice their feelings in James CameronĂ˘âŹâ˘s upcoming sci-fi epic Avatar, they are literally speaking a new language, one developed by Paul Frommer, a professor at the USC Marshall School of Business.|
|Developmental Neuroscience Program Flourishes|
|Researchers at the Saban Research Institute at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles are moving closer to understanding the complex interaction between genetic and environmental factors that impact the development of brain architecture.|
|Five Faculty Named AAAS Fellows|
|Five USC faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of their outstanding contributions in science and engineering.|
|New Bacterial Behavior Discovered|
|Bacteria dance the electric slide, officially named electrokinesis, in a new study by USC geobiologists.|
|USC Receives $3 Million for Stem Cell Training|
|The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has awarded USC $3 million to support a training program in stem cell biology.|
|Link Found Between Fitness and Cognition|
|In the first study to demonstrate a clear positive association between adolescent fitness and adult cognitive performance, Nancy Pedersen of USC and colleagues in Sweden find that better cardiovascular health among teenage boys correlates to higher scores on a range of intelligence tests - and more education and income later in life.|
|Viterbi, Boehm to Receive IEEE Medals|
|USC trustee Andrew J. Viterbi and USC professor Barry Boehm have been honored by IEEE, the professional society dedicated to the advancement of electrical and computer sciences.|
|He Bridges the Gap in Scientific Knowledge|
|Born decades after the devastating 1940 collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and on the other side of the earth, Omid Nohadani is developing mathematical methodology to ensure such a catastrophe never happens again.|
|A Nanoscale Development With Macro Potential|
|The future of cancer treatment might be microscopic in size, at least according to USC School of Pharmacy assistant professor Andrew MacKayĂ˘âŹâ˘s groundbreaking research.|
|Cut Out the Middleman|
|Estrogen seems to act like a middleman in its positive effect on the brain, raising the possibility that future drugs may bypass the carcinogenic hormone altogether while reaping its benefits.|
|Quake Prediction Model Developed|
|The third in a series of papers in the journal Nature completes the case for a new method of predicting earthquakes.|
|Comic books are not solely about superheroes anymore. Nor are they reserved for children.|
|Zumberge Awards Call for Proposals|
|A call for proposals for USCĂ˘âŹâ˘s annual faculty research grant programs has been announced by the Office of the Provost. These university-wide programs are the Zumberge Interdisciplinary Awards, the Zumberge Individual Awards and the Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and...|
|Student Finalists in Landscape Competition|
|Two USC School of Architecture teams from the Master of Landscape Architecture program were among the six finalists in the WPA 2.0: Working Public Architecture Student Competition.|
|Can Cleft Palate be Healed Before Birth?|
|In a study newly published in the journal Development, investigators at the USC School of Dentistry describe how to non-surgically reverse the onset of cleft palate in fetal mice - potentially one step in the journey to a better understanding of similar defects in humans.|