Good neighbors campaign funded robotics team uses ingenuity to find its way to the national championship.
For the Foshay Learning Center’s Team 597 Wolverines, it was a suspenseful moment. Which high school team would win the prized Chairman’s Award at the FIRST Robotics International Competition in St. Louis?
Bob Tuttle, FIRST’s co-chair of the board of directors, addressed the audience and talked about the accomplishments of the Wolverines. (FIRST refers to For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.)
“You all did a great job, but there is one team that is particularly special in this program,” he said. “They are the role models and change agents reaching out and transforming whole communities to show through their actions the lessons of team work, gracious professionalism and all the good life lessons FIRST is all about.
Jason Mares, a junior at Foshay, was confident that the school’s team would win the competition. After all, their presentation blew away the panel of judges. But then he looked around and felt uncertain. There were 59 other robotics teams from around the world in the competition. He decided it ultimately didn’t matter. If his team lost, it would simply come back next year, better and stronger, to win it.
Seconds later, Mares and 12 of his teammates heard their team name called, and they all ran up on stage to claim their trophy.
“That moment was just complete shock,” Mares said. Read more here
Since 1994, USC faculty, staff and friends have donated more than $20 million dollars to support local community programs. Congratulations to the Good Neighbors Campaign (GNC) grant awardees for the 2017-2018 academic year. Funded programs’ diverse scope of projects enables USC’s partnerships to impact various educational and scientific pathways. A couple of this year’s funded organizations include Jumpstart and the Robotics and Coding Academy. More here.
January 29, 2018
It’s a Thursday afternoon and Sina Kiamehr, over 6 feet tall and clad in a white lab coat, goes up to the fourth floor of the pharmaceutical sciences building. He walks into a lab, checking in at the whiteboard to see what he’ll be working on that day.
Kiamehr is a 17-year-old high school senior, but it would be easy to mistake him for a graduate student: He’s in the pharmaceutical lab of Professor Daryl Davies at the USC Health Sciences Campus nearly every day.
He’s one of the leads on a research project looking at how the microbiome — as in gut bacteria — might be different in alcoholics. The team is looking at whether certain bacteria can foster alcoholism and if alcoholics could more easily achieve sobriety if they received a transplant of healthy bacteria. Kiamehr, 17, works in a lab that studies the role of the microbiome in alcoholism. Full story here.
The program is a partnership with Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School and supported by a USC Good Neighbors grant.
January 4, 2018
Launched in 2011 with just 30 students, the popular program will enroll more than 200 children this spring. It recently started providing afterschool tutoring support in four South Los Angeles elementary schools near USC. Its growth is in large part thanks to support from USC’s Good Neighbors Campaign, which is funded by donations from USC employees, and a critical $1 million gift from philanthropist Pamela Buffett. Read full story here.