$50 million gift for brain research
The gift will name and fund the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute and speed its already dramatic progress toward deciphering the brain’s secrets.
For the next crop of future Trojans, the wait is almost over: Acceptance letters for USC’s Class of 2019 went out in the mail Tuesday. This year’s admits form the most selective class ever, with 18 percent of nearly 52,000 applicants invited to join the Trojan Family.
The anonymous donation brings to three the number of endowed residential colleges at the $650 million complex, rising where the University Village shopping center once stood. Take a virtual tour of the project, which will forever change how Trojans live and learn.
It starts with soccer-ball-shaped spheres of carbon atoms - “Bucky-balls” - that exhibit special physical properties. Scientists at USC have figured out how to them into tiny bombs, triggering explosions that one day could target and eliminate cancer.