New building fosters collaboration

first_imgVerna and Peter Dauterive Hall, USC’s first interdisciplinary social sciences building, opened for the first day of classes on Monday.Dauterive Hall, which was spearheaded by the Provosts’ office rather than an individual school, will have a special emphasis on collaboration and interdisciplinary studies.Working together · The $30 million building will house several research institutes and its entire lower level will be dedicated to research. — Christine Yoo | Daily Trojan“The donor, Verna Dauterive, had a vision for the building that it be a space activated with students, and focused on collaboration,” said Rob Cooper, vice provost for academic operations and strategy.Dauterive, an honorary USC Trustee, pledged $30 million for the six-story, 110,000-square-foot building in 2008, in memory of her late husband Peter Dauterive. Construction began in fall 2012, and the building was completed on-time and on-budget at the end of June 2014.Classrooms located on the ground level of the building will host undergraduate and graduate courses across a variety of subjects in the David and Dana Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Marshall School of Business, the Gould School of Law and the Sol Price School of Public Policy, among others.The centerpiece of the building is a five-story atrium that will house several research institutes including the Center for Economic and Social Research, Center for Mind and Society, Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy and the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation.“We chose an architect that could help us create our vision of collaborative space and what it meant to researchers,” Cooper said. “The atrium building will allow collaboration to be based in the center of the [hall].”Provost Professor of Psychology and Marketing Norbert Schwarz and Dean’s Professor of Psychology Daphna Oyserman brought the USC Dornsife Mind and Society Center to the university from the University of Michigan last year. They look forward to utilizing the building.“The building has excellent research space,” Schwarz said. “The whole lower level is research space for interviews, laboratories and space for representative panels for surveys, so there’s great infrastructure.”Though much of the space will be used for research, undergraduate students are also looking to capitalize on the collaborative nature of the building.Dauterive Hall will also be looking to add more research institutes to the building. Only two of five atrium floors are currently occupied. Administrators and faculty look forward to using the remaining areas as a collaborative space.“Collaboration is always important, and is one of the hallmarks in what USC believes in for students, faculty and research centers,” said Bonnie Reiss, global director of the Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy.last_img read more

Women’s lacrosse takes on Michigan, Vermont at home

first_imgWith an undefeated record and two weeks off from competitive play, the Women of Troy are ready to take on Michigan and Vermont Friday and Saturday, respectively, at home.“We’re just excited to have another game,” head coach Lindsey Munday said. “It’s been a long stretch. It was a good opportunity, though, to rest our bodies and to make sure that we’re improving on the things that we saw from the first two games.”In just their fourth year as a program, the Trojans have raced off to their best start in program history with a 2-0 record, including a commanding 11-5 win against No. 5 ranked Duke on Feb. 20.In the team’s success, the veteran seniors and strong team chemistry have been instrumental.“Our seniors have done a great job not only bringing in our freshman, but also welcoming my class, and they do a great job not only leading by example, but also making sure everyone is included,” sophomore goalie Gussie Johns said. “I’ve found that the closer your team is, the better you play together, and I really think that’s one of our strengths going into the season.”In the team’s two victories, Johns and the Trojan defense have only allowed seven shots to enter the back of the net.“Our defensive unit is so close,” Johns said. “We’ve had the same unit for the past two years, and that’s really helped us. We’ve just worked really hard to get that cohesiveness, especially throughout preseason.”Maintaining a strong defensive front will be crucial for the Trojans as they prepare to face Michigan’s powerful offense. With six games under their belt and a 4-2 record, the Wolverines have produced dominant wins against Central Michigan, Marquette, SDSU and Canisius while only losing to No. 7 Florida and Oregon by a margin of one in each game. A key asset to the Wolverine offense will be junior captain Tess Korten, who was crucial in the team’s win against Canisius, notching a hat trick in the first half.The Trojan offensive lineup boasts junior attacker Michaela Michael, who won MPSF Player of the Week following the team’s win against Stetson, and junior attacker and midfielder Kylie Drexel who scored four goals against Duke.With two weeks off, the Trojans have been honing in on their technical skills and focusing on getting better each and every day. In their first match-up in program history, the Trojans are excited for the opportunity to play a new team.“The biggest thing is we always want to focus on us,” Munday said. “We need to make sure we focus on the details and make sure that we play our style of lacrosse all over the field. We want to be in charge. It’s exciting to play a new team that we haven’t seen before.”The Women of Troy will battle against Michigan at 3:00 p.m. Friday at McAlister Field and Vermont Saturday at 3 p.m. at the same location.last_img read more