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Andrea Zittel, assistant professor of sculpture, art and technology and a member of the MFA Core Faculty at the USC Roski School of Fine Arts, is the subject of a solo exhibition currently on display at the Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York.

Comprising crocheted works, drawings and performance, single strand, forward motion examines, in Zittel’s words, the relationship of “mental structures” to “visual or formal structures,” made manifest in “time/space patterns of everyday life.”

Last year, the Schaulager exhibiton space in Basel, Switzerland presented a major retrospective of Zittel’s work, covering nearly two decades of her career.

USC Roski adjunct faculty member Mark Wyse has work on view in New York as well, with photographs in two ongoing exhibitions: Reality Check at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Connections at the Jenkins Johnson Gallery.

Calling All Medics

USC College student Chanel Fischetti was among the 10 winners of the first Video Contest announced by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Each winner will be awarded $1,000 toward his or her medical school application costs.

College students from across the country were asked to submit a two-minute video explaining why they wanted to become a doctor, as part of a contest initiated by the campaign – a Web site and outreach effort created by the association to increase diversity in medicine.

The campaign encourages undergraduate minority students – particularly African-Americans, Native Americans and Latinos – to consider careers in medicine.

“It’s inspiring to see how passionate these students are about becoming doctors, despite the very real obstacles they face in their lives,” said Charles Terrell, the association’s chief diversity officer. “As we begin to deal with a nationwide physician shortage, we are encouraged to see that there are many bright young people who want to serve their communities.”

The winning videos are featured on the association’s YouTube site at

Gray Matter

Former USC Viterbi School of Engineering graduate student Robert M. Gray returned to campus on Feb. 26 to deliver the seventh Andrew Viterbi Distinguished Lecture in Communication.

The USC ties of the distinguished senior scientist – now the Alcatel-Lucent Technologies Professor of Communications and Networking in the Stanford University Department of Electrical Engineering – run deep, and Gray devoted at least a third of his time exploring them during his talk.

Gray came to USC from MIT, where one of his oldest friendships was with USC provost emeritus Lloyd Armstrong Jr., who was present in the audience. Gray was recruited by USC engineering legend Zohrab Kaprielian, who hired a group of stellar faculty members in the field of communications and was looking for the best graduate students to work with them.

Gray described his life in Southern California as a transplanted Easterner living at Venice Beach and forming his own rock band.

And he spoke enthusiastically about a new coding paradigm for compression of images. “If you can simulate something, you can compress it,” he said.

Across Campus

Smart Arts

Twenty-three journalists have been chosen from 16 states to participate as fellows in the fifth Arts Journalism Institute in Theatre and Musical Theatre at the USC Annenberg School for Communication.

Through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the institute will be conducted by USC Annenberg’s School of Journalism from April 14-24.

Participants include critics, reporters and editors, as well as general arts and entertainment journalists. Most of them have shifted from print to online or are in the process of finding the balance between the two. Some also work in radio.

The program is part of a $1 million initiative to offer intensive training for theatre critics and their editors who work outside the country’s major media markets.

The 23 journalists will participate in a 10-day program that includes writing workshops and one-on-one master classes.

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