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$25M gift to fund life sciences leadership

first_imgHarvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard’s Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology (HSCRB) have received a $25 million gift from The Chris and Carrie Shumway Foundation to fund programs promoting leadership in life sciences, including the M.S./M.B.A. Biotechnology: Life Sciences, a joint degree offered by HBS and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Medical School through HSCRB.The gift will help bridge the worlds of business and science by fostering an environment of collaboration and innovation at HBS and across Harvard, supporting work on pathbreaking research and educating a new generation of leaders in the life sciences. The gift will provide support for curriculum development and programming, faculty research, and student financial aid.“Every day we are contending with the challenges posed by a worldwide pandemic and seeing firsthand the importance of strong connections between the lab bench and the private sector,” said Harvard President Larry Bacow. “The Shumways have given us the opportunity to think deeply about how we train leaders at this intersection that will only grow in complexity and importance. We are grateful for their foresight and their exceptional generosity.”“This gift will provide the University with the resources to support future leaders in life sciences, dramatically increase innovation and the commercialization of new discoveries, and efficiently and quickly take transformative discoveries from the laboratory to patients and the marketplace,” said HBS Dean Nitin Nohria. “The world needs more business leaders working at the intersection of science and society, with deep understanding of not only biotechnology and life sciences, but the management skills needed to help these important companies thrive.”To meet this need, the MS/MBA Biotechnology: Life Sciences Program, welcomed its first cohort of students this past August. In supporting financial aid that will cover the incremental costs of the M.S./M.B.A. program for these students, this gift will enable Harvard to attract and support outstanding students who already have experience and knowledge in life sciences. To recognize this support, the students in this program will be known as Shumway Fellows and this program will prepare them to take on leadership roles in biotechnology and life sciences organizations.The program builds upon students’ existing biotech and life sciences knowledge and equips them with the latest business and scientific insights. This empowers them to launch, grow, and lead transformative organizations that will advance new drug discoveries or therapeutics. Students in the program study general management at HBS and life-sciences at HSCRB, which is a joint department of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and Harvard Medical School (HMS). Read Full Storylast_img read more

Welcome Weekend activities introduce students to ND life

first_imgTuesday, approximately 2,000 people from across the country and around the world will be walking into their first classes as college students at Notre Dame.But first, the Division of Student Affairs and First Year of Studies is hosting a variety of activities and programming throughout the weekend to help first year students — and their parents — acclimate. “Welcome Weekend,” previously known as “Frosh-O” or “Freshman Orientation” officially began Friday at 9 a.m., when the first round of freshmen started moving into their dorms. “It’s not orientation anymore — it’s a welcoming,” Maryanne Fisher, Welcome Weekend co-captain for Walsh Community in Pangborn Hall, said. “Throughout the whole first year you’re being welcomed into the community. It’s not like you’re on your own after this weekend; it’s a gradual process to get to know Notre Dame and you’re continually being welcomed.”Last year, an oversight committee redesigned freshman orientation weekend to “streamline” the process of introducing students to Notre Dame without overwhelming them with long speeches or unnecessary information.“The things students should take the most out of this [weekend] is their dorm community: getting to see those faces for the first time, knowing who’s available when you need help,” Flaherty Hall Welcome Weekend co-captain Aline Irihamye said. “It’s just about getting excited for the next four years because it’s a good time and you want it to start off with a blast.” While freshmen are busy getting to know other students and learning their way around campus, information about financial aid, study abroad and the career center will be presented to their parents. The “parent orientation” that runs alongside Welcome Weekend was first introduced last year.Irihamye said one of the biggest changes to this year’s Welcome Weekend was extending weekend programming to Monday.“One of the things that’s being added on this year is the Day of Community, which is on the Monday before classes start,” she said. “Every dorm has a local community organization that they’re going to visit; Flaherty’s is the Center for the Homeless. So from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the orientation committee has buses arranged to take students there and bring them back so that from the moment they get here they can see how to get involved.” In addition to encouraging students to become involved in the community, the day is intended to help break what many refer to as the “Notre Dame bubble.” “It’s just to get the first years out in the community,” Fisher said. “A lot of people never really go into South Bend, so it’s just introducing them to things they can do there.” Other community partners participating in the Day of Community include the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, Good Shepherd Montessori School, La Casa de Amistad, the Robinson Community Learning Center, Riverbend Cancer Services and South Bend Parks and Recreation, among others.  The McDonald Center for Student Well-Being and RecSports are also adding to the weekend’s programming with a wellness run and yoga on South Quad each morning of Welcome Weekend, Irihamye said. Fisher said for the most part, programming hasn’t changed much from last year. According to information provided on the Welcome Weekend mobile app, like last year, freshmen will have their first class for the Moreau First-Year Experience Course on Saturday, and will attend DomerFest — a dance party, festival and Notre Dame tradition — that night. The First Year Mass will be held 10 a.m. Sunday at Purcell Pavilion, followed by the first class trip to the Grotto on Sunday night. University President Fr. John Jenkins will also deliver a welcome address to freshmen. The Moreau First Year Experience Course was introduced for the 2015-2016 academic year to continue the orientation process after Welcome Weekend ends. “I wish we would have had [Moreau],” Fisher said. “I think the continued welcoming of students into the community throughout the year is really important.”The Welcome Weekend mobile app was launched last year and features a schedule of events and self-guided campus tours covering academic buildings, favorite study spots and the “best kept secrets” of Notre Dame. The app also has a guide to stores and restaurants in the South Bend area. In addition to the main events of Welcome Weekend, a number of optional programming events are available to students, including academic exploration sessions, a multicultural reception, an interfaith welcome and a performing arts showcase. Additionally, time is set aside each night for residence hall programming. “The main thing [of Welcome Weekend] is welcoming first year students into their dorm community,” Irihamye said. Each dorm was required to make a video to introduce freshmen to the building and community. Irihamye said the video requirement was useful considering the current residence hall arrangement: Flaherty Hall is a new women’s hall that will house all of the former residents of Pangborn Hall, as well as students picked by application. Meanwhile, residents of Walsh Hall — including incoming freshmen — will be living in Pangborn Hall while their building is under renovation. “I know it was confusing for us when we got the email, so I don’t even know what the freshmen think,” Fisher said. “We got to explain [with the video] that we’re Walsh but we’re living in Pangborn for a year. They’re mostly just to show freshmen a little of what they should expect of where they’re living.” While Flaherty Hall is a brand-new dorm, Irihamye said the staff still want to emphasize that first year students are being welcomed into a “strong and close community.”“We’re trying to use the newness of our dorm to our advantage,” she said. “There’s so many ways we can be involved now in forming new traditions and signature events. People should take advantage of that rather than be wary or concerned.”Fisher said the central part of Welcome Weekend is to make new students feel comfortable in their new community and new home. “Notre Dame is a great place, but college can be really scary,” Fisher said. “Welcome Weekend is a really overwhelming experience, but we’re trying to do it in a fun way and get their mind off of leaving home.”Tags: Freshman Orientation 2016, Welcome Weekendlast_img read more

Catalyst Capital is on Laing shortlist

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Jokowi calls for end to global rivalries in his first UN assembly address

first_imgJokowi pointed out poverty and hunger as results of conflicts, while highlighting the prevalent neglect of the principles of the UN Charter and international laws, including the respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity.“We must unite and always promote a win-win approach that is mutually beneficial in building relations among states.”He asserted that global unity was particularly urgent given the health and socioeconomic impacts brought by the pandemic, which has swept across more than 200 countries and territories to date.“No one is safe until everyone is. If division and rivalries continue to persist, I am concerned that the pillars of stability and sustainable peace will crumble or even be destroyed,” Jokowi said. Read also: Indonesia calls for strengthened multilateral institutions as UN turns 75Indonesia’s commitment to world peaceDuring the largest annual multilateral summit, Jokowi reasserted the Southeast Asian country’s commitment to continuously contribute to building world peace, as mandated by Indonesia’s own Constitution.Indonesia would consistently play the role of a “bridge builder” to provide solutions to world issues and promote a spirit of cooperation, he said.Jokowi also reiterated Indonesia’s support for Palestine, emphasizing the relevance of the values embedded in the 1955 Bandung Conference, which gave birth to the Bandung Principles of peaceful settlement of disputes, promotion of cooperation and respect for international law.“Palestine is the only country that attended the Bandung Conference but has not enjoyed its independence until now.”He further expressed Indonesia’s commitment to maintaining regional peace and stability in Southeast Asia, and to put forward the same spirit in promoting wider collaboration in the Indo-Pacific region through the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific.Indonesia’s recommendations to the UN, world countriesWith regard to the current global situation, Jokowi urged the UN to continue strengthening reforms, revitalization and efficiency within the body to remain relevant and contributive in keeping with the challenges of the times.“The UN needs to be more responsive and effective in tackling global challenges, and all of us bear the responsibility to further strengthen the UN,” he said.“The UN is not a mere building in the city of New York, rather, it represents an ideal and shared commitment of all nations.”Jokowi specifically highlighted the aspect of multilateralism that the UN should pay attention to, as he said it was the only tool that could guarantee equality.“Indonesia has an unwavering faith in the UN and multilateralism,” he said, “The UN needs to prove that multilateralism delivers, especially during this time of crisis.”Read also: World leaders mark UN at 75, challenged by pandemic and US, China tensionsThe President also urged the UN and the world to strengthen “collective global leadership”.“We are all aware that when it comes to international relations, every country always protects their national interests. However, we must not forget that all of us have the responsibility to contribute to be part of the solution for peace, stability and prosperity of the world,” he said.Moreover, he called for countries around the globe to strengthen cooperation in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.All nations must work together to ensure that no country would be left behind in gaining equal access to safe coronavirus vaccines at affordable prices, he said.Jokowi also urged the world to gradually start revitalizing the economy by tackling the limits to the global supply chain, with prioritization of the health of all world citizens.“A healthy world, productive world needs to be our priority.”Topics : In his first-ever address at the United Nations General Assembly, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called on all countries to put an end to global division and rivalries, emphasizing the need for nations to act together in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Jokowi said international conflicts had prevented the UN from fully achieving its dream of creating a peaceful, stable and prosperous world – an ambition that the organization had set out to achieve since its establishment 75 years ago.“Our concern grew even deeper during the COVID-19 pandemic. At a time when we ought to unite and work together, what we see, instead, is a deep division and growing rivalries,” Jokowi said in his virtual address broadcasted on Tuesday evening New York time, or Wednesday morning Jakarta time.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces PEDFA-Financed Project Selected as Northeast Deal of the Year

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces PEDFA-Financed Project Selected as Northeast Deal of the Year Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority’s (PEDFA) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project transaction was selected as the 2015 Northeast Deal of the Year by The Bond Buyer.Recognized as the largest private activity bond financing of a public-private partnership in U.S. history and the largest road project in Pennsylvania’s history, PEDFA’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project transaction’s Northeast Regional honor put the transaction in the running as a finalist for The Bond Buyer’s annual Deal of the Year Awards.“It is exciting to see that this PEDFA-financed project is being recognized,” said Governor Wolf. “Making projects like this a reality takes time, planning and teamwork on behalf of state agencies, boards, and private partners and it is great to see their efforts recognized for a transaction that will allow for much-needed work to hundreds of Pennsylvania bridges.PEDFA’s $721.5 million Rapid Bridge Replacement Project transaction is also considered the first public-private partnership (P3) to bundle multiple bridges into a single procurement in the U.S. The transportation project is intended to expedite the replacement of over 10 percent of Pennsylvania’s structurally deficient bridges. The project will consist of replacing 558 structurally deficient bridges across the commonwealth through the design, construction, maintenance, life-cycle, and financing of the replacement bridges.The project was approved during the PEDFA board meeting in February 2015 and is slated for completion prior to August 2018.“Making investments in our infrastructure is critical to the overall economic success of the commonwealth,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin. “Recognition of this project is reaffirmation that we are committed to Governor Wolf’s government that works initiative.”“With such a large inventory of bridges and a sizeable backlog of repair needs, we looked to innovative solutions to address the problem,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “We are working hard with our P3 partners to deliver our promise of 558 bridges replaced over the next three years.”PennDOT awarded the project to Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners, LLC pursuant to the department’s formal request for proposal process.The Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority provides cost-effective financing to businesses by issuing bonds, selling the bonds to private investors, and lending the proceeds to eligible businesses.The Bond Buyer’s annual Deal of the Year Awards recognizes innovation in municipal finance. The editors of The Bond Buyer select outstanding municipal bond transactions for recognition. The 2015 awards drew nominations that represent the diverse range of communities and public purposes served by the municipal finance market.For a list of bridges scheduled for replacement during the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, visit more information about the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority, visit more information about PennDOT’s P3 program, visit # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img December 04, 2015last_img read more

Why family violence will continue to increase in NZ

first_imgHere’s a perfect example of everything that is wrong with attempts to stamp out violence.From the Wanganui ChronicleAubrey Ivan James Wirihana-Curry was at home with the victim and their 6-month-old child on October 27 when an argument began, and he started smashing plates and punching holes in the gib board. He pushed his partner down and kicked her to the right side of her head, police prosecutor Sergeant Steve Hickey told the Whanganui District Court on Tuesday. She is four months pregnant, he said. When police arrived, Wirihana-Curry resisted arrest, saying he didn’t want to go to the station as he needed to look after his young child. He hit one of the officers in the face multiple times.So that’s…* Property damage* serious and violent assault* pregnant partner* violent assault of policeThe punishment? Well, if you can call it that…* 120 hours of community work (so 3 weeks)* nine months of ‘supervision’,* anger management courseMeanwhile, great mum who admits occasional smacks on the bottom gets 300 hours of community work and loses her career.We’re stuffed.last_img read more

Currie contemplates Ireland switch

first_imgSouth Sydney’s 20-year-old forward George Burgess has forced his way into the frame for a World Cup spot but England coach Steve McNamara looks to have lost another promising forward, Warrington’s Ben Currie, to Ireland. Press Association Currie, who has appeared in Warrington’s last eight Super League matches, was invited to join McNamara’s elite training squad at their recent get together, along with two other highly-rated youngsters, John Bateman (Bradford) and Stevie Ward (Leeds). But Currie, who toured Australia with the England Under-18s last year, turned down the invitation as he contemplates joining his Wolves team-mate Tyrone McCarthy in the Ireland camp. “Ben qualifies for Ireland and England and he has a decision to make,” McNamara said. “He’s not quite sure at this moment in time what his best opportunity is for this World Cup. “Ben represented England at 18s and did a great job out in Australia for us last year. He will make some decisions and we’ll continue to monitor him.” HASH(0x25c4a10) center_img McNamara has named a 30-strong training squad from the Super League clubs but will have up to half a dozen NRL-based players to call on from October and will fly out to Australia after the Exiles game in June to bring them up to date with his plans. Meanwhile, McNamara is waiting to find out if 18-year-old second rower Currie is to switch his allegiance from England. last_img read more

Poyet looks forward after Ji cloud

first_imgSunderland boss Gus Poyet does not fear an end-of-season backlash over the club’s punishment for fielding ineligible striker Ji Dong-won. Press Association “Sunderland AFC confirmed that they had complied with all procedures and the Premier League stated that the player was duly registered on the extranet system and in all other Premier League mechanisms. “The club has never accepted any wrongdoing, but did acknowledge that a technical fault occurred and as such were fined by the Premier League accordingly in December. The matter is now closed.” MK Dons have confirmed they sought clarification on the matter when they became aware of it, but will take no further action. A statement read: “The club acknowledges that the Football League board dealt with the situation as they saw fit and will not be pursuing the matter further.” Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was also philosophical, although Hull counterpart Steve Bruce, who as Sunderland manager signed Ji from Chunnam Dragons in June 2011, was surprised by the news. He said: “That’s pretty bizarre stuff, that it’s only surfaced now and he’s played in four games. They should be in serious trouble, I would have thought.” However, Press Association Sport understands that the Premier League, too, considers the matter, which a source described as the “lowest level of administrative error”, dealt with. Poyet now faces the task of putting a turbulent week behind him and concentrating on the task of trying to preserve the club’s top-flight status. Asked if the Ji saga might prove a distraction, he said: “I don’t think it will affect the team. When too many things happen around a club, sooner or later it does affect the team, I believe that. “I know people think it shouldn’t but it does. Now I don’t think we have too many problems. “But this has come as a surprise. People now maybe know why I couldn’t play him. I knew, you didn’t. “I don’t have Twitter or whatever, but I can imagine some people love Ji and when he was not playing every week and not on the bench, they were probably killing me. “But they didn’t know. I hope now they understand why I couldn’t put him on the bench.” The news was greeted with interest by Sunderland’s fellow relegation candidates on Friday, but Poyet, who was not at the club when the error occurred, insisted all parties had to abide by the Premier League’s decision. He said: “It’s down to the decision. I haven’t forgotten the Tevez-Mascherano situation with Sheffield United. “We can talk, but at the end of the day, the one who makes the decisions made one and here we are.” That is precisely what Poyet’s Brighton had to do after Hartlepool unwittingly fielded midfielder Gary Liddle, who was actually suspended, against them in a 2-0 League One win for the north-east club in April, 2010. The Uruguayan campaigned for Pool to be docked the three points and the win awarded to the Seagulls, although he was unsuccessful in the latter respect. Ji played against Fulham, Southampton, Crystal Palace and Manchester United in the league and MK Dons in the Capital One Cup before it emerged that his international clearance, which Sunderland had submitted electronically along with the other relevant documents on his return from a loan spell with German club Augsburg, had not arrived. The error was only discovered by chance in October and the club immediately notified the authorities. A club spokesperson said: “The issue of Ji Dong-won was explained in detail at today’s Premier League shareholders meeting and no issues were raised by any club. It emerged on Thursday night that the 22-year-old South Korea international striker had made four Barclays Premier League appearances for the club earlier this season with the Black Cats unaware that his international clearance had not been processed. The Wearside club, fined in December for the offence, later revealed the problem was an administrative error which was due to a “technical fault” and denied any wrongdoing. last_img read more

Back to school: Syracuse legend Coleman finishing degree 23 years after leaving for NBA

Sociology is, in its most simplistic terms, the science of dealing with social problems.Well, if that’s the case, then Derrick Coleman has been a sociologist for years.“Think about this,” he implored, “I’ve been dealing with social problems my whole life, so I already have a master’s, a bachelor’s, I’ve been dealing with that my whole life.”Twenty-three years after leaving Syracuse for the NBA, Coleman is gearing back up for classes in the fall semester. The former All-American is taking online classes and just 12 credits away from physically receiving his degree in sociology from the university. He is listed as a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences on the SU student directory and is enrolled in two classes this fall, which puts him on track to graduate in the spring.Coleman played at Syracuse from 1986-90. Most people get their degrees wrapped up in four years, but most people aren’t on the fast track to their first million-dollar check at 22 years old.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“You’re coming out of school, you’re the No. 1 draft pick in the NBA, you’re not thinking about school at this time,” Coleman said, “you’re going to take on the world.”Coleman was selected No. 1 overall in the 1990 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets after winning Big East Player of the Year as a senior. But he didn’t have enough credits to graduate.At a time when most wouldn’t be thinking about completing an unfinished degree, the big man never let it escape his mind. Any conversation with head coach Jim Boeheim or former assistant coach Bernie Fine inevitably led to talk about Coleman finishing his degree.“In the back of my mind, even when I used to talk to Coach when I was still playing he would always say that ‘you’ll come back to school,’” Coleman said, “and I was like, ‘Yeah, Coach, I’m going to do it. I’m going to get it.’”“Every conversation I would have with Bernie that was like the second thing out of his mouth,” he added.Coleman is the latest in a line of Orangemen from the 1990s working to finish the degrees left incomplete when they advanced to the professional ranks.John Wallace finished up his degree two years ago. Lawrence Moten came back to Syracuse in 2007 to finish his while serving as an assistant for the basketball program, and Billy Owens has been working on his.“You taking classes this summer?” one former teammate will ask another.“You get back online with the classes?” another will inquire.“It’s a group thing for all of us,” Coleman said.The online model has made this possible. Coleman spends much of his time traveling, whether it’s attending Orange basketball games or public speaking, so it’s tough for him to get back up to Syracuse for class.With online classes, he can complete them at his leisure.“If I don’t have anything scheduled for me to do then I’m on my computer taking a class,” Coleman said. “There’s not really a timetable. If I can’t get a class done in five or six months or whatever then shame on me.”Coleman will probably never use his sociology degree. Sociology is about dealing with social problems, something he’s done his whole life. He already has a bachelor’s and master’s in sociology, he likes to say.So the motivation is personal and familial. He’s the first member of his family to attend college. Finishing his degree will grant him a sense of individual accomplishment.“For me it’s just for personal reasons because I do believe that whatever I start I try to finish,” Coleman said.The motivation seems to be the same for many of the former Orangemen who finish their degree up later. When Owens left Syracuse early for the NBA he said he told his family he would “eventually get a college degree.”Coleman doesn’t regret leaving Syracuse early to finish his degree, just as most former players don’t.“I was fulfilling my dream,” he said. He always knew he would come back and finish.When he was at school, it seemed that something always got in the way. It was tough to balance practices, academics, training and a social life, especially at an age when he still wasn’t quite sure what he wanted to do with his life.Coleman wishes that he had the resources that students and athletes had now, where someone could have noted how well he was doing in his speech communication classes and directed him on that route.Things come up even now, but he has too much pride not to get it done. And now that he doesn’t need to sit in a classroom to finish it, he has all the time in the world.“I travel so much and I get sidetracked about getting it done, but I am,” he said. “I’m definitely going to get it done.” Comments Published on August 26, 2013 at 12:54 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+ read more

Playing time up for grabs across the field for freshmen

first_imgUSC finished 2015 with a 8-6 record and a disappointing loss to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl. The Trojans begin their 2016 campaign with the hardest schedule in the FBS, and competitions for starting positions all over the field.The position battles that are garnering the most attention include quarterback, outside linebacker, defensive tackle, wide receiver and cornerback.Head coach Clay Helton, a proponent of offseason competition, stressed that though there has been much more attention given to the quarterback spot, every position is at stake this fall.“For a football coach, this is like Christmas,” Helton told  reporters after the first day of camp. “The last three days, I’ve felt like an 8-year-old at the top of the stairs waiting to go down and open his presents.”QuarterbacksDespite early confidence in redshirt junior veteran Max Browne, redshirt freshman Sam Darnold has impressed coaches due to his dual-threat capabilities and surprising accuracy.Browne, the heavy favorite going into camp, brings unique game experience and a superior pocket presence to the table. Behind former quarterback Cody Kessler for two straight seasons,  former Gatorade National Football Player of the Year appeared  in nine games over his career and completed 11-of-19 passes for 143 yards.In terms of passing ability, Browne offers a slight advantage over Darnold. With a more lean build at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, Browne can better utilize his field vision.Helton still has time to make his decision as to who will start by the end of camp.“Both are playing at a really high level,” Helton said. “I really want to see both guys and how they function with the first team.”As it appears from the first days of camp, Darnold impresses with his athleticism and running ability — something which could set him apart from Browne.LinebackerWith former linebacker Su’a Cravens now playing for the Washington Redskins, the outside linebacker position loses not only an excellent run-stopping force, but an efficient pass disruptor.Along with Cravens, the Trojans are going to miss Anthony Sarao and backup Lamar Dawson, who combined for 383 career tackles at USC.In their places will be sophomore Cameron Smith, who won the 2015 Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year last season — despite tearing his ACL in November — along with senior Michael Hutchings, junior Olajuwon Tucker, junior Uchenna Nwosu, senior Quinton Powell, redshirt junior Joel Foy and redshirt sophomores Reuben Peters and converted outside linebacker Grant Moore.With USC’s hybrid 5-2 defensive scheme, Smith is likely to be a perfect fit as one of the starting linebackers, but the other linebacker position remains a toss-up with Hutchings, Tucker and Nwosu having great experience and talent.The player that develops the most this camp will likely see starting time come Sept. 3.“Some guys have played but not too many started,” linebackers coach Johnny Nansen said. “We’re developing guys to be starters.”Defensive tackleOne of the biggest areas of concern is the defensive line which lost three starters  in nose tackle Antwaun Woods, tackle Delvon Simmons and defensive end Greg Townsend Jr.A collection of potential replacements are on the roster, including sophomores Rasheem Green, Noah Jefferson, Jacob Daniel, redshirt sophomore Malik Dorton, redshirt freshman Kevin Scott, freshman Liam Jimmons and junior Josh Fatu.At the defensive end and outside linebacker position, redshirt senior Jabari Ruffin, sophomores Porter Gustin, Osa Masina, redshirt sophomore Don Hill, redshirt freshmen John Houston Jr. and Christian Rector, walk-on Wyatt Vinci and redshirt freshman Matt Bayle — along with recruits Oluwole Betiku and Connor Murphy — will all becompeting for starting time.ReceiverIf there is one certainty other than sophomore Ronald Jones II earning the starting running back spot, it is junior JuJu Smith-Schuster being the number one receiver.Smith-Schuster, with his physical style of play and underrated closing speed, caught a team-best 89 passes for 1,454 yards and 10 touchdowns to go along with four kickoff returns for 51 yards. Smith-Schuster was in last fall’s national top-20 in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. He also earned All-Pac-12 first team honors.The Trojans also have a solid supporting cast in senior Darreus Rogers, redshirt junior Steven Mitchell Jr. and junior Adoree’ Jackson, who will see action at wideout in addition to starting at corner and punt returner. Only 16 percent of Jackson’s 981 total plays in 2015 came on offense.In terms of players coming off the bench, senior De’Quan Hampton, redshirt senior Isaac Whitney, sophomore Deontay Burnett, redshirt sophomore Ajene Harris, and redshirt freshman Josh Imatorbhebhe, freshmen Michael Pittman Jr., Trevon Sidney and Tyler Vaughns, Keyshawn Young, Velus Jones Jr. and Jack Jones could all potentially see playing time in 2016.“This is probably the most explosive group of wide receivers USC has had since I’ve been here,” Helton said. “With our depth, we now have the ability to put three or four wideouts on the field at the same time, each of whom causes a mismatch for defenders.”CornerbackThe expected starting corner is sophomore Iman Marshall, who had a team-best three interceptions and nine passes defended last season, and Jackson, who served as a stellar presence at corner last season.Marshall impressed as a freshman last season with his physical style of play and ability to shut down receivers.The question lies with corner-receiver-returner combination Jackson, who can still pull the triple threat, but some have pushed for Jackson to stay at receiver and returner.Among the veterans looking for playing time are junior Jonathan Lockett and sophomore Isaiah Langley.There are two walk-on cornerbacks with experience in redshirt junior Kevin Carrasco and redshirt sophomore Jalen Jones who will compete with high school standouts Jack Jones and Keyshawn Young.“I am very excited about the quality of our returning starters in the secondary,” Helton said. “It is important, however, that we develop some depth and versatility here.”last_img read more