Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, commonly know as SETI, recently agreed to partner with USC to “pursue the study of the living universe.”The SETI Institute is a non-profit organization that performs research and has a center for education and public outreach.The collaboration will be effective immediately. As a result, USC will gain access to the Institute to embark on joint projects. According to Randolph Hall, Vice President of Research, involvement is expected from physics, astronomy, biology, electrical engineering, computer science, cinema and the Keck School of Medicine.“USC and the SETI Institute have common interests in understanding life in all its forms, as well as communicating with students and the public on exciting scientific topics,” Hall wrote in an e-mail. “We are looking forward to starting joint research programs, education and internship opportunities for students, and creation of multimedia for science education.”The idea of a collaboration emerged three months ago when Dr. David Agus, the director of the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine and the USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center, met with Jill Tarter, the Director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. at a conference. There, they talked about a possible collaboration between USC and SETI.Although the exact details of the collaboration are not yet known, Hall and Dr. Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at SETI, see benefits for both USC and SETI.Although it is still in discussions, people from the SETI Institute might come teach classes at USC.Research opportunities for the faculty will also be prevalent, and, if things go according to plan, so will undergraduate summer internships.“There are a lot of things we do that might be of interest to some of the students and some of the faculty at USC,” Shostak said. “We’re also interested in the stuff that you do in film and television and that sort of thing because we do a lot of outreach here; there are television crews here all the time and it will be useful to have, for example, material made that illustrates the kind of work we do and whatever we’re doing with USC.”One of the major shared interests is looking for microbial life in otherwise inhospitable environments.For some students, the prospect of working with SETI is exciting.“It would be really cool especially since I am a computer science major and SETI does things like listen to noise from the universe and try to find intelligent signals within that noise,” said Nakul Joshi, a freshman majoring in computer science.
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Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPetron laid to rest the ghost of a painful defeat with a gutsy stand when it mattered the most.Refusing to wilt under pressure from a determined foe, Petron hammered out a 25-19, 25-20, 22-25, 25-18 victory over F2 Logistics Saturday to bag the Chooks To Go-PSL Grand Prix crown at Smart Araneta Coliseum, ensuring no repeat of the fall that was always at the back of their minds.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “I felt very scared that it might happen again; that’s the truth,” said Petron coach Shaq delos Santos in Filipino.“It” was the collapse the Blaze Spikers suffered in last season’s edition of this tournament, where they came to within a whiff of the crown only to crumble amid a gutsy rally by the Cargo Movers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAlthough F2 Logistics tried to repeat that dramatic rally, Petron would have none of it this time around.“We had a serious talk with the coaches and players; we had a little vow to each other and in the end it’s fate,” added delos Santos. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC GALLERY: Petron gets back at F2 Logistics for PSL championship Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments LATEST STORIES Remy Palma added 10 points for Petron.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Petron captured its fourth title in the league as imports Katherine Bell and Lindsay Stalzer came out firing from the start. But more importantly, the Blaze Spikers regained the upper hand in their budding rivalry with the Cargo Movers, which has been raging the past three straight conferences.The Cargo Movers came alive after falling behind by two sets, but Bell, Stalzer and the rest of the Blaze Spikers started hard in the fourth set to set the tone for the title-clincher.“We had a great series. There were some rough times but it was a fun, fun finals,” said Bell, who finished with 28 points.Stalzer wound up winning the conference MVP trophy.“Tonight I don’t feel like I deserve it, my team deserves that honor,” said Stalzer, who fired 24 points.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’