He had a big old pocket protector. Two years later, he also founded the Bridge Institute at USC, which works across disciplines in medicine, science, engineering and even the arts to advance the diagnosis and treatment of a host of human diseases. I internalized the whole thing. From there, he became a professor at the Scripps Research Institute, a biomedical research and education facility in La Jolla, California.
For years, Ricci had spent summers at Brookhaven National Laboratory, a research facility run by the U. In fact, the third time around, he skipped not just the classes, but also the final.
His page curriculum vitae brims with decades of scientific accomplishment, dozens of publications and book chapters, cutting-edge research institutes he founded as far afield as Shanghai, a doctorate from the University of Southern California and a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard.
He went on in to found the iHuman Institute at ShanghaiTech University in China, where researchers are hard at work developing breakthroughs in high-resolution imaging of the human body. So far, 11 fellows from USM have joined Stevens for an all-expenses-paid summer of hands-on science — first at Scripps and now at the Bridge Institute.
He often recruited a student to tag along as his research assistant and, in and again inhe offered the slot to young Stevens. Turns out he needed both. Upon being passed over for the inaugural Ricci fellowship inhe immediately appealed to Stevens. A student-turned-professor who, 10 years ago, created the annual fellowship in the name of his mentor so that he, too, might take promising students under his wing like Ricci once did for him.
He handed Stevens the F — and then gave him hell. Stevens eventually transferred to USC, where he went on to earn his doctorate in organic chemistry, of all things. To Ricci, the young student posed a bit of a puzzle.
But I just could not, in any kind of conscience, give him anything but an F. But then he took an introductory chemistry course taught by professor Ted Sottery and something clicked. His office is long gone, swallowed up by renovations to the Science Building in recent years.
How soon might we see this?
His mother, who lost and then regained custody of Stevens and his two siblings during the s, worked two jobs just to keep the family afloat. The kid with the F did good. But his name will live on. So, he took the course again his junior year and, alas, got a D. Not bad for a kid who once was on the verge of flunking out of USM.
He aced both courses. Stevens took it his sophomore year and got a C-minus. He started USM as a computer science major. In selecting the winner each year, he looks beyond the grades for that excitement, that fervor that Ricci helped ignite in him.
Staff photo by Bill Nemitz Search photos available for purchase: Still, despite his aversion to all organic chemistry, Stevens had that spark, that passion, that was not lost on his academic adviser.Two backwoods amigos (Tom Lester and Ray Stevens) enter a contest to win a hillbilly bus and hilarity ensues.
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