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Pedal to the metal · A bike-powered phone charger was one of seven student projects featured at the Corpus Callosum final showing which took place Wednesday evening in the Annenberg Innovation Lab. – Hawken Miller | Daily TrojanUSC Corpus Callosum, a Viterbi School of Engineering student organization that creates projects that combine art and technology, hosted its final showing Wednesday night at the Annenberg Innovation Lab.Corpus Callosum’s showcase featured seven projects from students whose majors range from mechanical engineering to sculpture. These projects included a phone charging station powered by bicycle, a LED wearable heart rate monitor, a spherical hologram, a video game powered by sound, a feedback system for plants and a brain shaped enclosure that represented both the right and left sides of the brain.“The first project outside is a geodescent dome model of the brain,” said Linda Xu, events director for Corpus Callosum. “They have these laser lights that they bought online that will project into the left hemisphere of the brain, and it looks very ordered because when you look at it the left hemisphere represents your logical thinking.”On the other side, students created a more artistic interpretation of the brain by bouncing the lasers off of a reflective surface.“The right side of your brain is creativity and inventiveness,” Xu said. “So they reflected the lasers onto this aluminum sheet so that when it reflects it is kind of disorganized.”The diversity of students’ backgrounds and majors represented the vision of the organization to bring art and technology together. It especially reflected the principles of its two founding members — twin alumni Jon and Brendan Dugan.“We are a club that uses science, technology, engineering and math to make art,” said Lili Lash-Rosenberg, president of Corpus Callosum. “The two students who founded it are two twins, one was a major in mechanical engineering and the other was a major in fine arts.”After seeing the gap between the fields of engineering and art, the Dugan twins decided that a change needed to be made.“They noticed that there was a big gap between their two fields and there are actually a lot of similarities between the two,” Lash-Rosenberg said. “In both of them you use what you’ve learned about the world and trial and error and a lot of different testing to create something new.”Corpus Callosum reflected these founding principles across each project by basing its ideas off an artistic thesis. One project that especially adhered to these principles was the display of the video game that uses sound input for play.“Our idea was started just with the idea of something audiovisual,” said Zach Lower, a sophomore majoring in computer science and business administration. “What we landed on was a game that used entirely sound as its input.”The project creators hope to continue to make their designs more streamlined and applicable. The Bio Pet project hopes to combine both technology and botany to monitor life information of potted plants to better inform owners of care.“We wanted to give a plant an extra voice to communicate with humans,” said Kevin Prabhakar, a freshman majoring in business administration. “We will hook up a moisture sensor and photoresistor into it, and it will give you readings on how much sunlight is available or how much water is available.”Bio Pet’s goal is to use social media platforms to show the status of the plant to users real time. The plant will essentially talk to the user, asking for more water or light.“The next steps are to make it send you a tweet or a text message,” Prabhakar said. “The eventual goal is you can have it outside, hook up a plant to it and, once you find out all the different values, it will send you a tweet every time it needs something.Part of the draw of the club comes from the fact that it allows students to explore an interdisciplinary approach between completely different majors.“The club encourages students to think about what’s feasible and then change the design based on what you can actually do in the time that you have as well as the resources,” Lash-Rosenberg said. “It is also important for students to be able to use those skills and work with people of all majors to combine and collaborate to make a product.” read more
Walton also found it “obviously nice to have the upper management supporting what you’re doing.”“It gives you the confidence to make the decisions you feel are best for the team,” Walton said. Everyone has been great since we’ve been here. So that hasn’t really been an issue. We know we have a lot of work to do. We have to get the team a lot better.”Walton already spoke with Pelinka “about a bunch of things,” including the dynamic between the front office and the coaching staff.“It’s important we can both be honest with each other even if we don’t agree,” Walton said. “If it’s a basketball decision, I’ll have the ultimate say. If it’s a personnel decision, he’ll have the ultimate say. But we’re going to do that with constant conversation going on and not having to worry about hurting the other guys’ feelings if we disagree on things.”Walton also agreed with an idea Pelinka shared during his introductory news conference.“Why not reach out to some of the titans of business and have them come and enrich the players and give talks?” Pelinka said. “Every agent in the business knows if you could place a client anywhere in the world, especially given the leadership we have in place now, this is the best place.”During the past two seasons as a Golden State assistant, Walton saw the value in Warriors coach Steve Kerr bringing in guest speakers, ranging from the NAVY Seals, authors and NFL personnel.“I love it,” Walton said. “We have a lot of brilliant people that are successful that live in LA. A lot of them are Lakers fans. Whether you’re talking about business, basketball or whatever it is, when you’re successful at something, you can share characteristics and experiences that carry over no matter what the job is.”New opportunity, new goalsThe Lakers signed guard David Nwaba to a second-day 10-day contract on Saturday after liking his defensive intensity. But after averaging 2.6 points and 1.6 rebounds in 11.2 minutes through five appearances, the former Los Angeles University High and Cal Poly standout will define success in his second stint in another way.“I have a lot to prove,” Nwaba said. “I don’t feel like I’ve shown everything on defense or on offense. My first term, I was just trying to get used to everything with the plays and playing at this level. I feel more comfortable.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EL SEGUNDO >> The results eventually led to Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka overseeing the Lakers’ front office. With the Lakers (20-45) entering today’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers (23-42) at Staples Center with the NBA’s second-worst record, Johnson and Pelinka unsurprisingly plan to make additional changes both in personnel and in ideas.Through the Lakers’ frustration amid their fourth consecutive season that will end in missed playoff appearance, however, neither Johnson nor Pelinka found any issue with Lakers’ first-year coach Luke Walton. During his introductory news conference as the Lakers’ new general manager on Friday, Pelinka shared some findings based on informal conversations with his former clients at Landmark Sports Agency and others around the NBA. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Everyone loves you,” Pelinka said. “You have this genuine honesty and coolness about you that just makes every player in the league want you to be their coach.”Walton respectfully disagreed he has won the NBA’s popularity contest.“I don’t think that’s true,” Walton said after practice Saturday at the Lakers’ practice facility. “I’m sure there are a couple of players you can ask on the team that don’t think very highly of me. But it’s nice of them to say.” read more
…residents decry deplorable roadsCommunities Minister Ronald Bulkan on Monday announced that the community of Mahdia in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) has been designated a township in accordance with the pronouncement of President David Granger when he addressed the opening of the 11th Parliament.During his address on that occasion, President Granger announced that his administration would be upgrading four hinterland regional administrative centres: Bartica, Mabaruma, Lethem and Mahdia.The Communities Ministry on Monday said there had been some challenges in the demarcation of constituency boundaries, which had resulted in delay in establishing the township.“It is the intent of the administration to foster people’s empowerment through the strategic embrace of a decentralised form of governance. Mahdia will be the capital town of the Potaro/Siparuni region, which is part of Government’s vision of establishing, in collaboration with regional administrations, a capital town in each of the ten (10) development regions that will serve as the engine of growth and development of same,” a statement from the Communities Ministry related.The Ministry said it is encouraged by the transformation that has taken place in the three recently established townships as a result of local leaders seizing this opportunity of this empowerment exercise. It also said these new urban centres are important allies in assisting to close the gap that exists between the hinterland and coastland regions.The Communities Ministry also related that the foundation for the transformation of Mahdia has already begun to be laid with the upgrading of 80 per cent of the internal roads from laterite to concrete, which will last for decades. Moreover, plans have been advanced for the construction of a Government compound that will house a number of Government agencies, such as the Guyana Revenue Authority, Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, Guyana Water Inc, and other agencies.“It is important to note, as stated in the Order, the boundaries of the new township exclude the titled Amerindian Villages of Campbelltown and Micobie, as is the expressed desire of those village councils following a series of consultations,” the Ministry said.But residents and observers are now questioning whether this is the opportune time to make Mahdia a township, considering that the community is yet to be equipped with the relevant services offered in a town, and that the road leading into Mahdia is in a deplorable state.“The access road to this new town is in a deplorable state. How can you have a town and no road to access it? I think the Government, in the haste for Local Government Elections, has put the cart before the horse in this case,” a resident said.Another pointed out that persons are forced to walk at a section of the road leading to Mahdia, as minibuses and trucks often are stuck in the slush and must be pulled out by other vehicles.“Something needs to be done immediately to fix the road. There is Mekdeci Mining right nearby, and they have equipment right there. Government should approach them and work out an arrangement to fix this road. I bet you if a Government minister come by land and (is) forced to walk…I bet you the road gon fix,” a mining operator told this publication. read more