This is a list of notable alumni and students, from the University of Southern California. Those individuals who qualify for multiple categories have been placed under the section for which they are best known. Melina Abdullah – professor of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. Anna Jean Ayres – occupational therapist and developmental psychologist known for her work in the area of Sensory processing disorder A. V. Balakrishnan – applied mathematician. Frank – professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering at UC Davis. Hogenesch – chronobiologist, Professor of Pharmacology at University of Pennsylvania, discovered the essential circadian clock gene Bmal1 Howard P. House – ear specialist and founder of the House Ear Institute Ayanna Howard – roboticist, professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology Darnell Hunt – Dean of Social Sciences at UCLA. Amando Kapauan – chemist and researcher Jonathan Kellerman clinical psychologist and writer Barry Kerzin – professor of medicine, Buddhist monk and teacher, personal physician to the Dalai Lama Satinder Vir Kessar, – organic chemist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate Matin Ahmed Khan and Director, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, 1972–77 Douglas Kmiec – Caruso Family Chair & Professor of Constitutional Law, Pepperdine University Ellis O. Knox – educator, first African-American to be awarded a Ph.
D. on the West Coast Bart Kosko – Hybrid intelligent system expert and science fiction writer Anthony Lazzaro – USC Senior Vice President Minnette Gersh Lenier – teacher who used magic to improve students' learning skills Paul Locatelli – former President and professor of accounting at Santa Clara University Catherine McBride-Chang – developmental psychologist and early literacy researcher John Mearsheimer – political scientist.
Russell Jay Kuntz is an American former Major League Baseball outfielder. He played for the Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers between 1979 and 1985, he never appeared in more than 84 games in any season during his playing career. In the final game of the 1984 World Series, Kuntz hit a pop fly to the second baseman that became the deciding run batted in. Kuntz grew up in California, playing three sports in high school and community college, he went to the Division III World Series twice with California State University, Stanislaus before being selected by the White Sox in the 11th round of the 1977 Major League Baseball draft. After the 1984 season, Kuntz was unable to return to form the next year, he was demoted to the minor leagues early in the 1985 season and was out of professional baseball as a player shortly thereafter. Since his playing career ended, Kuntz has worked with several MLB organizations, including the Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners, Florida Marlins, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates.
He has worked as an assistant to the general manager, minor league coach, roving instructor and major league base coach. From 2012 to 2017, he served as the first base coach for the Kansas City Royals, has received substantial praise for his contributions to the team's success during that period. "Rusty Kuntz", Royals manager Ned Yost has said, "is the best first base coach in baseball." Kuntz was born on February 1955, in Orange, California. He was born to Willie Kuntz, his father was a bricklayer who became an auto mechanic. The family moved from Orange to Wichita, Kansas when Rusty was young moved to Paso Robles, California a few years later, he attended Paso Robles High School in California, where he played baseball and football. He said that baseball was his least favorite of the three sports at the time and that he was drawn to basketball because of the game's pace. Continuing his education, Kuntz attended California State University, Stanislaus. At Cuesta College, Kuntz played center field on the baseball team, quarterbacked the football team and was the center on the basketball team.
After hitting for.402 and.442 batting averages in two seasons at Cuesta, Kuntz's father encouraged him to focus on baseball. At CSU Stanislaus, Kuntz played on two teams, he was inducted into the university's Warrior Athletics Hall of Fame. Kuntz was drafted by the Chicago White Sox as the first pick in the 11th round of the 1977 Major League Baseball draft. Kuntz played 51 games for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League White Sox in the 1977 season, he hit for.287. The next season, Kuntz was promoted to the Knoxville Sox, he bypassed the Class A affiliate because the Knoxville center fielder was suffering from migraine headaches, he won the starting center field position. He hit.263 for Knoxville with 10 home runs in 113 games. Starting the 1979 season with Chicago's Class AAA affiliate, the Iowa Oaks, Kuntz played 122 games, batted.294 and hit 15 home runs in 394 at bats. Kuntz weighed 190 pounds during his playing career, he threw right-handed. Kuntz made his MLB debut with the White Sox on September 1, 1979.
He spent all of the 1980 and 1981 seasons with the White Sox, but he was used sparingly, registering less than 120 plate appearances in the two seasons combined. He started 1982 in the minor leagues with the Edmonton Trappers of the Pacific Coast League, hitting.269 with 7 home runs and 34 RBI in 193 at bats. He walked 50 times in 249 plate appearances for Edmonton, he was called back up to the major league team near the end of that season. He was traded to the Minnesota Twins in June 1983, with the White Sox receiving minor leaguer Mike Sodders in exchange, he was traded to the Detroit Tigers for pitcher Larry Pashnick after the 1983 season. The Pashnick-Kuntz trade was prompted because future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Kirby Puckett was playing in the minor leagues for Minnesota's Class AA affiliate and was expected to join the Twins as an impact player. In 1984 with Detroit, Kuntz had the best numbers of his career: a.286 average and a.393 on-base percentage. He appeared in a career-high 84 major league games that season as a pinch-hitter and outfielder.
In the fifth and deciding game of the 1984 World Series against the San Diego Padres, Kuntz pinch-hit for designated hitter Johnny Grubb with the bases loaded and the score tied at three. Kuntz hit a pop-up to short right field. Second baseman Alan Wiggins made the catch, but was unable to prevent Kirk Gibson from racing home from third with the go-ahead run; the Tigers maintained their lead after that, giving Kuntz an unlikely game-winning RBI. The 1984 American League Championship Series and the ensuing World Series represented Kuntz's only career postseason appearances. In a 2010 Baseball Prospectus article, Steven Goldman wrote that the 1984 Tigers were "a great team that relied on a lot of fluke elements... The club had no regular first baseman, no regular third baseman, the primary left fielder hit.239/.302/.342 against right-handers. The club made up for this in part by getting terrific production out of role players like Ruppert Jones, Johnny Grubb, Rusty Kuntz, players who wouldn't synch up again..."
Kuntz returned to the Tigers in 1985 but appeared in just five games before being sent back to the minor leagues. After batting.222 for Detroit's AAA affiliate, the Nashville Sounds, he was released by the
Henry Constantine Jennings was an antiquarian and gambler, best known for the Roman sculpture – known as The Jennings Dog – which he acquired and, now in the British Museum. He was known as "Dog Jennings" after it, he is buried at St Margaret's, Westminster. The only son of James Jennings, he was born at his father's estate at Shiplake in Oxfordshire, he was educated at Westminster School, at the age of seventeen became an ensign in the 1st Foot Guards. Resigning his commission soon after, he went abroad, he spent eight years in Italy, subsequently visited Sicily. In Italy he became acquainted with the Marquess of Blandford, is said to have suggested to him the formation of the cabinet of "Marlborough Gems". While in Rome Jennings purchased antiquities from Bartolomeo Cavaceppi, the sculptor and art-dealer. In a back street in the city he discovered in workshop rubbish the marble "Jennings Dog", purchased it, it was sold by Jennings at Christie's, on 4 April 1778 for one thousand guineas, to Charles Duncombe.
On his return to England Jennings passed a country-gentleman's life on his estate at Shiplake. Taking to horse-racing, he lost money and in 1778 sold his collections and the famous dog. In 1777–8 he was a prisoner in the King's Bench Prison, where he made the acquaintance of John Horne Tooke. Soon after he settled in Essex and collected objects of vertu, he was a prisoner for debt in Chelmsford gaol. He had borrowed and not repaid £1,600 from Chase Price, receiver-general of South Wales, who died indebted to the crown, an "extent in aid" was issued by the crown against Jennings, he was forced to sell his new collections at a loss. About 1792 Jennings came to London, where he resided in the first house on the east side of Lindsey Row, Chelsea. Here he amused himself with writing and with forming a new collection until about 1816, his health failing and with money troubles, his collections remained unsold, he is said to have had an income from West Indian property. He died, aged 88, on 17 February 1819, at his lodgings in Belvidere Place, St George's Fields, within the rules of the King's Bench.
In his years he took the name of Noel on receiving a legacy. At the time of his death he had before the House of Lords a claim for a barony in abeyance, he was eccentric in his habits, was believed by his friends to keep an oven in his house for the cremation of his body. The collection formed by Jennings while in Chelsea comprised series of shells, as well as minerals, precious stones, stuffed birds, books, portraits and silver medals or coins; the shells and the most valuable objects were sold by auction by Phillips in Bond Street, London, in 1820, the birds and the remaining specimens being sold, with the furniture, at Lindsey Row. Among Jennings's publications were: A Free Enquiry into the Enormous Increase of Attornies, 1785,and the following, all published in 1798, but without date: Cursory Remarks on Infancy and Education. Observations on the Advantages attending an Elevated and Dry Situation. A Physical Enquiry into the Powers and Properties of Spirit. Thoughts on the Rise and Decline of the Polite Arts.
Jennings married, about 1760, Juliana Atkinson, who died in 1761, by whom he had a son, John Henry. Attribution This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Jennings, Henry Constantine". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900
Ndop were figurative sculptures representing different kings of the Kuba kingdom. Although the sculptural genre appears naturalistic, ndop are not actual one-to-one representations of particular subjects, but rather a culmination of visual notations that represented the ideal characteristics of the deceased king; the reign of individual rulers are identified by a small emblem, called an ibol, at the base of the sculpture. Each ibol is rendered with a great degree of customization and personalization in an otherwise formal and naturalistic standardization. Measuring about 48-55 centimeters in height, ndop were carved in hardwood and anointed with palm oil to protect them from insects, unique in African art and underscores their survival in Western collections today. Ndop sculptures depict subjects sitting cross-legged, a posture, unique in African sculpture. Ndop portray the ruler carrying a weapon in his left hand, an ikul or peace knife, made in the style reserved for the Bushoong, the dominant sub-group of the Kuba.
The wooden portraits were kept in the king's quarters with other sculptures referred to as'royal charms', upon which the king's magical powers rested. When the king was absent from the capital, the ndop were rubbed with oil. Scholars agree that the tradition of the king's "portrait statue" was begun in the late eighteenth century. To create the distinct round contours of this sculpture, the sculptor worked with an adze, which has a wooden handle to which a metal blade is attached at an acute angle. Knives and a burnisher were used. Kuba carvers demonstrated fine hand and eye coordination to bring out details with the combination of these tools. In addition to the naturalistic shape of the facial features and body parts, the sculptor reproduces realistic detail on the body, including the collarbones and outline of the lips; the durable hardwood and the palm oil anointments underscore the longevity of these works, the earliest examples of which, such as the ndop in the Brooklyn Museum’s collection, are among the oldest surviving wood works from the continent.
Three wooden ndop figures from the Kuba kingdom reside in the British Museum. Collected by the Hungarian explorer Emil Torday, one of them is estimated to date back to the eighteenth century, making it one of the oldest wooden sculptures extant from Sub-Saharan Africa. Two similar figures are in the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Belgium. After the rites of investiture were completed, it is said that the nyim commissioned a sculptor to sculpt his likeness in the form of the ndop. Only one ndop could be made for a king, if he was not present it could not be sculpted. If the figure decayed over time, it was permissible to sculpt an exact replica; as a site of the king's life force after death, it was believed that the ndop housed the nyim's double, the counterpart of his soul. It was believed. For example, if a king were to be wounded in battle, a similar wound would appear on the ndop sculpture; the statue was kept in the women's quarters, when a woman of the harem was about to give birth, it was placed near her to insure a safe delivery.
In the absence of the king it served as a surrogate, which women of the court would anoint and stroke. After his death, the ndop was removed to a storage room and taken out to be exhibited only on certain occasions
The Women's Amstel Gold Race is the women's event of the Amstel Gold Race, the most important annual road cycling event in the Netherlands. Held in mid-April, it is organized on the same day as the men's race at half the distance. Like the men's event, the race finishes in Berg en Terblijt, Valkenburg, it features 17 categorized climbs, including four ascents of the Cauberg. From 2001 to 2003, three editions of the Amstel Gold Race for elite women were held. In 2003, it was part of the UCI Women's Road World Cup; the race started in Maastricht 30 minutes. It was run over 114 km, taking in nine climbs and finishing on top of the Cauberg; the race was discontinued after the third edition, because organization on the same day and on the same roads as the men's race was considered too difficult on the irregular circuits. The event was rebooted in 2017 after a 14-year hiatus. Olympic road race champion Anna van der Breggen won the race with an attack at 8 km from the finish. Chantal Blaak won the 2018 race as ruling world champion.
During the discontinuation of the Amstel Gold race for women, another women's elite professional cycling race, the Holland Hills Classic, was held in Limburg. The first years the race was held in August, before moving to the spring in 2011, it had a similar route as the Amstel Gold Race and finished in Berg en Terblijt, Valkenburg. It was organized by the Stichting Holland Ladies Tour, which organizes the Holland Ladies Tour; the race was a 1.1 UCI event and was discontinued after the 2016 edition when it became apparent there would be a rebooted Amstel Gold Race in 2017. Marianne Vos won the event three times. Official website
The Capitol View Corridors are a series of legal restrictions on construction in Austin, aimed at preserving the visibility of the Texas State Capitol from various points around the city. First established by the Texas Legislature in 1983 and recodified in 2001, the corridors are meant to protect the capitol dome from obstruction by high-rise buildings; the corridors limit the potential for the development of new tall structures in downtown Austin. In 1931, the City of Austin enacted a local ordinance limiting the height of new buildings to a maximum of 200 feet, aiming to preserve the visual preeminence of the Texas State Capitol. From that time until the early 1960s, only the University of Texas Main Building Tower was built higher than the limit, using an exception allowing for additional height with a greater setback. On November 10, 1962, the Austin Statesman announced that real-estate developers were planning a new high-rise residential building adjacent to the capitol called the Westgate Tower.
The proposed design for the tower exceeded the city's height limit. The prospect of so tall a structure so close to the capitol attracted significant opposition as plans proceeded. In January 1963, Texas Governor Price Daniel voiced his opposition to the proposed tower in his final address to the Texas Legislature. Resistance continued as construction progressed, with State Representative Henry Grover of Houston introducing a bill to condemn the property in February 1965, defeated in March in the Texas House of Representatives by only two votes; the Westgate was completed in 1966, but the controversy over the preservation of the capitol's visual presence that dogged its construction continued to grow. The Westgate was followed by taller structures: first the Dobie Center, a series of larger downtown bank towers, culminating in the 395-foot One American Center. In early 1983, inspired by the Westgate and these other structures, State Senator Lloyd Doggett and State Representative Gerald Hill advanced Senate Bill 176, "Relating to preservation of the view of the State Capitol from certain points and prohibition of certain construction."
This bill proposed a list of protected "Capitol View Corridors" along which construction would not be permitted, so as to protect the capitol's visibility from a series of points around Austin. The bill passed through the Texas Senate and House of Representatives in the spring of 1983 being signed into law on May 3, 1983 and coming into effect immediately, it was recodified in 2001 by House Bill 2812, which established the current version of the statute in the Texas Government Code Chapter 3151, entitled "Preservation of View of State Capitol." This code defines the thirty state-protected viewing corridors and prohibits any construction that would intersect one of them. The City of Austin has adopted similar rules under the Austin Code of Ordinances Chapter 25-2 Appendix A, entitled "Boundaries of the Capitol View Corridors," so that the majority of the corridors are protected under municipal zoning code, as well as under state law; the state legislation defining the corridors was amended in 2001 and 2003 to accommodate a series of public development projects, again in 2013 to clarify the relationship between the state and city codes.
In 2007, the Austin City Council asked the Downtown Commission to review the existing corridors and propose updates or modifications. The commission's final report, delivered on June 27, 2007, recommended that eleven of the thirty corridors be reconsidered or modified. Six of the recommended changes were to correct technical errors in the statute or to bring the city and state laws into agreement, two were to update the laws to reflect portions of the corridors that were obstructed; the other four recommendations were more controversial, attracting opposition from the city's Parks and Recreation Board, the Heritage Society of Austin, others. In February 2017, the Austin City Council considered a proposal from Council Member Ora Houston to designate additional protected viewing corridors in east Austin; the proposal was provisionally approved by council on February 16, after an amendment removed one of the five proposed new corridors. As of 2020, city staff are reviewing the proposed additional corridors for feasibility.
Since their creation, the Capital View Corridors have been the focus of conflict among various groups in Austin and in the Texas government. On one hand, cultural conservation and historic preservation organizations have supported the restrictions, arguing that the capitol views form an important part of Austin's cultural heritage and are threatened by the city's growth and land development. On the other hand, both private and public entities looking to build in Austin have expressed concern about the corridors' impact on investment, on property tax receipts, on the supply of jobs and housing. A Capitol View Corridor is a quadrilateral that links a line segment somewhere in Greater Austin to the base of the capitol dome. No structure is permitted to be built that would intersect the viewing corridor and thus obstruct the protected view of the capitol; as of 2020, state law defines thirty Capitol View Corridors in Austin, while municipal code defines twenty-six protected corridors, twenty-one of which are identical to state-defined corridors and five of which differ from five of the state corridors.
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