The kid with the F did good. He aced both courses. 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.
So, he took the course again his junior year and, alas, got a D. 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.
Upon being passed over for the inaugural Ricci fellowship inhe immediately appealed to Stevens. He started USM as a computer science major. His office is long gone, swallowed up by renovations to the Science Building in recent years.
To qualify for his degree, he had to score no lower than a C.
Stevens eventually transferred to USC, where he went on to earn his doctorate in organic chemistry, of all things. Bill Nemitz can be contacted at: But his name will live on. Staff photo by Bill Nemitz Search photos available for purchase: He can still see the nuclear reactor, with which he spent weeks running experiments.
I felt that it was something that was done to me. Not bad for a kid who once was on the verge of flunking out of USM. The more he took the course, the less Stevens bothered going to class. Still, despite his aversion to all organic chemistry, Stevens had that spark, that passion, that was not lost on his academic adviser.
Turns out he needed both. Then again in his senior year, when he flunked outright. But then he took an introductory chemistry course taught by professor Ted Sottery and something clicked. But I just could not, in any kind of conscience, give him anything but an F. 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.
From there, he became a professor at the Scripps Research Institute, a biomedical research and education facility in La Jolla, California.
He often recruited a student to tag along as his research assistant and, in and again inhe offered the slot to young Stevens. To Ricci, the young student posed a bit of a puzzle. Stevens was a computer geek.
He handed Stevens the F — and then gave him hell. 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.
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