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'Life is not going to be the same': Slaying of beloved USC professor leaves colleagues and friends crestfallen

'Life is not going to be the same': Slaying of beloved USC professor leaves colleagues and friends crestfallen

When students enrolled in USC’s daunting neuroscience graduate program needed help cracking a tough project, they all went to Bosco Tjan. 

It didn’t hurt that his advice often came with a free cappuccino.

Mara Mather, a professor of gerontology and psychology at USC, described Tjan as an affable, caring presence on campus. He always found time to aid students and professors despite a breathless schedule. In many ways, she said, Tjan was the center’s heartbeat.

“One of my students, who is now a faculty member, was describing how he would take the time to really explain things to her,” Mather said. “He was someone who made it...

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