News Releases

October 23rd, 2014

Study finds average medical malpractice payments could rise 20 percent under California’s Prop. 46

Contacts: Sadena Thevarajah at sadena.thevarajah@usc.edu or (213) 821-7978; Merrill Balassone at balasson@usc.edu or (213) 740-6156 Los Angeles, October 23, 2014 — California’s hotly debated Proposition 46 includes a provision that raises the state’s cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases from $250,000 to $1.1 million. A new study, released this week by Health Affairs, […]

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October 21st, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY: USC to Introduce New Center for Convergent Bioscience on Thursday

On Thursday, Oct. 23 at 11 a.m., USC’s president, a prominent philanthropist, and newly recruited scientists will inaugurate a new era in bioscience research on USC’s campus with the construction of a facility that will fast-track advances in health. To RSVP for a spot on the riser and access to information about the new center, […]

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October 20th, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY: Science of Fiction Festival Turns Scientists and Artists Into World Builders

Participants at the annual design festival for the future of narrative will create the fictional city of Rilao Contact: Tanya Abrams at 213-740-6973 or tanyaabr@usc.edu As in Minority Report — where the precogs predict the probable future — designing narrative world building is precognitive. USC School of Cinematic Arts Professor Alex McDowell — the award-winning […]

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October 20th, 2014

USC Scientists Unveil Interactive Brain Map

Dubbed ‘Golgi,’ the new map of a rat brain makes it easy for scientists and doctors to explore the brain and connectome Contact: Robert Perkins at (213) 740-9226 or perkinsr@usc.edu What’s the route between smell and memory? Where’s the connection between habits and Parkinson’s Disease? How does one detour into addiction? To answer these and […]

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October 20th, 2014

The Internet Sleeps – in Some Parts of the World

Scientists track Internet usage as it pulses across the globe daily Contact: Robert Perkins at (213) 740-9226 or perkinsr@usc.edu Researchers studying how big the Internet is have found that it “sleeps,” almost like a living creature. The finding will help scientists and policymakers develop better systems to measure and track Internet outages, such as those […]

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October 16th, 2014

Maverick Designers, Inventors, Media Artists, Futurists Gather for an International Conference at USC on Architecture and Design Technology

CONTACTS: Lee Schuyler Olvera (213) 740-2723 olvera@usc.edu Allison Engel (213) 740-1927 allison.engel@usc.edu More than 400 of the world’s most important architects, designers and researchers will gather at the USC School of Architecture from Oct. 20 through 26 for the ACADIA conference. ACADIA, the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture, is an organization committed to design […]

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October 16th, 2014

USC Team Receives Major NIH Funding to Map Neurons

Researchers from across campus collaborate to visualize and study brains as they form memories Contact: Robert Perkins at (213) 740-9226 orperkinsr@usc.edu Three top USC scientists – Don Arnold, Scott Fraser and Carl Kesselman – will receive an NIH Transformative Research Award to map the neurons in a living zebrafish’s brain, allowing them to study pattern […]

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October 14th, 2014

The Neuroscience of Holding It

Scientists are surprised to find an involuntary link in the brain between the pelvic floor and other muscles Contact: Robert Perkins at (213) 740-9226 or perkinsr@usc.edu Wherever you are right now: squeeze your glutes. Feel that? You just also contracted your pelvic floor too, whether you wanted to or not. Scientists studying the source of […]

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October 13th, 2014

USC Launches Pilot Crowdfunding Platform

USC has unveiled its first crowdfunding platform to help faculty, staff and students secure financial support for their projects: Ignite USC. An online launching pad for innovation, the website serves as a sort of Kickstarter for Trojans. Through Ignite USC, project leaders can raise the funds they need through the power of broad support: a […]

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October 13th, 2014

SOURCE ALERT: Experts Available to Discuss ShakeOut and Loma Prieta Anniversary

Contact: Robert Perkins at (213) 740-9226 or perkinsr@usc.edu At 10:16 a.m. on October 16, more than 10 million people throughout the state will participate in the 2014 Great California ShakeOut, an annual earthquake drill that has grown to include partners throughout the world. The following day will be the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta […]