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January 24th, 2018

MEDIA ADVISORY: State public hearing to focus on the benefits, concerns of artificial intelligence

USC experts will meet with state officials to discuss artificial intelligence, its economic implications for the state and how it can be used to solve societal ills at a public hearing hosted by the Littlle Hoover Commission. Contact: Emily Gersema at (213) 361-6730 or gersema@usc.edu; or Amy Blumenthal, amyblume@usc.edu; (917) 710-1897   WHAT USC experts from […]

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January 23rd, 2018

Where we live may influence whether we are overweight, study finds

The study on military families finds that social contagion may be one factor that influences their body weight. Contact: Emily Gersema at (213) 361-6730 or gersema@usc.edu The old real estate adage of “location, location, location” may apply to obesity. A new study by USC and the RAND Corp. suggests that people who move to an […]

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January 23rd, 2018

How breast cancer survivors can increase their reduced life expectancy

Aerobic and resistance training lowers their heightened risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and possibly breast cancer recurrence, USC study says. Contact: Zen Vuong, (213) 300-1381 or zvuong@usc.edu A USC study suggests regular exercise could add to the life expectancy of breast cancer survivors because it lowers their heightened risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 […]

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January 18th, 2018

MEDIA ADVISORY: National results of USC Dornsife/LA Times poll to be released Friday, 1/19

This political poll is the first in a series this year leading up to the November 2018 midterm elections. Voters weigh in on issues ranging from President Trump’s approval rating to their economic outlook. Political scientists and polling experts will discuss the results at a teleconference, also on Jan. 19. Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 361-6730 or gersema@usc.edu; or James Key, (213) 821-2992or jameskey@usc.edu […]

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January 18th, 2018

Argyros Family Foundation names peristyle plaza at renovated Coliseum

The peristyle plaza at the to-be-renovated Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will be named the Julia and George Argyros Plaza in recognition of a $7.5 million gift from the Argyros Family Foundation. USC announced plans to renovate and restore the Coliseum in 2016. The estimated $270 million renovation, privately funded by USC, will begin in early […]

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January 18th, 2018

Patients receive most opioids at the doctor’s office, not the ER, study finds

The new study analyzing where patients receive their prescription opioids is a hard look at how providers have contributed to the addiction epidemic. Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 361-6730 or gersema@usc.edu Around the country, state legislatures and hospitals have tightened emergency room prescribing guidelines for opioids to curb the addiction epidemic, but a new USC study shows that approach […]

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December 21st, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY: USC Annual Admissions Conference

In a time when universities and colleges must justify their pursuit of diversity with evidence-based practice, the 2018 CERPP Conference, with its theme of “Toward More Equitable and Expert Practice,” will feature new and emerging indicators of who students are and what they can do. Simply put, greater expertise will yield greater equity and better admission decisions. The audience will be comprised of leading graduate and undergraduate admission deans, campus enrollment policymakers, higher education scholars, K-12 educators, and state and federal policy makers.

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December 20th, 2017

Fake social media accounts can be hazardous to your health

Fake social media accounts already have a reputation of swaying political discourse, but a Keck School of Medicine of USC researcher says these automated accounts are even more dangerous — they can be bad for your health.

Social bots are automated accounts that use artificial intelligence to influence discussions and promote specific ideas or products. USC researchers focused on how these bots promoted the notion that using electronic cigarettes helps people stop smoking, a conclusion not definitively supported by research.

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