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June 14th, 2017

iPhone’s 10th birthday: Pros and cons of screen time addiction

Apple released its first iPhone on June 29, 2007 — forever changing how people interact with each other and the world. A decade later, smartphones are seemingly welded into hands, leaving people feeling vulnerable when they forget the device at home. USC researchers discuss the pros and cons of how smartphones have transformed our daily […]

May 31st, 2017

Detecting Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms emerge

Cognitive tests can detect early Alzheimer’s disease in older adults without symptoms, according to a new Keck School of Medicine of USC study Contact: Cynthia Smith at (323) 442-3811 or Cynthia.Smith@med.usc.edu Long before symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease become apparent to patients and their families, biological changes are occurring within the brain. Amyloid plaques, which are […]

May 23rd, 2017

Every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s

Marking Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, USC researchers are analyzing brain scans and big data, creating preventive medication, developing a vaccine, tracing disease progression, helping caregivers, building socially assistive robots and more to address Alzheimer’s and the complex problems that come with it. More than 70 USC researchers from across disciplines are dedicated to the […]

May 19th, 2017

Do androids dream of taking your job?

Nearly 40 percent of jobs in the United States may be vulnerable to automation, computerization, artificial intelligence, robots and other machines within 15 years, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. USC experts in manufacturing, technology, labor, education and business discuss the continued growing pains for work and society in the age of automation. Image: Illustration/iStock Contact: Ian Chaffee […]

May 5th, 2017

How have the nation’s traditional retailers gone bankrupt? The answer — gradually, and then suddenly

This year has been particularly cruel to chains across all market segments as more have filed for bankruptcy protection in four months than did during the entirety of 2016. USC experts in business, policy, architecture and culture discuss the current sea change in the retail market as storefronts continue to shutter under the weight of […]

May 2nd, 2017

NAI: 26 years of preparing South L.A. students for college

USC’s Neighborhood Academic Initiative sets local students on the path to college as early as sixth grade.  Sixty graduates will head to college, including 22 who were admitted to USC on full-ride scholarships. More than 80 percent of NAI’s students are the first in their families to attend college. Nearly 1,000 students have graduated from […]

April 24th, 2017

Looking back on 100 days for the 45th president

On April 29, President Trump will commemorate 100 days in office.  USC experts explain the challenges he faces and the ups and downs of his first days in the White House.  Also, the USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics will host the “Trump’s First 100 Days,” on Wednesday, April 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Details […]

April 12th, 2017

USC experts weigh in on Earth Day, climate change, EPA protests

Environmentalists, scientists and citizens concerned about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will take to the streets in the #MarchForScience   Contact: Zen Vuong at (213) 300-1381 or zvuong@usc.edu   Earth Day was created 47 years ago to raise awareness that the United States did not have legal or regulatory mechanisms to protect the environment. Months […]

April 12th, 2017

Reform, revenue and procrastination: the bottom line on taxes

USC experts explore tax issues including reform, the reach of tax collectors, data security risks, government spending, and motivation for those who file at the last minute. Contact: Ron Mackovich at (213) 740-6156 or rmackovi@usc.edu   What tax reform really means  “Like April flowers, talk of tax reform is blooming everywhere. The difficulty, though, is […]