USC in the News

USC In the News 5/2/2017

NBC News highlighted research by Shrikanth Narayanan and Theodora Chaspari of the USC Viterbi School's Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory, Adela Timmons of the USC Dornsife College's Family Studies project and colleagues that created an algorithm which can detect if a couple has had an argument. Using wearable technology and cell phones, the Couple Mobile Sensing Project can identify conflict based on raised heart rates and other metrics. "Our hope is to create models that can work across devices as the technology continues to develop," Timmons said.

Los Angeles Daily News and Next City featured a new study by Su Jin Lee of the USC Dornsife College's Spatial Science Institute, Travis Longcore of the USC Dornsife College and USC School of Architecture, and colleagues on the declining percentage of green space in Los Angeles - as captured by aerial photography - and increase of large construction projects between 2000 and 2009. The researchers found tree loss across all economic areas. "What we saw was lot-line development, sometimes referred to as mansionization. And when there is a larger footprint for a building, there’s more hard-scape, less trees, less grass and shrubs," said Longcore.

The Huffington Post published a Q&A with Clifford Johnson of the USC Dornsife College on his work as an advisor for the National Geographic television show, "Genius." "I think a show like this is a great opportunity to do something that hasn’t been done before in terms of really unpacking what people mean by genius, which is a lot more nuanced than we normally see portrayed on-screen," Johnson said.

The Hollywood Reporter reported on the establishment of the Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair in Cinema Ethics at the USC School of Cinematic Arts by the George Lucas Family Foundation. Ted Braun of the USC School of Cinematic Arts' John Wells Division will be the first holder of the chair. The story included comments by USC School of Cinematic Arts Dean Elizabeth Daley, USC alumnus George Lucas and noted the Lucas family's a pair of $10 million donations to support student diversity at the cinema school.

Los Angeles Times quoted James Moore of the USC Viterbi School on why it is unlikely that California's high-speed rail project will be successful.

CNN quoted Valter Longo of the USC Davis School on the difficulties associated with ensuring study patients follow strict caloric restrictions.

CBS News This Morning quoted Kristian Carlson of Keck Medicine of USC about a recent discovery that Neanderthals may have inhabited areas of Southern California as far back as 130,000 years ago.

Los Angeles Daily News quoted James Moore of the USC Viterbi School on how the industry will react to the United Airlines public relations incident and consider changes to their own policies.

KPCC-FM quoted David Caron of the USC Dornsife College on how science can better predict and prevent toxic algae blooms, which are affecting the Southern California sea lion population.

KPCC-FM quoted Genevieve Giuliano of the USC Price School on the factors contributing to the increasing rate of traffic congestion and vehicular crashes after the recession.

OZY quoted Laurie Brand, director of the USC Dornsife College's Middle East Studies program, on how European powers have historically wrestled for imperial and colonial control over the Middle East.

Daily Bulletin quoted Gary Painter of the USC Price School on the factors that led to Los Angeles' surging rent prices and how that might impact the labor market.

Los Angeles Times, in a review of the Hear Now Music Festival, mentioned Andrew Norman and Ted Hearne of the USC Thornton School.

The Chronicle of Higher Education mentioned John Oghalai was appointed as chair of the USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Keck Medicine of USC.

Vocativ cited comments by David Kang of the USC Dornsife College's Korean Studies Institute on why, despite presidential administration rhetoric to the contrary, the United States is unlikely to start a war with North Korea.

The San Louis Obispo Tribune, in a profile on author T.C. Boyle, mentioned he is a professor at the USC Dornsife College.