USC in the News

USC In the News 6/30/2017

CBC Radio (Canada) featured research by Han Wang at the USC Viterbi School and colleagues on a new kind of synthetic synapse for artificial intelligence. Wang says the biggest stumbling block for artificial intelligence thus far has been developing the kind of efficiencies that have already been hard-wired into the human brain over millions of years. "If we compare, for example, our brain to the super computers we have today, they run on megawatts, [which is] a huge amount of power that's equivalent to a few hundred households, while our brain only relies on water and sandwiches to function. It consumes power that's equivalent to a light bulb," Wang said. Seeker also featured the research.

Harvard Business Review published an op-ed by Tom Chang of the USC Marshall School and a colleague citing their own research finding that shuttered retail storefronts, including medical marijuana dispensaries, or MMDs, may lead to increased crime. Their research looked specifically at the influence of closing MMDs, which have previously been thought to contribute to increased crime in neighborhoods. "One key factor common to retail establishments, whether MMDs or restaurants, is that they generate foot traffic. And with foot traffic comes informal surveillance," they said.

Forbes featured the USC Lusk Center's recent executive forum in the Bay Area, which focused on the lack affordability in the area's real estate market. The article also mentioned a keynote and industry panel featuring Richard Green, Emile Haddad, Matt Lituchy and William Witte, all of the USC Lusk Center. "The question about a bubble is not about the real estate itself, but about the users of real estate," Green said.

The New York Times quoted Matthew Kahn of the USC Dornsife College on how climate change may affect resident migration within the United States.

KPCC-FM quoted Seth Seabury of the USC Schaeffer Center about a bill that would set a federal limit on settlements for patients in medical malpractice lawsuits

NBC News quoted Michael Wissot of the USC Annenberg School about an app that helps improve public speaking skills.

Variety quoted Courtney Brunious of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute about professional boxing expanding its broadcast viewing options.

Deutsche Welle quoted Raphael Alhadeff of the USC Dornsife College about young chemists no longer memorizing the periodic table of elements.

Napa Valley Register quoted David Agus of Keck Medicine of USC about the health benefits associated with drinking red wine.

Los Angeles Times mentioned the USC Center for Urban Education in a story about grade fraud at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College.

PC Gamer mentioned work by Tracy Fullerton, director of USC Games, to create a video game based on Henry David Thoreau's description of Walden Woods.

Cartoon Brew mentioned Tom Sito of the USC School of Cinematic Arts in an article about an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors election.