USC in the News

USC In the News 7/12/2017

USA Today featured work by Tracy Fullerton, director of USC Games, to create a video game based on Henry David Thoreau's description of Walden Woods. Players must build a cabin, spend time in the outdoors and sustain themselves while excerpts of Walden serve to inspire their efforts. "We are on these screens, for better or for ill; what we need to do is to use them consciously, to be deliberate about our time," Fullerton said. The story also noted Fullerton is the founding director of USC's Game Innovation Lab.

Fox News featured research by Veronica Setiawan of Keck Medicine of USC and colleagues from the National Cancer Institute and the University of Hawaii that found regular coffee consumption may reduce the risk of death from heart disease, diabetes and some cancer. The researchers found no statistical difference between race and ethnic groups on the positive effects of coffee drinking, even for decaffeinated coffee. The study was released in tandem with another on European coffee habits and the impact on mortality rates. Telemundo's "Un nueva día," Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV, New York Daily News, Live Science, Global News (Canada), Redbook, Bustle, The Washington Times, PBS' "Next Avenue," Esquire, Food & Wine, Marie Claire (UK), news.com.au (Australia), Maxim, Sputnik News, Thrillist and The Guardian (Nigeria) reported on the studies.

Houston Chronicle highlighted a study by Erin Trish of the USC Schaeffer Center that found that federally controlled Medicare does a better job of regulating some health care costs compared to commercial insurance policies. The researchers found that the only examples when private insurance companies paid less was when federal officials were barred from negotiating - such as prescription drug prices - or special interests like medical equipment suppliers introduced legislation.

New Atlas featured a study by Julien Emile-Geay of the USC Dornsife College that found the current warming of Earth's temperatures began around the Industrial Revolution. "It comes down to this: We know the human burning of fossil fuel is very rapidly warming the planet, and we know that the longer we wait, the harsher the consequences and the more costly it is to prevent them. What is the point of endlessly delaying action?" said Emile-Geay.

The Washington Post quoted Ginger Clark of the USC Rossier School on why people may experience more sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior at a wedding.

The Atlantic quoted Richard Paulson of Keck Medicine of USC on how fertility clinics can bring costs down for in vitro fertilization.

CBS News quoted Kerry Fields of the USC Marshall School about how Uber drivers are not subject to federal regulations limiting the amount of time someone can drive for employment.

U.S. News & World Report quoted Raj Dasgupta of Keck Medicine of USC about the different factors that can contribute to poor sleep experienced by a person with diabetes.

Wired quoted Premkumar Natarajan of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute on how using amateurs to train artificial intelligence is a best practice in the industry.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV quoted Lawrence Picus of the USC Rossier School about compensation for Los Angeles School Board members.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" interviewed Mary Andres of the USC Rossier School about the societal stigma of finding love again after losing a partner.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" interviewed Richard Green, director of the USC Lusk Center, about the background of homebuyers who use cash.

Capital Public Radio quoted Scott Fruin of Keck Medicine of USC on how air filters are an inadequate solution to protect Los Angeles' residents from traffic pollution in homes near freeways.

ABC News mentioned if Los Angeles is awarded its Olympic bid, USC's Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will host events and USC's baseball stadium will be converted to a temporary swimming and diving venue. The Huffington Post mentioned the USC Galen Center will also host events.

Vox cited comments by Dana Goldman of the USC Schaeffer Center on how to most effectively reform the Affordable Care Act.

The Orange County Register mentioned USC Village will be home to a new Target store.

Tech Times noted a study by Clay Wang of the USC School of Pharmacy and USC Dornsife College that found fungi grown in space could lead to the development of new medications.

Statesman Journal cited comments by Karen North of the USC Annenberg School's Digital Social Media Program on how social media lacks in-person social cues that may prevent or reduce bullying in the physical world.