USC in the News

USC In the News 7/20/2017

The Washington Post featured research by Lon Schneider of Keck Medicine of USC and colleagues on the impact of a healthier lifestyle in reducing dementia risk. “The message is that conditions like dementia are not immutable and are substantially modifiable by the environment,” said Schneider, who worked with the first Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention and Care, which included two dozen experts from around the world. The nine risk factors for dementia include, education to a maximum of age 15; hypertension, hearing loss and obesity in middle age; and smoking, depression, physical inactivity, social isolation and diabetes in late life. Los Angeles Times, CBS News, U.S. News & World Report (in a HealthDay story), Newsweek, Consumer Reports, International Business Times, CBC Radio Canada, LiveScience, IANS, Evening Standard (UK), Daily Mirror (UK), Press Association (UK) and Europa Press (Spain) also reported on the study.

The San Diego Union-Tribune highlighted research by Paul Aisen of Keck Medicine of USC's Alzheimer's Therapeutic Research Institute on patients who have amyloid plaques - an indicator of Alzheimer's disease - but are cognitively normal. Aisen commented on a new blood test for the disease presented at an international conference on Alzheimer's research. The story also included a video of Arthur Toga of the USC Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute on brain mapping and using big data to develop detailed images to treat diseases such as Alzheimer's.

Variety featured Barnet Kellman of the USC School of Cinematic Arts and his new role as the inaugural holder of the Robin Williams Endowed Chair in Comedy. The endowed chair was a gift from the George Lucas Family Foundation. "While you can’t make somebody have a sense of humor, you can certainly teach an awful lot of it, and you can give them an environment where those instincts are supported," said USC School of Cinematic Arts Dean Elizabeth Daley on the impetus for starting the USC Comedy program.

Buzzfeed News featured efforts by Joshua Sherman of Keck Medicine of USC to use virtual reality to simulate real world situations to train doctors. Sherman, who helped develop training that is used at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, found VR provides a more accurate simulation of an emergency room situation compared to hands-on training requiring equipment and actors, and screen-based training. "People want more research and more proof that it works before they throw down that kind of money to develop it. We're working on that and getting it out there. Spreading it might spark interest with people who might want to fund more," Sherman said.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Gabriel Zada of Keck Medicine of USC about the treatment and prognosis for Senator John McCain's brain cancer diagnosis.

The Washington Post quoted Sharon Carnicke of the USC School of Dramatic Arts on how motion-capture is a tool for actors and relies on the physical performance of the individual, unlike most voice acting.

KCET-TV published a Q&A with Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo of the USC Dornsife College on the role of immigrants in developing Southern California's gardens.

Bloomberg Businessweek interviewed Jonathan Taplin, professor emeritus of the USC Annenberg School, on why the world's largest tech companies should be broken up to encourage innovation.

Bloomberg BNA quoted John Matsusaka, director of the USC Gould School's Initiative and Referendum Institute, on the effectiveness of ballot measures for enacting conceptual issues compared to regulatory issues.

The Press-Enterprise quoted R. Scott Mitchell of the USC School of Architecture about the obstacles facing tiny home construction. The story also mentioned Mitchell's collaboration with Sofia Borges of the USC School of Architecture to develop the USC Homeless Studio and provide cost-efficient housing for homeless individuals in Los Angeles County.

Women's Health quoted Kristin Bendikson of Keck Medicine of USC on how certain types of lubrication may impact the chances of conceiving.

Los Angeles Times published a follow-up story about the former dean of Keck Medicine of USC, Carmen Puliafito (additional stories herehere and here). The stories noted Keck Medicine of USC Dean Rohit Varma's comments to a group of Keck School of Medicine of USC students and USC Provost Michael Quick's letter to USC faculty. Associated Press, The Boston Globe, New York Magazine, USA Today "College," The Sacramento Bee, City News Service and Independent Journal Review reported on the story.

The Atlantic cited research by Jungeun Olivia Lee of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work that found relationships between chronic unemployment, smoking, marijuana use, and problematic drinking, and that these relationships were strongest in lower socioeconomic brackets.

NPR San Francisco affiliate KQED-FM's "The California Report" published a story in a series compiled by Sandy Tolan and Karen Lowe of the USC Annenberg School and their advanced radio students on how vulnerable communities have fared under President Donald Trump's administration.

MarketWatch published an op-ed by Dana Goldman of the USC Schaeffer Center and a colleague on how to best approach a bipartisan health care bill.

Forbes mentioned a federally funded USC program run by Luanne Rohrbach of Keck Medicine of USC that does scientific research on preventing teen pregnancy and how the elimination of federal funding will affect those efforts.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy mentioned a $825,000 grant to the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work's Children's Data Network, which tracks health and wellness indicators for Los Angeles foster youth.

The Plain Dealer mentioned Todd Boyd of the USC School of Cinematic Arts will be included as an expert in the CNN series, "History of Comedy."