USC in the News

USC In the News 10/20/2017

Nature highlighted research by Daniel Lidar of the USC Viterbi School and colleagues that applied quantum computing to a physics problem for the first time. According to Nature, "the new quantum machine learning method is found to perform well even with small datasets, unlike the standard counterparts." “We were able to demonstrate a very similar result in a completely different application domain by applying the same methodology to a problem in computational biology," Lidar told PasadenaNow about the applicability of this development.

HealthDay and Psychology Today featured research by Paul Thompson and Neda Jahanshad of the Keck School of Medicine of USC's Stevens Neuromimaging and Informatics Institute and colleagues that found schizophrenia disrupts the communication network throughout the brain. "What we are showing now has been hypothesized for some time: Schizophrenia is a disorder related to brain disconnectivity," Jahanshad said. The researchers suggest that future studies should examine the impact of the disease on the entire brain, instead of just one region.

Psychology Today featured research by Morteza Dehghani and Antonio Damasio of the USC Dornsife College's Brain and Creativity Institute and colleagues that found reading produces the same brain activity across three different languages. "Even given these fundamental differences in language, which can be read in a different direction or contain a completely different alphabet altogether, there is something universal about what occurs in the brain at the point when we are processing narratives," Dehghani said.

Patch reported on the USC Southern California Earthquake Center and its Great ShakeOut drill planned for Oct. 19 at 10:19 a.m. "Social science research shows that when people see others take action, they are more likely to take action too," said Mark Benthien of the USC Southern California Earthquake Center. The event encourages everyone - in schools, businesses and private homes - to have conversations about a natural disaster plan.

CGTN-America highlighted research by Albert "Skip" Rizzo of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies to use virtual reality to provide exposure therapy for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. "It has to be real enough to activate anxiety, without pushing somebody over the edge," Rizzo said.

Los Angeles Times quoted Paul Ginsburg of the USC Schaeffer Center about the possibility that insurer Anthem will institute its own pharmacy benefit manager plan.

KPCC-FM quoted Frank Zerunyan of the USC Price School about the application of conflict-of-interest laws in managing charter schools within Los Angeles Unified School District.

KCRW-FM interviewed Viet Thanh Nguyen of the USC Dornsife College about his appointment as a 2017 MacArthur Fellow, his 2016 Pulitzer Prize win for "The Sympathizer" and personal experience as a refugee from Vietnam.

Politifact quoted Edward McCaffery of the USC Gould School about the possible impact of the child tax credit on tax benefits for working class families.

Inverse quoted Mark Marino of the USC Dornsife College on the importance of teaching society how to responsibly consume information online.

The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute on how America's national mens soccer team will be financially impacted after failing to qualify for the World Cup.

The Wall Street Journal cited research by Kristina Lerman of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute on the gender breakdown of mobile game players.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV and City News Service mentioned the former dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Carmen Puliafito.

Mashable and Gizmodo noted Australia's Minister for Defence Industry will partner with Albert "Skip" Rizzo of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies to develop military training using virtual reality technology.

Chicago Tribune noted the USC Institute for Creative Technologies partners with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.

The Hollywood Reporter mentioned Willow Bay is the dean of the USC Annenberg School.

Los Angeles Sentinel mentioned USC is a sponsor of the annual Taste of Soul festival.

Men's Health cited research by Valter Longo of the USC Leonard Davis School about the health benefits of intermittent fasting.

Building Design + Construction noted the opening of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience in November.