USC in the News

USC In the News 10/27/2017

Univision highlighted work by USC President C. L. Max Nikias, USC administrators and staff to help undocumented students emotionally, financially and logistically, as well as the university's efforts to influence policy change at the federal level regarding these students. "It's not fair for the kids to be facing this big uncertainty for their future especially as they're pursuing their studies," said Nikias. The report also quoted Vanessa Gomez Brake, Associate Dean of Student Life in the USC Provost's Office.

The Atlantic's "CityLab" highlighted a project led by Milind Tambe and Eric Rice of the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society, a collaboration between the USC Viterbi School and USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School. The Center has developed an artificial intelligence tool called HEALER that uses an algorithm to identify individuals who may be nexus points to successfully share HIV prevention information within homeless populations. “What HEALER recognizes is that we can’t just reach the most ‘popular’ youth in the community. We need to reach different social networks," said Tambe. 

WIRED highlighted algorithmic facial tracking work by Hao Li of the USC Viterbi School that is being used in the new "animoji" feature on Apple's iPhone X. In the article, Li discusses the difficulty, high value and potential controversies of digitally rendering the human face. "The problem is that even if you can sense all the points, they have absolutely no meaning to the computer," he said.

CNBC featured research by Matthew Fiedler of the USC Schaeffer Center showing that the lack of a stable policy environment in 2017 has increased the average price of the most popular types of health plans under the Affordable Care Act. "It's important for people to understand that what we're seeing here is not an inherent feature of this market, but a consequence of a conscious policy choice," said Fiedler.

Forbes featured research by Daniel Klerman of the USC Gould School and colleagues finding that, over nearly a decade, New York City attorneys have charged the maximum contingency fee in nearly all of their cases. Many of these cases were resolved out of court for very low settlements. "It’s like asking why gas stations didn’t compete based on price in the early 1970s when there were wage and price controls, or why owners of rent-controlled apartments don’t compete by lowering rents. When prices are capped at an artificially low level, suppliers don’t compete (or compete only on quality, not on price)," said Klerman.

The New York Times quoted Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School’s Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative on the discriminatory culture in the movie industry and efforts by the nonprofit Women and Hollywood to combat this culture.

KPCC-FM quoted Ron Avi Astor of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work about students' increasing fears in the current political climate.

Politico quoted Emilio Ferrara of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute about Twitter's privacy and data retention policies.

Univision quoted Ghecemy Lopez of the Ronnie Lippin Patient Navigation and Support Program of the Keck School of Medicine USC's Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center on how her personal experience as a breast cancer survivor and immigrant has shaped her role as a cancer information and resource navigator.

Nieman Lab quoted Abby Wood of the USC Gould School on how current political advertising laws could be applied to reduce the negative impacts of fake news.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV reported on a lawsuit filed against the university and a professor accused of sexual harassment. Univision, ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TVNBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV, CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TVKCAL-TV, KFI-AM, and Los Angeles Daily News also ran the story.

The Chronicle of Higher Education mentioned USC in an article on the imbalance of universities receiving major gifts.

The Chronicle of Higher Education mentioned USC in an article on campus-based supercomputers.

The Courier News mentioned USC in an article about the impact of alumni giving on university rankings.

San Francisco Business Times mentioned research by Manuel Pastor and colleagues at the USC Dornsife College's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity on a proposed "split roll" for California property taxes.

Techworld mentioned the USC Institute of Urology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC in a story about the increasing industrial use of 3D printing.