USC in the News

USC In the News 11/9/2017

Reuters Health featured research by Victoria Cortessis of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how the use of intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUDs) may reduce women's risk of developing cervical cancer. Researchers found that incidence of cervical cancer among women who used an IUD was a third lower compared to those that did not use an IUD. Buzzfeed News, TIME, Refinery29Romper and She Knows also mentioned the research.

History featured Kevin Knight of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute in a story about how an artificial intelligence program he designed is being used to help find out more information about the Zodiac Killer, the serial murderer who terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960s and 1970s. Knight's software is being used by investigators to help decode some of the killer's ciphers that have proven too difficult for human code crackers to solve.

Science featured research by Adam Fincham of the USC Viterbi School to develop a machine that produces the perfect surfing wave. Fincham was approached by surfing champion Kelly Slater in 2006 to mimic the nature of waves in an artificial tank. "We’ve got the perfect natural wave, and, well, that’s cool. But what about a supernatural wave that almost defies nature?” said Fincham.

The Daily Beast highlighted research by Michael Habib of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on why dinosaurs with large heads and jaws had small arms, such as the Tyrannosaurus rex. Habib's research has found that arms were a liability for the beast, and he posits that they were in no way useful to the creature in its role as predator. "Anything the (Tyrannosaurus rex's) jaws can’t destroy is going to consider a stroke from the hands laughable," said Habib.

Global Times (China) featured the work of the USC Annenberg's U.S.-China Institute and its director, Clayton Dube. Dube discussed the importance of having an intellectual center devoted to the relationship between the two countries and cultures in Los Angeles, the U.S. city with the most Chinese residents. "On an average day, 6,000 Americans go to China, and 8,000 Chinese arrive in America every day. The mission of USCI is to enhance understanding of a relationship between two very distinct cultures," said Dube.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) quoted Mike Chinoy of the USC Annenberg School's U.S.-China Institute about the relationship between China's leader and President Donald Trump.

The New York Times quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School about how people use online media to spread disinformation as news is breaking.

The New York Times quoted Stanley Rosen of the USC Dornsife College on the affinity some Chinese citizens feel to President Donald Trump.

Newsweek quoted Karine Chung of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the medical possibility of transgender pregnancy.

KCAL-TV quoted Clayton Dube, director of the USC Annenberg School's U.S.-China Institute, on how the arrest of three UCLA basketball players will impact U.S.-China relations. Los Angeles Daily News also quoted Dube and Stanley Rosen of the USC Dornsife College about the incident.

Women's Health quoted Kristin Bendikson of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the similiarity in symptoms between menopause and premature ovarian failure.

Self quoted Bob Girandola of the USC Dornsife College about the effectiveness of electric muscle stimulation. 

The New York Times mentioned USC in a story about the offshore investment strategies of universities in the United States. The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Guardian also mentioned the university investment strategies.

Los Angeles Times mentioned an indictment against a USC assistant basketball coach and noted USC is conducting an internal investigation. The Washington Post, New York Post and Chicago Tribune also mentioned the case.

Daily Mail (UK) reported on a Change.org petition about the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ Bryan Singer Division of Cinema & Media Studies.

Mother Jones cited research by Emilio Ferrara of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute on the influence of Twitter bots on the spread of misinformation during the 2016 election.

Investor's Business Daily cited research from the USC Annenberg School finding that nine out of 10 consumers believe data collection by businesses is unfair.