USC in the News

USC In the News 11/14/2017

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV featured research by Hossein Ameri of the Keck School of Medicine's Roski Eye Institute that implanted a retinal device into a blind patient's eye, allowing that patient to distinguish light. In combination with a pair of specially developed goggles that communicate with the retinal device, the patient is able to detect light and dark. The device is FDA-approved and covered by Medicare.

Los Angeles Daily News (in a City News Service story) featured a new project by Thomas Lyon of the USC Gould School to test child interviewing techniques both in the courtroom and out in the field. According to Lyon, if an interviewer is able to help a child give accurate and detailed testimony, it makes it easier for the court to decide cases and protect the child and the rights of the defendants. "Our hope is that anytime anyone questions a child, our techniques will be used — from police and social workers to educators and pediatricians," Lyon said.

PBS' "Nova" 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. "What we found was a very coherent pattern of less cervical cancer among people who've used the IUD based on thousands of women — and the pattern wasn't subtle at all, it was stunning," Cortessis said. Metro US also highlighted the study's findings.

Business Insider highlighted research by Dong Song of the USC Viterbi School's Center for Neural Engineering on a brain implant he and colleagues developed to boost human memory function. "We are writing the neural code to enhance memory function; this has never been done before," Song said. Initial findings suggest the device can boost memory performance by up to 30 percent on memory tests.

The Wrap and IndieWire highlighted research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative and colleagues that found teenage females were often portrayed in a hyper-sexualized fashion in the entertainment industry. Although there is near gender parity in roles, there are few young females from underrepresented minority groups. "Young people spend critical hours each day learning from media, and this report shines a light on the messages that film can convey to them," said USC Annenberg School Dean Willow Bay. 

The Atlantic quoted Jonathan Gratch of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies about what defines humanity among humans and robots.

Wired quoted Leslie Saxon of the Keck School of Medicine of USC's Center for Body Computing about a new mobile app that suggests possible medical conditions based on measuring heart rate and step count.

The Orange County Register quoted Stanley Rosen of the USC Dornsife College about the State Department and President Donald Trump's involvement in the arrest of three UCLA basketball players in China.

McClatchy DC quoted Joshua Goldstein of the USC Dornsife College about China's efforts to centralize its waste management and collection systems.

Health.com quoted Raj Dasgupta of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how certain scents can impact sleeping patterns.

The New York Times, in a story about tensions in the Los Angeles Times’ newsroom, mentioned the former dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Los Angeles Times' "Essential Politics" newsletter mentioned results from the recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll. Silicon Valley Business Journal mentioned California voters' distaste for the current gas tax and vehicle fees.

Los Angeles Times ran a story on the former dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC (additional mentions in the Los Angeles Times’ “Essential California” and “Essential Education” newsletters).

The Conversation published an analysis by Robert Kozinets of the USC Annenberg School on how social media has contributed to extreme political polarization and extremist views.

Columbia Journalism Review published commentary by David Westphal of the USC Annenberg School about the rise of nonprofit journalism.

The Vancouver Sun (Canada) cited an editorial by Hussein Yassine of the Keck School of Medicine of USC that accompanied a study finding that a dietary supplement had no significant impact on the development of Alzheimer's disease.

Curbed LA cited research by Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center that suggests California rents will continue to rise over the next two years.

EducationDive mentioned USC opened a military family clinic to provide mental health services for veterans and families.