USC in the News

USC In the News 12/7/2017

NPR highlighted research by David Black, Stacey Pun and Gillian O'Reilly of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and colleagues about their work to educate hairdressers to recognize the signs of melanoma. The researchers provided a training video for interested hairdressers so they could better identify possible lesions. "Next steps include further disseminating the video and related scalp and neck melanoma detection videos among hairdressers. Future research should see if the educational video approach can be applied to other professions such as massage therapy," Black said.

U.S. News & World Report (in a HealthDay story) featured a study by John Whalen of the USC Institute for Biomedical Therapies, a collaborative institute that brings together scientists from the Keck School of Medicine of USC, chemists at the USC Dornsife College and engineers at the USC Viterbi School. Whalen, who also is a part of the USC Roski Eye Institute, helped develop a reversible, temperature-sensitive temporary seal that can protect a soldier's eye after sustaining an injury on the battlefield. Since delays in treatment may result in permanent vision loss, this superglue-like seal changes from a fluid to a semi-solid when it is applied to the eye and can be removed with cool water when the soldier is ready for surgery. "It could also be useful in emergency rooms in rural areas where there isn't an eye center with such capabilities nearby. It may even have the potential for temporarily treating gunshot wounds," Whalen said. New Scientist and RT highlighted the research.

Quartz and The Fresno Bee featured a collaboration between the USC Viterbi School and local high school student Faith Florez to develop a mobile app that alerts farmworkers to heat warnings. The application, named CALOR, was pitched by Florez to USC graduate students and delivers weather notifications to farmworkers in English and Spanish.

The Quarterly profiled Brian Lee of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and his work as a scientist in the department of clinical neurological surgery and on the sideline for the USC football team. Lee developed a MRI-guided deep brain stimulation surgery technique that allows the patient to be asleep, rather than awake, during the procedure. "In my laboratory, we are trying to better understand the brain and how it works so we can create better therapies - intertwining the clinical and lab research is crucial," Lee said. He also works to educate student athletes about concussions.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Edward McCaffery of the USC Gould School on how family-owned businesses and small manufacturers might suffer under the proposed tax reform bill. American Public Media's "Marketplace" interviewed McCaffery on how the Senate and House tax reforms differ on a proposed corporate tax rate.

KPCC-FM interviewed James Moore of the USC Viterbi School on how local officials can better communicate road closures during emergencies, like the fires close to the Sepulveda Pass.

The Atlantic quoted Michael Habib of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about a newly identified dinosaur, Halszkaraptor escuilliei, and why it had more neck mobility than other similar dinosaurs.

Houston Chronicle quoted Kate Miltner, graduate student at the USC Annenberg School, on tempering expectations for the future of coding jobs.

Fast Company quoted Hernan Galperin of the USC Annenberg School on whether wireless speeds will be impacted by an industry investment in moving to 5G technology from the existing 4G infrastructure.

Kaiser Health News quoted Paul Ginsburg of the USC Schaeffer Center about whether states are able to effectively control Medicaid spending.

Boston Herald quoted Jason Squire of the USC School of Cinematic Arts about how Disney's possible acquisition of 21st Century Fox will impact the creative industry.

Slate quoted Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center on how the Republican tax reform bill may negatively impact homeownership in California, but would not be catastrophic.

Long Beach Post quoted Linda Chilton of the USC Dornsife College's Sea Grant program about the importance of teaching children about sustainable seafood and nutrition.

The San Diego Union-Tribune cited research by Peter Kuhn of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience to develop liquid biopsies.

The Huffington Post mentioned research by Lynn Miller, Traci Gillig and Courtney Cox of the USC Annenberg School about the effects of identity-affirming camp programming for LGBTQ youth.

Wallet Hub published commentary by Maria Duggan of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School about the risk factors for elder abuse and how to prevent it.