USC in the News

USC In the News 2/23/2018

U.S. News & World Report (in a HealthDay story) featured research by Mark Lew of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about a new test that may be able to identify Parkinson's disease based on proteins contained in a person's tears. "Knowing that something as simple as tears could help neurologists differentiate between people who have Parkinson's disease and those who don't in a noninvasive manner is exciting," Lew said. Since the disease develops years before visible symptoms, Lew hopes this may lead the way to better and earlier treatments. Daily Mail (UK), The Independent (UK), IANS and Press Trust of India featured Lew's findings.

The Sacramento Bee and Sacramento Business Journal highlighted research by the USC Center for Body Computing that field-tested new activity-tracking prescription glasses. During the trial, USC researchers found that participants preferred having the fitness tracker embedded in their eyewear, rather than in a separate wearable device. The study also showed that motivational prompts and the social aspects of the app encouraged more frequent use.

The New York Times quoted Matthew Kahn of the USC Dornsife College about the economic benefits of knowing how climate change will affect land values ahead of time.

Los Angeles Times quoted Daniel Walker of the USC Dornsife College's Center for Religion and Civic Culture about an exhibit at the California African American Museum on gospel music culture in Los Angeles. KPCC-FM also quoted Walker.

Los Angeles Times quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School on how Russian actors used the feedback loop of social media to sow discord and spread propaganda in America.

CBS' "This Morning" interviewed David Agus of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how artificial intelligence will impact the future of medical care and patient privacy.

NPR Boston affiliate WBUR-FM interviewed Jon Burlingame of the USC Thornton School about the five songs nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Song at this year's Academy Awards.

USA Today quoted David Schonfeld of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School's National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement on how adolescents seek protection from their peers when they know that adults cannot protect them, like after school shootings.

BuzzFeed News quoted Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity on the disproportionate number of minorities impacted by air pollution.

Los Angeles Daily News quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on why state Sen. Tony Mendoza's decision to resign might be better for his political future.

The Charlotte Observer quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute on why it is valuable for potential owners to demonstrate greater interest than other bidders interested in purchasing the Carolina Panthers.

The Washington Post cited research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative and colleagues on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry.

The Wall Street Journal mentioned comments from the USC Department of Public Safety in a story about a doctored photo taken by a USC student that was used by a social media account controlled by Russian actors.

Los Angeles Times mentioned the Keck School of Medicine of USC in a story about a sexual assault lawsuit between two county employees.

NPR and CBS News mentioned research by Stacy Smith, Marc Choueiti and Kate Pieper of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative that tracked the gender and race of performers, writers and producers across the pop music charts and the Grammy Awards.

The San Diego Union-Tribune cited research by Jessica Barrington-Trimis of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how electronic cigarettes may serve as a gateway to smoking traditional cigarettes.

Psychology Today cited research by Benjamin Henwood of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School on why a harm-reduction approach is preferred to complete abstinence when treating addiction.