USC in the News

USC In the News 4/5/2018

Los Angles Times featured research by Amir Kashani and Mark Humayun of the Keck School of Medicine of USC's Roski Eye Institute that found it is possible to use a stem cell–based retinal implant to treat people with advanced dry age-related macular degeneration. "It is remarkable when people can start seeing again," Kashani said. Humayun and David Hinton of the Keck School of Medicine of USC co-invented the implant. Wired, MIT Technology Review, WebMD (in a HealthDay story), New Scientist and Futurism featured the research.

New Atlas highlighted research by Charles McKenna of the USC Dornsife College and USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience that may serve as a possible treatment for hearing loss. The researchers developed a molecule intended to stay put in the inner ear to repair damaged cells. "We're not saying it's a cure for hearing loss. It's a proof of principle for a new approach that's extremely promising. It's an important step that offers a lot of hope," McKenna said.

Columbia Journalism Review published a Q&A with Mike Ananny of the USC Annenberg School on the issues Facebook is facing in managing its content, users and data. "I think Facebook has very, very quickly found itself in a situation that is beyond its organizational expertise and is beyond its culture ... [and] is not very sophisticated on these issues of what a publicly healthy media system looks like," he said. According to Ananny, sometimes the marketplace does not push forward the best ideas for the public.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School on why people seek information that will confirm already existing beliefs.

The Hollywood Reporter quoted Larry Gross of the USC Annenberg School about the expected longevity of the #MeToo movement.

NPR affiliate Montana Public Radio interviewed Jonathan Kotler of the USC Annenberg School about the First Amendment rights of a neo-Nazi website writer who "unleashed a troll storm" of anti-Semetic messages on a local woman.

Los Angeles Downtown News quoted Meiling Cheng of the USC School of Cinematic Arts about director Tadeusz Kantor.

Forbes (in a Quora answer) quoted Leslie Saxon of the Keck School of Medicine of USC's Center for Body Computing about the future of digital health care.

Xinhua News Agency quoted David Agus of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about a court ruling that a health warning should be put on coffee.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) cited research by Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration on the economic impact of undocumented residents.

The New York Times mentioned research by Stacy Smith and colleagues from the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry.

Los Angeles Daily News mentioned USC Village is home to one of Target's small-format stores.

The Orange County Register mentioned a book by Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College on a list of nonfiction books related to California.

Deseret News cited research by Jessica Barrington-Trimis of the Keck School of Medicine of USC that found teens who vape are six times more likely to try traditional cigarettes compared to their peers.

Reader's Digest cited research by Judy Pa and Arthur Toga of the Keck School of Medicine of USC's Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute on the possible increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease in women.

Nautilus mentioned research by Theodore Berger of the USC Viterbi School to develop a memory prosthesis for the brain.

The Malibu Times published an obituary for Bonnie Reiss of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute, who passed away on Monday.

Refinery29 (UK) published a list of actors and production companies that have committed to using the inclusion rider developed by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative.

International Business Times (India) cited research by Stephen Gruber of the Keck School of Medicine of USC that found coffee consumption may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.