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September 10th, 2019

USC scientist identifies new species of giant flying reptile

The prehistoric creature had a wingspan like a small plane, it could soar across oceans or continents and it expands our understanding of pterosaurs. It’s called Frozen Dragon of the North. Contact: Gary Polakovic (213) 740-9226 or polakovi@usc.edu A USC scientist and colleagues have identified a new species of giant flying reptile that once soared over what […]

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September 10th, 2019

Researchers propose the “Alzheimer’s Disease Exposome” to understand environmental risks

USC and Duke researchers say the framework illustrates how environmental and genetic factors interact. Against a backdrop of disappointing Alzheimer’s disease clinical trial outcomes, two researchers are proposing a new approach for future study of the disease. Caleb Finch of the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and Alexander Kulminski of the Social Science Research […]

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September 5th, 2019

Kīlauea eruption fosters algae bloom in North Pacific Ocean

USC Dornsife and University of Hawaii researchers get a rare opportunity to study the immediate impact of lava from the Kīlauea volcano on the marine environment surrounding the Hawaiian islands. {Photo by US Coast Guard] Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 361-6730 or gersema@usc.edu; or Gary Polakovic, (213) 740-9226 or polakovi@usc.edu Volcanoes are often feared for their destructive power, but […]

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September 4th, 2019

Emotion-reading algorithms cannot predict intentions via facial expressions

Though algorithms are increasingly being deployed in all facets of life, a new USC study has found that they fail basic tests as truth detectors Contact: Gary Polakovic (323) 527-7770 or polakovi@usc.edu Most algorithms have probably never heard the Eagles’ song, “Lyin’ Eyes.” Otherwise, they’d do a better job of recognizing duplicity. Computers aren’t very good at discerning […]

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September 3rd, 2019

Vast majority of dementia patients don’t receive specialty diagnosis and care, study finds

Researchers found the use of dementia specialty care is particularly low for Hispanics and Asians. Contact: Jenesse Miller (213) 810-8554 or jenessem@usc.edu In the first large study to examine the diagnosis of dementia in older Americans over time, researchers found the vast majority never meet with a dementia specialist and are instead overwhelmingly diagnosed and […]

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August 27th, 2019

Higher education administrator and engineer Charles Zukoski named USC provost

The accomplished university leader and internationally recognized chemical engineer joins USC as its chief academic officer. Contact: USC Media Relations, (213) 740-2215, uscnews@usc.edu USC President Carol L. Folt announced the selection of Charles F. Zukoski as the university’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, effective October 1. He will hold the Shelly and Ofer Nemirovsky Provost’s […]

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August 27th, 2019

Can the circadian clock in cancer cells help defeat a deadly brain cancer?

Contact: Leigh Hopper (310) 308-0405 or lhopper@usc.edu Scientists at USC and UC San Diego have discovered a potential novel target for treating glioblastoma, the deadly brain cancer that took the life of Sen. John McCain and kills 15,000 Americans a year. The target is the circadian “clock” found within the tumor stem cells, which governs how […]

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August 23rd, 2019

Battle for the future of Hong Kong: Are protests a tipping point?

The Hong Kong protests started in June as a response to a contentious extradition bill. After demonstrators took over Hong Kong’s airport earlier this month, Hong Kong residents formed a 20-mile human chain across the city today. The protests are raising questions about Hong Kong’s future and its relationship with mainland China. USC experts explain […]

August 22nd, 2019

Voters predict Trump’s reelection, but less than a third would be happy about it

The latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times national poll also reveals that Republicans favor a populist direction over traditional conservatism by nearly two to one, while Republican-leaning voters slightly favor a more traditional path. Contact: Jim Key, (213) 821-2992 or jameskey@dornsife.usc.edu or Jenesse Miller, (213) 810‑8554 or jenessem@usc.edu Most Republicans are supportive of President Donald Trump’s […]