Source Alert

July 1st, 2014

SOURCE ALERT: The questionable ethics (and conclusions) of Facebook’s emotion manipulation study

Experts can comment on the challenges of doing research in the digital age, as well as raising questions about the conclusions of Facebook’s study. Contact: Andrew Good at (213) 740-8606 or Conclusions go “way beyond the data” Karen North, Director of the USC Annenberg School’s Program on Online Communities, is an expert in social […]

June 16th, 2014

SOURCE ALERT: USC experts on the crisis in Iraq

Can we expect a summer surge at the gas pump? Will the crisis bring the U.S. and Iran closer together? How will the violence in Iraq affect congressional elections in November? The U.S., Iran and a common interest: oil Muhammad Sahimi, professor of chemical engineering and materials science at the USC Viterbi School, is an […]

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June 10th, 2014

SOURCE ALERT: USC Experts on the 2014 World Cup

Why are Brazilians protesting the World Cup? How do the demonstrations affects Brazil’s international reputation and the World Cup brand? Contact: Andrew Good at (213) 740-8606 or What the Protests Mean for Brazil Abe Lowenthal, a professor at the USC School of International Relations, is an expert on Latin America and foreign policy. He […]

March 24th, 2014

Gizmodo explores USC’s next-gen VR lab

Gizmodo recently visited the USC Institute for Creative Technologies’ Mixed Reality Lab, where the next generation of virtual reality tech is being developed for the U.S. Navy. Director Mark Bolas said the lab’s research is about using headmounted VR displays “to simulate holographic displays; to simulate all the technologies we think will be coming down […]

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March 12th, 2014

Wired features USC’s Hao Li

Wired recently featured Hao Li, a computer scientist and animator at the USC Viterbi School. Li is developing hyper-realistic, 3D models of people, then animating them in real time. “My work involves using a video camera that sees in 3D to capture subtle facial details, movements and expressions. So you get digital characters that look […]

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March 4th, 2014

SOURCE ALERT: USC Experts on the Crisis in Ukraine

How has the Syrian crisis fueled unrest in Ukraine? Is Ukraine destined for Russia or Europe?What will the financial cost of sanctions be? Contact: Andrew Good at 213-740-8606 or Hearts and Minds: Is Ukraine destined for Russia or Europe? Robert English is director of the USC School of International Relations and an expert on the politics of […]

February 13th, 2014

SOURCE ALERT: Oscars signal changes in the film industry

How does Gravity signal a new era in CGI? Will Netflix earn its first Oscar? Experts are available to discuss these stories and others. Contact: Andrew Good at 213-740-8606 or Oscar frontrunner 12 Years a Slave Todd Boyd is a professor of critical studies at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He’s an expert […]

February 12th, 2014

SOURCE ALERT: Keck Medicine of USC experts available to discuss new stroke treatments and research

Contacts: Leslie Ridgeway at (323) 442-2823 or; Alison Trinidad at (323) 442-3941 or By the time you read this, someone in the United States has had a stroke. Stroke happens every 40 seconds in the U.S. and is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. Even more […]

February 4th, 2014

SOURCE ALERT: Experts Available to Speak About California Drought

Contact: Robert Perkins at (213) 740-9226 or Despite this week’s light rain, California remains locked in a three-year drought with no significant relief in sight. USC scientists and engineers can help explain the significance of this drought and new technology aimed at relieving the burden on the state’s tight water supply. Sarah Feakins, Assistant […]