USC in the News

USC In the News 9/16 to 9/18/2017

The New York Times, in an Associated Press report, featured a partnership between USC Shoah Foundation and the USC Institute for Creative Technologies to create and share its interactive “New Dimensions in Testimony” program at an exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. The report also mentioned that “New Dimensions in Testimony” was conceived in 2009 and that the exhibit has been displayed in different forms at other museums since, using artificial intelligence, virtual reality and other technology to pull up relevant responses to questions about life before, during and after Nazi Germany’s genocidal Third Reich from “virtual” versions of survivors like Pinchas Gutter and Eva Schloss, Anne Frank’s stepsister. The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times also ran the report.

Daily Mail (UK) featured research from Andrew Frankel of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and a colleague showing that the anti-wrinkle drug Botox can also transform the appearance of receding chins. Measures to correct this condition to date have involved highly invasive surgery, through either implants or a surgical adjustment of the jaw. All 11 patients treated with the Botox in the study said they were happy with their post-treatment appearance. “By relaxing the muscle, Botox improved the overall chin appearance by reducing tension and altering the projection of the chin and its overall shape,” said the researchers.

WIRED featured research from Aleksandra Korolova of the USC Viterbi School’s Information Sciences Institute and colleagues showing that Apple is aggressively mining users’ data in an effort to boost its “differential privacy,” a field of data science that focuses on carefully adding random noise to an individual user’s information before it’s uploaded to the cloud. According to the researchers, Apple could have and perhaps should have openly published this information themselves. “They’re saying ‘yes, we implement differential privacy, trust us, but we’re not going to tell you at what level we do it.’ By virtue of not revealing what their parameters are, they’re kind of breaking any real commitment,” Korolova said. Engadget also featured the research.

Futurism featured research by Lon Schneider of the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s California Alzheimer’s Disease Center on a new vaccine and oral medication he and colleagues are developing to help treat Alzheimer’s disease. Both the vaccine and oral medication target the primary component of amyloid plaques, a major cause of Alzheimer’s disease. “If we are able to show that the vaccine or oral medication is effective at delaying Alzheimer’s among people at higher risk, then this would strongly imply that we are on the right track for developing treatments,” Schneider said.

Pacific Standard featured research from Michael Messner of the USC Dornsife College and colleagues finding that ESPN and other major sports broadcasters devoted less than 5 percent of their coverage to women’s sports. In research that has been conducted over multiple decades, the researchers also found that what little coverage these sports received often demonstrated a perfunctory tone, though that was a nominal improvement over the blatant sexism that defined coverage in the study’s initial findings from 1989. Economic Times (India) also mentioned the research.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Elizabeth Currid-Halkett of the USC Price School about Apple pricing its new iPhone to give it brand prestige.

Los Angeles Times quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about the prospects of the Democratic Party picking up seats in the House of Representatives through California-based midterm elections.

Los Angeles Times quoted Niels Frenzen of the USC Gould School about the constitutionality of hotels turning over guest information to immigration authorities.

Inside Higher Ed quoted Shaun Harper, director of the USC Rossier School's Race and Equity Center, about the racial imbalance among college admissions officers. 

The Verge quoted John Oghalai of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the possibility that weaponized sound was used against diplomats in Cuba.

The Daily Beast quoted Alexander Capron of the USC Gould School's Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics about the “Body Worlds: Pulse” exhibition at the California Science Center.

International Business Times quoted Raj Dasgupta of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about hormone-based sleep deprivation in post-menopausal women.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Richard Green, director of the USC Lusk Center, about the lack of new middle-class housing in California.

Indianapolis Star quoted Shaun Harper, director of the USC Rossier School's Race and Equity Center, about discrimination lawsuits filed against Indiana universities by black employees.

Texas Tribune quoted Jill Johnston of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about elevated levels of dangerous chemicals in Houston's air potentially caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Tampa Bay Business Journal quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School about the social media response of companies during Hurricane Irma.

NBC News Better cited a study by Genevieve Dunton of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how exercising with friends increases enjoyment and satisfaction while working out.

International Business Times mentioned a donation from actress/singer Selena Gomez to the Keck School of Medicine of USC to establish the Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research.

Quartz cited research by Valerie Folkes and Debbie MacInnis of the USC Marshall School about the impact of employee incivility on company sales.

KCET-TV mentioned USC Libraries as a partner in the development of the new season of its series "Lost LA." Nathan Masters of the USC Libraries is the series host. 

The Ledger published commentary by Susan Estrich of the USC Gould School about the treatment of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program beneficiaries.