USC in the News

USC In the News 10/6/2017

KPCC-FM featured research by the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School's Children's Data Network that found if someone spends time in juvenile detention, it is more likely that child protective services received a call about possible mistreatment earlier in the child's life. "The reason we’re so interested in this finding [is because it] means that we can offer those families support and help at the time of the initial call – as opposed to waiting until they’ve already committed a crime or are already involved in the juvenile justice system," said Jacquelyn McCroskey, co-director of the Children's Data Network at USC.

USA Today highlighted research by Arie Kapteyn of the USC Dornsife College's Center for Economic and Social Research and colleagues that found in order to "break even" with social security retirement savings, older adults must "bet" on their longevity. The longer an individual delays retirement, the higher the monthly benefits. "This approach implicitly frames the decision as a risky bet on one’s length of life," the researchers wrote.

Wired highlighted a biomedical device company developed in part by Gerald Loeb of the USC Viterbi School, which has created a robotic fingertip that can "feel." Instead of a series of nerve endings, which allow humans to feel, Loeb developed sensors that can measure resistance and vibrations created by making contact with an object and calculate the amount of pressure to apply to its "grip." This technology may allow safer interactions with future robots, individuals with prosthetic limbs to feel and an objective standard of touch.

Slate highlighted work by Alex McDowell of the USC School of Cinematic Art's World Building Media Lab and his students to "bring a narrative lens to bear on real-world situations." McDowell and his students worked with President Barack Obama's White House to develop the future of refugee camps, with Ford on the future of sustainable transportation and what life in the floating village of Makoko in Lagos will be like in 2036.

Daily Mail (UK) featured research by Morteza Dehghani of the USC Dornsife College's Brain and Creativity Institute found that reading produces the same brain activity in three different languages. Researchers also found that the experience of reading stories may result in people feeling greater empathy for each others, regardless of a person's origin or language. "Even given these fundamental differences in language, which can be read in a different direction or contain a completely different alphabet altogether, there is something universal about what occurs in the brain at the point when we are processing narratives," said Dehghani.

Los Angeles Times quoted Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen of the USC Dornsife College about the 2017 Nobel Laureate in Literature.

Los Angeles Times quoted Tarra McNally of the USC Dornsife College's Center for Religion and Civic Culture on why the Diocese of Orange represents the future of the Catholic Church.

Consumer Reports quoted Michael Hochman of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on why the human body takes longer to break down medications as it ages.

Prevention quoted Raj Dasgupta of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on the effectiveness of natural sleep remedies.

Mother Jones quoted Vasily Gatov, a fellow at the USC Annenberg School's Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, on how Russian state-controlled media portrays American stories that are critical of the Russian government.

The Charlotte Observer quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute on how the sports business must walk a tightrope when responding to political events, if at all.

The New York Times (In an Associated Press story) mentioned a gift pledged to the USC School of Cinematic Arts by producer Harvey Weinstein.  The Washington Post, ABC News, The Hollywood Reporter, Slate, Variety, Fortune, City News Service, ABC News Radio and Agence France Presse mentioned the pledge.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) mentioned the resignation of the dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Rohit Varma. The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, New York Magazine's "The Cut," Fox News and City News Service cited comments from USC Provost Michael Quick's message to the USC community. Los Angeles Times' "Essential California" newsletter, Inside Higher Ed, KPCC-FM and LAist mentioned the resignation.

Los Angeles Times, in a story about a proposed mixed-use development south of Downtown Los Angeles, mentioned USC Village.