USC in the News

USC In the News 10/13/2017

CNN highlighted analysis by Lon Schneider of the Keck School of Medicine of USC for a CNN investigation into the overprescribing of the drug Nuedexta to older adults. Schneider noted unnecessarily prescribing this medication, which has not been fully tested, to highly medicated, older individuals is dangerous.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV featured research by Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center that predicts rents across Los Angeles will rise by $136 per month by 2019. Demand for housing continues to increase with job and population growth, but Los Angeles housing development has failed to keep pace with this trend. The report also points to the large millennial population as factor in the housing crisis and one key reason rents will rise over the next two years. “It’s certainly no surprise to anyone – developers, landlords, tenants and elected officials – that available units are becoming more scarce and more expensive in Southern California,” said Green. LA Weekly and Times of San Diego also reported on the study.

Bloomberg highlighted ongoing research by Emilio Ferrara of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute about the prevalence of bots on Twitter and their possible influence on spreading false information during elections. In addition to Ferrara's multiple studies on the topic, he has also tried to work with Twitter address this issue. "They don't like to collaborate with researchers because then they would receive a lot of bad PR from the type of work that we do," he said.

Reuters featured research by Gale Lucas of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies that found warriors and veterans were up to three times more likely to reveal symptoms of post-traumatic stress to a virtual chatbot than on an official military survey. "We believe this could be of value to veteran - having a conversation, even if it's with a computer, would help them open up and really realize they might be having some issue," Lucas said. Newsweek reported further research is needed to ensure the confidentiality and safety from self-harm of the patients who visit with Ellie, the virtual human. IANS and Fast Company also highlighted the research.

STAT highlighted research by Jesse Berry of the Keck School of Medicine of USC  that may lead to precision therapies for pediatric eye tumors. When performing a routine chemotherapy injection, Berry realized clues to the disease might be in the fluid that had to be removed from the eye prior to the injection. Berry plans to continue her research to develop diagnostic tests to better treat retinoblastoma patients before the cancerous tumor requires the removal of the child's eye. The story also quoted James Hicks of the USC Dornsife College and Jonathan Kim of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Los Angeles Times quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School on why enforcement of conduct on social media platforms is often subjective rather than objective.

Los Angeles Times quoted Jeff Victoroff of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on why society feels the need to find a motive for someone who commits catastrophic violence.

Bloomberg quoted Robert Shrum of the USC Annenberg School on whether Senator Dianne Feinstein is considered progressive enough by California voters.

U.S. News & World Report (in an Associated Press story) quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on why the role of "consoler-in-chief" does not fit the political profile of California Gov. Jerry Brown when considering his response to the devastating fires in Northern California.

NPR Phoenix affiliate KJZZ-FM interviewed Brian Peck of the USC Gould School's Transnational Law and Business Center on how NAFTA negotiations will impact American businesses.

Diverse: Issues in Education quoted Darnell Cole of the USC Rossier School on why white students are more able to adapt to university life, despite low-income backgrounds, because they find enough support from peers, faculty and campus services.

Las Vegas Review-Journal quoted Lawrence Harris of the USC Marshall School about shareholder reactions to a suit against MGM following the Las Vegas mass shooting.

CGTN-America quoted Raj Dasgupta of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the dangers of vitamin intravenous fluid therapy.

Women's Health quoted Raj Dasgupta of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the definition and effective use of "white noise."

The New York Times' "California Today" newsletter noted Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen of the USC Dornsife College was named a MacArthur Fellow for 2017. City News Service also noted Nguyen is a recipient of the so-called "genius" grant.

Los Angeles Times, in a story about the retirement of philanthropist Eli Broad, mentioned his support for the USC Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research.

Los Angeles Times noted the USC School of Cinematic Arts will not accepted producer Harvey Weinstein's pledge of $5 million (additional stories here, here and here). ABC News, L.A. Biz, Daily Mail (UK) and Deadline Hollywood also noted USC is rejecting the pledge.

Forbes published a Quora answer by Yuri Genyk of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the dangers of drinking heavily over an extended period of time.

Buzzfeed News cited research by Frank Gilliland, Ed Avol and Rob McConnell of the Keck School of Medicine of USC that found children who are regularly exposed to high levels of PM2.5 pollution are more likely to develop lung disease as adults.

Vox, in a story about Title IX investigations, mentioned USC.

Jewish Journal published commentary by Martin Kaplan of the USC Annenberg School about the ongoing investigation to identify the motive of the Las Vegas mass shooter.

Refinery29 cited research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative and colleagues on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry (second story here).

Fox and Hounds Daily published commentary by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School and Doug Jeffe on whether the progressive wing of the Democratic party could find a challenger to run against Senator Dianne Feinstein.