USC in the News

USC In the News 12/8/2017

The Huffington Post published commentary by Eric Rice and Milind Tambe of the USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society, a joint venture of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School and USC Viterbi School, about the direction of artificial intelligence research. While addressing societal concerns about the negative consequences of relying too much on artificial intelligence, Rice and Tambe posit that the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society can lead the way in using artificial intelligence to "help solve the most difficult and complex social problems." They also note that the center is the first of its kind to bring together computer science and social work science.

IFLScience featured a study by John Whalen of the USC Institute for Biomedical Therapies, a collaborative institute that brings together scientists from the Keck School of Medicine of USC, chemists at the USC Dornsife College and engineers at the USC Viterbi School. Whalen, who also is a part of the USC Roski Eye Institute, helped develop a reversible, temperature-sensitive temporary seal that can protect a soldier's eye after sustaining an injury on the battlefield. Since delays in treatment may result in permanent vision loss, this superglue-like seal changes from a fluid to a semi-solid when it is applied to the eye and can be removed with cool water when the soldier is ready for surgery. International Business Times (UK), alphr and Press Trust of India (India) also covered the study.

Los Angeles Daily News featured the reopening of the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena after finishing a yearlong seismic retrofit. "This is a historic building and the original (building plans) did not survive time. So once we started the construction work and began to open the walls, it wasn’t what we expected," said USC Pacific Asia Museum Director Christina Yu Yu. The museum is now hosting an exhibition as part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA program exploring the influence of Mexican art and artists on the development of muralism in China.

Daily Mail (UK) highlighted research by David Black, David Woodley, Stacey Pun and Gillian O'Reilly of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and colleagues about their work to educate hairdressers to recognize the signs of melanoma. The researchers provided a training video for interested hairdressers so they could better identify possible lesions. MindBodyGreen also reported on the developments.

BrainPickings featured Clifford Johnson of the USC Dornsife College and his new graphic novel, "The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe," which he wrote and illustrated. The book review noted the diversity of the book's characters and calls Johnson's approach a "celebration of the poetics of curiosity, serenading the most elemental core of being human — that is, of being creatures born to wonder about the universe, our place in it, and what it all means."

CNN Money interviewed Jonathan Barnett of the USC Gould School about the antitrust issues surrounding a possible acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney.

The Atlantic quoted Kenneth Breisch of the USC School of Architecture about the Ennis House and its architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.

The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted Zhongwei Li of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about a recent development in gene editing technology.

Los Angeles Daily News quoted Thomas Knapp of the USC Marshall School's Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies on why investors are uneasy about the future stock value for Edison International due to the unknown causes of the recent wildfires in Southern California.

EducationDive quoted Shaun Harper of the USC Rossier School's Race and Equity Center about the continued racial disparities in higher education and how institutions and media can work to address this issue.

Excelsior (Mexico) interviewed Philip Seib of the USC Annenberg School on how President Donald Trump's announcement to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem minimizes America's role in the region as a mediator for peace.

The Economist included "The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class" by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett of the USC Price School on its best books of 2017 list.

Daily Mail (UK) mentioned a student petition to rename the Bryan Singer Division of Cinema & Media Studies at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Bustle cited a study by Scott Wiltermuth of the USC Marshall School that found people found more success in achieving big goals if they set smaller ones along the way.

Bustle cited research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative and colleagues about the financial restrictions female filmmakers face when trying to break into the entertainment industry.

The Canadian Press (Canada) mentioned a partnership between USC Shoah Foundation and the USC Institute for Creative Technologies to record the stories of Holocaust survivors that allow audiences to interact and ask questions of the survivors.