USC in the News

USC In the News 1/24/2018

The New York Times highlighted research by Ashlesa Datar of the USC Dornsife College's Center for Economic and Social Research on why a family is more likely to be overweight if it lives in a community where there are obese people. "When I travel to the Bay Area, for example, everyone is riding bicycles. You get there, and it seems like you have to buy a bicycle. If you move to a community where a sedentary lifestyle is the norm, you join that. There is this social influence," said Datar. Los Angeles Times, Cosmos, Daily Mail (UK), Metro (UK) and Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) featured the study's results.

The New York Times featured a report by Adam Leventhal of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and colleagues from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on whether vaping can be addictive and if it will lead to adolescents smoking traditional cigarettes. Leventhal found that e-cigarettes did not directly cause teens to move on to traditional tobacco products, but that use made later cigarette smoking more likely. "Nicotine is what gets people hooked," Leventhal told CBS News. Vox also published a story about the new report.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" featured research by Emily Putnam-Hornstein of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School and colleagues to develop an algorithm to better assess a child's welfare. The researchers programmed the tool to calculate a risk score for each child based on existing data in the welfare and criminal justice systems on the families. Currently, the program is tailored to the needs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, but Putnam-Hornstein hopes to apply what researchers learn in this instance to use it for other child welfare offices.

San Francisco Chronicle published an analysis (originally in The Conversation) by A. Joshua West of the USC Dornsife College about the economic impact of mud- and landslides in low-income communities. West argues that the developed world should work more diligently to understand the causes of landslides and debris flows to help communities better communicate the possible risks. "Building better predictive models and using these to improve warnings of landslide risks could save hundreds or even thousands of lives in the future," he wrote.

The Weather Network (Canada) featured research by Preet Chaudhary of the Keck School of Medicine of USC to implant bioluminescence into cancer cells, using what he learned from deep sea shrimp and crustaceans. Unlike traditional immunotherapies, which use chromium to test the effectiveness of treatments and has radioactive byproducts, "Matador" is used with inexpensive equipment and can track how many cancer cells have been killed, sometime down to a single cell. According to the researchers, if cancer cells die, the luciferase - or the glowing enzymes from the deep sea animals - leaks out and the level of brightness can be measured.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School on whether American companies will capitalize on a new U.S. tax law that reduces the royalties paid on the overseas use of intellectual property or other intangible assets.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" interviewed Costas Synolakis of the USC Viterbi School's Tsunami Research Center on the vulnerability of Southern California to tsunami warnings all around the Pacific Ocean.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-AM interviewed Frank Zerunyan of the USC Price School about the impact of a government shutdown.

NPR San Diego affiliate KPBS-FM quoted Daniel Schnur of the USC Annenberg School on the multitude of reasons political candidates might return questionable donations.

Snopes quoted Niels Frenzen of the USC Gould School on a person's right to refuse to answer a law enforcement officer about immigration status while on a bus, and when the officer does not give probable cause for arrest.

United Press International quoted Raj Dasgupta of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on different treatment options to improve sleep.

Inside Higher Ed noted research by Shaun Harper of the USC Rossier School's Race and Equity Center on why researchers should focus on students of color who succeed in college, rather than the ones that do not, to learn how to better serve students.

USA Today, The Boston Globe, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Huffington Post and Deadline Hollywood mentioned a study by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative and colleagues about the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry.

Politico cited research by Jeffrey Cole of the USC Annenberg School's Center for the Digital Future about the amount of time Americans spend online each week. El Colombiano (Columbia) and El Universal (Mexico) also published stories on the report.

Seeker noted a study produced by researchers at The Bridge Institute at the USC Michelson Center on a new opioid drug that can provide pain relief without the risk of addiction.

Digital Journal reported on research by Andrea Armani of the USC Viterbi School and colleagues on a new method to create a frequency comb, which may help with data encryption.

The Bulletin cited comments by John Vidale of the USC Southern California Earthquake Center on why the likelihood of an earthquake does not increase during a full moon.

ArtDaily noted a new book by Suzanne Hudson of the USC Dornsife College about artist Tara Donovan.