USC in the News

USC In the News 3/30/2018

San Gabriel Valley Tribune featured research by Joon-Ho Choi of the USC School of Architecture to calculate the optimal lighting for an individual based on a scan of their pupils. The research, funded in part by the Environmental Protection Agency, is the first in the nation to connect indoor climate controls with physiological data. If all commercial building were to implement Choi’s system, 8.2 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) could be saved as well as 80 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. The story noted comments by USC School of Architecture Dean Milton Curry and mentioned Choi is working with Shrikanth Narayanan of the USC Viterbi School’s Signal and Image Processing Institute to secure the data of users.

Digital Trends featured research by Yong Chen of the USC Viterbi School to recreate eggbeater shaped structures from leaves to build an artificial system that will help repel water from oil for oil spill cleanups. “We are the first to build this eggbeater structure, at the same size as in nature, by using 3D-printing technology,” Chen said. Chen hopes this technology can eventually be manufactured at a large scale to help treat larger areas of the ocean impacted by oil spills.

Architect Magazine highlighted research by Behrokh Khoshnevis of the USC Viterbi School's Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies to 3-D print entire homes with his contour crafting process. Khoshnevis' method can print a 2,000 square-foot house in a single day. He expects some resistance to implementing the technology in the United States because it "may be initially complicated by prevailing policies that regulate labor, zoning, and land costs.”

The New York Times quoted Martin Kaplan of the USC Annenberg School's Norman Lear Center on why it is unlikely a network executive would turn down a highly rated program because he or she disagrees with the politics of a character.

The Washington Post quoted Andrew McConnell Stott of the USC Dornsife College about the decline of clowns in America.

KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk” interviewed Gregory Keating of the USC Gould School about a case that may hold schools liable for failing to protect students from foreseeable violence.

Deadline Hollywood mentioned work by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School’s Inclusion Initiative to develop a “inclusion rider” for the entertainment industry to support diversity in front of and behind the camera on set. Vanity Fair cited a study by Smith and colleagues on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry.