USC in the News

USC In the News 4/6/2018

Wired highlighted research by Ted Berger and Dong Song of the USC Viterbi School and colleagues on the successful implantation of a brain implant to boost memory. The device, which can improve a person's short-term memory, may help manage Alzheimer's and other dementia diseases. The researchers evaluated the brain's own memory patterns so the device can facilitate encoding and recalling memories.

PC Magazine profiled Maja Mataric of the USC Viterbi School and her work to develop socially-assistive robots. "It's the combination of A.I. and psychology that really fascinates me, or perhaps the use of robotics, which is embodied AI, to help us understand people, and help people," she said. The story highlights Mataric's robots designed to work with Alzheimer's patients and autistic children.

Daily Mail (UK) and Cosmos Magazine featured research by Amir Kashani and Mark Humayun of the Keck School of Medicine of USC's Roski Eye Institute that found it is possible to use a stem cell-based retinal implant to treat people with advanced dry age-related macular degeneration. "The next step is to try the procedure in less advanced cases," Kashani said. Humayun and David Hinton of the Keck School of Medicine of USC co-invented the implant.

City News Service highlighted research by Charles McKenna of the USC Dornsife College and USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience that may serve as a possible treatment for hearing loss. The researchers developed a molecule intended to stay put in the inner ear to repair damaged cells. "This is a first for hearing loss and the ear. It's also important because it may be adaptable for other drugs that need to be applied within the inner ear," McKenna said.

The Washington Post quoted Mary Murphy of the USC Annenberg School about ABC's decision to hire Roseanne Barr.

Los Angeles Times quoted John Vidale, director of the USC Southern California Earthquake Center about the previous day's earthquake and the need to be prepared in case of a larger one. CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV quoted Vidale about the shaking felt on the USC University Park Campus. Newsweek cited Vidale's comments.

Los Angeles Times quoted Mark Marino of the USC Dornsife College on how online profiles are tied to a person's identity.

The San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School about whether an independent candidate has a chance to make it on the November ballot in California.

KPCC-FM interviewed Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School about a state bill that will tighten the standard for law enforcement to use their weapons.

KPCC-FM interviewed Philip Seib of the USC Annenberg School on why it is unlikely that Saudi Arabia will welcome Western entertainment.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" interviewed Dwight Stirling of the USC Gould School about President Donald Trump's order to send National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, in a story about private colleges that have police departments that can arrest and detain, mentioned USC.

The Hill cited an op-ed by Franita Tolson of the USC Gould School about the role of the administrative state.

The Economist cited research by Romain Ranciere of the USC Dornsife College about the boom and bust of Thailand's emerging markets.

San Francisco Chronicle published an obituary for Bonnie Reiss of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute, who passed away on Monday.

The Hollywood Reporter mentioned the USC Gould School on a list of the top entertainment law schools.

Fortune cited comments by David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute about the impact of Tiger Woods' comeback on the golf industry.

Forbes published a Quora answer produced by the Keck School of Medicine of USC on sleep habits and health that quoted Raj Dasgupta of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Reader's Digest cited research by Rob McConnell of the Keck School of Medicine of USC that found pollution may affect obesity levels.

Reader's Digest cited research by Valter Longo of the USC Leonard Davis School that found intermittent fasting may reverse some symptoms of type 2 diabetes.