USC in the News

USC In the News 6/26/2018

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) highlighted a report produced by Estela Mara Bensimon and Debbie Hanson of the USC Rossier School's Center for Urban Education on the systemic inequalities for minority students at the United States Coast Guard Academy. The report found that African-American cadets were more likely to be disciplined for the most severe offenses of academy regulations compared to white cadets during the 2015-2016 school year. A working group is now examining the school's culture based on the report.

NPR featured research by Andrea Armani and Samantha McBirney of the USC Viterbi School on how a magnet might help detect malaria. Armani realized healthy blood is non-magnetic and discovered that placing a magnet next to blood infected with malaria will change the amount of light that can go through the blood sample. She developed a low-cost device with a laser, magnet and detector to do rapid screening. "It has about the same amount of power as a laser pointer. It's about the same strength as a refrigerator magnet and it costs just as much," Armani said.

Time highlighted research by Elizabeth Bondi, Milind Tambe and others from the USC Viterbi School on using machine learning to train artificial intelligence to identify poachers. Using drones, the researchers are able to accurately identify the signs of poachers at all hours without relying on humans to monitor the images. "This drone technology, in addition to the work we have done with machine learning and AI, this is a much more comprehensive system," Bondi said.

Gizmodo highlighted commentary by Kristen Zaleski and Jessica Klein of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School on why society should consider non-consensual sharing of intimate images as sexual assault. Although Zaleski does not know of any research that specifically links "revenge porn" and post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health consequences, Zaleski and Klein are working to develop recommendations for mental health clinicians who treat patients who have been victims. “To me, revenge porn is sexual assault; I do not see a distinction," Zaleski said.

Univision Los Angeles affiliate KMEX-TV featured Yarenis Slater, who graduated from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School in May and is a police officer in Gardena. Slater realized her law enforcement training was not enough to help her serve and protect the neighborhoods she works. By overcoming obstacles and earning a graduate degree, Slater feels better prepared as an officer and has more tools as her disposal beyond her existing training.

Los Angeles Times quoted Ayse Imrohoroglu of the USC Marshall School about the different meanings of "uncertainty" in economic discussions.

Bloomberg quoted Neeraj Sood of the USC Schaeffer Center on how high-deductible health plans save patients money only when they do not get sick.

Chicago Tribune quoted Orin Kerr of the USC Gould School about a Supreme Court case that determined the government, in most cases, cannot access an individual's cell phone data without a warrant.

The New York Times and Los Angeles Times cited research by Stacy Smith and colleagues from the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the lack of gender parity among film directors. NBC News and MSN cited a separate study by Smith on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in entertainment.

Los Angeles Times reported on a case involving a former doctor from USC's student health center. Kaiser Health News linked to the story in its morning newsletter.

The Press-Telegram cited results from the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll on the lack of voter support for California's gas tax.

Vernon Morning Star (Canada) reported on an exhibit by Caroline Clerc of the USC Roski School.

Public Radio International reported on work by Emily Putnam-Hornstein of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School and colleagues to develop the Allegheny Family Screening Tool.

New Zealand Herald cited research by Rael Cahn of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on the possible correlation between meditation practices and reduced inflammation.

Albuquerque Journal noted USC Dornsife College's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity partnered with PolicyLink and others to develop a report on racial equity within Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Xinhua News Agency reported on research by Stephen Gruber of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and colleagues on a single missing iron atom in a key DNA repair protein that may be the root cause for the development of an aggressive, early-onset form of colon cancer.

Pasadena Now mentioned that USC partnered with researchers from CalTech to investigate an unusual DNA mutation.