USC In The News

USC In the News 1/17/2019

Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV featured Associate Provost Camille Gear Rich of the USC Gould School, and Renee Smith Maddox, Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School about the university's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Week. "Everyone has some issue of difference that they're negotiating," said Gear Rich. "if we can use those things as a bridge to start having these broader conversations, then everyone feels included and feels like they have something to offer."

Nature featured research by Berislav Zlokovic of the Keck Medicine of USC's Zilkha Neurogenic Institute and Arthur Toga of the USC Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute that found leaky blood vessels in the brain can predict early onset of dementia. "If the blood-brain barrier is not working properly, then there is the potential for damage," Toga said in Psych Central. Zlokovic and Toga found that capillaries began leaking many years before plaques form in the brain. "The fact that we're seeing the blood vessels leaking, independent of tau and independent of amyloid, when people have cognitive impairment on a mild level, suggests it could be a totally separate process or a very early process," said Zlokovic. Tech Times, New Atlas and ANI (India) also highlighted the study's results.

Politico published an op-ed by Sarah Townsend of the USC Marshall School and a colleague on why first-generation and low-income college students are more likely to drop out. They found that working class students often do not feel welcome at their colleges and universities lack services that cater to students with their backgrounds. "Bridging resource and skill gaps is a necessary first step to helping these students achieve, but if we truly want to level the playing field, we must expand the culture of higher education to include interdependence as well as independence," they wrote.

STAT featured ongoing research by Mark Humayun of the Keck Medicine of USC and the USC Viterbi School that will conduct a clinical trial of stem cell therapy for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) this year. Humayun and the National Institutes of Health are using different kinds of stem cells to test if AMD can be reversed or treated in this manner. "In general, cell replacement therapies are a promising approach in the treatment of AMD. So both [kinds of stem cells] should be explored," Humayun said.

PC Magazine published a Q&A with Elizabeth Galoozis of the USC Libraries about the need for people of all backgrounds to engage with and edit Wikipedia to create a more inclusive and diverse resource. Galoozis organized a "Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for Diversity and Inclusion" where students learned how to edit articles and get involved. She noted there are two purposes for the event, "(1) Make a small dent in the underrepresentation of people and cultures on Wikipedia that are not white American men and (2) for students to see themselves as contributors to an ongoing conversation."

CBS News' "MoneyWatch" quoted Robert Kozinets of the USC Annenberg School about Gillette's new ad targeting toxic masculinity.

Sacramento Bee quoted Ian Spatz of the USC Price School on why large entities, like states, sometimes have trouble negotiating for the lowest drug prices.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV interviewed Julie Marsh of the USC Rossier School about the ongoing teachers' strike in Los Angeles. KCRW-FM interviewed Marsh about the tension between charter schools and traditional public schools in Los Angeles Unified School District.

ScienceBlog quoted John Oghalai of the Keck Medicine of USC about a study that discovered how hair cells in the ear are stimulated to read sound frequencies.

Los Angeles Times cited results from a USC Dornsife College/Los Angeles Times Poll on what voters believe is the cause of unaffordable housing.

BBC noted research by the USC Institute for Creative Technologies to develop a virtual therapist, Ellie, that can identify the signs of depression, anxiety or PTSD.

Bloomberg Law noted an ongoing court case involving USC employee retirement plans.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV noted additional lawsuits involving a former doctor at USC's student health center. Cosmopolitan mentioned the investigation into the doctor.

MarketWatch cited research by Wendy Wood of the USC Dornsife College on research that finds spending on experiences brings more happiness than buying material things, in particular for those that tend to be middle-class or higher.

Glendale News-Press and California Healthline reported a vote is scheduled for Jan. 30 and 31 on whether to form a health care workers' union at the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.

La Canada Valley Sun reported on a reception for an exhibit at the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital featuring artwork by Kitty Keck and Gayle Roski, wife of USC Trustee Edward Roski.