Category Archives: USC University Communications

How cellphones are killing gorillas, and other threats you didn’t know were endangering great apes

USC researchers such as primate expert Craig Stanford are working to understand how to better protect these animals, who could be gone in just 100 years All great apes are considered severely endangered. It’s possible that 100 years from now, species such as orangutans will be wiped off the planet entirely. What’s more, apes are the only animals to share… Read More »

Unique corps makes volunteering for scientific research easy, speeding studies

The Healthy Minds Research Volunteer Corps at USC enlists potential research participants of varying racial and socioeconomic backgrounds from across the greater Los Angeles area When Daniel Nation designs a research study, he knows he has one significant advantage over colleagues at many other institutions: a vast, diverse pool of eager potential participants. That’s thanks to the Healthy Minds Research Volunteer… Read More »

USC professor shows math is fun, even if you’re not ‘good’ at it

It’s not about being right: Neel Tiruviluamala, a popular faculty member in residence at USC Village, inspires college students to be curious Hanging out in professor Neelesh “Neel” Tiruviluamala’s apartment at USC Village on a Friday night, a student asks, “Can we get a riddle?” “Ok, here’s the riddle,” Tiruviluamala said, shuffling a deck of cards. “You have… Read More »

Would you bank with Amazon or Google? More than half of us say ‘yes’

USC study finds technology tops location as customer priorities shift — and many of us are fine banking with a company that has no banking experience. ould Americans consider putting their money in an Amazon Bank or Google Financial Services? A surprising number of us would. Would you bank with a non-banking company? Fifty-eight percent of Americans would… Read More »

Medical student brings Homelessness Awareness Week to USC

Justin Trop wants to help students, faculty and staff grasp the social, psychological and environmental factors at play t Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, we have a large homeless patient population. I’ve heard stories about people who come in again and again to the hospital, and while their immediate medical problems may be addressed, the psychosocial… Read More »

USC senior rebounds from tragedy to help others with disabilities

A spinal cord injury in high school left Zack Wentz paralyzed. He turned that misfortune into a passion for breaking down barriers for himself and fellow Trojans with disabilities rowing up, Zack Wentz’s vision of his ideal college experience always included sports. He was a natural athlete, excelling in many outdoor activities during his childhood in Menlo Park,… Read More »

The type of sugar you eat may trigger fullness — or cravings for more food

When it comes to fructose vs. glucose, not all sugars are created equal. ugar gets a lot of bad press, and for good reason. Too much of it increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart attack and stroke. And Americans tend to eat a lot of it — more than 60 percent blow through the government’s recommended consumption on a… Read More »

Students who study, sleep more don’t just do better in school — they’re happier, too

Data collected from student volunteers reveals trends in well-being, academic performance and behavior urns out Mom was right: Spending more time studying, and less time partying, will lead to greater academic success. But according to a new study by USC computer scientists, hitting the books and avoiding all-nighters will also make you happier. Using computational methods and machine… Read More »

Cardiovascular risk: Men and women now on equal footing, with both improving

Both men and women over 50 reduced their risk factors for heart disease and stroke between 1990 and 2010, according to a new study from USC demographers. The study also showed that differences related to age and gender had largely gone away. Eileen Crimmins focuses on the factors that affect life expectancy and other health outcomes. (Photo/John Skalicky) “Women and… Read More »

Stem cell-based retinal implant tested for common cause of vision loss

Physicians and researchers at the USC Roski Eye Institute have collaborated with other California institutions to show that a first-in-kind stem cell-based retinal implant is feasible for use in people with advanced dry age-related macular degeneration. The results of their phase I/IIa study, which was funded in part by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine(CIRM), were published today in Science Translational Medicine.… Read More »