Research creates innovative discoveries that ultimately impact people’s lives. From studies linking brain age to stroke outcomes to discoveries being driven by AI, there were multiple discoveries made in the month of April. With so much research and innovation taking place, there’s a reason why USC is considered one of the nation’s top universities.
Below is a compilation of the USC news and research that has been released in April.
- International study shows link between brain age and stroke outcomes: A USC-led team of researchers found that brain age may play a significant role in post-stroke outcomes, and could potentially help identify people who are at risk for poorer outcomes.
- Crafting a Superstar Enzyme that turns CO2 Emissions into Useful Products: Mork Family Department Assistant Professor Shaama Sharada was recently awarded a Sloan Fellowship and a Scialog grant for her CO2 reduction research.
- Bite On! A robotic dog is a paws-itively worthy successor to George Tirebiter.
- Scientists probe how surfing could help chronic pain: Researchers are scanning pain patients’ brains after they catch waves – and constructing a virtual reality surfing experience.
- Is This the Future of Farming? New computer science study offers a radical new way to think about agriculture and its potential benefits for farming
- Robots Predict Human Intention for Faster Builds: In a new paper, USC computer science researchers “teach” robots how to predict human preferences in assembly tasks
- Turkey’s next quake: USC research shows where it could happen – but not when: Part of the fault beneath Turkey’s Pütürge district is stuck. That makes it likely to slip sometime – anytime – and cause another devastating 6.8 quake.
- EPA looks to accelerate the EV transition, but California sets the pace: USC experts flag hazards ahead of state and federal emissions caps and a surge in the number of electric vehicles on the road.
- How scholars conduct time-sensitive research at warp speed: The Understanding America Study, created and managed by the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research, enables scholars at USC and other institutions to quickly take the pulse of the country.
- New Twitter, Now With More Hate: A USC computer scientist and his team have found that in less than six months, hate speech has significantly increased on Twitter.
- Smart(er) Cameras, A New Vision for the Future: USC Viterbi researchers partner with Samsung to develop energy saving, “self healing cameras.”
- USC Scientists see a key role for AI and 3D modeling in drug discovery: USC’s Vsevolod “Seva” Katritch discusses how structure-based virtual screening and AI could disrupt the time-consuming, expensive process of drug discovery.
- Sustainability in Space: Giving Old Satellites New Jobs: Researchers have completed Phase One of a U.S. Space Force project looking at the feasibility of updating software on orbiting satellites.
All of the above stories can be found on the USC News website, which also showcases stories and research done in the fields of arts, business, health, and so many more.