Now in the season of Fall, research and innovation still continue to be on the rise. From research focusing on how AI can improve officer interactions with the public to research of sedentary time correlating with higher risks of dementia, innovation was constant in the month of September. The continuous flow of research and discovery being done is one of the many reasons 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 September:
- Looking Ahead: A New Frontier in Retinboblastoma: USC Roski Eye Institute Professor and CHLA Director of Ocurlar Oncology and the Retinoblastoma Program, Dr. Jesse Berry, studies aqueous humor for liquid biopsy to address the aggressive eye cancer affecting babies and young children, known as retinoblastoma. Because this cancer can lead to vision loss, Dr. Berry conducts research and explores the possibilities of how to detect a cancer as early as possible in order to give a child the best chance to live.
- USC’s first Sustainability Solutions postdocs help shape a greener future: USC’s first cohort of Presidential Sustainability Solutions Fellows have arrived on campust to tackle challenging environmental problems through interdisciplinary work.
- USC Mann Study Unlocks the Potential of Neurosteroids: Findings published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry reveal how the brain produces pregnenolone, known as the “mother hormone,” which is the progenitor of all neurosteroids.
- Eco-grief is real – here’s what you can do about it: USC experts discuss the profound effects of climate crisis on human health and well-being.
- USC Viterbi-Led Startup Science of Sport Connects Kids to STEM: USC Viterbi alumnus Ricardo Valerdi teaches students STEM through the joy of sports, including partnerships with MLB and the NBA.
- Is green hydrogen the fuel of the future?: As demand for low-cost hydrogen fuel rises, USC scientists developed a prototype “hydrogen on-demand” reactor to make the vital resource more affordable and accessible.
- USC celebrates the newly named Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science: The naming gift is part of the university’s ambitious Frontiers of Computing initiative, the largest and most comprehensive academic initiative in USC history.
- Large amounts of sedentary time linked with higher risk of dementia in older adults: USC Researchers used machine learning to explore the links between sedentary behavior and dementia, finding that the total time spent sedentary matters for brain aging.
- Could a simple blood test detect cancer?: USC Dornsife physicist Peter Kuhn discusses his breakthrough breast cancer detection test, which could potentially upend how we diagnose many types of cancer.
- AI meeting policing: USC leads LAPD body cam study: New research using artificial intelligence aims to improve officer interactions with the public. This research is led by a multidisciplinary team based at USC, involving scholars from psychology, sociology, engineering, computer science, computer science, public health, and public policy.
- Revamped USC Hotel Garden provides fresh produce to campus restaurants: USC’s sustainability efforts further involve the university’s role in growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs in an unexpected oasis just off of Figueroa Street.
- Women, Latino community college students climb aboard USC’s TRAINS program: Critically underserved students in STEM fields get on track to success at four-year institutions through a unique partnership between USC, the University of California, Santa Barbara and community colleges.
- How can you combat climate change today? These USC alums are making it easier to act: USC Iovine and Young Academy alumni Landon Brand, Ben Stanfield, and Mimi Tran Zambetti founded Wren, a public benefit corporation, a website that calculates your carbon footprint so you can easily fund climate solutions that offset your lifestyle’s output.
- Defense Department awards nearly $27M for USC-led coalition to boost microelectronics production for 5G/6G: The U.S. Department of Defense has announced that it has awarded an estimated $27 million for a USC-led Microelectronics Commons project, which supports a USC-led hub involving 16 other university, community college and corporate collaborators.
All of the above stories can be found of the USC News website, which also highlights stories and research done in the fields of arts, business, health, and so many others.
Photo by USC Dornsife and National Cancer Institute/Bruce Wetzel and Harry Schaefer.