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USC in the News 8/16/2012
The Washington Post featured research by Behrokh Khoshnevis of the USC Viterbi School, who theorizes that 3-D printing could be used to construct simple, mass-produced structures on the Moon or Mars. The story noted Khoshnevis received a $500,000 grant from NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts division to develop technology that could build structures on the moon. "Today, it looks impossible to send such technology to space," Khoshnevis said. "But 100 years ago, no one imagined that people would get into a machine and go to the other side of the planet in 15 hours."
United Press International featured a study by Roseann Mulligan of the Ostrow School of USC and colleagues, finding that poor oral health can hurt children's overall performance in school. The study looked at the health and academic achievement of roughly 1,500 socioeconomically disadvantaged Los Angeles students, finding that those with poor dental care missed more days of school. "That shows oral health problems are a very significant factor in school absences," Mulligan said. Additionally, parents missed work to stay home with their kids. The study was also covered by CBS News, The Oregonian and ABC News Cincinnati affiliate WCPO-TV.
Fox & Hounds Daily ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur of the USC Dornsife College about a debate over California's redistricting reform and the top-two primary. He said that this reform has the long-term potential to change politics in the state. "If we give [Californians] the tools to select their elected representatives in the type of genuinely competitive elections that redistricting reform and the top-two primary can provide, they will make smart choices," Schnur wrote.
North County Times highlighted research by Grace Aldrovandi of the Keck School of USC and colleagues at the University of California, San Diego, finding that breast milk may help stop HIV transmission. Aldrovandi provided researchers with milk samples taken Zambian women, some of whom had passed on HIV to their infants through breast milk.
The Faster Times highlighted "Bloom," a heat-sensitive architectural piece by Doris Sung of the USC School of Architecture. Built from thermo-bimetals, the structure "opens" and "closes" in response to the temperature, providing shade without any electricity. The story reported that Sung is fielding inquiries for a building on which to install the structure, and that she has patents pending for thermo-bimetal products.
Time quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Dornsife College about presidential candidate Mitt Romney's choice of Rep. Paul Ryan for vice president.
C-SPAN cited a question asked by USC Vice Provost for Globalization Adam Clayton Powell III during a panel discussion on taxes and income inequality.
CBS News interviewed Dan Schnur of the USC Dornsife College about the challenges presidential candidate Mitt Romney faces in convincing voters he'll look out for their interests.
NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV interviewed Christopher Smith of the USC Annenberg School about controversial comments made by Vice President Joe Biden.
NPR News interviewed Muhammad Sahimi of the USC Viterbi School about pressures on Iran's power.
Imperial Valley Press quoted Jody Agius Vallejo of the USC Dornsife College about the education and employment effects for immigrants when they are granted legal status.
News at a Glance
Los Angeles Times mentioned that Nicholas Cull of the USC Annenberg School will lead a discussion after a screening of the 1927 silent film "Metropolis."
North County Times ran a column by Susan Estrich of the USC Gould School about late reporter Karl Fleming.
Public Radio International mentioned that Paul Frommer of the USC Marshall School developed the Na'vi language for the movie "Avatar."
Fox News Harrisburg, Pa., affiliate WPMT-TV mentioned that Penelope Trickett of the USC School of Social Work will appear at a conference on preventing child sexual abuse.
L.A. Weekly mentioned a screening of the movie "Robot & Frank" at USC.
KCET-TV noted that images for a story were provided by the USC Libraries and by L.A. as Subject, a research collective hosted by the USC Libraries.