Ian is a media relations specialist covering technology for university communications and USC News. Ian comes from Transform PR, a boutique PR agency in Santa Monica where he worked with hundreds of tech companies and startups. He was also an online writer and editor for Bleacher Report in its earliest years.
Stories by Ian Chaffee:
A new miniature solution for storing renewable energy
Novel two-dimensional, metal organic hybrids efficiently conduct charge, eventually storing renewable energy.
Forget about sexism: Now TV coverage of women’s sports is just plain boring
Compared with coverage of men’s sports, women are talked about on local channels and ESPN in a mandatory and dull way, a decades-long USC study finds.
Stakes are high as Apple prepares to unveil the iPhone 8
USC digital communications expert Jeffrey Cole says the new device needs to wow its fans or the tech company risks a big loss of momentum.
How transit affects job seekers: The first and last mile to the station make all the difference
Biking or ridesharing to the nearest public transit stop could be crucial for riders with limited access to public transportation, USC study finds.
L.A. will see a partial solar eclipse Monday, but experts see a total opportunity for rare research
Scientists eagerly await “The Great American Eclipse” — and remind us to be sure to view it safely.
Rusting pyrite — ‘fool’s gold’ — in glaciers a sign of increased carbon
Widely varying CO2 levels are nature’s way of self-regulating against future runaway glaciation, USC researchers say.
Secrets of undersea chemical reaction revealed; could they reduce CO2 in the atmosphere?
Scientists speed up a natural process that occurs deep in the ocean, raising the possibility that humans could help the Earth cope with greenhouse gases.
As temps soar, USC experts have hot ideas on what it means for us
Sweltering conditions can have an effect on flights, pollution and your health.
Looking at the blurred lines between political news, reality TV and fake news
USC experts explain how political events become a highly watched spectacle influenced by pop culture and entertainment.
The game changers of E3 2017 push boundaries
World’s pre-eminent trade show for computer and video gaming comes to USC and downtown L.A. to spotlight top talent.
Smiling during victory could hurt your future chances of cooperation, USC researchers find
On the other hand, smiling during a loss tends to boost the odds of success going forward.
Invasion of workplace automation: What happens when a robot has an eye on your job
USC experts in manufacturing, technology, labor, education and business discuss the continued growing pains for work and society in the age of automation.
Trojans, including Will Ferrell, honor Class of 2017: more than 17,000 graduates
The university’s 134th commencement draws more than 60,000 people to the University Park Campus.
Retail armageddon: More bankruptcies in four months than all of 2016
USC experts talk about big changes in the retail market as storefronts close in the face of ‘e-tailers’ and big boxes.
Where have the trees gone? L.A. area’s green cover down dramatically in just 10 years
USC Dornsife researchers say mass-produced dwellings and home expansion have reduced residential green cover as much as 55 percent.
Methanol: A planet-friendly energy source?
USC scientists aim to generate cells that move cars, warm houses and help produce food.
Drones deliver packages and back up Lady Gaga. What’s next?
USC experts discuss how unmanned machines in the sky are shaping ethics, privacy, public safety, flight and storytelling.
Deepak Chopra named USC 2017 baccalaureate speaker
The medical pioneer and best-selling author will deliver the keynote at the nondenominational interfaith celebration.
Empathy, tech combine to improve autism awareness and research
April marks National Autism Awareness Month, and USC experts weigh in with the latest developments in research, treatment and more.
USC announces six honorary degree recipients for 2017 commencement
Recipients include a social work visionary, a leading researcher in the fight against AIDS, a spinal surgery innovator, an award-winning actress, the chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and a popular comedy star.
A future with robots as companions could be closer than you think
A USC professor studies how robots can assist emotional, physical and social rehabilitation. Will the next two decades see them become the best managers of our well-being?
Comedy star Will Ferrell tapped as USC’s 2017 commencement speaker
Actor, producer, internet pioneer and USC alum returns to his ‘old school’ to regale this year’s graduating class.
An IPO like no other: USC experts look at Snap and its future
The L.A.-based parent company of Snapchat is going public this week — sort of.
Looking for the next boost in rechargeable batteries
The next wave of batteries packs a big charge in a small size.