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:
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.
Men are from Clash of Clans, women are from Candy Crush
Who spends hundreds of real dollars on their phone for power-ups and virtual coins? USC researchers analyzed millions of app purchases to find out.
We’ll all be watching the Super Bowl, but why? USC experts weigh in
Sunday’s big game between Atlanta and New England will surely generate super ratings. Politics and spectacle play a big role, and so do some deflated footballs.
USC experts look at the Oscar nominations and the state of the film industry
Film, music, media and marketing pros discuss the issues surrounding Hollywood’s annual celebration of itself.
Coliseum meets ‘zero waste’ goal
USC-managed stadium is the largest in the NFL and the second-largest college field to achieve the remarkable goal, repurposing over 90 percent of waste created by over 1 million fans.
Who’s to blame for fake news and what can be done about it?
USC experts weigh in on the internet-driven phenomenon that has quickly changed the way we look at just about everything.
From Black Friday to Cyber Monday and beyond: What you need to know
USC experts have timely advice on online shopping, cybersecurity and this year’s hottest high-tech gifts: drones and virtual reality devices.
Catch a ‘bird’s-eye view’ of virtual climate change at Santa Monica Pier
USC, Geological Survey and city of Santa Monica team up on a virtual reality installation that shows rising sea levels.
Real or not? USC study finds many political tweets come from fake accounts
A deep scientific analysis of political tweets this #Election reveals bots are swaying the discourse, according to scientists at the USC Information Sciences Institute.