Robert Perkins is a USC media relations specialist covering science and research. Prior to joining USC, he worked as a journalist and public information officer.
Stories by Robert Perkins:
USC co-founds nonprofit consortium to foster 3-D models of key proteins
International partnership bolsters USC’s efforts to promote biomedical research in Los Angeles.
Officials break ground on USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
Gary K. Michelson declares his support for USC’s efforts to boost biomedical research in Los Angeles.
In some corners of the world, the Internet is a sleeping giant
Measuring a network’s outages is a first step to improving its reliability, says USC researcher.
Scientists unveil interactive map of the brain
Dubbed ‘Golgi,’ the new Web app helps scientists and doctors study interaction and communication.
Memories are fleeting, but scientists see them as they happen
Nearly $10 million from the NIH enables researchers to study the brain as it forms memories.
Squeeze your glutes — and see what happens
An unexpected scientific finding speaks to the interconnected nature of our bodies and brains.
New study shows reduction in mortality among the poor
Researchers find a 64 percent drop in mortality from diseases covered by government insurance in India.
USC study links sugary beverages to memory problems
Consumption of high-fructose corn syrup leads to brain inflammation in adolescent rats.
Gene discovery prevents weight gain with a high-sugar diet
A genetic mutation may be the crucial link to prevent obesity with high-sugar diets.
USC eligible for multiple government research contracts
Projects are geared toward safety of U.S. Armed Forces.
Can plants adapt to a changing environment?
USC researchers study the genetic switch regulating a plant’s internal clock.
Microscopy technique yields new data on muscular dystrophy
Higher-than-ever resolution images of animal cells spur the study of biomolecules on a nanoscale.
Scientists twist radio beams to send data
Alan Willner’s engineering team reached data transmission rates of 32 gigabits per second in a USC lab.
Whale reproduction: It’s all in the hips
New study turns a long-accepted evolutionary assumption on its head, finding that whale pelvic bones play a key role in mating.
E-cigarette smoke found to contain toxic metals
USC researchers and colleagues discover chromium and nickel at levels unseen in traditional cigarettes.
USC teams with UCLA and Caltech on federally funded innovation hub
Multimillion-dollar grant from National Science Foundation will support translation of scientific and engineering research into technology for the marketplace.
Superfluids stretch the imagination
Scientists use giant laser to examine frigid droplets of liquid helium that defy intuition.
Bacterial nanowires not what scientists thought they were
New videos of morphing bacteria reveal that the strange features of so-called ‘electric bacteria’ aren’t quite what they at first appeared to be.
General, engineer, father and Trojan falls in Afghanistan
Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, who died in an attack in Kabul, was the highest-ranking soldier lost in the line of duty since the Vietnam War.
USC researcher gets major commitment to study computer science
Shang-Hua Teng receives a five-year grant that allows him to pursue the ‘long game.’
Are state Medicaid policies sentencing people with mental illness to prison?
“Our policies around schizophrenia may be penny wise and pound foolish,” says USC Schaeffer Center’s Dana Goldman.
Study offers new clues about the source of racial health disparities
Why are black women less likely to use health care than white women?
USC scientists plug in to a new battery that’s cheap, rechargeable and organic
Intended for use in power plants, the battery can make the energy grid more resilient and efficient.
Yardstick developed for measuring quantum speedup
USC takes part in a test, published in Science, that eventually could offer an advantage over classical computers.
USC takes part in White House-led initiative to turn ‘smart’ into ‘useful’
SmartAmerica Challenge asks universities and others to build a more efficient energy grid.
USC and NYU scientists develop potential cancer-fighting compound
Researchers used a molecule to disrupt two key protein interactions that contribute to cancer growth.
Small variations in genetic code can team up to have a big impact
USC scientists find that complex interactions among genetic variants have major ramifications.
Grad student follows call of the wild
James Askew will spend nine months each in Northern Sumatra and East Borneo.
Computer models solve age-old mountain mystery
The team’s 3-D models suggested a likely answer to a question that has long plagued geologists.
Scientists discover major source of carbon release
“Fresh” rock exposed by uplift also emits carbon through a chemical weathering process, according to researchers.
D-Wave chip passes rigorous tests
With cutting-edge technology, sometimes the first step scientists face is just making sure it actually works as intended.
USC gathering underscores global grand plans
USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett and faculty members explore USC’s role as a global enterprise and the opportunities for international engagement.
Key smartphone colors invented at USC
Each pixel in an OLED screen has three clusters of molecules — red, green and blue — that can be alternately energized to produce different colors.
Earthquake science in the era of big data
Scientists from the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC have been able to piece together a clearer picture of the varying risk that regions throughout Southern California face due to earthquake.
USC welcomes microscope that bends the law of physics
USC is home to one of the most advanced microscopes in the world — a device that pushes beyond what was once believed to be the boundary of visible light imaging.