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:
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.
Sloan fellowships recognize USC researchers who push boundaries
This year’s USC fellows are among 126 researchers from the United States and Canada who will receive a two-year, $50,000 award that supports promising young scientists.
Scientists use ‘voting’ and ‘penalties’ to overcome errors in quantum optimization
Scientists at USC have been seeking a solution to decoherence — the “noise” that prevents quantum processors from functioning properly.
Pristine specimen offers clues to flight of ancient birds
New findings add a layer of understanding to the evolution of birds from dinosaurs, thanks to a study by USC and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
Scientists find genetic mechanism linking aging to specific diets
USC scientists Sean Curran and Shanshan Pang have identified a collection of genes that allow an organism to adapt to different diets.
$50 million gift funds convergent bioscience research at USC
Groundbreaking orthopedic surgeon Gary K. Michelson has donated $50 million to fund a center that will bring together engineering and the life sciences.
Interest rises in LA’s sea levels
A team gauges the impact of the rising tides on local communities and infrastructure.
Moroccan mountains float on superhot rock, study finds
A well-established model for the Earth’s lithosphere suggests that the height of the Earth’s crust must be supported by a commensurate depth.
Greek economic hardship leads to air pollution crisis
In the midst of a winter cold snap, a study from researchers in the United States and Greece reveals an overlooked side effect of economic crisis.
Nobel medal bestowed on Arieh Warshel
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden presented USC’s Arieh Warshel and two colleagues with the 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry at a white-tie ceremony in Stockholm.
Expedition to explore life in extreme habitats
A team of 18 researchers will spend their holiday season at sea, using underwater robots to explore the extreme habitats of life under the sea crust.
Six USC professors named fellows of AAAS
Six USC scientists have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), selected for the honor by their academic peers.
Thousands convene at neuroscience conference
Antonio Damasio spoke about the neuroscience of creativity during a recent conference in San Diego that drew 30,000 worldwide scientists.
A solution for low-cost electronics
Researchers at USC have created a solvent that will dissolve semiconductors safely and cheaply, allowing them to be applied as a thin film that could create the next generation of low-cost electronics.
Fossil of new big cat species discovered in Tibet
The oldest big cat fossil ever found — which fills in a significant gap in the fossil record — has been discovered on a paleontological dig in Tibet, scientists announced.