Stories by Suzanne Wu:
It’s a man’s world
Researchers from USC, Peking University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a team of international partner institutions have released the first major report from a massive survey of Chinese adults over the age of 45.
Healthy habits die hard
Stress and exhaustion may turn us into zombies, but a novel study by USC researchers shows that mindless behavior doesn’t just lead to overeating and shopping sprees — it can also cause us to stick with behaviors that are good for us.
Garcetti leads Greuel heading into mayoral election
With the election just days away to decide Los Angeles’ next mayor, Eric Garcetti leads Wendy Greuel by seven points, according to results of a new USC Price School of Public Policy/Los Angeles Times Los Angeles City Election Poll.
Renowned scientists lead cluster hire of new Trojans
USC is about to get even brainier. Already a leading center for research on the neurological basis of emotion, the university announced on May 10 a major cluster hire of about 110 faculty, researchers and multidisciplinary staff in the field of brain mapping and neuroimaging.
Social gaming promotes healthy behavior, new USC research finds
Adding social gaming elements to a behavior tracking program led people to exercise more frequently and helped them decrease their body-mass index.
Adult health habits influence how much we shrink with age
Even if you didn’t eat your veggies or drink your milk as a child, your height is still in your hands, according to new findings by economists from USC, Harvard University and Peking University.
Path to citizenship for immigrants draws support from California’s voters
In a dramatic shift from just a few years ago, Californians across age, race and political affiliation favor an immigration policy that includes a path to citizenship for certain illegal immigrants, according to results from the latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll.
Ancient people had clogged arteries, too, mummy CT scans show
Like nearly 4.6 million Americans, ancient hunter-gatherers also suffered from clogged arteries, revealing that the plaque buildup causing blood clots, heart attacks and strokes is not just a result of fatty diets.
USC launches Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research Initiative
A new USC initiative has been introduced to support collaborative research in regenerative medicine and stem cell biology across the university, facilitating the critical move from basic research into clinical applications.
A survivor’s story, in another dimension
Pinchas Gutter, a survivor of the Buchenwald camp during the Holocaust, sat in an armchair surrounded by hundreds of LED lights.
Dying young: Americans less likely to make it to 50
A report released by the National Academies paints a dire picture of American health.
USC unveils new home for neuroscience
The newest building at USC is organized like a brain, with spaces for both rational inquiry and appreciation of the beautiful. It’s a fitting home for a research center that merges the latest advances in neuroscience with ancient questions of what it means to be human.
Californians support strong law and border enforcement on illegal immigration
California voters support tough law enforcement policies on illegal immigration in large numbers, but more than two-thirds of Californians are willing to carve out exceptions for children who arrived in the United States without documentation.
California voters closely divided on death penalty repeal
The fight to repeal the death penalty in California has gotten a lot closer, according to the latest results of the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll.
Support for Proposition 30 drops below 50 percent
With the election just days away, the largest survey of registered voters in the state shows support for Proposition 30 continuing a downward slide.
It’s music to their brains
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, the USC Brain and Creativity Institute and Heart of Los Angeles announced a collaboration to investigate the effects of musical training on childhood brain development.
Do you like me now?
Whether you like someone can affect how your brain processes their actions, according to new research from the Brain and Creativity Institute.
Support for governor’s tax initiative continues to erode
A majority of California voters support a November ballot initiative that would temporarily increase the state’s income tax on high earners and raise the sales tax.
Fasting improves efficacy of radiation therapy
A new study from USC researchers is the first to show that controlled fasting improves the effectiveness of radiation therapy in cancer treatments.
USC sociologist’s new book looks at mobility of Mexican-Americans
A new book by Jody Agius Vallejo challenges the widespread assumption that Mexican-Americans in the United States do not achieve social and economic mobility.
USC Annenberg-Los Angeles Times Poll shows presidential race in dead heat
In a just-released national survey leading up to the Republican National Convention, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden lead the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan by a slim margin of 48-46 among likely voters.
Why do the Caribbean islands arc?
The Caribbean islands have been pushed east over the last 50 million years, driven by the movement of the Earth’s viscous mantle against the more rooted South American continent, reveals new research by geophysicists at USC.
Community organizations raise dreams for undocumented youth
For undocumented youth, involvement in civic organizations appears to enhance aspirations and actual educational attainment, according to a report released by USC.
USC study examines abuse of low-income Latino elders
A sobering new study by researchers from the USC Davis School of Gerontology finds that elder abuse in low-income Latino communities goes largely unreported.