Suzanne Wu is director of research communications at USC. She oversees media outreach on behalf of new discoveries, publications and other faculty achievements. Follow her on Twitter at @USC_Research.
Stories by Suzanne Wu:
‘Sexting’ cited as high risk behavior in tweens and teens
A new study shows that ‘sexting’ is more than harmless flirting — young teens who sent sexts were almost four times more likely to report being sexually active.
Fasting triggers stem cell regeneration of damaged, old immune system
Results in mice are first evidence of natural intervention triggering stem cell-dependent regeneration of organ or system.
Republicans in dead heat to challenge California governor, election poll finds
Survey shows that Gov. Jerry Brown maintains a wide lead over challengers.
USC Annenberg aims to predict digital future through The Edison Project
USC Annenberg Innovation Lab initiative proposes that the next wave of economic growth will come from imagination and creativity.
What do women want? Here’s what scientists might have gotten wrong
Despite accepted lore, women’s sexual preferences don’t shift according to their fertility cycle.
USC survey reveals low health care literacy
Forty-two percent of Americans were unable to describe a deductible when the 2013 survey was conducted.
Meat and cheese may be as bad as smoking
Middle-aged people who eat lots of proteins from animal sources — including meat, milk and cheese — are also more susceptible to early death in general.
Studies explore ACA’s effects on Americans with HIV/AIDS
A series of papers in Health Affairs examines how the Affordable Care Act could affect two sectors of the nation’s most vulnerable people.
USC study first to offer detailed map of mouse’s cerebral cortex
The mammalian cerebral cortex, long thought to be a dense single interrelated tangle of neural networks, actually has a “logical” underlying organizational principle.
After death, twin brains show similar patterns of damage
Researchers led by USC psychologist Margaret Gatz compare the brains of twins in which one or both died of Alzheimer’s.
Scientists create first map of brain ‘scaffold’
The researchers offer not only a landmark first map of core white matter pathways, but they also show which connections may be most vulnerable to damage.
USC study reveals strategy to save $70 million in health care
A USC study is part of a national conversation to find evidence-based interventions that lower health care costs.
Support for Obamacare tempered by worry over job loss, out-of-pocket costs
California voters are concerned about economic fallout from the Affordable Care Act, according to results of the latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll.
Was it smart to use your phone at that meeting?
A new study co-authored by USC is the first to provide an empirical baseline for how attitudes toward mobile phone use actually break down across gender, age and region.
Gene variant raises risk for colorectal cancer
A common genetic variant that affects one in three people significantly increases the risk of colorectal cancer from the consumption of red meat and processed meat.
Delayed aging is better investment than cancer, heart disease research
A new study showed that research to delay aging and the infirmities of old age would have better population health and economic returns than advances in individual fatal diseases.
California voters concerned about state water supply — until they see the cost
Voter support for a new water transportation system is washed away by the cost of proposed improvements, according to the results of the latest USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll.
Submitted for their approval
By the end of the year, Elsevier plans to roll out the Your Paper, Your Way program across its entire portfolio of 2,300 journals.
USC researchers figure out how to ‘grow’ carbon nanotubes
In a breakthrough in the quest for the next generation of computers and materials, researchers at USC have solved a long-standing challenge with carbon nanotubes: how to actually build them with specific, predictable atomic structures.
When fear factors in
A little bit of learned fear is a good thing, keeping us from making risky, stupid decisions or falling over and over again into the same trap.
Aging stereotypes can hurt older adults’ memory
Of the many negative stereotypes that exist about older adults, the most common is that they are forgetful, senile and prone to so-called “senior moments.”
Quality trumps affordability at California public universities, poll finds
While a majority of California voters said public university tuition is not affordable, voters said maintaining educational quality was a higher priority than keeping tuition costs down, according to the latest results of the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll.
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.
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.
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.