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Caitlin Dawson

Caitlin Dawson writes for the Information Sciences Institute.

Stories by Caitlin Dawson:

air pollution monitoring and babies
When air pollution levels are high, a smartphone app developed by USC researchers will suggest actions to reduce exposure levels, such as recirculating air in the car or taking a suggested alternative driving route to reduce exposures. (Illustration/iStock)

How harmful is air pollution to developing brains? New study will assess its effects

A wristband-app combination — developed by USC Viterbi and the Keck School of Medicine of USC — will monitor prenatal exposure to harmful gases and suggest strategies to keep newborn brains safe.

AI and endangered species: Bistria Dilkina
USC computer scientist Bistra Dilklina develops artificial intelligence tools that could help conservationists expand their work and bring species back from the brink of extinction. (USC Photo/Caitlin Dawson)

How a USC artificial intelligence expert is saving endangered species, one algorithm at a time

Bistra Dilkina and her graduate students help to address environmental needs, from predicting where poachers are likely to strike to designing wildlife reserves and preventing the spread of invasive species.