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Ray Goldsworthy deaf music cochlear implant
Raymond Goldworthy was one of the first children in the United States to receive a cochlear implant in 1988 and later went on to become a scientist dedicated to helping the hearing impaired. (Photo/Ricardo Carrasco III)

Scientist wants to help the hearing impaired gain access to music

A cochlear implant helped Ray Goldsworthy regain his hearing. Now, he’ll use his research — and a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health — to help others with implants connect to music.

Science/Technology
AI bias natural language generation
USC experts analyzed a natural language generation system and found more frequent manifestations of bias against women, black people and gay people than men, white people and straight people. (Illustration/iStock)

As AI moves into content creation, researchers aim to battle its biases

AI systems like natural language generation are only as good as the data that trains them, and USC Viterbi experts want to uncover why and how that data can be biased against women and minorities.

ArtsScience/Technology
Assal Habibi musical training brain development
Assal Habibi has done extensive research on how musical training is beneficial for brain development. Her latest study focuses on children who are learning music and speak more than one language, as compared to children who know just one language. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

USC research reinforces music’s impact on the developing brain

A $450,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health will help USC Dornsife’s Assal Habibi advance her studies into how musical training boosts childhood brain development.

Science/Technology
AAAS fellows 2019
Stephen Bradforth, Ewa Deelman, Luis M. Chiappe and Janet Oldak, clockwise from top left, have been selected as fellows of the American Association for Advancement of Science. (Photos/Peter Zhaoyu Zhou, Karen Vaisman, Courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Phil Channing)

Four USC professors selected as fellows of renowned scientific society AAAS

The USC scientists join 36 other faculty members as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Science/TechnologyUniversity
Google grant USC election cyberattacks
The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy wants to help prepare state and local officials for foreseeable threats — regardless of source, origin, party or candidate targeted. (Illustration/Suzanne Boretz)

Google grant supports USC’s effort to protect elections from cyberattacks

The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy will launch a training program in all 50 states to prepare election officials for digital attacks.

HealthScience/Technology
antibiotic-resistant genes in recycled wastewater
As water shortages continue to increase, researchers are searching for ways to improve wastewater recycling. (Photo/Daria Shevtsova, Pexels)

Antibiotic-resistant genes are well removed by purification used to recycle wastewater but final quality is influenced by environmental factors

A team led by USC Viterbi’s Adam Smith has found that purified water returned to Southern California aquifers for storage and reuse blends with antibiotic-resistant bacteria already found in the aquifer.