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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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USC UCLA university collaboration
Presenting the inaugural USC Women in Science and Engineering Presidential Distinguished Lecture, UCLA Provost Emily Carter called for Los Angeles’ cross-town rivals to collaborate on solutions to global issues. (Photo/Mike Glier)

USC, UCLA pledge to collaborate on transformative urban projects

As they celebrated women in science and engineering, leaders from the two universities recognized L.A. as the best place in the world to launch major sustainable projects.