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Faculty symposium: David Armstrong
David Armstrong gives a presentation at the Health Sciences Campus faculty symposium, titled “Eliminating Amputations in People with Diabetes: A Merger of Next-Gen Team, Technology and Tenacity.” (USC Photo/Ricardo Carrasco III)

Research symposiums showcase faculty’s interdisciplinary approach to serving the public good

As part of the inauguration of Carol L. Folt, two faculty symposiums highlight innovations, discoveries and potential solutions to the world’s problems.

HealthScience/Technology
Alzheimer‘s environmental risk factors
USC researchers are looking at the importance of environmental factors in developing Alzheimer's, in particular how they relate to with people who carry genes that increase the risk of Alzheimer‘s disease. (Illustration/iStock)

Scientists propose new approach to Alzheimer’s research to address environmental risks

USC and Duke researchers propose the Alzheimer’s Disease Exposome to address gaps in understanding how environmental factors interact with genetics to increase or reduce risk for the disease.

Science/Technology
kilauea algae
Scientists initially noticed that ocean water around the volcano was turning green by looking at NASA‘s satellite photos of the eruption. The green color turned out to be chlorophyll from the algae bloom. (Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)

1 billion tons of lava spark algae bloom in North Pacific Ocean

Not only did the Kīlauea volcano pour tons upon tons of lava into the ocean last year, but its eruption set off an unusual effect: an algae super bloom. USC Dornsife researchers found out why.

HealthScience/Technology
Free database for craniofacial research
FaceBase III, a project of USC's dentistry and engineering schools, is a collection of materials aimed at accelerating our understanding of abnormalities of the head and facial bones in humans. (Image/Courtesy of FaceBase)

USC researchers receive $12.5 million grant to build out unique facial database

The project seeks new research data for FaceBase, a freely available collection of DNA samples, data and images related to abnormalities of the head and facial bones.

Policy/Law
Airbnb rent increase research
USC researchers found that areas with an increase in Airbnb listings also had a small increase in rental rates and housing prices. The impact may be worse in cities like Los Angeles with a high demand for housing and limited rental availabilities. (Photo/Ryan Kim, Airbnb)

How much does Airbnb really affect rents and housing prices?

Research indicates that Airbnb is increasing rent and housing prices in certain areas, including Los Angeles. USC professors weigh in on how cities — and the company itself — can set rules that will benefit local communities.