USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Institute for Public Policy & Government Service

Leonard D. Schaeffer and his wife, Pamela, have donated $59 million to establish the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Institute for Public Policy & Government Service, which will be anchored at USC and in the university’s new Capital Campus in Washington, D.C., university President Carol Folt announced today. The mission of the new institute is to…

Monthly Update – January 2024

Dear Colleagues,  Two years ago, in 2022, USC researchers surpassed $1 billion in research spending. Thank you for continuing this momentum by addressing the compelling and complex challenges we face. In this month’s update, you will discover useful programs and news to support your research – scholarship that is creating a more joyful, healthier, and cleaner world.  With gratitude and regards,   Ishwar…

Office of Research & Innovation names new executive director for USC Stevens Center

Erin Overstreet has been selected as the new executive director of the USC Stevens Center for Innovation where she will oversee the university’s commercialization of USC-driven intellectual property.   Overstreet’s expertise and experience embody technology transfer and innovation across the academic, educational, and venture capital sectors; such experience is critical for bridging USC research to a…

Monthly Update – December 2023

Dear Colleagues, As the year ends, please know that I am deeply grateful for your commitment to excellence, transformative research and accomplishments. The Office of Research and Innovation team looks forward to supporting your impactful work again in 2024. Through your scholarship and creativity, our institution belongs to a distinguished group of 13 private universities…

Monthly Update – November 2023

Dear Colleagues,  As we give thanks this season, I know we are all incredibly proud and grateful for the accomplishments of our research community. It is a high honor for me to be able to support your research and celebrate your discoveries and achievements. Your transformative efforts support President Folt’s ambitious moonshots and enhance the…

USC-led Project Receives National Science Foundation (NSF) Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure (Mid-scale RI-1) Award

A proposal led by faculty at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Information Sciences Institute (ISI) has received a Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure (Mid-scale RI-1) Award from the NSF. The Mid-scale RI-1 program supports the design and implementation of research infrastructure — including testbeds, equipment, cyberinfrastructure, large-scale data sets, and personnel. Awardees will test new theories and…

Annenberg Inclusion Initiative

The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, led by Dr. Stacy L. Smith, is the leading global think tank studying inequality in all forms of entertainment. The Initiative’s work catalogues discrepancies across gender, race/ethnicity, age, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, and mental health. The Initiative also identifies solutions and advocates for change.

Center on Knowledge Graphs

The Center on Knowledge Graphs research group creates new approaches for amplifying artificial intelligence using structured knowledge. The group combines expertise from artificial intelligence, machine learning, the Semantic Web, natural language processing, databases, information retrieval, geospatial analysis, business, social sciences, and data science. The center is composed of 16 senior ISI researchers, guiding the work…

USC Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science

The University of Southern California’s Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (USC TCORS) is one of nine Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science in the U.S. We were created to serve in the production of relevant scientific data to inform the regulatory decision making at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products. Additionally, we…

Monthly Update – October 2023

Dear Colleagues, November is National Gratitude Month. I write to express my deep appreciation for you as you advance research and translate innovations into solutions that, despite current challenges and tribulations, will make our world a better place. And I know with certitude that your forward-thinking work will have immeasurable impact on future generations. This…