Volume 12, Issue 7 | October 2016

Unless a medical breakthrough is discovered that prevents, cures or slows the progression of Alzheimer's disease, the incidence and cost of Alzheimer's on U.S. Latinos will grow exponentially, according to a report released by the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and LatinosAgainstAlzheimer's, a network of UsAgainstAlzheimer's. The cumulative direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer's on the U.S. Latino community, including millions of family caregivers, could ultimately cost the U.S. economy $2.35 trillion by 2060.  Read more

Social work met politics in a campus forum featuring Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC who provided an overview on the 2016 presidential election, and Jacquelyn McCroskey, the John Milner Professor of Child Welfare who highlighted relevant policy issues from a social work perspective. The event was hosted by the NASW-USC Unit.   Read more
Associate Professor Eric Rice and USC Viterbi School of Engineering Professor Milind Tambe will codirect the new Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society at USC, one of the first such university-based institutes dedicated to studying AI as a force for good. Researchers will leverage AI to address problems ranging from climate change to homelessness.  Read more
The demand for family caregivers for adults who are 65 or older is increasing significantly. Family caregivers need more information and support to fulfill their responsibilities and maintain their own financial security and well-being, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Associate Professor Maria Aranda served on the NASEM committee.  Read more