USC in the News
USC in the News 9/14/2012
Los Angeles Sentinel featured the groundbreaking for Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall, a new center for social science research and teaching funded by a $30 million gift from USC alumna Verna Dauterive. Dauterive said that she was inspired to make the gift by the superior education she received at the university. USC gave me the skills and the tools that I needed in my profession, and even beyond that, they gave me a very comprehensive education, which included the Arts and the Humanities, she said. The groundbreaking was attended by USC President C. L. Max Nikias, USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett, and Dana Goldman of the USC Price School and the USC School of Pharmacy. Nikias said that Dauterive Hall will forever stand in testament to Dr. Dauterives visionary philanthropy.
Time mentioned U.S. News & World Reports Best Colleges rankings, noting that USC was ranked No. 24. The rankings were also covered by City News Service, CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV, CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV, CW News San Diego affiliate XETV-TV, L.A. Weekly, LAist and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Los Angeles Times reported that an Atlas 5 rocket launch delivered a number of small satellites known as CubeSats, including one developed by USCs Space Engineering Research Center. That CubeSat, named Aeneas, is believed to be the first with the ability to deploy a parabolic dish and track a point on Earths surface. Los Angeles Times ran a second story on the launch.
Los Angeles Times reviewed a 50-year retrospective of work by the late Kenneth Price, formerly of the USC Roski School and a USC alumnus. Price is one of the great American sculptors of the last half-century, the review stated. The story noted that the exhibition was designed by architect Frank Gehry, another USC alumnus, who was introduced to architecture by his USC ceramics professor, Glen Lukens.
Agenzia Giornalistica Italia (Italy) featured USC research finding that fasting can improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy in brain cancer treatments. The researchers included Valter Longo, Sebastian Brandhorst, Min Wei and Changhan Lee of the USC Davis School, and Peter Conti and Thomas Chen of the Keck School of USC. The study found that controlled fasting could make gliomas the most commonly diagnosed brain tumor more vulnerable to radiation treatment. With this research on radiation, were asking, what are the conditions that make cancer most susceptible to treatment? Longo said in RedOrbit. How can we replicate the conditions that are least hospitable to cancer? The story was also covered by ABC (Spain), Science Codex and ScienceDaily.
Associated Press featured an immigrant integration scorecard created by USCs Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. The scorecard ranked 10 regions of California in terms of how well immigrants could integrate into the culture, using metrics like economic success today and over time. The more they are integrated the more they can contribute, said Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College. San Jose Mercury News reported that Silicon Valley and the East Bay both had especially high rankings, with Santa Clara County being a standout in the state. The research was covered by another Associated Press story, NPR News and Bay Area News Group.
Bloomberg Businessweek highlighted research by Nandini Rajagopalan of the USC Marshall School and a colleague, finding difficulties between biotech startups and pharmaceutical companies attempting to partner together. The study found that both sides often have a distrust of each other, and that this kind of partnership is commonly referred to as swimming with sharks. The paper explores potential solutions.
The Orange County Register reported that KUSC-FM Producer Brian Lauritzen will now be an afternoon weekday host for the station. The story noted that KUSC will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation by hosting a concert at the AT&T Center. USC Program Director Gail Eichenthal said that the concert will be recorded and aired on a different date.
USA Today quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School about the appeal of NASCAR racer Jimmie Johnson.
Los Angeles Times quoted Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate about the Federal Reserves plan to buy $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities per month.
NBC News NBC Nightly News interviewed Richard Dekmejian of the USC Dornsife College and Karen North of the USC Annenberg School about a viral film that provoked protests and deaths in Libya.
National Journal quoted Preston Marshall of the USC Viterbi School about a proposal for sharing the wireless broadband spectrum.
The Columbus Dispatch quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School about Major League Soccer.
The New York Times covered research by Theodore Berger, Vasilis Marmarelis and Dong Song of the USC Viterbi School and colleagues, studying brain abilities.
Voice of Russia (Russia) highlighted research by the USC National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events finding that the economic impact of 9/11 cost as much as $35 billion to $109 billion.
FishbowlLA profiled the new editor of SF Weekly, USC Annenberg School alumnus Brandon Reynolds. Reynolds said that K.C. Cole and Daniel Birman of the Annenberg School were his mentors. Reynolds was a recipient of the USC Libraries Wonderland Award for creative writing.
Gizmodo covered research by Victoria Cortessis of the Keck School of USC and a colleague, finding that young men with certain types of testicular cancer were more likely to have smoked marijuana.
NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV ran a story about USC student Zarkhi Palmer, reporting that he could have ended up homeless if he hadnt entered USC after leaving the foster care system
The Daily Beast mentioned that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is a USC alumnus.