USC in the News
USC in the News 12/15 to 12/17/2012
The Chronicle of Higher Education featured Scott Fraser, USC provost professor of biological sciences and biomedical engineering and director of science initiatives. Fraser said that USCs interdisciplinary nature is what attracted him to move his research to the university from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). USC is among only a handful of universities in the country that have the right range of departments and talents to do this, he said. USC offers the possibility, on a single campus, of putting in place a program that could make it effortless for people to move from engineering to medicine or chemistry or whatever it takes to attack and solve a problem. Fraser added that USC Dornsife College Dean Steve A. Kay, also recently recruited to the university, likes to explore the limits of his field. Fraser is bringing roughly two dozen people with him from Caltech, three or four of whom will take lab leadership positions at USC. The Chronicle of Higher Education ran a second story.
The Washington Post ran a book review by Tim Page of the USC Annenberg School and the USC Thornton School on The Violin: A Social History of the Worlds Most Versatile Instrument. Its a terrific read one of those rare epical surveys that can be read in a single long stretch or picked up and savored, chapter by chapter, Page wrote.
KCET-TVs Departures covered an induction ceremony for Los Angeles first poet laureate, chosen in part by Dana Gioia, Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC. Gioia read a poem about the death of his infant son, delivered from memory in a style as polished as a veteran spoken word poet, the story stated. His skilled delivery helped highlight the precision of his work.
CBC News (Canada) featured Planet Without Apes, a new book by Craig Stanford of the USC Dornsife College about possible extinction of the great apes and the biological knowledge that would die with them. Stanford, co-director of the Jane Goodall Research Center at USC, said that habitat loss, poaching, bushmeat black markets and political instability have lowered the numbers of great apes. Were made of the same cloth, and when we look at them, we are seeing ourselves, Stanford said.
O.C. Weekly reported that Barrios to Burbs: The Making of the Mexican-American Middle Class by Jody Agius Vallejo of the USC Dornsife College has sold out of its print run. Stanford University Press is planning a second hardcover run and a paperback edition. O.C. Weekly plans to host a lecture in which Vallejo will discuss her work.
The Huffington Post ran a column by Martin Kaplan of the USC Annenberg School about the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Kaplan remained cynical that even this tragedy would lead to real change in American culture, because of a learned helplessness. Whether its guns or climate change, poverty or plutocracy, war or water: whatever problem most troubles any of us, Im convinced that the way forward requires a transformational solution to the power of money and fear to determine our national fate, he wrote.
The Orange County Register ran an op-ed by Joel Hay of the USC School of Pharmacy about the United States health system. Even though a third of American health care is useless or actually harmful, Medicare and other health care payers just cant seem to say no to anything, Hay wrote.
Los Angeles Times quoted Martin Kaplan of the USC Annenberg School about the medias coverage of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.
Forbes quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School, who was a judge for Forbes 30 Under 30: Sports list.
U-T San Diego quoted Martin Kaplan of the USC Annenberg School on how government public relations influences the media.
KPCC-FM interviewed Harvey Karp of the Keck School of USC about shielding children from violent TV news coverage.
The New York Times mentioned that late ear specialist William F. House, the inventor of the cochlear implant, was a USC alumnus.
The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted Dickens and Ellen Ternan, a 1952 Charles Dickens biography by then USC faculty member Ada Nisbet.
VentureBeat stated that USC, the California Institute of Technology and the University of California, Los Angeles, have produced more Nobel laureates than any other three institutions combined.
Los Angeles Times ran a story about philanthropist Glorya Kaufman and her gift to found the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.
Pasadena Sun mentioned that USCs campus has earthquake sensors linked to the California Institute of Technologys Community Seismic Network.
Los Angeles Times ran a story sponsored by the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, which are administered by the USC Annenberg School.