USC in the News

USC in the News 1/26 to 1/28/2013

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Elyn Saks of the USC Gould School about becoming a successful academic despite her schizophrenia. Saks wrote that when she was 28 doctors gave her a grave prognosis; today, she is a chaired professor at USC and the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant. “I don’t want to sound like a Pollyanna about schizophrenia; mental illness imposes real limitations, and it’s important not to romanticize it,” Saks wrote. “But the seeds of creative thinking may sometimes be found in mental illness, and people underestimate the power of the human brain to adapt and to create.”

CNN featured Albert “Skip” Rizzo of USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies and his work using virtual reality to help soldiers to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The institute’s Virtual Iraq program uses exposure therapy to guide veterans in confronting their traumatic experiences. CNN ran an op-ed by Rizzo on how virtual reality can help PTSD sufferers. “One thing we do know about PTSD is that if it’s left alone, don’t count on it just going away like a common cold,” Rizzo wrote. CNN also featured Rizzo in a third story.

KPCC-FM featured research by Lisa Aziz-Zadeh of the USC Dornsife College and colleagues, finding that when people spend more time looking at an individual with disabilities, it engenders a better understanding. “Exposure to people with disabilities is actually quite important because the more you become exposed and see people with disabilities the more you start to process them the same as you do other people who don’t have disabilities,” Aziz-Zadeh said.

Wired featured research by Shrikanth Narayanan and Krishna Nayak of the USC Viterbi School, Dani Byrd of the USC Dornsife College and a colleague, studying human beatboxing with an MRI scanner. Narayanan said that he was astonished by the work of his subject “and the accuracy with which he could control the sounds and rhythms.”

RedOrbit featured research by Gerard Tellis and Gareth James of the USC Marshall School and colleagues, finding that Moore’s Law — predicting that processor speeds for computers will double every 18 months — no longer applies to most industries. The study suggests that a new model of prediction called “Step and Wait” is more accurate. “We looked at the forest rather than the trees and see ‘steps’ and ‘waits’ across a variety of technologies,” Tellis said.

Variety reported that “Just Seen It,” a film review show founded by USC students and alumni, will now go into syndication nationally. The show was picked up last year by PBS News Los Angeles affiliate KOCE-TV. Thirteen episodes will now be distributed to 370 PBS affiliates. USC alumnus David Freedman, one of the show’s producers, said that the series aims to pick up where “Siskel and Ebert” left off.

Inside Higher Ed quoted Jerome Lucido of the USC Rossier School about cases in which universities falsified data used for U.S. News & World Report rankings.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about the California Republican Party response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State speech.

Bloomberg News quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School about corporate tax breaks overseas.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV interviewed Patrick James of the USC Dornsife College about expectations for President Barack Obama’s second term.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV interviewed Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate about rising rental rates in Southern California.

La Opinion quoted Morgan Polikoff of the USC Rossier School about assessing teacher performance, and how teachers in Watts face different challenges than those in Beverly Hills.

Los Angeles Times mentioned that author Evan Thomas will discuss his Dwight D. Eisenhower biography at the USC Annenberg School.

Los Angeles Times mentioned that actor Angus Scrimm, known for playing the Tall Man in “Phantasm,” studied at USC under actor-director William C. DeMille, and that his USC classmates included columnist Art Buchwald, actor Joe Flynn and screenwriter Sam Peckinpah.

Los Angeles Times highlighted two USC School of Cinematic Arts students who are organizing a Bill Murray Appreciation Day. LAist also covered the story.

Digital Spy highlighted a retrospective of the TV show “Twin Peaks” being held as part of Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative.

BBC News (U.K.) ran a story by USC Dornsife College graduate student Jason Goldman on how different animals choose their companions.

Visalia Delta-Times mentioned a partnership between the Keck School of USC and Tulare Regional Medical Center. The story noted that the first robotic surgery at Tulare was performed by Inderbir Gill of the Keck School of USC in 2011.

The New Yorker mentioned that former First Lady Pat Nixon was a USC alumna.

Los Angeles Times mentioned that Fatburger chief executive and USC alumnus Andrew Wiederhorn has donated to USC Associates, an academic support group.

Los Angeles Sentinel mentioned that the 21st Annual Empowerment Congress Summit was held at USC’s Bovard Auditorium.