USC in the News

USC In the News 3/28/2017

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) highlighted a new $10 million gift from USC alum George Lucas and wife Mellody Hobson’s George Lucas Family Foundation to expand its support of student diversity at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. "This endowed fund allows us to recruit storytellers whose voices are underrepresented in cinematic media, and whose inclusion benefits all of us,” said Michael Renov of the USC School of Cinematic Arts in a story in The Hollywood Reporter. Variety, DeadlineThe Wrap and City News Service featured the gift, the family’s previous contributions to support students from underrepresented communities at the film school and the many opportunities for financial assistance available for School of Cinematic Arts students.

Los Angeles Business Journal published a Q&A with Willow Bay of the USC Annenberg School, who will be the first female dean in the communication and journalism school's history. "It’s so interesting to me because this is a university where opportunities for women are tremendous. It was certainly just a matter of time, and I was the lucky person who was able to officially break that barrier," she said of her historic appointment. The interview also focused on Bay's views and expectations for the evolving news industry.

San Francisco Chronicle published an op-ed by Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School on how the California legislature failed to enforce a state law prohibiting tax-payer funded travel to states that have laws infringing on the rights of the LGBTQ community. "While sports shouldn’t — and can’t — take place in a cultural and societal vacuum, it’s difficult to argue that the cause of transgender rights would be advanced by forcing these young men to forfeit their place in the tournament," Schnur wrote about the UCLA men's basketball team traveling to Tennessee for its Sweet Sixteen game.

University Herald highlighted research by Ann Marie Yamada of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work on why the stigma associated with mental health conditions can lead to individuals shying away from seeking spiritual treatment. Yamada has partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to develop a new program that improves access to spiritual support programs in the urban community.

Los Angeles Times quoted Jeffrey Cole of the USC Annenberg School about the experience of Viacom Inc.'s new chairman and chief executive, Jim Gianopulos. Deadline also noted Gianopulos serves on the USC School of Cinematic Arts' Board of Councilors.

Los Angeles Times quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sport Business Institute on the declining stigma associated with Las Vegas gambling and nightlife and why professional sports leagues are beginning to bring teams to the city. Las Vegas Review-Journal quoted Carter on why it is unlikely the Las Vegas Raiders will have an extensive rebrand of their logo.

USA Today quoted David Craig of the USC Annenberg School on why television shows are increasingly featuring diverse characters that speak more than one language and could potentially appeal to a global audience.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" quoted Steven Sussman of Keck Medicine of USC about the public health risks associated with extending alcohol service in the city until 4 a.m.

The Guardian (UK) quoted Robert Shrum of the USC Dornsife College on the potential electoral fallout if the Republican health care bill had passed.

KCRW-FM interviewed William Vega of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work's USC Roybal Institute on Aging in its "Going Gray" series about the challenges facing Los Angeles as the population ages.

San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School on new poll results that show California Democrats want their politicians to oppose certain policies proposed by the Trump administration.

MarketWatch quoted Sabrina Pasztor of the USC Marshall School on why women might glean additional benefits from job training compared to men by recognizing their gender places them at a disadvantage.

The Oregonian quoted Terry Cooper of the USC Price School on a potential conflict of interest within the Oregon state senate.

Allure quoted Alex Wong of Keck Medicine of USC on the possible reasons why the texture of breast implants may dictate the body's reaction to them and possibly cause cancer.

USA Today noted results from a study by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative and colleagues on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry.

Los Angeles Business Journal and Bloomberg BNA reported on a class action lawsuit against USC regarding retirement fund programs.

The Hill, in an opinion piece on how President Donald Trump can address the federal debt, mentioned USC and other higher education institutions have "floated their own 100-year bonds."

The Huffington Post published commentary by Ira Kalb of the USC Marshall School on President Donald Trump's failure to effectively negotiate policy so far.

KPCC-FM reported on a group of USC professors calling for the university to take a more public position against new presidential policies that may possibly harm students, staff and faculty. The story also quoted USC Provost Michael Quick.

San Jose Mercury News cited research by Glenn Melnick of the USC Schaeffer Center and colleagues that examined cost changes at California's hospitals.

University Herald reported on "Crosstown Traffic," a platform developed by Ugur Demiryurek of the USC Viterbi School's Integrated Media Systems Center and Gabriel Kahn of the USC Annenberg School to track traffic in Los Angeles.

University Herald noted the USC Games program was ranked the number one undergraduate program to study game design by Princeton Review.

Las Vegas Review-Journal noted research by Nir Jaimovich of the USC Marshall School and colleagues that found high-paying careers in medicine, engineering and financial services require more interpersonal skills than in the past.

Education Next published an op-ed by Morgan Polikoff of the USC Rossier School  on how to better track school accountability. Second op-ed here.