USC in the News

USC In the News 4/14/2017

Los Angeles Times featured research by Raphael Bostic of the USC Price School and the Los Angeles Business Council finding the city's high housing costs discourages outsiders from entering the Los Angeles job market. "There’s ample evidence to show that the time is now to implement strategies to reduce housing costs," Bostic said.

The San Francisco Chronicle published an op-ed by Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School about where the political strategies of Senator Kamala Harris and former President Ronald Reagan might have aligned. Schnur points to both politicians' drive to achieve results over ideological purity. "Ronald Reagan once warned his most impassioned allies of the dangers of 'jumping off the cliff with the flag flying.' Harris is unlikely to quote the conservative Californian by name to her fans. But Reagan was right then, and so is Harris now," Schnur wrote.

Pacific Standard featured research by Ashlesha Datar of the USC Dornsife College's Center for Economic and Social Research that found children who have siblings are less likely to become obese or develop a high body-mass index. "These estimates [suggest] the decline in average family size in U.S. households between the late 1960s and 2008 may account for up to 13 percent of the increase in childhood obesity during the same period," she said. Datar also found larger families are more likely to eat meals together, which may be healthier than food found outside the home.

Radio New Zealand (New Zealand) featured Albert "Skip" Rizzo of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and his work using virtual reality to help patients with PTSD. "By gradually exposing people to what they were traumatised [sic] by, you’re giving them the opportunity to talk about it and do it in a safe environment. You see significant clinical gains in symptom reduction," he said.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV interviewed Ali Abbas of the USC Viterbi School about a recent terror threat involving the use of laptop computers aboard commercial air flights.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV interviewed Robert English of the USC Dornsife College about the extensive media coverage of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

LA Weekly quoted Gabriel Kahn of the USC Annenberg School about increased scrutiny of the business practices of entrepreneur Patrick Soon Shiong.

The Philadelphia Inquirer quoted Duke Han of Keck Medicine of USC on why elderly adults are more susceptible to financial scams.

The Washington Post, in a story about changes to the Common Application for college admission, mentioned its use by USC.

USA Today cited research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative and colleagues on the underrepresentation of women and minorities as film directors. The Huffington Post mentioned research conducted by Smith in partnership with the Geena Davis Institute on the under- and poor representation of women in the media. 

The Huffington Post published commentary by Ira Kalb of the USC Marshall School on how large corporations can use customer complaints to improve their business models.

Yahoo mentioned research by Genevieve Dunton of Keck Medicine of USC, Wendy Wood of the USC Dornsife College and colleagues that found children with stressed mothers were at greater risk of obesity.

Variety mentioned the USC Shoah Foundation in a review on "Finding Oscar," which documents the massacre of Guatemalan people during the country's civil war.

Voice of America Noticias covered a USC Dornsife College event featuring Robert Shrum, director of the USC Unruh Institute, on millennial perceptions about President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office.

Mother Jones noted research by Emilio Ferrara of the USC Viterbi School's Information Science Institute on the percentage of Twitter users that are bots.