USC in the News

USC In the News 4/20/2017

The New York Times highlighted research by Duncan Ermini Leaf of the USC Price School, María José Prados of the USC Dornsife College's Center for Economic and Social Research and colleagues that demonstrated the lifetime benefits of early childhood programs. According to the data, early childhood programs can have a $7.30 per dollar spent return on investment Researchers consistently found mothers and children who started at a disadvantage led more successful lives over a 30-year span.

The Wall Street Journal published a review of a new book by Jonathan Taplin of the USC Annenberg School on how the largest digital companies are undermining democratic institutions. "Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy" argues the world's creative classes are undermined in the digital age.

Science highlighted work by David Bottjer of the USC Dornsife College to identify the fossils of what may be the world's first animals. The site, located in the Guizhou province in China, is now under threat by the mining industry. "If you want to know about how animals evolved on Earth, this site is the most important one we know of," said Bottjer, who has studied remains at the site since 1999. "If this fossil deposit is lost, we will lose this unique window on evolution of life, which may never be replaced."

Daily Mail (UK) highlighted research by Shrikanth Narayanan of the USC Viterbi School's Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory, Adela Timmons of the USC Dornsife College's Family Studies Project and colleagues that created an algorithm which can detect if a couple has had an argument. The Couple Mobile Sensing Project can identify conflict based on raised heart rate and other metrics gathered from wearables and mobile phones. Digital Trends and Silicon Beat also reported on the project.

Seeker featured the discovery of a new fossil of a carnivore by Erik Seiffert of Keck Medicine of USC and colleagues that may have preyed on primates living in trees. The animal, Masrasector nananubis, named after the canine-headed Egyptian god Anubis, was likely among the top predators in Africa after the extinction of the dinosaurs.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) quoted Thomas Hollihan of the USC Annenberg School on how Bill O'Reilly affected cable news programming.

Los Angeles Times quoted Fred Cook of the USC Annenberg School's Center of Public Relations about the enduring influence Bill O'Reilly will likely have on conservatism.

CBS News quoted Robert English of the USC Dornsife College about the financial incentives for Russia, America and others to establish a presence in the Arctic.

USA Today quoted Judy Muller of the USC Annenberg School on the message Fox News sends to its employees by firing Bill O'Reilly.

Reuters quoted Frank Gilliland of Keck Medicine of USC on how ambient and traffic air pollutants can lead to death from heart disease and how to avoid exposure.

The Scientist quoted Roberta Diaz Brinton of the USC School of Pharmacy on the possible link between human cord plasma proteins and increased cognitive function.

The San Francisco Chronicle quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School about the challenge of finding a new generation of leaders within each major party.

The Hollywood Reporter quoted Astrid Heger of Keck Medicine of USC about the Helping Ease Abuse-Related Trauma (H.E.A.R.T.) charity she founded.

Los Angeles Times mentioned the USC Viterbi School has a cyber security program.

KCET-TV cited research by the USC Dornsife College's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration on the number of families in the United States with at least one undocumented family member.

Miami Herald mentioned 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.

Bustle 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 in the entertainment industry.

Missoulian mentioned Bernadene Blaha and Kevin Fitz-Gerald of the USC Thornton School will perform at the University of Montana.