USC in the News

USC In the News 5/5/2017

NPR featured research by Ron Avi Astor of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work on the mental health of teens and how that research relates to a new Netflix-produced show called "13 Reasons Why," which features teen suicide as a central plot point. Astor's research suggests that suicidal ideation is frighteningly common among survey respondents and that representations of self-harm can be contagious to students who already harbor thoughts of self-harm or suicide. Astor identifies that how schools respond to concerns like bullying, harassment and gang activity is crucial to affected students’ mental health.

Los Angeles Times featured Satyandra Gupta of the USC Viterbi School and the school's Center for Advanced Manufacturing, sponsored by the U.S. Defense Department as part of a nationwide effort to bolster manufacturing technology and research, especially by helping companies develop skills among current and potential employees. The center focuses on aerospace and biomedical industries to “help support the fast-growing technological ecosystem in Silicon Beach,” said Yannis C. Yortsos, dean of the USC Viterbi School.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV featured a USC campus ceremony for the 60 high school seniors who have completed USC's Neighborhood Academic Initiative program. The ceremony was highlighted by an appearance by NAI benefactor and actor Mark Hamill. NAI’s 2017 senior class includes 22 students who will go on to attend USC on full scholarship. "This is not an ending, it's just the beginning of something new," said Kim Thomas-Barrios of USC NAI. Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV also reported on the event.

The Atlantic's "CityLab" featured a new study by Su Jin Lee of the USC Dornsife College's Spatial Science Institute, Travis Longcore of the USC Dornsife College and USC School of Architecture, and colleagues on the declining percentage of green space in Los Angeles and increase of large construction projects between 2000 and 2009. The article also noted this was a reversal of the "bungalow boom" of the 1950s in the area, which actually encouraged the cultivation of trees on single-family home lots. The Real Deal and ConstructionDIVE also mentioned the research.

The Washington Post quoted David Bottjer of the USC Dornsife College on the possibility that a site in China may have the world's oldest animal fossils.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dana Goldman of the USC Schaeffer Center on the potential impact of an amendment regarding coverage for people with pre-existing conditions to the recent healthcare bill aimed at replacing the Affordable Care Act.

Los Angeles Times quoted Niels Frenzen of the USC Gould School on potential legal reasons that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte could be barred from entering the U.S.

KPCC-FM quoted Erin Trish of the USC Schaeffer Center on the possibility that federal healthcare changes would cause California to consider changes to the cost of insurance for patients with pre-existing conditions.

CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV quoted Michael Cousineau of Keck Medicine of USC on the impact repealing the Affordable Care Act will have on patients with pre-existing conditions.

BuzzFeed News quoted Michael Overing of the USC Annenberg School on the difficulty of proving a case of defamation.

United Press International quoted Mike Chinoy of the USC Annenberg School's U.S.-China Institute on how recent limits to America’s access to sail in the South China Sea exemplifies President Trump’s ceding of some clout and advantage to China.

The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted Jonathan Barnett of the USC Gould School about the patent battle between Apple and Qualcomm.

PolitiFact quoted Paul Ginsburg of the USC Schaeffer Center about the market structure of the Affordable Care Act.

Government Technology quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School on Facebook's announcement of a new team to identify inappropriate or violent content and the likely development of an algorithm to automate the process.

Los Angeles Times included a mention of gifts by George Lucas to the USC School of Cinematic Arts in a story on the use of colleges in Atlanta as filming locations.

Los Angeles Times reported on approved plans for renovation to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The Economist mentioned Jonathan Taplin of the USC Annenberg School and his new book, Move Fast and Break Things, in an article about the "data economy" and its potential monopolies.

The Christian Science Monitor mentioned research by Behrokh Khoshnevis of the USC Viterbi School on a 3D printing technique he developed called "contour crafting" that can be used in the construction of affordable housing in developing countries.

Quartz mentioned an ultra-high-resolution microscope developed at USC in an article about the uses of better internet access, including remote learning. 

OZY mentioned the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Daybreak Poll in an article about the evolution of polling.

Brit + Co reported on 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 that can detect if a couple has had an argument.

The Columbian mentioned research by Antonio Bento of the USC Price School and colleagues at the National Bureau of Economic Research that showed reduced average vehicle weights due to fuel efficiency standards may have resulted in fewer fatalities during traffic collisions.