USC in the News

USC In the News 5/10/2017

Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by Jonathan Taplin of the USC Annenberg School about why the tech industry is eroding copyright law. Taplin, who just published Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy, argues fair use provisions need to be codified to protect creatives.

Reuters featured research by Ari Shapiro of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and Leslie Saxon, director of the USC Center for Body Computing, to develop a virtual doctor that can provide medical care via a patient's smartphone. By crafting a digital human version of a doctor, the patient can receive personalized care from an individual that they know and trust rather than a cartoon or impersonal video.

VentureBeat featured a gift for the USC Games program from social mobile game publisher Zynga to promote the study of social mobile games, inclusive game production and advancing diversity in the industry. "This program helps prepare students to take steps into the industry. That's how we will see change, with these young people who are diverse and prepared to take part in the industry," said Tracy Fullerton, director of USC Games. The story also noted the CEO of Zynga is an alumnus of USC and Zynga also has an ongoing partnership with the USC Marshall School for a Product Management Bootcamp with MBA candidates. Gamasutra reported on the gift.

Adweek highlighted a study by the USC Annenberg School's Center for Public Relations and the Association of National Advertisers predicting greater investment in public relations by marketers over the next five years. "Our findings clearly predict a convergence of PR and marketing ... it’s going to be very interesting to see how that merger plays out in agencies and organizations," said Fred Cook, director of the USC Center for Public Relations.

Business Insider featured research by Su Jin Lee of the USC Dornsife College's Spatial Sciences 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. According to researchers, decreased greenery affects all neighborhoods, regardless of socioeconomic status.

The New York Times quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School on why President Donald Trump's tax plan will result in revenue losses for the federal government and prove advantageous to wealthy taxpayers.

The Washington Post's "Other: Mixed Race in America" podcast interviewed Duncan Williams, director of the USC Dornsife College's Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Cultures, about the struggle to define who is "American."

American Public Media's "Marketplace" interviewed Edward McCaffery of the USC Gould School on how President Donald Trump's elimination of exemptions in the tax code will negatively impact middle-class Americans.

PBS Newshour interviewed David Kang of the USC Dornsife College's Korean Studies Institute about the policy positions of South Korea's new president-elect, Moon Jae-in.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" interviewed Darby Saxbe of the USC Dornsife College's NeuroEndocrinology of Social Ties Labs on how to best manage chronic negativity in the workplace and other stressful situations.

Los Angeles Daily News quoted Niels Frenzen of the USC Gould School on recent statistics that show an uptick in the number of arrests of undocumented immigrants by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. El Economista (Mexico) published a Q&A with Frenzen on President Donald Trump's immigration policies and the impact on immigrant communities.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-AM interviewed James Moore of the USC Viterbi School on why it is unlikely that California's high-speed rail project will be successful.

Euronews (France) quoted Sam Erman of the USC Gould School about the firing of FBI Director James Comey by President Donald Trump.

Bloomberg, in a story about film programs that offer production safety courses, mentioned the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Buzzfeed News published commentary by Karen Tongson of the USC Dornsife College on how singer Karen Carpenter became popular in the Philippines.

Inside Philanthropy, in a story about funding sources for investigative journalism into the health care industry, mentioned the USC Annenberg School's Center for Health Journalism.

KCET-TV mentioned USC Village will house the media village if Los Angeles is selected as the host city for the 2024 Olympics.

LA Eater mentioned USC Village will house the next location for Trejo's Tacos.

Education Week reported on research by USC Keck School of Medicine Dean and director of the USC Roski Eye Institute Rohit Varma and colleagues on the proportion of American preschoolers who suffer from untreated vision problems.

KUSI-TV reported on a USC fundraiser in San Diego to raise money for scholarships to support veteran students.