USC in the News

USC In the News 5/13 to 5/15/2017

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV featured an interview with USC President C. L. Max Nikias about USC's economic impact on South Los Angeles and the university's community programs, like the Neighborhood Academic Initiative, which provides pre-college tutoring and mentorship for low-income students. The host also asked Nikias about USC Village, a mixed-use development that not only will house students this fall, but provide economic benefits for the area and employ thousands of local workers (second segment here).

The Washington Post featured the USC Commencement ceremony and comedian and alumnus Will Ferrell's speech to USC's graduates. After providing laughs and valuable advice, Ferrell launched into a rendition of "I Will Always Love You." The Washington Post published a Reuters video of the speech and included it in weekend video and graduation speech roundups. Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, CNN, KPCC-FM, ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, MSNBC, The Hill, Time (second story here), Mashable, Yahoo, The Huffington Post, The Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap, Daily Mail (UK), Buzzfeed, AOL News, Slate, Los Angeles Daily News, New York Daily News, Bustle, International Business Times, Today, Inquisitr (second story here), LAist, ABC News San Diego affiliate KGTV-TV, City News Service (second story here), Biography, Perez Hilton, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Just Jared, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Spin and NME featured Ferrell's speech. Fox News Denver affiliate KDVR-TV reported on the speech and quoted USC School of Cinematic Arts Dean Elizabeth Daley and Daily Mail (UK) highlighted Dame Helen Mirren's honorary degree. Deadline featured the commencement speech by NBCUniversal's vice chairman Ron Meyer to the USC School of Cinematic Arts graduates.

Financial Express (India) highlighted research by Milind Tambe, Fei Fang and Thanh Nguyen of the USC Viterbi School to develop an artificial intelligence application to stop wildlife poaching. The system, called Protection Assistant for Wildlife Sanctuary (PAWS), uses game theory and has been tested in Uganda and Malaysia. The story reported the program could be used with similar success in India if implemented.

The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School on why President Donald Trump's assertions that he has no income from Russian sources or debts owed to Russians is meaningless without viewing his tax return documents.

The New York Times quoted Patricia Burch of the USC Rossier School about Google's use of public schools as testing grounds for new products and services. The story also noted USC was one of the first universities to use Google as its internet email service provider. 

The Washington Post quoted Clifford Neuman of the USC Viterbi School's Center for Computer Systems Security about a ransomware attack that quickly spread through Britain's health care system and beyond.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School on the Los Angeles Board of Education race that may result in charter school-backed candidates holding a majority on the board for the first time.

Los Angeles Times quoted Michael Levine of Keck Medicine of USC about the side effects of the synthetic marijuana known as "K2" or "spice."

Los Angeles Times quoted Andre Haralyi of the USC Dornsife College on how yoga has informed his life and how he hopes to help USC students.

Los Angeles Times quoted Melissa Stehlin of the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital about the important work and support nurses provide in the hospital setting.

USA Today quoted Mary Andres of the USC Rossier School on why being adventurous and sharing discovery experiences makes certain people more attractive to potential mates.

USA Today quoted Daniel Birman of the USC Annenberg School about the future of true crime documentaries and whether they will stay true to the facts when studios try to market them.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV quoted James Moore of the USC Viterbi School about the viability of Elon Musk's plan to dig a tunnel under Los Angeles to reduce traffic congestion.

The San Jose Mercury News quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about the anti-Trump group Indivisible and its strategy that encourages constituents to demand town hall meetings with their representatives.

The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute about the marketing and branding power afforded to medical centers when they are the official doctors for a professional sports teams.

Voice of America quoted Geoffrey Cowan of the USC Annenberg School on the characteristics of a successful commencement speech.

CBC Radio (Canada) quoted Daniel Durbin of the USC Annenberg School's Institute of Sports, Media and Society and Ira Kalb of the USC Marshall School on why Los Angeles has a strong bid to host the 2024 Olympics and how President Donald Trump's behavior might affect the viability of the bid.

Venues Today quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute about the comprehensive nature of naming-rights agreements for professional sports teams.

Associated Press mentioned USC Village will host the media village if Los Angeles is awarded the 2024 Olympics.

San Francisco Chronicle published an op-ed by Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School on why Senator Kamala Harris should not run for president in 2020.

Los Angeles Daily News noted research by Raphael Bostic of the USC Price School and colleagues on how housing prices may affect employee retention in Los Angeles.

Variety reported on research by Bryan "Dexter" Holland, who graduated from USC last week with a doctoral degree in molecular biology and is a member of the rock band The Offspring.

The Oregonian noted Jack Knott, dean of the USC Price School, is among the three finalists to be Portland State University's next president.

Las Vegas Review Journal noted Miriam Adelson is a trustee at USC.

Long Beach Press Telegram reported on research by the USC Dornsife College's Wrigley Institute in partnership with Marine BioEnergy and the U.S. Dept. of Energy to convert kelp into biofuel.

International Business Times published a Quora answer provided by Keck Medicine of USC on whether too much protein can cause cancer. The answer referenced work by Valter Longo of the USC Davis School. Inc. also published a Quora answer by Keck Medicine of USC on how to best maintain work-life balance.

Education Week noted Julie Marsh, Michelle Hall, Taylor Albright and Tasmin Dhaliwal of the USC Rossier School are part of the team evaluating the efficacy of California's Local Control Funding Formula.

Jewish Journal mentioned Willow Bay is the incoming dean of the USC Annenberg School.

Atlanta Business Chronicle noted USC offer's a master's degree in real estate development at the USC Price School.

Odessa American published an op-ed by Susan Estrich of the USC Gould School about the future of President Donald Trump's administration following the firing of the FBI Director.