USC in the News

USC In the News 5/17/2017

Los Angeles Times featured a gift from the George Lucas Family Foundation to endow the Robin Williams Endowed Chair in Comedy at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. USC was one of the first universities in the country to establish a program specifically for comedy. "To say there’s not a time and a place where one can dedicate oneself to developing one’s voice, one’s craft, one’s practice — I just don’t buy it," said Barnet Kellman, who will be the first holder of the chair and started USC's comedy program. "It sets a standard - more than anything it says, ‘This is the standard to which we aspire.’ It’s a crown jewel in our comedy program," said USC School of Cinematic Arts Dean Elizabeth Daley. Los Angeles Times also mentioned the new chair in its newsletter.

Telemundo Los Angeles affiliate KVEA-TV profiled Keck Medicine of USC graduate Brandon Ortega. Ortega is the first of his family to attend college and is headed to a residency at LAC+USC Medical Center.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute on how technology is pushing athletes to break records and can also be utilized by everyday consumers and the military.

The New York Times quoted Larry Gross of the USC Annenberg School about the resources available for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people that were not as accessible before the advent of technology and recognition in the medical community that these identities are normal. The story also noted Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

Los Angeles Times quoted William Tierney of the USC Rossier School on why University of California administrators were unwise to have hidden funds.

STAT quoted Rebecca Mary Myerson of the USC Schaeffer Center about a new study that linked a doctor's age to patient mortality rates.

U.S. News & World Report quoted Robert English of the USC Dornsife College on why President Donald Trump's disclosure of classified information to Russian diplomats was reckless, but not unprecedented.

Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV quoted Valter Longo of the USC Davis School's Longevity Institute on how fasting-mimicking diets can alter the body's metabolism or slow disease progression.

Kaiser Health News quoted Steven Chen of the USC School of Pharmacy on why proton pump inhibitors (PPI) may be over-prescribed.

The Baltimore Sun mentioned the commencement address given by USC alumnus Will Ferrell.

Pasadena Star-News mentioned USC is among Los Angeles-area universities that produce groundbreaking research that leads to startup businesses.

Education Dive reported on 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.

Beverly Hills Courier mentioned the USC Thornton School's Polish Music Center.