USC in the News

USC In the News 5/18/2017

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV featured USC TRiO student and Upward Bound graduate Jorge Campos. Campos, who lives in Palmdale and was previously homeless, will attend Harvard University this fall on a full ride. He credits USC with his academic success and ability to help pull his family out of poverty. "I think he's going to be able to give back to our world and inspire other young people and kids of color who didn't think that they could actually do it," said Theda Douglas of USC University Relations. CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TVAOL News and People also highlighted Campos' story.

Variety, Deadline and The Washington 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. "His legendary career, defined by skillful impressions, unforgettable characters, and masterful stand-up routines, made him a cherished figure at the forefront of the comedy community," said USC School of Cinematic Arts Dean Elizabeth Daley. Barnet Kellman, who started USC's comedy program, will be the first holder of the chair.

Los Angeles Sentinel profiled Demontea Thompson, a recent graduate from USC Rossier School's master's degree in education. Thompson, who was a foster youth, has committed to helping others with his background connect with resources to succeed in education and on a college campus. "I wish that I knew it was okay to ask for help and I wish that I knew that there were resources on campus that could assist us to succeeding and that’s the reason why I went into student affairs," he said.

Los Angeles Sentinel featured work by Gabriel Crenshaw of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and Rajiv Kalia of the USC Dornsife College and USC Viterbi School to begin an outreach program for underrepresented students in STEM fields. The story centered around the academic career of a Santa Monica College student who connected with Crenshaw to launch the program. "Learning works best when it’s diverse. I knew that having a community college student immerse himself in this high-level university culture—and in a field that moves so quickly—would be good for him, and for us," said Crenshaw.

LA Weekly profiled Clifford Johnson of the USC Dornsife College on his work as an advisor for the Marvel film franchise, Star Trek, the National Geographic television show "Genius" and other films and television shows that seek scientific believability. Johnson also encourages viewing scientists as young and diverse, not just older white men. "Are the scientists all white males with crazy hair? Because scientists are people of color, women and young people," Johnson said.

Los Angeles Times quoted Paul Aisen of Keck Medicine of USC's Alzheimer's Therapeutic Research Institute and Helena Chang Chui of Keck Medicine of USC's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center in a series of stories on Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia (second and third stories here).

Bloomberg quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School on why Republicans and Democrats generally oppose or support, respectively, "valued-added taxes."

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV quoted Lawrence Picus of the USC Rossier School about the influence ofmoney in the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education race.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" interviewed Judy Muller of the USC Annenberg School about the ethics of reporting on classified or sensitive government information.

The Scientist quoted Paula Cannon of Keck Medicine of USC about the use of "zinc finger nucleases" in genome editing.

The Inertia quoted Dale Rice of Keck Medicine of USC about why ocean water remains lodged in surfers' noses for several days after leaving the beach.

The San Jose Mercury News cited research by Nathan Masters of the USC Libraries about the "dialect" of California natives.

Pew Research Center noted USC had the greatest number of Optional Practical Training (OPT) approvals for foreign graduates.

Daily Bulletin mentioned USC partners with Metro to provide free or reduced-cost transit passes for students.

Elle noted research by Shrikanth Narayanan and Theodora Chaspari 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 using wearable technology.

The Guardian (Nigeria) noted research by Alicia McDonough of Keck Medicine of USC showing that potassium-rich foods can lower blood pressure.