USC in the News

USC In the News 6/8/2017

The New York Times profiled Alan Pasqua of the USC Thornton School, who provided the background jazz piano music for Bob Dylan's Nobel lecture. Pasqua, who is the chair of the USC Thornton School's jazz studies department, previously appeared on two of Dylan's albums during the 1970s. "I was treating it almost as a movie score. There has to be interest in the musical content, but it could not compete with Bob’s speech, his words. And I also thought about the sound of his voice, and where on the piano I should be playing so it wouldn’t be competing with him sonically," Pasqua told The Times.

STAT published commentary by Dana Goldman and Anupam Jena of the USC Schaeffer Center on the difficulties associated with implementing fair, value-based drug pricing. One of the primary mechanisms Goldman and Jena recommend is increasing transparency in the assessment of a drug's value. "If a drug creates value for society, we should figure out ways to finance its cost," the authors also wrote.

The Sun (UK) featured research by Kayla de la Haye of Keck Medicine of USC that found overweight children are more likely to have fewer friends than their classmates and more likely to be shunned due to their weight. "Our finding is alarming because if we continue to have social environments where fat shaming is the norm, these kids will continue to be ostracized," de la Haye said. Due to the social isolation, larger children experience an increased risk for loneliness, depression and poor health. Live Science also reported on the study.

Los Angeles Times interviewed Lisa Klerman of the USC Gould School on whether Uber has a legal obligation to warn employers if someone was fired for possible sexual harassment and how the announcement might open Uber to possible legal action by the former employees. 

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" interviewed Rebecca Lonergan of the USC Gould School on whether obtaining the cell phone records of a suspect should require probable cause.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" interviewed Matthew Kahn of the USC Dornsife College about the future of green and clean tech in California and possible partnerships between the state and international actors on combatting climate change.

Variety quoted Thomas Hollihan of the USC Annenberg School on how former FBI Director James Comey's personality will affect how viewers perceive his testimony.

Yahoo News quoted Mellissa Withers of Keck Medicine of USC on the importance of protecting health care providers working overseas against devastating viruses.

Voice of America quoted Shon Hiatt of the USC Marshall School on the increased costs for California citizens because of the state's tougher environmental regulations.

The Press-Telegram quoted Ange-Marie Hancock-Alfaro of the USC Dornsife College about the challenges facing Compton's re-elected mayor.

The Argonaut quoted Heidi Rummel of the USC Gould School on how Proposition 57 changed how a juvenile defendant was sentenced and possibly rehabilitated.

The Washington Times quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School on why many voters see President Donald Trump's tweets as a form of authentic communication.

Refinery29 quoted Diana Ramos of Keck Medicine of USC about the differences between carrying and giving birth to twins compared to a single infant.

Lifescript quoted Kristin Bendikson of Keck Medicine of USC about the symptoms of endometriosis.

The New York Times mentioned USC partners with the nonprofit Base 11 to offer a STEM career accelerator program.

Politico and CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV noted a story in the Los Angeles Times about USC's outreach to potential transfer students.

The Hill cited research by Rob McConnell, Jessica Barrington-Trimis and colleagues from Keck Medicine of USC on the increased risk for chronic bronchitis among teenagers who used electronic cigarettes.

Science cited research by Julie Posselt of the USC Rossier School on how top graduate programs make initial cuts to applicant lists based on numerical performance.

Daily Breeze mentioned USC has a zSpace virtual reality education lab.

Miami Herald mentioned a documentary co-produced by the USC Shoah Foundation about the genocide in Guatemala.

The Korea Times published commentary by Kyung Moon Hwang of the USC Dornsife College on the historical treatment of orphans in Korea.

The Laconia Daily Sun published an op-ed by Susan Estrich of the USC Gould School about the changing perceptions of America's major political parties.