USC in the News

USC In the News 6/9/2017

Hoy Los Angeles highlighted USC's "Business of Biotech" event, which featured Maria Aranda and William Vega of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work who grew up in East Los Angeles and have returned to the area to help improve health outcomes. Besides Vega and Aranda's research, USC continues outreach to Boyle Heights and surrounding communities in hopes of building a biotechnology corridor to attract businesses and jobs to the area. "The most important thing is that a biotechnology industry is going to result in medical discoveries that will help us a lot as a Latino community," said Martha Escutia, vice president of USC Government Relations.

U.S. News & World Report (in a HealthDay story) 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 are more likely to be shunned due to their weight. Due to the social isolation, larger children experience an increased risk for loneliness, depression and poor health. "It's been talked about traditionally as this individual problem -- when we see someone who's fat, they're [said] to be lazy, that it's some sort of failing ... It's really that we've created a society and environment that promotes lots of food consumption and makes it really hard to be active," de la Haye said. Daily Mail (UK), New York Post, New York Daily News, Bustle, El Economista (Spain) and La Razon (Spain) reported on the research.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Christopher Smith of the USC Annenberg School on why hip hop artists make foreign currency references in songs.

The Washington Post quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute on how the NBA is successfully marketing to millennial fans and why it is important for the league's growth that the trend continues.

American Public Media's "Marketplace" quoted Anthony Dukes of the USC Marshall School on the remaining advantages brick and mortar retail stores hold over the online marketplace.

U.S. News & World Report (in an Associated Press story) quoted M. Dane Waters, founder and chairman of the USC Marshall School's Initiative and Referendum Institute about a proposed Ohio law that would make it more difficult for citizens to propose state constitutional amendments.

Politico quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on how Senator Kamala Harris is building her national political reputation in Congress.

KPCC-FM interviewed Nathan Graeser of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work on the need to connect veterans with resources before they become homeless.

Euro News quoted Sam Erman of the USC Gould School about the firing of FBI Director James Comey by President Donald Trump.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KNX-AM and San Francisco affiliate KCBS-AM interviewed Duke Han of Keck Medicine of USC about his recent study that identified biological changes in the brain that may point to Alzheimer's disease before the onset of symptoms.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KNX-AM interviewed Susan Seager of the USC Gould School twice about the First Amendment rights of comedian Kathy Griffin.

KCRW-FM interviewed Mark Lloyd of the USC Annenberg School on why communications and media are important for maintaining a functioning democracy.

Thrillist quoted Sarah Jo Portnoy of the USC Dornsife College on the migration of street food vendors from sidewalks to food trucks in Los Angeles.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) reported a second suspect in the death of USC graduate student Xinran Ji was found guilty of first-degree murder. Los Angeles Times, Hoy Los Angeles, ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV, CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV, Xinhua News Agency (China), City News Service, CNTV (China) and ONCC News (Hong Kong) noted the verdict. City News Service previously reported on the 20-year-old man’s trial.

Inside Higher Ed reported on a National Labor Relations Board ruling involving USC Roski School.

The Huffington Post published commentary by Adam Amel Rogers of the USC Annenberg School's Norman Lear Center about the stereotypical depictions of LGBTQ individuals on television.

The Hollywood Reporter cited research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change initiative on the underrepresentation of minorities and women in the entertainment industry.

The Morning Call cited research by Carl Castro of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work's Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families that found some employers are at times wary of hiring veterans with untreated mental health issues.