USC in the News

USC In the News 6/10 to 6/12/2017

CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV featured the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) during an interview with Thomas Sayles, senior vice president of USC University Relations and two recent NAI graduates, Fatima Saravia and Nathaniel Nevels. "The beauty of this program is that 100 percent of the students graduate high school, 99 percent go on to college and the students that come to USC graduate at over 90 percent," said Sayles.

Newsweek and Europa Press (Spain) 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.  Due to the social isolation, larger children experience an increased risk for loneliness, depression and poor health.

The Desert Sun featured a collaboration between the JOVRNALISM class of Robert Hernandez of the USC Annenberg School, the environmental journalism class of Stuart Sender of the USC Annenberg School, The Desert Sun and USA Today network to tell the story of the Salton Sea and its impact on the surrounding region. The partnership produced "Turning Tides at the Salton Sea," a series of seven virtual reality stories that tell the region's story in a radically different way.

Daily Mail (UK) highlighted research by Reout Arbel and Gayla Margolin of the USC Dornsife College and colleagues on the how cortisol levels in adolescents could be linked to a higher likelihood of engaging in "health-promoting behavior." The researchers found that the adolescents who "worried" the most were less likely to suffer from illnesses or common ailments compared to those with the least amount of angst.

Daily Express (UK) highlighted research by 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. Han advocates for establishing a baseline for a person's cognition levels during annual exams. "While there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, the earlier you know you are at risk for developing it, the more you can potentially do to help stave off that diagnosis in the future," Han said.

The Washington Post quoted Lon Schneider of Keck Medicine of USC on how the nootropic drug piracetam has no proven cognition-enhancing benefits.

Los Angeles Times quoted Karen Tongson of the USC Dornsife College on whether the "babadook" character could be framed as an LGBTQ icon.

Los Angeles Times quoted Lanita Jacobs of the USC Dornsife College and Todd Boyd of the USC School of Cinematic Arts on how sexual assault allegations against actor and comedian Bill Cosby will affect his legacy among different groups.

Los Angeles Times quoted Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity on how Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's proposed linkage fee imposed on construction projects will benefit low-income communities and provide needed affordable housing.

Inside Higher Ed interviewed Shaun Harper of the USC Rossier School's Race and Equity Center about Harvard's decision to revoke admission offers to students who participated in an offensive Facebook group.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" interviewed Leonard Maltin of the USC School of Cinematic Arts about his career as a film critic and the future of the industry.

CBC Radio (Canada) interviewed Clifford Johnson of the USC Dornsife College about his consulting work for major superhero films and other television and movie series.

The Washington Post mentioned research by Thomas Berger of the USC Viterbi School to develop a chip that could store the brain's memories.

NBC News cited research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative and colleagues on the underrepresentation of minorities and women in the entertainment industry.

The Sacramento Bee published commentary by Erica Rosenthal of the USC Annenberg School's Norman Lear Center about the potential impact of Hollywood on American culture.

Los Angeles Review of Books published a review by K.C. Cole of the USC Annenberg School on actor Alan Aldas' new book.

The Huffington Post published commentary by Ira Kalb of the USC Marshall School on how reactions to former FBI Director James Comey's testimony to the Senate reaffirms confirmation bias assumptions.