USC in the News

USC In the News 6/13/2017

USA Today "College" highlighted the story of Felicitas Reyes, a foster youth who recently graduated from USC. The story mentioned the Trojan Guardian Scholars program, which serves as a support network for foster youth in college. "I was lucky in that I had a ton of support from USC; I had people I could go to when I needed help. They’ve helped me find housing, they’ve helped me find jobs," Reyes said. The reporter also quoted George Sanchez of the USC Dornsife College about Reyes' resolve and achievements.

STAT published a profile on Valter Longo of the USC Davis School and his research on the benefits of fasting and fasting-mimicking diets, and how the body ages. Fasting “is at the foundation of the body’s ability to protect, repair, and rejuvenate itself. We started to wonder: What can we use it for?” Longo said. Longo spoke about how his initial research on aging met some pushback from the scientific community. STAT also published a review of Longo's fasting-mimicking diet.

The Conversation published an op-ed by Daphna Oyserman of the USC Dornsife College and a colleague on why a wider gap exists between aspiring to and achieving a college degree among low-income and minority students. "We believe policymakers should understand that the problem is not low aspirations but low support compounded by economic segregation," she wrote. Oyserman and her colleague advocate for policies that provide public, academic support for students in marginalized groups.

Daily Mail (UK) highlighted research by Christian Pike of the USC Davis School on how individuals that carry a gene that may be related to Alzheimer's disease might increase their risk of cognitive decline if they have an unhealthy diet. The study found eating foods high in sugar and fat increased the risk for both Alzheimer's disease and obesity with the inherited gene of APOE4 is present. City News Service also reported on the study.

Daily Mail (UK) featured research by Jonathan Gratch, Giota Stratou and Rens Hoegen of the USC Institute for Creative Technology on how when a winner smiles during victory, she or he decreases the chances for future success against the same individual. "We think that emotion is the enemy of reason. But the truth is that emotion is our way of assigning value to things," said Gratch. Men's Fitness also reported on the study.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) quoted Lisa Klerman of the USC Gould School on why some businesses have difficulty transitioning from a startup culture to a successful business enterprise.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Ira Kalb of the USC Marshall School on the impact investing in Venezuelan bonds will have on the Goldman Sachs brand.

Los Angeles Times quoted John Boudreau of the USC Marshall School about why increased scrutiny by investors and the public encourages a company to reset its culture and priorities.

CBS News New York affiliate WCBS-AM quoted Sam Erman of the USC Gould School about an appellate ruling that continued the hold on enforcing President Donald Trump's travel ban.

KFI-AM's "No Limits" interviewed Willow Bay, the incoming dean of the USC Annenberg School, about her career trajectory and experience as a woman in the media industry.

New Scientist quoted Travis Longcore of the USC Dornsife College and USC School of Architecture on how light pollution affects the aerial ecosystem.

Voice of OC quoted Heidi Rummel of the USC Gould School about ongoing investigations into prosecutorial misconduct by the Orange County District Attorney's Office and Sheriff's Department.

The Washington Post mentioned research by Emilio Ferrara of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute and colleagues on the percentage of Twitter users that are likely bots.

Politico mentioned USC Rossier School Dean Karen Symms Gallagher was elected as the new chair of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Board of Directors.