USC in the News

USC In the News 6/20/2017

The New York Times highlighted research by Norbert Schwarz of the USC Dornsife College's Mind and Society Center on how people evaluate the truth of information. Since analytics evaluations are "cognitively taxing," a person may rely on intuitive evaluations based on gut feelings or ease of understanding.

The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by Dana Goldman and Darius Lakdawalla of the USC Schaeffer Center about how pharmaceutical companies feel empowered to charge more than the cost of research and development for medications. "Economists agree that higher drug prices spur more drug discovery, but they still don’t know how much discovery is enough or how high prices need to be," they wrote.

Bloomberg highlighted research by Fred Cook, director of the USC Annenberg School's Center for Public Relations, on how the public relations industry is viewed because of President Donald Trump's White House. Bloomberg noted that the study found "only 6 percent of public relations professionals said they would take the post of Trump press secretary if it were offered to them."

Chicago Sun-Times highlighted research by Paul Aisen and Michael Donohue of the USC Alzheimer's Therapeutic Research Institute that found Alzheimer's disease can affect the brain long before the symptoms of mental deterioration are visible. The researchers surmise this could mean twice as many people will develop the brain disease worldwide than previously estimated. "To have the greatest impact on the disease, we need to intervene against amyloid, the basic molecular cause, as early as possible," Aisen said.

Daily Mail (UK) featured the discovery of a previously unknown amphibian ancestor by Adam Huttenlocker of Keck Medicine of USC. The Chinlestegophis jenkinsi fossil was determined to be a common ancestor of both the caecilians and modern amphibians like the frog and salamander. "Our textbook-changing discovery will require paleontologists to re-evaluate the timing of the origin of modern amphibian groups and how they evolved," said Huttenlocker. Science News also reported on the discovery.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute on whether the Supreme Court's ruling on trademarking potentially offensive names will automatically yield positive business impacts for sports franchises with controversial names or mascots.

The Washington Post quoted Paul Ginsburg of the USC Schaeffer Center on the secrecy surrounding the crafting of the Senate's version of the American Health Care Act. United Press International cited Ginsburg's comments.

Los Angeles Times quoted Carin Kreutzer of the USC Davis School about why more informative food labels encourage people to make healthier choices and President Donald Trump's rollback of some healthy eating initiatives.

Los Angeles Times interviewed Ira Kalb of the USC Marshall School about the future for Whole Foods' partner Instacart following the purchase by Amazon.

NPR quoted Karen Tongson of the USC Dornsife College about the impact of Yoko Ono receiving a writing credit for the John Lennon song "Imagine."

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" interviewed Ange-Marie Hancock-Alfaro of the USC Dornsife College on how to manage sexist comments and actions, especially in the workplace.

The New Yorker quoted Vasily Gatov of the USC Annenberg School's Center on Communication and Leadership Policy about possible assassinations by the Russian government.

PBS' "Next Avenue" quoted Raj Dasgupta of Keck Medicine of USC about the stereotype that only overweight individuals experience sleep apnea.

Pacific Standard quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School on why a "tax holiday" will not result in significant economic growth or investment in the United States.

KCRW-FM interviewed Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about the parallels between the trials of Bill Cosby and O.J. Simpson.

ATTN: quoted Christian Grose of the USC Dornsife College about the Supreme Court's decision to consider a court case about partisan-based gerrymandering.

Law quoted Jody Armour of the USC Gould School on why it is uncommon for long jury deliberations to result in a conviction.

Stamford Advocate quoted Daniel Durbin of the USC Annenberg School's Institute of Sports, Media and Society about how the NHL can widen its viewership and continue to grow, as seen with its partnership with NBC Sports.

NPR San Francisco affiliate KQED-FM's "The California Report" published a story in a series compiled by Sandy Tolan and Karen Lowe of the USC Annenberg School and their advanced radio students on how different communities are reacting to Donald Trump's presidency.

Entrepreneur cited research by Ernest Wilson of the USC Annenberg School on how senior executives and middle managers often lack empathy, which is key for managing a modern workforce.

Women's Health noted that the fasting mimicking diet is based on research by Valter Longo of the USC Davis School.

Jewish Journal published commentary by Martin Kaplan of the USC Annenberg School's Norman Lear Center about the lack of transparency in Congress regarding the American Health Care Act.