USC in the News

USC In the News 6/21/2017

Fast Company highlighted the USC Shoah Foundation and its work to preserve the first-hand accounts of Holocaust survivors in virtual reality. The mission is more urgent now because of the advanced age of the remaining survivors. The article focuses on the testimony of 85-year-old Pinchas Gutter, a Holocaust survivor who recorded his experience for the Shoah Foundation's "New Dimensions in Testimony" initiative.

Newsweek featured research by Annette Kim of the USC Price School on Beijing's underground housing market. An estimated 1 million people live beneath the city despite it being illegal. The dwellings provide an opportunity for poorer workers to live closer to their place of employment than they could normally afford.

Politico 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. The story noted "only 6 percent of public relations professionals said they would take the post of Trump press secretary if it were offered to them." Bloomberg, National Post (Canada) and City News Service also noted the report.

Live Science 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. Europa Press (Spain) also highlighted the discovery.

United Press International (in a HealthDay story) profiled Rosemary She Bender and Jeffrey Bender of Keck Medicine of USC and their paper about raising a 'no-diaper' baby. According to the Benders, the disposable diapers can take up to 500 years to degrade and have a serious impact on the environment. Although the Benders were able to successfully implement "elimination communication," they acknowledge it is not feasible for all families.

Los Angeles Times quoted Adam Leventhal and Steven Sussman of Keck Medicine of USC about the unfortunate effects of mental health and addiction problems and the likely reasons Carrie Fisher took drugs before her death.

NPR's "Planet Money" podcast interviewed Ellen Wayland-Smith of the USC Dornsife College about her book on the Oneida community, including how the commune came to be and the intersection of free love and capitalism.

Yahoo interviewed Clifford Johnson of the USC Dornsife College about his role advising on the set of the television show "Genius," about the life of Albert Einstein.

The Washington Post cited comments by Paul Ginsburg of the USC Schaeffer Center about the secrecy surrounding the Senate's version of the American Health Care Act.

The Washington Post noted a study by Emilio Ferrara of the USC Viterbi School's Information Science Institute and colleagues on the percentage of Twitter users that are likely bots.

Los Angeles Times cited research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative and colleagues on the underrepresentation of women in directorial roles. Bloomberg also cited the study. Science Mic. and Paste noted a separate study by Smith on the underrepresentation of women and minorities across the entertainment industry.

The Guardian (UK) cited research by Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and colleagues on the impact of California's cap-and-trade program on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Entrepreneur, in a story about where most employees at Google, Apple, Facebook and other technology companies went to school, mentioned USC.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution cited results from the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Daybreak Poll that showed Donald Trump with a lead over Hillary Clinton heading into the November election.

El Pais (Spain) cited comments by Jonathan Taplin, professor emeritus of the USC Annenberg School, about the impact of Facebook and Google on the proliferation of fake news.

Uno (Argentina) noted 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.

Odessa American and Laconia Daily Sun published op-eds by Susan Estrich of the USC Gould School about Donald Trump's presidency.