USC in the News

USC In the News 7/15 to 7/17/2017

Los Angeles Times, republishing a Daily Pilot Report, featured research by Tom Chang of the USC Marshall School and a colleague finding that shuttered retail storefronts, including medical marijuana dispensaries, or MMDs, may lead to increased crime. Their research looked specifically at the influence of closing MMDs, which have previously been thought to contribute to increased crime in neighborhoods.

The Wall Street Journal featured an op-ed by Jonathan Taplin of the USC Annenberg School on how large technology companies are transforming the U.S. economy in potentially monopolistic and negative ways. He is the author of "Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy." "Digital technology has become critical to the personal and economic well-being of everyone on the planet, but decisions about how it is designed, operated and developed have never been voted on by anyone. Those decisions are largely made by executives and engineers at Google, Facebook, Amazon and other leading tech companies, and imposed on the rest of us with very little regulatory scrutiny. It is time for that to change," Taplin wrote.

The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted USC as one of a number of universities actively encouraging interdisciplinary research, stressing team-based scholarship by stripping references to independent scholarship in tenure-and-promotion manuals and encouraging active cooperation between different schools in engineering, cinema and social work. The article quoted both Randolph Hall, USC vice president for research, and Yannis C. Yortsos, dean of the USC Viterbi School. "Becoming an ‘independent investigator’ is the way we’ve measured someone’s career advancement, but that seems to be inconsistent with the goal of interdisciplinarity. Frankly, a lot of people still use that language. What we try to value instead is your impact. And your impact could be part of a team, or as an individual," said Hall.

KPCC-FM featured a project by Luanne Rohrbach of Keck Medicine of USC to bring evidence-based sexual health programs to areas where data shows that youth are at the highest risk for teen pregnancy, in a report on federal cuts to teen pregnancy prevention grants in favor of abstinence-only education. Rohrbach's project is among those affected. "We're completely disheartened to think that there is a movement now that is clearly being pushed at the federal level to get us back to the days of just talking about abstinence with kids. We've tried it and there's been extensive research done on abstinence-only approaches and the conclusion of that research is that they are not effective," said Rohrbach. Mother Jones, Glamour, Opposing Views, LGBTQ Nation and The Center for Investigative Reporting also mentioned Rohrbach's project will be affected by the cuts.

Reader's Digest featured research by Veronica Setiawan of Keck Medicine of USC and colleagues that found regular coffee consumption may reduce the risk of death from digestive diseases and, among women in particular, from circulatory conditions. The study followed more than 500,000 people over 16 years and found that high consumers of coffee had the most benefits.

The New York Times quoted Robert Shrum, director of the USC Unruh Institute, on how the federal investigation into Jane Sanders may affect Bernie Sanders' political prospects.

The New York Times quoted W. Grant Stevens of Keck Medicine of USC about the popularity of fat freezing treatment with men.

Los Angeles Times quoted Leo Braudy of the USC Dornsife College on how director George Romero changed the horror film genre.

Los Angeles Times quoted Geoffrey Joyce of the USC Schaeffer Center about the proposed Medicaid cuts in the U.S. Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" interviewed Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on California Governor Jerry Brown's appeal to legislators on a cap-and-trade deal and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra's efforts to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

CNBC quoted Stanley Rosen of the USC Dornsife College about the financial performance of American films in the Chinese market.

Newsweek quoted David Agus of Keck Medicine of USC about the intractability of cancer.

Scientific American quoted Kristina Lerman of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute on the limitations of tracking the sharing of information online the same way we track diseases.

Los Angeles Daily News quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School on the ways that social norms online will "bleed out" into the physical world.

Curbed LA quoted Jill Johnston of Keck Medicine of USC about contaminated soil at a proposed housing and retail site in Watts.

Chalkbeat quoted Morgan Polikoff of the USC Rossier School on testing students in early grades.

The Wall Street Journal 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 Chronicle of Higher Education mentioned a $15 million gift from USC Trustee Shelly Nemirovsky and her husband Ofer to endow and name a residential college at USC Village.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review mentioned earlier statements by Yannis C. Yortsos, dean of the USC Viterbi School, to the newspaper about the global competition for leaders on the academic side of engineering.

Becker's Spine Review mentioned a $50 million gift from surgeon Gary Michelson to support the new USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience.

Laconia Daily Sun published an op-ed by Susan Estrich of the USC Gould School about Donald Trump Jr. meeting with Russian officials.