USC in the News

USC In the News 7/21 to 7/24/2017

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV profiled Maria Aranda of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and her research on depression and disability in older Latinos through Programa Esperanza, or Project Hope, in East Los Angeles. Aranda, who hails from Boyle Heights, found older Latinos face higher rates of severe depression and disability and are less likely to get quality treatment. She hopes to extrapolate on the finding and help other low-income, limited English speaking older adults across the country.

The Daily Breeze highlighted work by USC to establish a biotechnology business park in East Los Angeles. The story noted research by Steve Kay of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience on the future of "virtual care clinics." "We are converging engineers, scientists and biomedical practitioners to accelerate translational research, and we’ve built one of Los Angeles’ largest research buildings," said Kay.

Inverse featured research by Lon Schneider of Keck Medicine of USC and colleagues on the impact of a healthier lifestyle in reducing dementia risk. Experts from around the world and USC identified nine risk factors for dementia: education to a maximum of age 15; hypertension, hearing loss and obesity in middle age; and smoking, depression, physical inactivity, social isolation and diabetes in late life.

CBC Radio (Canada) highlighted a video game created by Tracy Fullerton of USC Games. Fullerton spent 10 years developing "Walden," where the objective is not to have the highest score but to increase inspiration, through Henry David Thoreau's vision of Walden Woods.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about California Governor Jerry Brown's political legacy on climate change.

NPR's "Invisibilia" interviewed Daphna Oyserman of the USC Dornsife College on the best way an individual can motivate oneself (interview begins at 37 minute mark).

BBC quoted Stephanie Tully of the USC Marshall School on how the "fear of missing out" is exacerbated by social media and how the ability of some social classes to spend beyond their basic needs has helped drive the growth of Comic-Con.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" interviewed Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about bipartisanship in California politics and a recent op-ed penned by Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

MSNBC interviewed David Kang of the USC Dornsife College's Korean Studies Institute on possible policies for dealing with North Korea's weapons development program.

The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted Gregory Keating of the USC Gould School on the likely success of a group of lawsuits that alleges the world's largest oil companies should pay for damages caused by rising sea levels.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Richard Green, director of the USC Lusk Center, on how a vacancy tax does not solve San Francisco's housing issues.

The Huffington Post quoted Daniel Durbin of the USC Annenberg School about the popularity of arm wrestling as a competitve sport.

Quartz quoted Elizabeth Currid-Halkett of the USC Price School on how the modern upper class focuses on "inconspicuous consumption" to increase social capital, like having the resources to breastfeed children.

Mother Jones quoted Richard Paulson of Keck Medicine of USC on how "natural procreative technology," or NaPro, is not scientifically based medicine and can further inhibit an individual's ability to conceive and carry a child.

Xinhua News Agency (China) quoted Clayton Dube of the USC Annenberg School's U.S.-China Institute on China's accumulation of soft power. The story was based on a report released by Jay Wang and Nicolas Cull of the USC Annenberg School's Center on Public Diplomacy and colleagues on the changing soft power yielded by the world's most powerful countries.

Inc. quoted Antonio Damasio of the USC Dornsife College about the science behind perceived "gut feelings."

KFI-AM interviewed Brian Peck of the USC Gould School about international trade and the availability of American-made products to provide context during President Donald Trump's "Made in America"-themed week.

Hyperallergic quoted Charles Cronin of the USC Gould School about the implications of a court case arguing for artifacts to be turned over as payment for damages from terror attacks.

Federal News Radio quoted Ryan Spicer of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies on how long it takes to convert drone images into an interactive map, a technology that is currently used for Marine Corps training.

The New York Times published a story about the former dean of Keck School of Medicine of USC, Carmen Puliafito. The New York Times also ran an Associated Press story on the matter and included the story in The New York Times' "California Today" newsletter. The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times (additional stories here, here, here, here, here and here), The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, ABC News Los Angeles affiliates KABC-TV and KABC-AM, CBS News Los Angeles affiliates KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV, NBC News Los Angeles affiliates KNBC-TV, CW News affiliate KTLA-TVEstrella News Los Angeles affiliate KRCA-TV, KPCC-FM, USA Today, The Times (UK)Daily Mail (UK), City News Service and The Eastsider LA (second story here) also did stories on Puliafito. Most stories included quotes from statements, letters and memoranda issued by USC, USC President C. L. Max Nikias and USC Provost Michael Quick.

The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Telegraph (UK) and The Huffington Post published obituaries celebrating the life of Clancy Sigal, professor emeritus at the USC Annenberg School.

CNBC published commentary by Joel Strom, a fellow at the USC Dornsife College's Unruh Institute, on how expanding charity care can bolster Medicaid's success.

PBS' "NextAvenue" published commentary by Ed Schneider, dean emeritus of the USC Davis School, on how advice typically given to growing children can also serve as sage advice for healthy aging.

KCET-TV published commentary by Nathan Masters of the USC Libraries on how certain trees used to serve as boundary marks in Los Angeles.

The Huffington Post published commentary by Ira Kalb of the USC Marshall School on how capitalizing on what makes a brand unique is one of the most effective marketing strategies.

The Huffington Post published an op-ed by Ellen Olshansky of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and colleagues on the impact repealing the Affordable Care Act will have on the health of women and families.

The Plain Dealer published a story produced by the USC Annenberg School's Center for Health Journalism about the impact of doulas on infant mortality in the Cleveland area.

Raw Story noted a 2015 study by Cleopatra Abdou of the USC Davis School on the adverse effects of healthcare stereotyping.