USC in the News

USC In the News 8/1/2017

Los Angeles Times featured a study by Shrikanth Narayanan of the USC Viterbi School's Signal Analysis and Interpretation Lab that found women appear less frequently than men in most films and when they are on-screen, they are portrayed stereotypically. "We found that if you remove female characters, the centrality doesn't change as much as it does for males ... more central roles are given to male characters," Narayanan said. The researchers also found gender, age and racial stereotypes abounded when films addressed emotional arousal (excitement), valence (positive and negative emotion), sex, achievement, religion, death and swearing. Daily Mail (UK) and Press Trust of India also reported on the study.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV highlighted USC’s Bovard Scholars program, which empowers promising, low-income high school students from across the country to gain admittance to highly selective universities. The segment highlighted the program’s Summer Residency, a fully funded three-week program where students receive mentorship and advice on how to select the best college for their aspirations, how to apply for financial aid, learn the best test-taking strategies and learn about the resources available to them on a college campus. Each Bovard Scholar is assigned an admissions coach to help them through their entire senior year of high school. “This is about giving the opportunity for students to dream big about going to a great university regardless [of their background],” said USC Provost Michael Quick.

CBS News featured a new report by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative and colleagues on the continuing underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry. Researchers found exclusion of women, minorities, LGBT people and disabled characters in films remained virtually unchanged over the past year, despite heightened attention on Hollywood's diversity issues. The Guardian (UK), Variety, ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, Univision Los Angeles affiliate KMEX-TV, Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV, Hoy San Diego, The Huffington Post, Vice, Los Angeles Daily News, Fortune, Deadline, Salon, Glamour, Mic., Inquirer, LA Weekly, City News Service and The Plain Dealer reported on the new study.

Bloomberg highlighted research by Greg Ver Steeg of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute to use big data to plan cancer treatment. Ver Steeg was contacted by another researcher with ovarian cancer and together they identified an inhibitor in her immune system that was blocking the traditional course of treatment.

The Conversation published an op-ed by Brad Spellberg of Keck Medicine of USC on the problem of antibiotic resistance. Spellberg estimates that 75 percent of antibiotic use is unnecessary and antibiotics are commonly prescribed for longer periods than needed. He also makes recommendations on how to have conversations with a physician when visiting for a cold. "Doctors may otherwise prescribe an antibiotic even when you don’t need one, out of fear that you will be unhappy without the prescription," he wrote.

Los Angeles Times quoted Clifford Neuman of the USC Viterbi School on why entertainment companies often have a difficult time securing their widely dispersed data, in light of the hacking of HBO's data.

Los Angeles Times quoted Joel Hay of the USC School of Pharmacy on how the federal government could buy out drug patents following FDA approval and control the pricing going forward.

The Huffington Post quoted Jim Burklo of the USC Office of Religious Life about an exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art chronicling the stories of those who cross the desert to Arizona from Mexico.

Nature quoted Caleb Finch of the USC Davis School on why humans and chimpanzees might have developed APOE – a type of protein in the brain that controls how plaques can form – for different evolutionary functions. Science also quoted Finch on the recent study that found chimpanzees might also develop Alzheimer's disease.

Pacific Standard quoted Albert "Skip" Rizzo of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies on whether emotional intelligence is feasible for artificial intelligence systems.

Los Angeles Times and International Business Times mentioned planned Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum renovations and USC will host the media village for the 2028 Summer Olympics.

Los Angeles Times reported sexual assault charges were dropped against a USC student.

The Chronicle of Higher Education published a story about the former dean of Keck School of Medicine of USC, Carmen Puliafito. Los Angeles Times, KPCC-FM's "Take Two," Los Angeles Daily News and Times Higher Education mentioned the story.

CNN cited comments by Mike Chinoy of the USC Annenberg School's U.S.-China Institute on why powerful North Koreans resent the Chinese government.

Wired mentioned research by Jon-Patrick Allem of Keck Medicine of USC and colleagues on why the Netflix show "13 Reasons Why" is bad for public health.

Forbes cited comments by Jason Squire of the USC School of Cinematic Arts during a panel discussion on the future of the movie business.

Morning Consult published commentary by David Beier, a Quintiles senior fellow at the USC Schaeffer Center, on how the pharmaceutical industry can help combat the opioid epidemic.

Good cited comments by Don Hossler of the USC Rossier School's Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice on the possible reasons why University of California, Irvine, rescinded admissions offers to 500 potential students.

CalMatters cited research by Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and colleagues that found low-income communities were negatively impacted by California's cap-and-trade program.