USC in the News

USC In the News 8/4 to 8/7/2017

The New York Times published an op-ed by Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School on why the upcoming debt ceiling debate may result in the United States defaulting on its financial obligations. According to Kleinbard, the differing views in the president's administration, the Freedom Caucus and changing perspectives on the gravity of default are factors in this year's debate. "Like an impending execution, [the debt ceiling crisis] should concentrate our minds — now, while something can still be done," he wrote.

The New York 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. The researchers found gender, age and racial stereotypes abounded when films addressed emotional arousal (excitement), valence (positive and negative emotion), sex, achievement, religion, death and swearing. “Understanding media’s content is one step toward understanding its impact and influence on people,” said Narayanan, who also found female characters were less central to plots than male counterparts. Boston Herald, The Wrap, Glamour and Refinery29 also highlighted Narayanan's report.

Los Angeles Times featured the turnaround of Verdugo Hills Hospital, which affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC in 2013, especially focusing on efforts by chief executive Keith Hobbs. “In the last 18 months, the hospital is on a high that I have never experienced at another place,” said Armand Dorian, associate chief medical officer at USC Verdugo Hills. The article highlighted recent additions to hospital technology, including different robots for sanitizing rooms and performing minimally invasive surgeries, as well as the addition of a neonatal intensive care unit.

Consumer Reports featured work by Steven Chen of the USC School of Pharmacy which reviewed the prescription medication lists of a number of patients and identified concerns regarding drug interactions, over-medication and more. The story also quoted Michael Hochman of Keck Medicine of USC. 

The Conversation published an op-ed by Jon-Patrick Allem of Keck Medicine of USC on why the Netflix show "13 Reasons Why" is bad for public health. Allem found increased internet searches on how to die by suicide. "While we don’t know whether any specific search preceded an actual suicide attempt, the trends we found in search data suggest that the show’s creators probably have an obligation to mitigate suicidal ideation in the future," he wrote.

The New York Times quoted Lisa Klerman of the USC Gould School about the wide margin employers are afforded when assigning layoffs and whether age discrimination suits are successful in court.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about how the internal tensions in California's Democratic Party will impact fundraising, but not the party's electoral majority.

The Washington Post (in an Associated Press story) quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School about how human behavior and social interaction is now mediated by digital devices and the impact that might have on an individual's psyche.

CBS News quoted Valerie Folkes of the USC Marshall School on why liberal return policies benefit companies.

The Economist quoted Joshua Goldstein of the USC Annenberg School's U.S.-China Institute on the sources of waste used in China's recycling industry.

USA Today quoted Bob Girandola of the USC Dornsife College on the longevity of Tom Brandy's football career.

Chicago Tribune quoted Christopher Sampson of the USC Thornton School on how the song "Chelsea Dagger" uses techniques like repetition and audience participation to ingratiate itself in the minds of Chicago Blackhawk hockey fans.

PolitiFact quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School on the effectiveness of a tax holiday on increasing corporate spending within the United States.

NPR Sacramento affiliate "Capitol Public Radio" quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on why California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's success in fundraising for his gubernatorial run does not guarantee electoral victory.

The Guardian (UK) quoted Karen Lincoln of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School on the disproportionately high numbers of minorities who are homeless and how policy solutions do not address this fact.

International Business Times quoted Kayla de la Haye of Keck Medicine of USC on the challenges overweight children face in forming friendships.

International Business Times quoted Dowell Myers of the USC Price School on class shifts among millennials.

Los Angeles Daily News quoted Naj Meshkati of the USC Viterbi School on a safety review of Aliso Canyon and other underground natural gas storage fields in California.

OZY quoted Daniel Durbin of the USC Annenberg School on how the NBA relies on star power to drive team profits.

Desert Sun quoted Shohreh Farzan of Keck Medicine of USC on how the changing environment around the Salton Sea could negatively impact the respiratory health of its residents.

The Independent (UK) quoted Martin Levine of the USC Gould School on why lie detector tests are unreliable.

Refinery29 quoted Daria Roithmayr of the USC Gould School on Supreme Court decisions regarding race and affirmative action.

The New York Times published a book review, written by Antonio Damasio of the USC Dornsife College's Brain and Creativity Institute.

The New York TimesNPR's New York affiate WNYC-FM, Glamour and Bustle noted 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 across the entertainment industry.

The New York Times reported sexual assault charges were dropped against a USC student. The New York Times' "California Today" newsletter, CBS News, Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV, Daily Mail (UK), New York Daily News, Heavy, Inside Edition, The Sun (UK), Metro (UK), The Mirror (UK) and Indian Express (India) also reported the update.

The Wall Street Journal published a story about the former dean of Keck School of Medicine of USC, Carmen Puliafito. Los Angeles TimesInside Higher Ed, Politico and Pasadena Weekly mentioned the story.

Los Angeles Times, United Press International, Politico and Independent Journal Review mentioned an initiative by the USC Price School's Schwarzenegger Institute to develop the Digital Environmental Legislative Handbook, "a searchable database of environmental bills and laws designed to help legislators create their own climate change laws."

Los Angeles Downtown News reported USC Village houses the first Trader Joe's location close to Downtown Los Angeles.

Bloomberg BNA cited a study by Michael Thom of the USC Price School on the limited effective government credits and incentives for the film industry had on local economies in the long-term.

U.S. News & World Report named the USC Price School among the top 10 best public affairs graduate programs in the country.

New York Magazine reported on charges of assault against a USC student. National Review cited the article.

The Huffington Post published commentary by Saaori Katada of the USC Dornsife College and USC graduate student Alex Lin on how the balance of power is rapidly changing in the Pacific Rim.

The Huffington Post published commentary by Ira Kalb of the USC Marshall School on why businesses that segment retails products into three different brands based on price are successful.

The Sacramento Bee mentioned the USC Sea Grant Program may receive a multi-million dollar grant from the California Ocean Protection Council.

Al Jazeera noted research by Manuel Pastor of the USC Dorsnife College's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration about the proportion of Los Angeles' population that is undocumented.

Shape cited research by Alicia McDonough of Keck Medicine of USC on how foods high in poyassium can help lower blood pressure and improve digestion.

The Press Democrat published a story produced by the USC Annenberg School's Center for Health Journalism on the lack of clinical facilities for mental health patients in Sonoma County.