USC in the News

USC In the News 8/12 to 8/14/2017

The New York Times published an op-ed by Jonathan Taplin, professor emeritus of the USC Annenberg School about Google's monopoly over internet search archives and personal data of internet users. "By giving networks like Google and Facebook control of the present, we cede our freedom to choose our future," Taplin wrote. He also refers to Google's business model as "surveillance capitalism" and why society should care about the company's values. KCRW-FM interviewed Taplin about his new book on the topic.

Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by Shaun Harper and Charles Davis of the USC Rossier School's Race and Equity Center on how the administration of the University of Virginia could have responded better to the white nationalist gathering on their campus. According to Harper and Davis, the university president failed to "to explicitly name white supremacy as the motive of the protesters and made no mention of race." Handling the situation in a "raceless" way further diminishes the value of non-white lives, they wrote.

Gizmodo featured research by George Ban-Weiss of the USC Viterbi School that found some of the materials used to construct "cool roofing" may contribute to overall air pollution in a region. "The goal is to say where are people most vulnerable to extreme heat, and in those regions where the people are most vulnerable, what are the mitigating strategies that should be most pursued that would help the most," he said. Agence France Presse also covered the research efforts.

VentureBeat highlighted research by the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School and USC Viterbi School's Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society to address problems such as homeless youth, poaching of endangered species, gang prevention and other situations. "With AI, we are able to reach 70 percent of the youth population in the pilot, compared to about 25 percent in the standard techniques. So AI algorithms are able to reach far more youth in terms of spreading HIV information compared to traditional methods," said Milind Tambe, cofounder of the USC Center for AI in Society, on the program to educate homeless youth about HIV prevention. "What we’re really trying to build is new science on both sides," said Eric Rice, the center's other cofounder.

Fast Co. highlighted research by Emilio Ferrara of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute and colleagues on the prevalence of bots on Twitter and how these bots can affect the spread of false information during an election. "If you have some very polarized agenda ordinarily that a set of bots is pushing, those are more likely to become viral in the respective echo chamber where the bots operate," Ferrara said.

The Washington Post interviewed David Kang of the USC Dornsife College's Korean Studies Institute on whether or not rhetoric used by North Korea and President Donald Trump will result in nuclear war (second story here). Fox News cited Kang's comments to The New York Times about the ongoing situation.

Los Angeles Times quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School about the rise of homegrown terrorism and domestic violence, and what local and federal authorities can do to prevent tragedies like the one in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Los Angeles Times quoted Pamela Starr of the USC Dornsife College on what Mexico's negotiators should expect from the new NAFTA negotiations with President Donald Trump's administration.

NPR's "Morning Edition" quoted Susan Enguidanos of the USC Davis School about the likely unethical practice by hospices of discharging patients when an individual needs costly hospital treatment and then readmitting them.

Bloomberg quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School about an existing tax loophole that allows companies with certain ownership structures - like those managed by President Donald Trump's personal business - to choose to be taxed as an "s corporation," or pass-through structure to avoid paying personal taxes on profits.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV interviewed Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on how national politics may affect California elections. KPCC-FM's "Take Two" also interviewed Jeffe about the state of the Democratic Party in California.

Wired quoted Safiya Umoja Noble of the USC Annenberg School on how internet conversations often digress to the lowest-common-denominator form of thinking and how these discussions impact physical behaviors.

Pacific Standard published a Q&A with Jaques Hymans of the USC Dornsife College about the threat of nuclear conflict with North Korea. 

Los Angeles Daily News quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute on how the International Olympic Committee needed secure a positive result from the Paris and Los Angeles Olympic bids to bring some legitimacy back to the governing body.

Slate quoted Robert Rasmussen of the USC Gould School on how the bankruptcy filing by air bag manufacturer Takata could put future victims at risk because the company and car manufacturers will no longer be liable for injuries.

Daily Bulletin quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute on the declining financial success of large sporting venues.

International Business Times quoted Dowell Myers of the USC Price School on how the recession of 2008 affected the future earnings of older millennials.

Voice of America quoted Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of the USC Rossier School about her research on the importance of downtime for children when building mental capacity.

CBC Radio (Canada) interviewed Karen Tongson of the USC Dornsife College on how Taylor Swift's testimony in her case alleging sexual assault can serve as a model for others who face similar harassment.

Duowei News quoted Clayton Dube of the USC Annenberg School's U.S.-China Institute on why Chinese parents see an American education as a valuable commodity for their children.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) mentioned a new partnership between USC and General Motors Co.'s Maven rental car service to bring the new ride-sharing company to campus.

Los Angeles Times cited a study by Michael Thom of the USC Price School that found state incentives for film production companies resulted in no positive net impact on jobs in communities.

Los Angeles Times mentioned the former dean of Keck School of Medicine of USC, Carmen Puliafito, in a story about the firm USC hired to investigate the situation (second story here). PasadenaNow mentioned the public hearing on law enforcement conduct surrounding the dean's behavior.

The Chronicle of Higher Education mentioned a gift from USC Trustee Suzanne Dworak-Peck to name and endow the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

The Times (UK) reported on 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. Vogue (UK) and The Week (UK) also highlighted the research.

Business Insider cited comments by Mike Chinoy of the USC Annenberg School's U.S.-China Institute on how the relationship between North Korea and the United States has radically changed over the last four decades.

The Globe and Mail (Canada) cited research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative and colleagues on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry.

The Columbian published an op-ed by Susan Estrich of the USC Gould School about the importance of free speech on college campuses for both students and faculty.