USC in the News

USC In the News 8/19 to 8/21/2017

The Washington Post published an op-ed by Christian Grose of the USC Dornsife College and USC graduate student Jordan Carr Peterson about the most persuasive arguments when asking city officials to remove a Confederate symbol. "Elected officials, especially Republicans, may be persuaded to remove Confederate symbols when the decision is framed as good for business," they wrote. According to their research, Grose and Peterson found Republicans were much more likely to support the removal of a symbol when businesses threatened to leave, while economic reasons had little impact on Democratic leaders' perspective on the issue.

Los Angeles Times published an architectural review of USC Village and how the complex fits in with USC's University Park Campus aesthetic and the surrounding community. NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV, Los Angeles Downtown News and Los Angeles Wave highlighted the grand opening of USC Village. The following television stations also aired spots on the USC Village celebration and were not included in previous editions of ITN: CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV (here, here, here and here); Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV (here and here); and, NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV (here, here, here and here).

Inside Higher Ed featured commentary by Shaun Harper of the USC Rossier School's Race and Equity Center about a speech he gave to University of Virginia's employees following the white supremacist rally on campus. "Hopefully ... I helped inspire them to correct all manifestations of white supremacy on campus and to use curriculum as a strategic resource to more responsibly prepare anti-racist UVA graduates," he wrote.

KPCC-FM highlighted research by Sarah Feakins of the USC Dornsife College to develop plants that are more drought-resistant. "We need to eat, and we need to develop food crops that are going to be resilient no matter how the climate changes," she said. According to Feakins, the next step is to test how crops can use less water.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) quoted Steven Ross of the USC Dornsife College on historical precedent for President Donald Trump to skip the Kennedy Center Honors Awards Program.

American Public Media's Marketplace interviewed C. Kerry Fields of the USC Marshall School on whether a person's employment is protected under law if they engage in hate speech or other public demonstrations outside of working hours.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV quoted Hossein Ameri of Keck School of Medicine of USC about the dangers of looking directly at a solar eclipse.

Wired quoted Jeffrey Miller of the USC Viterbi School about recent advancements in driverless car technology and what else is needed to ensure the safety of drivers and pedestrians.

NPR San Francisco affiliate KQED-TV quoted James Moore of the USC Viterbi School on how the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit, or SMART train, is automated to avoid collisions.

The Miami Herald quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School on how urban legends or falsehoods can spread quickly over social media and incite panic.

Xinhua News Agency quoted Clayton Dube of the USC Annenberg School's U.S.-China Institute on how the Belt and Road Initiative helps China secure soft power in Asia, Europe and Africa.

Daily Mail (UK) quoted David Schonfeld of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School about communicating with children following a crisis or traumatic event.

The New York Times mentioned the late comedian Jerry Lewis taught a film direction class at the USC School of Cinematic Arts during the 1970s. The Wall Street Journal (second story here), BBC, ABC News, Financial Times, The Guardian (UK), New York Daily News, Vanity Fair, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Rolling Stone, Irish Times (Ireland) and GQ mentioned Lewis' USC affiliation.

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.

The Washington Post, in a story about university fundraising, mentioned the former dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Carmen Puliafito. Los Angeles Times (additional stories here, here and here), Associated Press, City News Service and The Chronicle of Philanthropy mentioned Puliafito.

Los Angeles Times mentioned a third individual was convicted of murdering USC graduate student Xinran Ji in 2014. ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, NBC News Los Angeles affiiliate KNBC-TV, CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV and City News Service reported on the guilty plea.

Los Angeles Magazine mentioned 55 percent of USC Games program students are women.

LA Weekly, in a story about monuments around Los Angeles, mentioned the USC Doheny Library was named after Edward Doheny.

The Conversation cited research by Valter Longo of the USC Davis School about the impact intermittent fasting may have on the treatment of diabetes.

Harper's Bazaar (UK) noted 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 Press-Democrat published an article produced by the USC Annenberg School's Center for Health Journalism about mental health resources in Sonoma County (additional stories here and here).

Education Week published a column by Rachel White of the USC Rossier School on school lunch policies.