USC in the News

USC In the News 8/22/2017

United Press International (in a HealthDay story) featured research by Jae Jung of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how the Zika virus uses the immune systems of pregnant women against their bodies. "The virus really tricks the host's immune system; it commandeers the pregnant woman's immune strategy to protect the fetus and utilizes that strategy for its own benefit," said Jung. According to Jung, more research must be done to see how the virus and any possible vaccines affect pregnant women since they are more at risk to experience Zika's negative effects. Time, Miami Herald, Daily Mail (UK), The Hindu (India) and Deccan Chronicle (India) reported on Jung's study.

The Hollywood Reporter profiled Paul Debevec of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and his work on computer-generated graphics and experiences for the entertainment industry. Debevec will receive the Progress Medal from The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers on Oct. 26, 2017.

L.A. Biz featured research by Davide Proserpio of the USC Marshall School on how to best improve a company's reputation on social media. Proserpio found that when companies responded to negative online comments in an interactive way, rather than ignoring the comment or becoming defensive, positive ratings increased around 12 percent.

MarketWatch published an op-ed by Stephanie Tully of the USC Marshall School and a colleague on her research studying how consumers view debt. Tully found consumers don't consider the long-term impact of going into debt for an experience. These individuals often pay a higher interest rate on their loans.

La Cañada Valley Sun highlighted an exhibit at the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital intended to uplift and inspire the hospital's patients. "Our new exhibit is one way of providing comprehensive care and a nurturing environment for patients and their families," said Keith Hobbs, chief executive officer at the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital. The story also included photos of many Keck School of Medicine of USC doctors and USC Trustee April Ross.

Los Angeles Times quoted Gabriel Kahn of the USC Annenberg School on why Tronc has been unsuccessful in turning around the financial fortunes of the Los Angeles Times and larger Tribune company holdings. KPCC-FM quoted Kahn about why the recent firing of top editors at LAT was not a surprise.

USA Today quoted Edward Rhodes of the USC Dornsife College about what scientists can learn about the sun during total solar eclipses.

NBC News quoted Christopher Freeman of the USC Dornsife College about historical trends of bias and hatred towards other races and sexualities by cisgender white nationalists.

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Sofia Borges of the USC School of Architecture on how the recession impacted what the millennial generation values in housing.

NPR Oswego, New York, affiliate WRVO-FM interviewed Valter Longo of the USC Leonard Davis School on how intermittent fasting can positive affect longevity and weight loss.

Refinery29 quoted Raj Dasgupta of Keck School of Medicine of USC on how a pillow can affect your sleep quality.

Talking Points Memo quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School on the rights of white nationalists to share hate speech in their own digital echo chambers.

Thrillist quoted Henry Jenkins of the USC Annenberg School on why the first internet meme was not the first meme in existence.

PopSugar quoted Allison Chambliss of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on why fentanyl and carfentanil are not detected in traditional drug tests.

Los Angeles Times, Fox News and NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV mentioned a debate over the origins of the USC Mascot Traveler’s name.

Los Angeles Times and Archinect mentioned an architectural review of USC Village.

NBC News cited a 2016 study by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative and colleagues on the underrepresentation of females and minorities in the entertainment industry. Billboard noted Smith's results from the 2017 report update.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV published a segment on the USC Cowlings Residential College at USC Village.

Los Angeles Daily News mentioned USC Village is home to one of Target's small-format locations.

City News Service mentioned USC will partner with the California State University, Los Angeles, on a Local Dental Pilot Project program to bring oral care to low-income children in the Los Angeles region.

KCET-TV noted Judson Studios created the stained glass installations the USC Caruso Catholic Center and USC Village dining hall.

NPR San Francisco affiliate KQED-FM's "The California Report" published a story in a series compiled by Sandy Tolan and Karen Lowe of the USC Annenberg School and their advanced radio students on how vulnerable communities have fared under President Donald Trump's administration.

Fox & Hounds Daily published commentary by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School and Doug Jeffe about the internal struggles of the national Republican and Democratic parties, as well as the California Democratic Party.

Entertainment Weekly published a story about the television adaption of the best-selling "All Souls Trilogy" novels by Deborah Harkness of the USC Dornsife College.

U.S. News Express (China) reported on the opening of USC Village and the amenities available to the students living there and resources for the community (second story on Hecuba and the opening ceremony here).

U.S. News Express (China) reported on the sentencing of a man convicted of killing USC graduate student Xinran Ji (additional stories here, here, here and here).

Stuff (New Zealand) cited research by Stephen Gruber of Keck School of Medicine of USC on the reduced risk of colorectal cancer among coffee drinkers.