USC in the News

USC In the News 8/23/2017

NPR featured research by Diane Kim of the USC Dornsife College's Wrigley Institute and colleagues on the possibility of using kelp forests in the Pacific Ocean as biofuel. The hope, according to Kim, is to create an economically feasible, cost-competitive and sustainable source of energy to compete with fossil fuels in the future. "What you see here is the beginning of something that can really revolutionize bio-fuel production, if it works on a large scale," said Kenneth Nealson, director of the USC Wrigley Institute.

USA Today featured an op-ed by Erroll Southers of the USC Price School about the rise of right-wing extremism and how the threat of violence from white nationalist, neo-Nazi and other hate groups has grown exponentially since Sept. 11, 2001. Southers claims that until we have a president who can denounce  racism and domestic terrorism, events such as the unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, will continue to occur.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV highlighted 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. 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. Fortune also covered the study and Kaiser Health News mentioned it in a morning newsletter.

Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV featured an event in Hahn Plaza, in front of Tommy Trojan, where USC students and the community were able to view the partial solar eclipse. During several on-campus segments, the KTTV-TV reporter spoke with Edward Rhodes and Vahe Peroomian of the USC Dornsife College about scientific opportunities provided by this event and the science behind what was occurring. The reporter also mentioned the USC Viterbi School invited local school children to view the eclipse on campus.

International Business Times highlighted research by David Hinton of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and colleagues that found an eye test that may predict an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis two decades before the onset of symptoms. The researchers found a non-invasive eye screening had similar results to brain scans. Digital Trends and Hindustan Times (India) covered the study.

The New York Times quoted Robert Hernandez of the USC Annenberg School about the ability of a hashtag to bring together digital communities.

Los Angeles Times quoted Gabriel Kahn of the USC Annenberg School on how the Times has tried to increase engagement with its video content. KCRW-FM and The Wrap also interviewed Kahn about the editorial shake-up at the newspaper.

Los Angeles Times quoted Hossein Ameri of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the possible eye damage caused by looking directly at a solar eclipse, the sun and a laser pointer.

Los Angeles Times quoted Courtney Brunious of the USC Marshall School’s Sports Business Institute about the intersection of Hollywood and sports.

CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV interviewed Tok Thompson of the USC Dornsife College about different meanings and interpretations of the solar eclipse.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" quoted Mott Smith of the USC Price School about the feasibility of a linkage fee, or additional tax per square foot of residential and commercial construction projects, to fund affordable housing efforts in the city.

Wired quoted Michael Overing of the USC Annenberg School on why defamation cases are difficult to prove.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) mentioned a spelling debate surrounding the statue of Hecuba, Queen of Troy, at USC Village. NPR, New York Magazine, ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV, CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV, Estrella News Los Angeles affiliate KMEX-TV, Daily Mail (UK), LAist and TMZ mentioned the story.

Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Daily News mentioned the Ostrow School of USC will partner with California State University, Los Angeles, on a Local Dental Pilot Project program to bring oral care to low-income children in underserved communities in Los Angeles.

Inside Higher Ed mentioned a debate over the origins of USC mascot Traveler’s name. The Sacramento Bee and New York Daily News also mentioned the discussion.

Politico cited an op-ed penned by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School and Doug Jeffe about splits in the national and state Democratic and Republican parties.

LAist cited a 2016 study by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative and colleagues about the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry.

Reader's Digest cited comments by Fernando Zapatero of the USC Marshall School on how consumers compare personal belongings.