USC in the News

USC In the News 8/24/2017

CNN Money (in a Kaiser Health News story) featured a study by Neeraj Sood of the USC Schaeffer Center and colleagues on why patients are unlikely to price shop for doctors or medical treatments. In addition to fear of disrupting an ongoing relationship with their existing doctors, patients may also find the health care insurance market frustrating. "Maybe right now these tools are so primitive that even though there is a financial incentive to shop, people aren't doing it," Sood said.

Los Angeles Review of Books published a Q&A with Percival Everett of the USC Dornsife College about his literary career and his latest collection, “So Much Blue.” Everett addresses his use of irony and as is his tradition, refused to ascribe meaning to his work. “An artist cannot hide from her or his political beliefs; they will be in the work. But to presume that I am smart enough to preach a position runs counter to my artistic sense,” he said.

Voice of America highlighted research by Su Jin Lee of the USC Dornsife College and Travis Longcore of the USC Dornsife College and USC School of Architecture on the steady decline of green spaces in Los Angeles County between 2000 and 2009. Longcore recommended municipal regulations prohibiting the removal of legacy trees is one of the best tools to limit tree loss in urban and suburban areas.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune featured a study by current and former USC Price School graduate students on the existing staffing capabilities of the Pasadena Police Department. Youngseok Kim, Tsyzan Leung, Carlos Livingston and Esther Yang found patrols around 11 a.m. on weekdays and after 11 p.m. on weekends were most likely to be understaffed and unable to respond to all calls for service. Their findings were shared with Pasadena’s Safety Committee.

IANS highlighted research by Bradley Peterson of Keck School of Medicine of USC that found adolescents may lack the proper neural connections for self-regulation, which may lead to overeating. “The study establishes that risk for obesity isn’t driven exclusively by the absence or presence of urges to eat high-calorie foods, but also, and perhaps most importantly, by the ability to control those urges,” said Peterson. Peterson found teenagers who were already obese or were at genetic risk for obesity had less brain activity in the areas that control attention and self-regulation.

The Huffington Post quoted Donna Benton of the USC Leonard Davis School’s Caregiver Center about the importance of addressing the needs of caregivers, especially those who are caring for ailing family members.

NBC News Portland, Ore., affiliate KGW-TV quoted Edward Rhodes of the USC Dornsife College about what scientists can learn during a total solar eclipse.

The Washington Post (in an Associated Press story), Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register and ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV (in an ESPN story) reported on a lawsuit involving a former USC student.

Los Angeles Times cited comments by Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School about the financial benefits from the capital gains tax.

Los Angeles Times mentioned a spelling debate surrounding the statue of Hecuba, Queen of Troy, at USC Village. Inside Higher Ed, The Guardian (UK), CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV, Newsweek, The Hollywood Reporter, Patch and Independent Journal Review mentioned the story.

Associated Press cited 2015 research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative and colleagues that found Asians and Asian-Americans were severely underrepresented in leading roles in the movie industry and The Wrap mentioned a 2017 study by Smith about the underrepresentation of women across the entire entertainment industry.

Fox News mentioned a debate over the origins of USC mascot Traveler’s name (second story here).

The Huffington Post cited comments made by Philip Lelyveld of the USC School of Cinematic Arts' Entertainment Technology Center about the future of artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality.

Fox & Hounds Daily published commentary by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School and Doug Jeffe about the end of President Donald Trump's positive working relationship with corporate business leadership.

Forbes published an answer by Soma Sahai-Srivastava of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on why females are biologically more likely to experience more frequent headaches compared to males.

Boise State Public Radio mentioned USC Viterbi School students released a high altitude balloon to observe the total solar eclipse.