USC in the News

USC In the News 8/25/2017

Los Angeles Times profiled Ronald Athey of the USC Roski School and the evolution of his performance art over the past several decades, as well as his upcoming performance at the Broad museum. Athey spoke about his passion for exploring the politics of different bodies and how his work has changed. "I’ve been so inside the body, but I had to step back. The performance I’m working on now isn’t about the body at all," he said.

KPCC-FM 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. "Zika virus has been very well studied for congenital disease, but we still do not know exactly what happens right after [the] mosquito bite," said Jung. IANS also featured the research and quoted I-Chueh Huang of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

KCET-TV highlighted research by Maja Matarić of the USC Viterbi School and her wide-ranging work to create socially assistive robots and robots that can aid in the health care setting. Mataric’s robots, which will be placed with the families of autistic children for an upcoming study, are intended to help in circumstances when the cost of hiring a caregiver may be out of reach for some. The story also noted the USC Viterbi School had a high number of females entering the engineering school – 37 percent of the freshman class in 2015 – and noted Matarić’s interest in encouraging more women to study and pursue engineering.

PBS' "NextAvenue" highlighted research by Marco Angrisani and Erik Meijer of the USC Dornsife College's Center for Economic and Social Research and colleagues that found women were more likely to leave the full-time or part-time work force between the ages of 51 and 79 to care for an ailing loved one. The researchers found older men were more likely to keep working if a female spouse continued to work and found no such correlation among the decision to retire among older women.

TechRepublic published a video interview with Alexander McDowell of the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ World Building Institute about his research to build narrative worlds based on the knowledge we have about cities. McDowell has partnered with Ford Motor Co. to explore how the nervous system of a city impacts its citizens. According to McDowell, the city of tomorrow will not be based on what is technologically possible, but on the needs of its population.

The New York Times quoted Todd Boyd of the USC School of Cinematic Arts about why it is unreasonable to believe films that address racism will result in sweeping progress in race relations.

The New York Times quoted Todd Boyd of the USC School of Cinematic Arts on the similarities between fighter Conor McGregor and professional boxer Floyd Mayweather's personas and how each is interpreted differently because of race.

Los Angeles Times quoted Kristin Diehl of the USC Marshall School on how consumers demonstrate status on social media not just by name dropping brands, but also highlighting experiences.

American Public Media's "Marketplace" quoted Ira Kalb of the USC Marshall School on why human billboards or sign spinners are still an effective form of advertising.

CNN Money quoted David Kang of the USC Dornsife College's Korean Studies Institute about his expectations for a Samsung corruption scandal in South Korea. CNN cited Kang's earlier comments about the former South Korean president's familial connection to the Eternal Life Church.

Bloomberg quoted Richard Green of the USC Price School on why a lack of greater competition among credit-score companies does not make sense.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" interviewed Brian Peck of the USC Gould School's Center for Transnational Law and Business about President Donald Trump's investigation into whether China had stolen U.S. intellectual property and how this might impact trade between the two countries.

The New Yorker interviewed Jonathan Taplin, professor emeritus at the USC Annenberg School, on how new technologies and the few firms that control them are subverting America’s democracy. CNBC cited Taplin's comments for the article.

Los Angeles Times reported on the death of a graduate student on the USC Health Sciences Campus. The Sacramento Bee (in an Associated Press story), Fox News, ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, ABC News San Diego affiliate KGTV-TV, NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV, CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV, Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV, CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV, Telemundo Los Angeles affiliate KVEA-TV, Estrella TV Los Angeles affiliate KRCA-TV, Los Angeles Daily News, La Opinion, The Week, City News Service (second story here), LAist, Daily Mail (UK), New York Daily News and U.S.-China Press mentioned the death.

NPR mentioned a spelling debate surrounding the statue of Hecuba, Queen of Troy, at USC Village.

The Chronicle of Higher Education mentioned USC recently completed construction on USC Village and cited USC President C. L. Max Nikias' comments from the opening celebration.

Fox News mentioned a debate over the origins of USC mascot Traveler’s name.  Fox's "The Five," "America's Newsroom" and "Tucker Carlson" shows also addressed the debate.

U.S. News & World Report, in a story about online psychology degree programs, mentioned the USC Dornsife College's applied psychology graduate degree requires an internship.

KCET-TV mentioned a study by Raphael Bostic of the USC Price School on how high housing prices makes it more difficult for Los Angeles-area employers to keep and recruit employees.

Curbed LA mentioned an interview between Philip Ethington of the USC Dornsife College with Carlotta Gates and the relationship that led to the construction of the Stahl House.

BizWomen mentioned research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change and colleagues on the underrepresentation of women across the entertainment industry.

Odessa American published an op-ed by Susan Estrich of the USC Gould School about the moral obligations of presidents.