USC in the News

USC In the News 8/29/2017

The Washington Post published commentary by Jeffrey Jenkins of the USC Price School and colleagues on the electoral impact Hurricane Harvey may have on President Donald Trump. According to the researchers, voters will punish incumbents at the ballot box if natural disaster response is inadequate and will reward those who provide relief. "To the extent that Harvey’s destruction remains concentrated in Democratic-leaning urban areas, Trump may face significant punishment in 2020," they wrote.

U.S. News & World Report (in a HealthDay story) featured research by Arthur Toga and Judy Pa of Keck School of Medicine of USC's Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute that found women at risk for developing Alzheimer's disease are more likely to develop the disease than male counterparts with similar risk factors. "Our discovery is important because it highlights how clinical trials could be weighted toward women -- a susceptible part of the population -- to help scientists more rapidly identify effective drug interventions to slow or cure Alzheimer's," said Toga. Larger and more diverse studies are needed to confirm that women may need to be treated at a different age than men to combat Alzheimer's disease.

Harvard Business Review published an op-ed by Matthew Kahn of the USC Dornsife College and two colleagues on how the insurance industry can adapt to profit from climate risk, which may push society to change its habits. "While behavioral economists can sometimes imagine people as dupes, with little ability to make good choices in their lives, it is reassuring to note that the profit motive drives insurers to innovate and to use the cutting-edge tools now available," they wrote.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School on how social media has impacted the search-and-rescue process during disasters. The Telegraph (UK) cited North's comments.

Los Angeles Times quoted Nick Vyas of the USC Marshall School's Center for Global Supply Chain Management on the economic impact of Hurricane Harvey.

Los Angeles Times quoted Arvind Bhambri of the USC Marshall School about the experience Uber's new CEO brings to the position.

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on why President Donald Trump may be targeting California through his policies.

The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted Jonathan Barnett of the USC Gould School on why innovation may plateau when competition drives down the price of an item.

Capital Public Radio quoted Frank Zerunyan of the USC Price School about a recent California court ruling on what voter majority is needed to approve special taxes for municipalities.

The Washington Post mentioned research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative and colleagues on the underrepresentation of Asians, other minorities and women in the entertainment industry.

Los Angeles Times mentioned a partnership between the USC Games program and Games for Change for USC students to mentor participants. The story also quoted USC Trustee Wallis Annenberg about her own foundation's work with the program.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, in a story about the highest expeditures among university research libraries, mentioned USC.

Fox News mentioned a debate over the origins of USC mascot Traveler's name.

The Independent (UK) noted research by Valter Longo of the USC Davis School about the positive impacts intermittent fasting can have on diabetes management. LiveMint (India) also mentioned the possible positive impacts the practice can have on aging.

EdSurge mentioned the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute partnered with Amazon's Alexa team to offer the year-long Amazon Alexa Fund Fellowship.

The Chronicle of Social Change mentioned ongoing research by Emily Putnam-Hornstein of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School on the Children's Data Network.

Jewish Journal published commentary by Martin Kaplan of the USC Annenberg School on confirmation bias among President Donald Trump's supporters.

The Jerusalem Post published commentary by Doron Pely of the USC Price School's Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies Program about the difficulties associated with negotiating peace between Israel and Palestine.