USC in the News

USC In the News 8/31/2017

The New York Times published an op-ed by Jonathan Taplin, professor emeritus of the USC Annenberg School, on Google's influence over think tanks. Taplin argues that when Google funds research at neutral institutions, the funding comes with strings attached. "When these supposedly neutral organizations weigh in on issues that involve Google, you should take their advocacy with a grain of salt," he wrote.

The Hill published commentary by USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Gary Michelson, who donated $50 million to name and fund the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, on the need for teaching the next generation of students about the importance of intellectual property. Nikias and Michelson call for universities to address the growing intellectual property education gap and explain why USC is offering the first undergraduate course on the basic workings of patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets: "The Entrepreneur's Guide to Intellectual Property." "The new USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience will soon be blazing a trail to new life-saving cures — a task that would be impossible without the patents that drive nearly all investment in biotech research," they wrote.

NPR highlighted the USC Annenberg School's Norman Lear Center and its Hollywood, Health & Society program, which connects the entertainment industry with free expert information on health, safety and security. The interview focused on the Center's Sentinel Awards, which selects honorees based on accurate depictions of health, climate change and security issues.

Fortune published commentary by David Agus of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Dana Goldman of the USC Schaeffer Center on why innovative drugs should not be subject to traditional pricing plans. When pharmaceutical companies share the risk for these innovative drugs, there will be increased competition and better pricing for patients, according to Goldman and Agus.

KPCC-FM quoted Richard Green, director of the USC Lusk Center, on why increasing the number of housing developments at any price level is a good strategy for reducing housing costs across the market.

The Hill quoted Paul Ginsburg of the USC Schaeffer Center about what he calls the unprecedented secrecy employed by House Republicans in passing a health care bill.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCAL-TV interviewed Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School about the lack of detail or substance in President Donald Trump's proposed tax reforms.

PBS' "NextAvenue" quoted Dana Goldman of the USC Schaeffer Center about the success of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security in reducing extreme poverty in America.

The Huffington Post quoted Binh Ngo of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how poor circulation and exercise can contribute to and combat cellulite.

CNN cited comments by Mike Chinoy of the USC Annenberg School's U.S.-China Institute on the media's conventional wisdom on North Korea.

The Chronicle of Higher Education published a story about the statue of Hecuba, Queen of Troy, at USC Village.

USA Today, in a story about the 25 must-see buildings in California, mentioned the Gamble House in Pasadena, which is managed by the USC School of Architecture.

The Huffington Post mentioned the former dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Carmen Puliafito, in a story about workplace morale.

Forbes cited research by Adam Rose of the USC Price School that found 95 percent of the businesses that operated in the World Trade Center complex at the time of the 9/11 attacks remained in business, with 90 percent of them relocating in less than nine months.

Consumer Reports mentioned research by Veronica Setiawan of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and colleagues that found regular coffee consumption may reduce the risk of death from digestive diseases and, among women in particular, from circulatory conditions.

Los Angeles Downtown News, in a story about the 2028 Olympics, mentioned USC Village will host the international media village, in addition to events hosted at the USC Galen Center and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Global News (Canada) mentioned research by Arthur Toga and Judy Pa of the 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.