USC in the News

USC In the News 9/8/2017

The New York Times, in an Associated Press story, featured an obituary for USC Trustee Gin D. Wong. Wong is recognized for the way his architectural career helped create the “look” of Los Angeles, including city landmarks such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and several notable buildings on campus at USC. “Gin Wong was a visionary architect who left an indelible mark on our beloved alma mater and our vibrant Southern California landscape,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias. MyNewsLA, in a City News Service story, also ran an obituary for Wong. LA West Media also acknowledged Wong’s passing.

SFGATE featured research by Shrikanth Narayanan and colleagues of the USC Viterbi School’s Signal Analysis and Interpretation Lab (SAIL) with the Geena Davis Institute on the question of gender diversity in Hollywood films. Research shows that the 50 top-grossing family films of 2016 had a male-to-female gender imbalance of nearly 2-to-1 and that men also had more than double the speaking time of women. The story also identifies similar outcomes from a prior study by SAIL and points to research by the USC Annenberg School’s Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative, which shows that women are also underrepresented in the director’s chair.

Deccan Chronicle (India) featured research by Darby Saxbe of the USC Dornsife College which finds fathers are at greater risk for postpartum depression if their testosterone levels drop nine months after the birth of their child. The study also found that low testosterone levels among fathers may offer a positive effect for mothers, who were less likely to suffer postpartum depression nine to 15 months after giving birth if their partner’s testosterone levels fell.

NBC News quoted Ruth Chung of the USC Rossier School about the trend of more middle-age women being thrust into the role as caregiver for aging parents.

Vox quoted David Kang of the USC Dornsife College’s Korean Studies Institute about the U.S. coming to terms with North Korea’s nuclear capabilities. In another Vox article, Kang was quoted about the ineffectiveness of President Trump’s repeated threats against North Korea.

The Economist quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about the condition of the Republican Party in California.

Shape quoted Raj Dasgupta of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about best strategies for sleeping on a plane.

McClatchy DC quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School about the safety of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s seat amid criticism from Democratic Party activists.

Pacific Standard quoted Jacques Hymans of the USC Dornsife College about the need to take concerns about those countries closest to North Korea in considering sanctions or other actions.

NBC News Honolulu affiliate KITV4 quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about the continued popularity of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

The New York Times mentioned that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos mentioned a court case involving a former USC student in a recent speech on Title IX implementation. Los Angeles Times also mentioned the comment.

The Atlantic mentioned a study by the USC Annenberg School’s Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative on imbalances in gender and racial diversity both behind and in front of the camera in Hollywood film productions.

CNBC mentioned research by the USC Annenberg School’s Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative on how women are less likely to have speaking roles in films than men.

Daily Progress mentioned a study by Roksana Karim of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on the possible cognitive benefits for women bearing children after age 35.