USC in the News

USC In the News 9/12/2017

U.S. News & World Report ranked USC as the No. 21 national university. USC was ranked No. 4 for "economic diversity," with 23 percent of its undergraduate students receiving Pell Grants, and No. 5 on the report's "best college for veterans" list, up eight spots from last year. USC was also ranked No. 15 among the “most innovative” universities (up four spots from 2016), No. 33 in "ethnic diversity," and the No. 40 best value college. The USC Marshall School undergraduate program was ranked No. 11. The USC Viterbi School's undergraduate program was ranked No. 25 among top engineering schools whose highest degree is a doctorate, up three spots. USC also ranked No. 3 in alumni giving with 41 percent of all alumni contributing to the university. USC's financial resources for undergraduate students rank went up three spots to No. 22 and the university's student-to-faculty ratio improved from 9:1 to 8:1. High school counselors ranked USC as their No. 22 top college, up six spots, and selectivity rank among national universities improved to No. 29. In a new category in this year's rankings, USC has the 13th highest percentage of international undergraduate students among national universities. The Washington Post noted USC tied with UCLA, UC Berkeley and Emory University for the No. 21 spot and Crain's Chicago Business noted the USC Marshall School's ranking.

Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by Gillian Hadfield of the USC Gould School about the nationwide rule restricting out-of-state lawyers from practicing in a state. Hadfield argues that limiting a lawyer's ability to practice across state lines increases the barrier to legal services and keeps prices high. Since Texas temporarily allowed out-of-state lawyers to offer pro bono services to victims of Hurricane Harvey, Hadfield sees no reason not to expand this so more people have access to affordable legal services.

Gizmodo highlighted research by Raymond Stevens, Saheem Zaidi and Vsevolod Katritch of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience on their attempts to stabilize the structure of salvia, a hallucinogenic plant. By altering the molecule's structure during synthesis, the researchers believe they are able to customize its opiate-like effects with a reduced risk for abuse. After confirming their proof of concept, additional research is needed.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV, Polygon and Entertainment Weekly highlighted research by Yves Bergquist of the USC School of Cinematic Art's Entertainment Technology Center's Data & Analytics Project that found Rotten Tomatoes scores do not correlate to box office success or failures. "What is clear, from looking at all film data since 2000, is that Rotten Tomatoes scores have never played a very big role in driving box office performance, either positively or negatively," Bergquist said. He also noted that audience and critic scores have become more similar over time.

IFLScience featured research by Darby Saxbe of the USC Dornsife College on the risk males have for developing postpartum depression. Saxbe found that if testosterone levels drop within nine months of a child's birth, fathers face a higher risk of depression and other postpartum symptoms. "Supplementing is not a good idea for treating fathers with postpartum depression; low testosterone during the postpartum period may be a normal and natural adaptation to parenthood," Saxbe said.

The Washington Post interviewed David Schonfeld of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School on how children process the trauma of national disasters and how families and educators can help them cope and continue to thrive academically and psychologically. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also cited Schonfeld's comments and work on childhood grief due to trauma.

Los Angeles Times quoted Niels Frenzen of the USC Gould School's Immigration Clinic about legal challenges to President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. EdSource quoted Frenzen about the merits of California's lawsuit over the end of the DACA program.

STAT quoted Johanna Olson-Kennedy of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about concerns the transgender community has about health care and bias following the election of Donald Trump.

Buzzfeed quoted Todd Richmond of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies about the implementation of ARKit (Augmented Reality developers' kit) in Apple's latest phone release and how releasing the technology on a large scale will change the course of its development.

New Scientist quoted Andrew Lakoff of the USC Dornsife College on why flood maps that have not been updated to account for increased flooding risk due to climate change will lead to more federal spending on the National Flood Insurance Program when a natural disaster strikes even insured areas again.

Fox Business interviewed David Agus of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about breast cancer awareness and the future of cancer treatments.

Agence France Presse quoted Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative on the lack of gender parity among directors for the highest grossing films.

Capitol Weekly quoted Daniel Schnur of the USC Annenberg School about the likelihood the U.S. will implement a universal health care system.

Telemundo Los Angeles affiliate KVEA-TV noted USC students held a rally on campus to support DACA and undocumented Americans.

Forbes published an answer by the Keck School of Medicine to a Quora question about the benefits of 3D printing for cancer treatment. The answer included comments by Inderbir Gill of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Inc. cited comments by Steve Kay, director of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, on the best time to accomplish cognitive work in the mornings.

The Straits Times (Singapore) published commentary by Paul Irving of the USC Leonard Davis School on the economic opportunities for businesses if they cater to and employ Asia's aging population.

The Oklahoman mentioned a debate over the origins of the name of Traveler, USC's mascot.