USC in the News

USC In the News 9/14/2017

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV featured the USC Good Neighbors Campaign, which raises money to support community programs in the USC neighborhood. More than 5,000 USC faculty and staff contribute to the program each year and has raised more than $23 million in the past 23 years.

The Hill published commentary by Gillian Hadfield of the USC Gould School on how companies can influence politics and represent some of the views and values of their consumers. "We need more diversity and innovation than governments alone can provide to meet the challenges of regulating in the global digital age," Hadfield wrote. TechCrunch published a second op-ed by Hadfield on how to appropriately regulate artificial intelligence developments.

Inverse featured research by Essam Heggy of the USC Viterbi School that determined Vesta, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, most likely has ice on its surface. "The more we search, the more we find ice and water in the solar system and the more we realize water is not unique to our planet," Heggy said. Heggy, who is also a researcher with NASA, was able to analyze data collected by NASA's Dawn spacecraft when it visited Vesta between 2011 and 2012. Space also covered the findings.

Fortune published an op-ed by Jody Armour of the USC Gould School on whether football quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s inability to get signed by an NFL team has to do with his skills or political beliefs. Armour contends that wealth and status do not insulate Kaepernick and other successful black Americans from the “black tax.” “It is morally obtuse to denigrate his sacrifices because of his celebrity status or personal wealth,” Armour wrote.

STAT published an op-ed by Dana Goldman of the USC Schaeffer Center on Senator Bernie Sanders' proposal for universal health care by transforming Medicare into a single-payer system for all. While Goldman agrees with Sanders' concept that every American would automatically get health insurance coverage, he believes a better way to provide coverage is through "universal catastophic coverage." "This approach borrows from liberal dreams for health care as a right, and from conservative conviction that market forces are the most efficient way to deliver health care and keep costs under control," Goldman wrote.

The Washington Post quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School on how companies might use a proposed "tax holiday" to increase executive earnings through stock sales.

Los Angeles Times quoted Andrea Belz of the USC Viterbi School about the internet backlash following an unsuccessful marketing roll-out by a start-up.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV interviewed USC President C. L. Max Nikias about the importance of undocumented American students to the USC community and need for the federal government to take action to protect their status (video only).

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV interviewed Erroll Southers of the USC Price School on how terrorists will sometimes call in a fake threat to check law enforcement’s responsiveness.

KPCC-FM interviewed Jeff McCombs of the USC School of Pharmacy on how a new California bill that requires drug companies to justify price increases will interfere with the free market.

KPCC-FM interviewed Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College on the number of DACA recipients in California who may need to reapply for the program in the next six months.

The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted Roger Clemens of the USC School of Pharmacy about the connection between humans and their canine companions, and how this relationship might explain increased spending on specialized pet foods.

The San Francisco Chronicle quoted Ira Kalb of the USC Marshall School on why Apple decided to evoke the image and memory of Steve Jobs during its most recent iPhone product announcement.

The San Francisco Chronicle quoted Jeffrey Cole of the USC Annenberg School’s Center for the Digital Future on expectations for Apple ahead of its new iPhone release.

The San Francisco Chronicle quoted Premkumar Natarajan of the USC Viterbi School about his skepticism over the security of Apple's new facial identity feature on the iPhone X.

La Canada Valley Sun quoted Keith Hobbs, chief executive of Keck Medicine of USC's Verdugo Hills Hospital, and Luke Jackson, clinical director of the hospital's geropsychiatric program about a day-long conference on suicide awareness.

Science quoted Emilio Ferrara of the USC Viterbi School's Information Science Institute on the prevalence of automated bots on social media and their possible influence on discourse. The story also noted Ferrara's research in the area.

Daily Breeze quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School’s Sports Business Institute about the likelihood of corruption at the city-level when planning an Olympics.

Teen Vogue quoted Robert Israel of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on the importance of getting a second opinion when determining treatment for endometriosis.

TheStreet quoted Darius Lakdawalla of the USC Schaeffer Center on how Senator Bernie Sanders' Medicare for all proposal will be funded.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) noted USC Village will host the media village for LA 2028.

Bloomberg cited an op-ed by Gillian Hadfield of the USC Gould School on how preventing lawyers from practicing across state lines impacts costs.

Reuters cited research by Dowell Myers of the USC Price School about the percentage of immigrants in the U.S. that are homeowners and contribute to household growth.

New Scientist noted the use of brain scans produced by the Keck School of Medicine of USC's Alzheimer's Disease Neroimaging Initiative datatbase at the USC Steven Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute in a study that suggests artificial intelligence systems can spot brain changes caused by Alzheimer's disease before the onset of symptoms.

KCET-TV covered a partnership between USC Shoah Foundation and the USC Institute for Creative Technologies to create and share its interactive "New Dimensions in Testimony" program with the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.

Eastern Group Publications noted USC's participation in Southern California's Pacific Standard Time exhibits and a series of musical performances curated by Josh Kun of the USC Annenberg School.

Endgadget and Quartz reported on 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 failure.

Orange County Business Journal noted a partnership between USC, UC Irvine and CalTech to develop a system that can restore walking ability and sensation in individuals with spinal cord injuries.

Arizona Daily Sun published a review of "The Refugees" by Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen of the USC Dornsife College.

Diverse: Issues in Education reported on a gift by Judy Sheindlin, better known as Judge Judy, to name and fund The Sheindlin Forum at the USC Annenberg School, which will host the USC Annenberg Debate Series.

Forbes published a Quora answer referencing research by Frank Gilliland of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how air pollution may contribute to obesity and other health concerns among children.