USC in the News

USC In the News 9/15/2017

The Washington Post highlighted an analysis by Erica Rosenthal of the USC Annenberg School's Norman Lear Center's Hollywood, Health & Society program and USC Annenberg School graduate student Traci Gillig on their research that found transgender television characters could impact viewers and change their perceptions of this group. They also found fictional storylines about transgender characters had more impact than news stories. "Neither exposure to news stories about transgender issues nor the highly visible Caitlyn Jenner story were associated with attitudes toward transgender people or policy issues," said Gillig.

The Chronicle of Higher Education published a review of an upcoming book by Steven Ross of the USC Dornsife College, "Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America." Ross and another author each penned books on the same topic and used the same archives as primary source material. According to the review, Ross' book casts a wider historical net and tries to provide another perspective to what he refers to as the romanticizing of American Communism by liberal academic historians.

Inside Higher Ed featured a keynote presentation by Shaun Harper, director of the USC Rossier School's Race and Equity Center, to the National Association for College Admission Counseling's national conference in Boston. He urged attendees to acknowledge and confront their own racism. "Your profession is 80 percent white. It's even whiter when we get to those who are at the top levels. It sure would be nice if a mostly white professional association and its members more powerfully, more responsibly and more loudly advocated for racial justice on behalf of those who don't have the resources that they deserve in high schools across our nation," Harper said in his comments.

Poynter featured research from Michela Musto and Michael Messner of the USC Dornsife College that found that ESPN and other major sports broadcasters devoted less than five percent of their coverage to women's sports. In research that has been conducted over multiple decades, the researchers also found that what little coverage these sports received often demonstrated a perfunctory tone, though that was a nominal improvement over the blatant sexism that defined coverage in the study's initial findings from 1989. Vanity Fair, The Scotsman (Scotland), iNews (UK), Nine Network (Australia) and Excelle Sports also mentioned the research.

Salon featured research from 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. Destructoid, The Straits Times (Singapore), and The New Daily (Australia) also mentioned the research.

The New York Times quoted Richard Flory of the USC Dornsife College's Center for Religion and Civic Culture on the ways a mega-church in New Jersey ignores some of its history in order to grow.

The New York Times, in a Reuters story, quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Dornsife College on the efforts of California's state government to challenge federal leadership.

Los Angeles Times quoted David Barnhart of the USC VIterbi School's Space Engineering Research Center on the properties that make a capsule an attractive design to use for space travel.

Los Angeles Times quoted Marvin Southard of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School on the work of mental health advocate Catherine Bond.

Raw Story quoted Jill Johnston of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on the possible impact of airborne chemicals and methods for testing them following Hurricane Harvey.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Lisa Klerman of the USC Gould School on the rising number of lawsuits by women alleging inequality in pay compared to men and on the challenges in presenting such cases to a court.

Science Magazine quoted Emilio Ferrara of the USC Viterbi School on the prevalence of automated bots on Twitter and the fact that bots are often set to focus on political conversation.

Philadelphia Tribune quoted Kristin Borella of the USC School of Cinematic Arts on the role of film schools in encouraging greater diversity in film and television production.

Associated Press published commentary, originally featured in The Conversation, by Diane Winston of the USC Annenberg School on how the HBO series "Game of Thrones" gives its audience the opportunity to contemplate and debate fundamental concerns about the meaning of human life.

Forbes mentioned comments by David Kang of the USC Dornsife College on North Korean response to American rhetoric.

Los Angeles Business Journal mentioned an $8 million grant to the Keck School of Medicine of USC and other institutions for the development of a bionic suit to help paralyzed patients.

Daily Democrat mentioned U.S. News & World Report's ranking of USC as the No. 21 national university.