USC in the News

USC In the News 9/20/2017

CNN published an op-ed by John Vidale of the USC Dornsife College on why Mexico City is vulnerable to earthquakes. According to Vidale, Mexico City is built on soft and wet soil, leaving poorly constructed and older buildings vulnerable during an earthquake. Vidale also found the country's early earthquake detection system worked on Sept. 19, and noted the United States does not have a similar system in place. Newsweek cited Vidale's comments.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV highlighted a gift by USC alumnus and actor Will Ferrell and his wife Viveca Paulin to fund and name the first full scholarship for women's soccer at USC. The story noted the gift contributes to USC Athletics' Heritage Initiative to raise money for sports scholarships. Los Angeles Daily News also reported on the gift.

United Press International featured research by Bruce Herring of the USC Dornsife College, Vsevolod Seva Katritch of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience and colleagues that identified eight autism-related mutations in a single gene. Researchers hope their discovery will create new opportunities for treatments targeting autism spectrum disorders. "We are looking for the points of convergence that ultimately lead to this spectrum of disorders," Herring said. PhillyVoice also featured the research.

Los Angeles Daily News published an op-ed by James Moore of the USC Viterbi School on why campus sexual violence policies in California need to be reformed to restore "convential standards of procedural fairness at universities." According to Moore, "Even if California’s Legislature persists in the fallacy of trying to protect victims by punishing innocents, there are important steps California universities can and should take to improve the fairness of their Title IX procedures."

Nature featured research by Daniel Benjamin of the USC Dornsife College about a stricter standard for statistical significance in research studies. Researchers believe a lower P value will save resources previously wasted on false-positive results and that claims with P values between 0.05 and 0.005 should only be treated as "suggestive evidence." According to Benjamin, those that are critical of his suggestion "are likely to go easy on their own work."

The New York Times quoted James Steele of the USC School of Architecture about the Western use of shou sugi ban, a Japanese technique for preserving wood.

Los Angeles Times quoted Richard Green, director of the USC Lusk Center, on his expectations for rising home prices.

The New Yorker quoted Bart Kosko of the USC Viterbi School's Signal and Image Processing Institute about the founder of "fuzzy logic," Lotfi Zadeh.

The Huffington Post interviewed Stanley Rosen of the USC Dornsife College about the evolution of China and Hollywood's relationship and what lies ahead for the film industry.

Pacific Standard quoted Jeffrey Fields of the USC Dornsife College on the international repercussions if the United States withdraws from the Iran Nuclear Deal without a viable alternative in its place.

The Huffington Post published commentary by Ira Kalb of the USC Marshall School on how different marketing strategies can create "win-win opportunities for buyers and sellers."

The Today Show mentioned research by Gary Painter of the USC Price School that found no academic or social advantage to delaying a child's entry into kindergarten.

The Virginian-Pilot cited research by Dan Simon of the USC Gould School on how law enforcement officers often seek out evidence that supports an initial hypothesis.

The Telegraph (UK) cited a study by Veronica Setiawan of the Keck School of Medicine of USC that found drinking coffee was associated with a lower risk of death due to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.

PopSugar cited research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative and colleagues on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry.

EdSource, in a story about borrowing rates among California college students compared to the rest of the country, mentioned USC.

Odessa American published commentary by Susan Estrich of the USC Gould School about the political expectations of Gary Cohn, President Donald Trump's director of the National Economic Council.