USC in the News

USC In the News 9/29/2017

The Wall Street Journal highlighted research by Emilio Ferrara of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute on the proportion of Twitter accounts that were controlled by bots and disseminating fake news leading up to the American presidential election. Fast Company covered Ferrara's election-related study, as well as new efforts to identify ways to combat the false information spread by "bot armies." Forbes, Vanity Fair and Mother Jones also featured Ferrara's work.

Reuters highlighted USC as the No. 20 most innovative university in the world. According to L.A. Biz, the ranking reflected research by V. Wendy Setiawan of the Keck School of Medicine of USC that found people who drink coffee are more likely to live longer, in addition to the 299 patents filed by USC between 2010 and 2015. In stories about international coffee day, CNN and Time also highlighted Setiawan's research.

The Santa Clarita Valley Signal featured USC freshman Jorge Campos Franco, who is one of 3,559 students who make up the most diverse and highest achieving class in the school's history. "We’re not only increasing our academic metrics, we’re also increasing our number of underrepresented minority students," said USC Dean of Admission Timothy Brunold. Campos Franco, who is a USC Trustee Scholar, lives at the new McCarthy Honors College at USC Village. "It’s really cool because we’re away from [the] main campus and we’re all high-achieving," Campos Franco said. "We all bounce ideas off each other and we’re all involved… It motivates me more."

Diverse: Issues in Education highlighted the diversity and quality of USC's newest freshmen class of students, which is USC's brightest, most engaged, and most diverse ever. "Some of the greatest advancements we’ve made as an institution is that we’ve become more academically rigorous, and we’ve also become more diverse. I think that’s a wonderful story that you can have both," said USC Provost Michael Quick. Quick and USC Dean of Admission Timothy Brunold focused on the work USC does to actively reach out to potential applicants instead of depending on the institution's reputation to attract students. The story also noted the hiring of Shaun Harper, director of the USC Rossier School's Race and Equity Center.

Voice of America highlighted research by Amy Childress of the USC Viterbi School on how to convert waste heat into a resource. Childress and colleagues look at how this possible energy source would impact the durability of a membrane used to treat and convert water vapor into pure water.

The New York Times quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School about what income brackets benefit from President Donald Trump's proposed tax plan. Los Angeles Times also quoted Kleinbard about the proposal (second story here).

The Wall Street Journal quoted Matthew Kahn of the USC Dornsife College on how continued economic growth can raise the cost of recovery from natural disasters.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" interviewed Leo Braudy of the USC Dornsife College about the late Hugh Hefner's work to restore the iconic Hollywood sign.

Reuters quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute about whether the University of Louisville's athletic department will financially suffer due to charges of federal corruption.

Variety quoted Stanley Rosen of the USC Dornsife College on why corporations often acquiesce to China's censorship demands in order to access the country's large consumer market. Deadline quoted Rosen on why the Chinese government may have canceled the release of a film that is a tribute to veterans of the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese war.

New Scientist quoted Itay Hen of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute on the next steps necessary to make a leap forward in quantum computing technology.

Santa Rosa Press Democrat quoted Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College on how a border wall will contribute to the already declining number of migrations from Mexico to the United States.

The Washington Post mentioned a USC assistant basketball coach was charged with federal corruption by the FBI. Los Angeles Times noted USC launched an internal investigation led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh.

Los Angeles Times noted Pulitzer-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen of the USC Dornsife College came to the United States as a Vietnam War refugee.

Los Angeles Business Journal and Orange County Business Journal mentioned the Keck Foundation's contribution to name the Keck School of Medicine at USC.

The Conversation mentioned research by Shrikanth Narayanan of the USC Viterbi School's Signal & Image Processing Institute on how an artificial intelligence program can predict relationship success based on tone of voice, pitch and intonation.