USC in the News

USC In the News 9/30 to 10/2/2017

Los Angeles Times published a Q&A with Alexandra Billings of the USC School of Dramatic Arts about her role on the show, "Transparent" and how the entertainment industry approaches stories about trans individuals. Billings' character on the show, Davina, now has a growing backstory based on her own life. “I can be me in all my glory; it sounds so simple, but there’s something to that," she said.

Fortune published an op-ed by Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about the continuing NFL protests for social justice and against police brutality. Armour points out that public opinion was against civil disobedience and protesting leading up to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and current polling does not reflect the potential long-term impact of protesting. In response to President Donald Trump's tweets about the issue, Armour wrote, "Such efforts at reframing are nothing new—meanings are not fixed and frozen. They are prizes in a pitched conflict among groups trying to define their social identity and vindicate their social existence."

Voice of America highlighted research by USC Annenberg Dean Willow Bay and colleagues about the perception of cell phone use by Japanese and American families. The study found that teens in both countries admit to phone addiction and usage causes some familial tensions. "Advances in digital media and mobile devices are changing the way we engage not only with the world around us, but also with the people who are the closest to us," said Bay.

NPR Miami affiliate WLRN-FM featured a partnership between the USC Iovine Young Academy and New World Symphony to enhance the classical music experience and bring in new fans. "They're re-imagining what it means to go to a concert," said Brian Shepard of the USC Iovine Young Academy. USC students have worked for over a year to create a more immersive concert experience.

The Washington Post quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School on the GOP's tax reform proposal and how it will impact the federal deficit. Bloomberg quoted Kleinbard about a proposal in the legislation that would impact the tax burden of corporations that use tax havens outside of the United States.

CNN interviewed Clayton Dube of the USC Annenberg School's U.S.-China Institute on why China is moving to enforce some of the United Nations sanctions on North Korea.

National Geographic quoted Michael Habib of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on why dinosaurs with large heads and jaws had small arms.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" interviewed Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about a new California law to move up the state's primary date, how a U.S. Supreme Court ruling could impact unions in California and the repercussions of the proposed GOP tax plan.

USA Today quoted Richard Green, director of the USC Lusk Center, on how the federal mortgage interest reduction affects homeownership rates.

Wired and The Wrap quoted Madhu Thangavelu of the USC Viterbi School on Elon Musk's proposed rocket travel plan.

Financial Times quoted Daniel Lidar of the USC Viterbi School on why experimentation with quantum computing programming is lagging behind the theories being developed around its potential use.

The Philadelphia Inquirer quoted Benjamin Henwood of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School about the impact housing assistance can have on substance abuse among homeless individuals.

LA Weekly quoted Perry Hoberman of the USC School of Cinematic Arts about his decision to protest President Donald Trump's policies by walking on the 101 Freeway. Heavy cited his comments.

The Wall Street Journal and U.S. News & World Report cited research by Emilio Ferrara of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute on the number of automated Twitter accounts that sent messages about the American presidential election.

The Washington Post cited comments by John Oghalai of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on why it is unlikely an entity has weaponized sound to use against Americans in Cuba.

Los Angeles Times noted that California gubernatorial candidate and current California treasurer John Chiang made financial contributions to the Keck School of Medicine of USC. The story also noted that fellow candidate and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa worked for the USC Price School.

The Chronicle of Higher Education mentioned the federal indictment of a USC assistant basketball coach.

The Chronicle of Higher Education noted Danny Bilson was appointed as chair of the division of interactive media and games at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

KPCC-FM mentioned Zoe Corwin of the USC Rossier School's Pullias Center for Higher Education in a photo caption for a story about high school students taking community college classes.

Newsweek cited comments by Lois Banner, professor emeritus of the USC Dornsife College, about the feminist legacy of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

LA Weekly reported new freshmen and transfer students cannot apply to join fraternities or sororities during their first semester on USC’s campus.

International Business Times cited comments by V. Wendy Setiawan of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on the positive effects of coffee consumption on aging and disease development.

Idaho Statesman published commentary by Diane Winston of the USC Annenberg School about what "Game of Thrones" can teach society about the meaning of life.