USC in the News

USC In the News 10/7 to 10/9/2017

Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by Steven Ross of the USC Dornsife College inspired by his new book, "Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America." Ross chronicles how a network of citizen-spies were able to disrupt Nazi plans to murder and sabotage Los Angeles' elite. "With their actions they show us that when a democratic government fails to stop extremists bent on violence, citizens must protect one another, no matter their race or religion," Ross wrote.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV featured research by Lon Schneider of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how to prevent Alzheimer's disease. Schneider is investigating whether a vaccine or pill could eliminate a protein that contributes to the formation of brain plaque. "There's a substantial amount that we can do, especially in mid-life, to lower our risk for Alzheimer's, cognitive decline or dementia late in life," he said.

Los Angeles Business Journal featured the development of HATCH, part of a partnership between USC and the nonprofit LA Bioscience Hub, to create a bioscience corridor in East Los Angeles. The story cited comments by USC President C. L. Max Nikias about the future of the biotech market and Los Angeles' role moving forward. According to Urbanize.LA, the multi-tenant facility will open in spring of 2018. Urban Land Magazine also highlighted the ongoing construction.

United Press International featured research by Andrea Armani of the USC Viterbi School that improved the efficiency of microlasers using tiny gold particles. "These results exemplify what can happen if researchers from different fields work together on a basic science problem that has applied research impact," said Armani. By attaching gold nanoparticles to the microlasers, researchers were able to create an energy-efficient frequency comb, which may lead to portable sensors that can detect explosives and dangerous gases.

Press Trust of India featured research by Morteza Dehghani of the USC Dornsife College's Brain and Creativity Institute finding that reading produces the same brain activity across three different languages.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School on why it is likely intentional that the Las Vegas shooter did not have a social media footprint. U.S. News & World Report and CBS News Miami affiliate WFOR-TV quoted Southers on why it is difficult to determine the shooter's motive.

The New York Times quoted Peter Mancall of the USC Dornsife College about changing opinions towards Italian sailor Christopher Columbus.

Los Angeles Times quoted C. Kerry Fields of the USC Marshall School about the shift to zero tolerance for sexual harassment and discrimination in the corporate world.

BBC quoted Elizabeth Currid-Halkett of the USC Price School about the rise of the aspirational class that is concerned about experiences and the narrative around goods compared to overt consumption.

KPCC-FM quoted Carrie Breton of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about new research that points to worsened behavioral and physical impacts of pollution exposure among low-income populations.

Financial Times quoted Pamela Starr of the USC Dornsife College about the prospective presidential candidates in Mexico.

Forbes quoted David Schonfeld of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School on how parents should talk to children about traumatic events.

Salon quoted Rima Habre of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on the dangers landscaping workers face from machine emissions.

Crain's New York Business quoted Stanley Rosen of the USC Dornsife College about the growing partnerships between America and China's film industries.

The New York Times mentioned a gift pledged to the USC School of Cinematic Arts by producer Harvey Weinstein (second story here). The Wall Street Journal also mentioned the pledge.

Los Angeles Times mentioned a study by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative and colleagues on the underrepresentation of women in the entertainment industry. The story also mentioned a pledged gift by producer Harvey Weinstein to the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Bloomberg and Santa Fe New Mexican cited a second study by Smith about the lack of gender parity among film directors. PBS' "Next Avenue" mentioned research by Smith on the poor representations and underrepresentations of older adults in the entertainment industry.

Los Angeles Times mentioned the resignation of the dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Rohit Varma, and mentioned the appointment of Laura Mosqueda of the Keck School of Medicine of USC as the interim dean of the medical school. Los Angeles Times' "Essential California" newsletter, CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV, NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV, CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV, Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV, KPCC-FM's "AirTalk", The Eastsider LA, Daily Mail (UK), The Scientist, Kaiser Health News, Little India and Newburgh Gazette mentioned the resignation and a statement by USC Provost Michael Quick.

Yahoo (UK) mentioned research by Shrikanth Narayanan of the USC Viterbi School's Signal and Image Processing Institute on how tone of voice may predict the course of a relationship.

City News Service and LA Observed mentioned Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti conducted the USC marching band during the football game against Oregon State University. The Observed story also mentioned Varma.

Men's Health referenced a donation made by Think Different to the USC Norris Cancer Center to research testicular cancer and childhood and adult cancer prevention.