USC in the News

USC In the News 10/17/2017

The New York Times featured research by Darby Saxbe of the USC Dornsife College on how fathers can also experience postpartum depression due to changes in testosterone levels. "To a certain extent, any postpartum depression is just depression that happens to emerge in the postpartum period; it’s not super conclusive that there’s an obvious hormonal reason in women, either," Saxbe said.

Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by Sarah Banet-Weiser of the USC Annenberg School, which originally ran in The Conversation, about pervasive sexism and harassment in American culture and the commodification of feminism by businesses. Banet-Weiser finds this exemplified in the placement of the "Fearless Girl" statue in front of the "Charging Bull" on Wall Street. "While popular misogyny can silence in very visible ways, popular feminism can also work to silence dissent. Through building statues, appointing a woman to the board of a company and paying celebrity feminist spokespeople, this soft, corporate version of feminism signals that by being accommodating and safe, the problem will go away," she wrote.

Los Angeles Business Journal highlighted research by Jesse Berry and Jonathan Kim of the Keck School of Medicine of USC that may lead to precision therapies for pediatric eye tumors. The researchers realized clues to the disease might be in the fluid that had to be removed from the eye prior to the injection. "This research has the potential to completely transform how we treat children with retinoblastoma; this is one of the most significant findings in retinoblastoma research in the past 20 years," Kim said.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-AM featured a project by Sofia Borges of the USC School of Architecture and her fourth-year students to develop cost-effective and reproducible small homes for Los Angeles' homeless population. According to Borges, the more units they are approved to produce, the cheaper each unit will be. Not only does this project have the potential to bring people off the streets, but by providing a sanitary, semi-permanent structure for the homeless population, it may help stop the spread of the hepatitis outbreak.

Daily Mail (UK) and Seeker featured research by Gale Lucas of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies that found soldiers and veterans were up to three times more likely to reveal symptoms of post-traumatic stress to a virtual chatbot than on an official military survey.  "I believe human therapists are very good at their jobs, and I don’t intend to replace them anytime soon. But screening, getting people to think that they might need therapy, is where computers can help," Lucas said.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dana Goldman of the USC Schaeffer Center on how patients will be negatively impacted if healthcare providers leave markets.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" interviewed Donna Benton of the USC Leonard Davis School about how to better prepare older adults for crisis situations.

NPR Philadelphia affiliate WHYY-FM interviewed Clifford Johnson of the USC Dornsife College on the importance of "nerds" who bring solutions to everyday life.

The New York Times cited research by Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College about the proportion of Santa Rosa's residents that are foreign-born.

The Washington Post (in an Associated Press story) mentioned the arrest of a former USC assistant basketball coach during an FBI corruption probe.

Los Angeles Times, in a story about recent sexual harassment claims, mentioned USC.

Inside Higher Ed mentioned the Campaign for USC and its extension for an additional five years.

The Guardian (UK) and Mashable cited research by Emilio Ferrara of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute on the number of bots on Twitter that are disseminating political messages and the possible impact these messages had on the 2016 American presidential election.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy, in a story about salaries for university fundraisers, mentioned USC.

Vox published an op-ed by Sara Sadhwani, a graduate student at the USC Dornsife College, about growing divisions within Asian-American communities.

Yahoo cited research by Michela Musto of the USC Dornsife College on the subtle sexism towards women in the sports industry.

The Huffington Post published an op-ed by Ira Kalb of the USC Marshall School about the misconceptions about what is effective in advertising and how to better market a brand or product.

Forbes mentioned USC on a list of schools that produce the greatest number of billionaires.

The Conversation mentioned the USC School of Cinematic Arts rejected a $5 million pledge from producer Harvey Weinstein.

MediaShift cited work by Robert Hernandez of the USC Annenberg School to teach journalism students how to build a narrative with new technology.