USC in the News

USC In the News 11/15/2017

The New York Times published commentary by Viet Thanh Nguyen of the USC Dornsife College about his conflicted emotions towards Thanksgiving and balancing the true history of the holiday with the sanitized version society embraces each year. Nguyen discusses his experience with the holiday as a Vietnamese refugee and how he teaches his own family about the tradition.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV covered the USC Price School's Safe Communities Institute's conference on how to combat homegrown violent extremism. The segment included an interview with Erroll Southers, director of the USC Safe Communities Institute. Los Angeles Daily News also covered the conference, which included speeches and discussions by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a former jihadist and former white supremacist among others.

The San Francisco Chronicle highlighted work by James Owens of the USC Marshall School that established the non-profit, "The World Is Just a Book Away" that promotes child literacy across three countries. "The hard part isn’t really building the project. The hard part is figuring out how to do it in a way that is meaningful to the community so that you’re not imposing your vision on them," Owens said. The organization currently supports 90 libraries, two mobile libraries and one horse library. Bustle highlighted Owens' anthology.

IFLScience highlighted research by Dong Song of the USC Viterbi School's Center for Neural Engineering on a brain implant he and colleagues developed to boost human memory function. "We are writing the neural code to enhance memory function; this has never been done before," Song said. Initial findings suggest the device can boost performance by up to 30 percent on memory tests. New York PostFuturism and BGR Media reported on the research.

History highlighted work by Kevin Knight of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute to develop artificial-intelligence software to break the cipher used by the "Zodiac Killer." Knight's program is featured in the History Channel's "The Hunt for the Zodiac Killer" program. Bustle also highlighted Knight's code breaking programs.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Noam Wasserman of the USC Marshall School about startup founder longevity, especially after new funding is secured. Forbes cited Wasserman's research.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV quoted John Harlow and Aslam Khan, medical residents at LAC+USC Medical Center about the sanctuary status of hospitals and ambulances for undocumented immigrants seeking medical treatment.

Yahoo Finance quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School on how the the current tax code subsidizes automation but does not give equivalent benefits for companies to subsidize training for human employees.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" interviewed Jerry Jellison, professor emeritus of the USC Dornsife College, on why people are more likely to defend those accused of crimes if they identify with them in some way.

Billboard quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School on why celebrity Instagram posts are compelling when individuals share personal moments.

San Gabriel Valley Tribune quoted Lars Perner of the USC Marshall School on why Kindles are cost-efficient products for Amazon.

The Wall Street Journal reported USC is among the top schools in the West for student engagement.

Los Angeles Times, in a story about a prank USC students played on UCLA students during rivalry week 60 years ago, mentioned Claude Zachary of the USC Libraries.

Bustle cited comments by Shaun Harper of the USC Rossier School's Center on Race and Equity about the gendered difference in college savings among American families.

Polygon cited research by Yves Bergquist of the USC School of Cinematic Arts' Entertainment Technology Center demonstrating a Rotten Tomatoes score does not indicate whether a film will be financially successful.

California Healthline and CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KNX-AM mentioned the former dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

The Globe & Mail (Canada) cited research by Jeffrey Cole of the USC Annenberg School's Center for the Digital Future and colleagues on the impact technology has on the amount of time families spend together.

China Daily mentioned USC is home to the second largest population of international students in the United States. 

The Economic Times (India) cited research by Nathanael Fast of the USC Marshall School and colleagues on how expressing gratitude to superiors can improve interactions.