USC in the News

USC In the News 11/22/2017

BBC featured research by Cheng-Ming Chuong of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and his discovery that feathers evolved from dinosaurs. After examining the genes in the skin of alligator embryos, Chuong was able to begin the development of a feather-like structure by manipulating the gene. In addition to unlocking the secret of feather evolution and their roots in dinosaurs, regenerative therapies refined by Chuong and his team may be used to help skin regeneration in humans. Daily Mail (UK) and The Independent (UK) also featured the study.

Fortune published commentary by Glenn Fox of the USC Marshall School's Performance Science Institute on how expressing gratitude, like at Thanksgiving, has many social and physical benefits. "Regardless of context, however, remember that to reap gratitude’s powerful benefits, it is our own duty to invoke gratitude as the catalyst for its virtuous cycle—give and receive freely, humbly, and without expectation," he wrote.

Deseret News highlighted research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative and colleagues that found teenage females were often portrayed in a hyper-sexualized fashion in the entertainment industry. Although there is near gender parity in roles, there are few young females from underrepresented minority groups. "For younger viewers, who spend a great deal of time in school and engaged scholastically, these depictions run counter to the reality of their young lives," Smith said.

International Business Times highlighted a documentary put together by Daniel Birman of the USC Annenberg School about the story of Cyntoia Brown. Brown was sentenced to life in prison at the age of 16 after killing a man who had paid her for sex. Birman's documentary tells Brown's story, including the years of mistreatment and abuse she suffered as a sex trafficking victim. The story is in the news again as celebrities are sharing Brown's story on social media.

Vice's "Motherboard" quoted Kate Miltner of the USC Annenberg School about the cultural moment in the 1980s represented by the song "Africa" by Toto.

LiveScience quoted Michael Habib of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on the flight capabilities of domestic turkeys.

Morning Consult quoted Anthony Dukes of the USC Marshall School on how marketers instill value on different characteristics of a single product.

Los Angeles Times, in a story about Antonio Villaraigosa's tax returns, mentioned his salary as lecturer at the USC Price School. The San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury-News also mentioned Villaraigosa's earnings.

Jewish Journal, in a story about the movie "The Graduate," mentioned Lawrence Turman is the chair of the USC School of Cinematic Arts' Peter Stark Producing Program.

ArtNews, in a story about upcoming performance art exhibits as part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA festival, mentioned Nao Bustamante of the USC Roski School's performance on Jan. 17, 2018, and the USC Roski School's "two-day art biennial," "Live Artists Live: Simultaneity."