USC in the News

USC In the News 12/2 to 12/4/2017

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on the USC Young Researchers Program, which was started by USC graduate students and is targeted at low-income students. Each summer, 15 local students are paired with PhD candidates to conduct research and attend workshops on applying for college and securing financial aid. "By the end of the summer, they’re able to explain all the science they’ve done really well. That confidence they gain really helps spur them on to get a four-year degree," said Erin McParland, the program's coordinator student at the USC Dornsife College.

The Hill published commentary by Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School about the process Congress is using to enact tax reform. "My pockets have been picked, and so have yours, by this theft of our revenues to line the pockets of existing investors in these arcane instruments. That is what happens when the tax policy process is allowed to become so thoroughly degraded," he wrote. The New York Times quoted Kleinbard about the pass-throughs included in the Senate's version of the tax reform bill. MSNBC and Opposing Views cited Kleinbard's comments about the tax bill.

Newsweek and Inquisitr 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.

Billboard highlighted Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative and the partnerships between Smith and the music industry. With a plan to expand beyond the movie and television business, Smith and her colleagues are working with music production companies to determine existing gender parity levels and determine solutions to improve diversity. "There’s a real hunger and desire in this space," Smith said.

Pacific Standard featured research by Craig Stanford of the USC Dornsife College about the omnivorous diets of chimpanzees. Prior to a few years ago, the majority of researchers believed chimps were vegan. Stanford found "meat eating has much to do with the social and political aspects of the hunt and not simply the consumption of nutrients and calories." His new book, "The New Chimpanzee: A Twenty-First-Century Portrait of Our Closest Kin," highlights clear connections between chimp behavior and human society.

Los Angeles Times quoted Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center on why declining incomes do not result in lower rents.

Los Angeles Times quoted Amy Rechenmacher of the USC Viterbi School about the strength of the Oroville Dam spillway despite existing cracks.

Los Angeles Times, KCRW-FM and Snopes quoted Gabriel Kahn of the USC Annenberg School about the ownership change at LA Weekly and the importance of having multiple local news outlets.

NBC News quoted Daniel Schnur of the USC Annenberg School on why the guilty plea by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is unlikely to change anyone's view about possible Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election.

NBC News quoted Yoey Cheng-Nguy of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about why Asian-Americans seek mental health resources at lower-than-average rates.

Reuters quoted Najmedin Meshkati of the USC Viterbi School about the possible damage weights may cause on the TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone pipeline.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV interviewed Michael Simkovic of the USC Gould School about the late changes to the GOP's tax reform bill.

KPCC-FM interviewed Ann Owens of the USC Dornsife College about the racially isolated schools in Los Angeles County.

BBC interviewed Kate Flint of the USC Dornsife College and provost professor of art history and English about her new book, "Flash!: Photography, Writing, & Surprising Illumination."

The Economist quoted Vasily Gatov of the USC Annenberg School about the goals of state-controlled Russian media.

The Orange County Register quoted Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity about the education, income and opportunity gaps for minorities in California.

Fox News interviewed Gillian Hadfield of the USC Gould School about the evolution of America's anti-trust laws.

Santa Cruz Sentinel quoted Daniel Schnur of the USC Annenberg School on whether a court ruling in favor of an undocumented immigrant accused of murder in San Francisco will impact Congress support for protecting the beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The Daily Beast quoted Michael Habib of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about a recent discovery of preserved pterosaur eggs.

The Root quoted Terrence Fitzgerald of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School about the value judgment when individuals dress as other races.

OC Weekly quoted Keith Plocek of the USC Annenberg School about his unauthorized post on LA Weekly's website questioning the new owners.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute about the economic and branding impact hosting "College GameDay" has on college towns.

Dr. Phil quoted Vivek Patel of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about a woman who believes she is losing her vision.

EducationDive quoted Helena Yli-Renko, co-director of the USC Marshall School's Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies about new business development classes offered to reflect the evolving industry.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) noted a USC student was awarded a 2018 Marshall Scholarship to study in the United Kingdom.

The New York Times cited comments by USC Provost Michael Quick about USC’s response to complaints that some professors might have abused their positions of power.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story), in a story about graduate students rallying against the proposed tax reform bill in Congress, mentioned USC. CNN, Time and Estrella TV Los Angeles affiliate KRCA-TV also mentioned USC.

The Chronicle of Higher Education noted the appointment of Eunjoo Pacifici of the USC School of Pharmacy as the director of the USC School of Pharmacy's International Center for Regulatory Science.

The Conversation published an analysis by Ben Carrington of the USC Annenberg School about whether the British royal family is evolving with social norms or simply reflecting a past intent on presenting racial purity.

The Conversation published analysis by Kate Miltner, graduate student at the USC Annenberg School, about the push to expand technology education and teach coding skills without comparable improvements in school budgets overall.

Deadline noted three USC School of Cinematic Arts students were winners at this year's Director's Guild of America Student Film Awards, which honor African-American, Latino, Asian-American and female directors.

The Desert Sun noted a collaboration with Robert Hernandez of the USC Annenberg School and his "JOVRNALISM class" about the health impacts of the Salton Sea in the Coachella Valley area.

Entrepreneur noted USC is No. 5 among universities that produce billionaire alumni.

Daily Breeze mentioned research by Heinz-Josef Lenz of Keck Medicine of USC's Norris Cancer Center.

Curbed LA cited comments by Nathan Masters of the USC Libraries about the evolution of Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Daily News noted Trejo's Tacos opened at USC Village.

Eastern Group Publications ran a photo with a caption about a teaching garden sponsored by the Keck School of Medicine of USC at Hollenbeck High School in Boyle Heights.

The San Bernardino County Sun noted the California Task Force on Family Caregiving is housed at the USC Leonard Davis School.

The Root noted research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative and colleagues on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry.

The Post and Courier reported on research by Anna Rahman of the USC Leonard Davis School that found reviews on Yelp.com were more critical of nursing home facilities than federal regulators.