USC in the News

USC In the News 12/14/2017

CBS News highlighted a new ultrasound technology developed by Mary Yamashita of the Keck School of Medicine of USC to identify breast cancer in women with dense breast tissue. "Women with dense breast tissue have more white glandular tissue on the mammogram so the background appears white. The problem is breast cancer also appears white on the mammogram, so it's more difficult to find a small white cancer on a white background," said Yamashita. Researchers are enrolling 10,000 patients for the trial.

New York Magazine's "The Cut" published a Q&A with Jonas Kaplan of the USC Dornsife College's Brain and Creativity Institute on why people become defensive when their deeply held views are attacked. "One thing we can say is that, because we know that there’s a culture element to this, that we can influence each other. A change that comes from within our own social group will be more likely to influence us," Kaplan said.

U.S. News & World Report (in a HealthDay story) featured research by Diana Younan of the Keck School of Medicine of USC that found a connection between pollution exposure during childhood and higher risk for destructive behaviors during adolescence. Younan also found after tracking participants for nine years, this held true when accounting for socioeconomic and other factors that influence bad behavior. "Even if you can't visibly see it, it's still affecting you. You're still inhaling it," she said. Popular Science, The Times (UK), Daily Mail (UK), The Telegraph (UK), AOL (UK) and Daily Mirror (UK) also featured the study's results.

The New York Times quoted Abby Wood of the USC Gould School about the standard of acceptable behavior established by the Democratic Party.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) quoted Christopher Smith of the USC Annenberg School about why Walt Disney Co. acquired a large part of 21st Century Fox's film and television studios and cable and international TV businesses.

Los Angeles Times quoted Gene Del Vecchio of the USC Marshall School about the potential antitrust implications of Walt Disney Co.'s acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets. Los Angeles Times quoted Del Vecchio in a second story.

CNN quoted Marientina Gotsis of the USC School of Cinematic Arts about the physical dangers of using virtual reality headsets if you are not aware of your surroundings.

CNN quoted Jeff Victoroff of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about what a neuroscientist may learn from examining the brain of the man responsible for the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas.

USA Today quoted Karen Tongson of the USC Dornsife College about the societal standards the song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" addressed when it was composed.

The Hill published commentary by Mieczysław Boduszyński, fellow at the USC Annenberg School's Center on Public Diplomacy, about the weaknesses of the U.S. State Department.

Vox published a story produced by the USC Annenberg School's Center for Health Journalism on how parents and families are affected by the uncertainty over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Forbes, Washington Examiner and RT noted USC President C. L. Max Nikias’ compensation in 2015, in a story about highest paid university presidents.

Vida en el Valle published a story produced by the USC Annenberg School's Center for Health Journalism about an outbreak of valley fever in Monterey County.