USC in the News

USC In the News 1/4/2018

Los Angeles Times published commentary by William Deverell of the USC Dornsife College about events that led up to the initial paving of the Los Angeles River and plans for its revitalization. "Concrete once bent the L.A. River to metropolitan ambitions and needs. A century later, our era is remaking the river once again. We ought to allow the river to remake us too — into a more equitable city," he wrote.

CBS News highlighted a new study by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative and colleagues that found that women directed only four percent of the top movies in the past 10 years and that only 18 percent of entertainment executives are female. The Hollywood Reporter featured findings that showed six black and five Asian directors made it onto 2017's top 100 movies list and only eight women directed films on the list. Bustle cited a separate study by Smith on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry.

Endgadget featured work by USC Shoah Foundation to capture the stories of Nanjing Massacre survivors digitally and allow visitors to interact with the digital rendition. The testimony of Xia Shuqin is the first time USC Shoah Foundation has permanently installed one of New Dimensions in Testimony exhibits outside of the United States and the first time the language processing has been done in Mandarin. Engadget interviewed Samuel Gustman of USC Shoah Foundation about the collaboration with the USC Institute for Creative Technologies to record Xia's testimony using IBM's Watson. The story also quoted Karen Jungblut and Cheng Fang of USC Shoah Foundation.

EdSource published a Q&A with Shaun Harper of the USC Rossier School's Race and Equity Center about a planned survey by the center to measure student attitudes and experiences about race, gender and other factors in college campus climates. "The USC center is decidedly broader than our center at Penn was … Here we are concerned about all matters of racial equity," Harper said about the center's research.

U.S. News & World Report featured research by Pablo Barbera of the USC Dornsife College and colleagues on how social media is capable of spreading pro-democracy movements and amplifying violent ideologies. Barbera and his colleagues explored the ways authoritarian or illiberal regimes use digital tools to censor information and spread propaganda, as well as long-term commitment to movements born on social media.

The New York Times (in a Reuters story) quoted Saeed Mohasseb of the USC Marshall School on how the current Iranian protests are driven by a different socioeconomic class than the previous ones in 2009.

The Washington Post quoted Orin Kerr of the USC Gould School on Donald Trump's use of angry tweets and cease and desist letters while president.

CNN quoted Alice Chen of the USC Price School about the recent decline of the infant mortality rate in the United States and the gaps between different races.

Bloomberg quoted Jason Squire of the USC School of Cinematic Arts on Disney's efforts to market the next Star Wars installment to Chinese audiences.

KPCC-FM interviewed Neha Nanda of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the best time to get the flu vaccine.

The Huffington Post interviewed Mehdi Yahyanejad of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute about a tool that allows Iranians to access digital information currently banned or blocked by the government.

Las Vegas Review Journal quoted Ed Avol of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the possible health risks of constructing an asphalt plant near a school in Las Vegas.

The Charlotte Observer quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute about how new owners of the Carolina Panthers can engage the existing Panthers fan base. Baltimore Business Journal quoted Carter about what the Baltimore Ravens need to do to reengage their fans.

Voice of America and University World News quoted Muhammad Sahimi of the USC Viterbi School about the recent government protests in Iran.

Courthouse News Service quoted Gabriel Kahn of the USC Annenberg School about what is driving Los Angeles Times staffers to consider unionization.

Rolling Stone published an op-ed by David Nelson of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies about the future of augmented reality.

Deadline Hollywood cited comments by Stanley Rosen of the USC Dornsife College about the push by the Chinese government for media companies to self-censor.

Education Week published remarks by Eugenia Mora-Flores of the USC Rossier School on how teachers can improve writing instruction.

MindBodyGreen cited research by Valter Longo of the USC Leonard Davis School about the health benefits of intermittent fasting.