USC in the News

USC In the News 1/18/2018

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) featured a study by Steven Teutsch, senior fellow at the USC Schaeffer Center, who is the chairman of a government-commissioned panel of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, that recommends lowering the blood-alcohol concentration threshold from 0.08 to 0.05. According to Teutsch, drunk driving cannot be solved by waiting for self-driving cars. "In the meantime, we have 10,000 people a year dying and we ought to do something about it," he said. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cited Teutsch's comments.

KPCC-FM featured research by Seth John of the USC Dornsife College on how the Thomas Fire may have contaminated the Pacific Ocean. John and his team are measuring the levels of trace metals deposited by the smoke that was absorbed by algal populations. "[We'll] have a much better understanding of whether any of those toxic metals could move up the food chain into the fish that we eat or the other animals that are living in the Santa Barbara Basin," he said. The researchers will also consider how future fires may impact the local ecosystem and fisheries.

MSN featured research by Sarah Axeen of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and USC Schaeffer Center, Michael Menchine of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Seth Seabury of the Keck-Schaeffer Initiative for Population Health that found the greatest share of opioid prescriptions came from doctor’s offices and not emergency rooms. According to Axeen, before this study it was assumed that patients could be visiting multiple emergency rooms to fuel their addictions. “What our findings suggest is that [regulators] should really be focusing these policies on other places in the system,” said Seabury.

The Washington Post quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School about the benefits Apple will reap after it pays an initial tax to repatriate its foreign profits. Wired also quoted Kleinbard.

Los Angeles Times quoted David Barnhart of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute on future collaborations between private companies and NASA.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV interviewed Ali Abbas, director of the USC Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making, on the need to study how to implement a more effective emergency alert system.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" interviewed James Moore of the USC Viterbi School about the budget problems of California's high-speed rail project.

U.S. News & World Report (in a HealthDay story) quoted Raj Dasgupta of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how sleep can influence a person’s food choices.

Nature quoted Raymond Stevens of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience’s Bridge Institute about research opportunities in China.

Pacific Standard quoted Jody Agius Vallejo of the USC Dornsife College on the growing trend of undocumented immigrants forgoing medical care and refusing to report crimes for fear of deportation.

Global News (Canada) quoted Stephen Smith, director of USC Shoah Foundation, on why it is important to teach students how to manage hateful speech and content they see online.

Refinery 29 (UK) quoted Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro of the USC Dornsife College on how electoral victories are a powerful incentive for the Women's March in emphasizing turnout among its supporters.

Lost at E Minor (Australia) quoted Michael Habib of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about why Tyrannosaurus rex has short arms.

The Wall Street Journal, in a story on how the new federal tax code impacts private college endowments, mentioned USC.

The Hollywood Reporter mentioned research by Paul Debevec of the USC Institute for Creative Technology's Vision & Graphics Lab in a story about 3D facial scanning for films.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on research by K. Kirk Shung of the USC Viterbi School's Medical Ultrasonic Resource Center and colleagues to activate cancer-fighting cells with an ultrasound.

NPR San Francisco affiliate KQED-FM cited research by Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration and colleagues on the number of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival participants by congressional district.

Los Angeles Daily News mentioned a debate for California gubernatorial candidates hosted by the USC Dornsife College's Unruh Institute.

Columbia Journalism Review published a story produced by David Westphal of the USC Annenberg School's Center on Communication Leadership and Policy about growing philanthropy in funding the news.

Forbes published commentary by Josh Luke of the USC Price School on how companies can reduce healthcare spending without significantly impacting care or the cost for employees.

Forbes (in a Quora answer) quoted Sang Lee of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the lack of health benefits associated with a colon cleanse.

City News Service mentioned USC in a story about accusations of assault against a former USC student.

Daily Mail (UK) and TMZ mentioned USC in a story about actor James Franco.

Xinhua News Agency reported on 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.

Reason mentioned USC in a story about Title IX procedures at universities.

Barron's mentioned ongoing research at the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute to study the impact of stress on work with wearable technology.