USC in the News

USC In the News 1/19/2018

Los Angeles Times highlighted results from a recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll on national approval ratings for President Donald Trump. The pollsters found that opposition to Trump has intensified and disapproval of his job performance is seen across Democratic-leaning and swing states. According to Robert Shrum of the USC Dornsife College's Unruh Institute, "Republicans could be in real trouble" for the midterm elections.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" 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. Newsweek also highlighted the study's results.

Bloomberg highlighted a study by Nicolas Duquette of the USC Price School on how charitable contribution tax deductions impact charities' donation revenue. Duquette found that a one percent increase in the tax cost of giving results in a four percent loss for charities. According to the study, cultural institutions, museums, colleges and universities were better able to survive any changes to the tax code compared to social service charities.

Pacific Standard 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 doctors' 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. "The role in the emergency department might be less of needing to be tightly regulated about prescribing these drugs and more of a place that physicians could be looking for people who are at risk for abuse," said Axeen.

Nautilus profiled Antonio Damasio of the USC Dornsife College's Brain and Creativity Institute and his research on how feelings and emotions impact the brain and decision-making. Damasio claims that the brain's role is more egalitarian than the body's central computer. "The importance of feeling is that it makes you critically aware of what you are doing in moral terms," Damasio said.

The New York Times quoted John Vidale, director of the USC Southern California Earthquake Center, about the myth that earthquakes are more likely during full moons.

USA Today quoted Richard Flory of the USC Dornsife College's Center for Religion and Civic Culture on whether supporting Donald Trump has damaged the reputations of Christian conservative leaders.

The Hill quoted Greg Autry of the USC Marshall School about potential tariffs on Chinese-produced solar panels.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy quoted Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration about the collaborative effort to document the economic contributions of undocumented and documented immigrants.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune quoted Michael Overing of the USC Annenberg School about a city council member of Baldwin Park incorrectly censoring a resident during public comment.

KCRW-FM interviewed Mary Murphy of the USC Annenberg School about the sexual harassment scandal in Hollywood.

Fox News quoted E. Todd Schroeder of the Ostrow School of USC's Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy on the perceived body shaming of President Donald Trump.

Mother Jones quoted Pai-Ling Yin of the USC Marshall School's Technology Commercialization Initiative about the value of cryptocurrency despite a current market bubble.

Healthline quoted Charles McKenna of the USC Dornsife College on if science has made any progress on reducing antibiotic resistance.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, in a story about executive searches in higher education, mentioned USC.

The San Diego Union-Tribune published commentary by Chris Garnier, graduate student at the USC Rossier School, on how men should take an active role in the movement to end sexual harassment and discrimination.

Los Angeles Magazine mentioned Safiya Sinclair, a doctoral student at the USC Dornsife College, as a Los Angeles poet that people should be reading.

The Philadelphia Inquirer cited 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.

Parade mentioned a class at the USC School of Dramatic Arts about podcasting taught by actress Anna Faris.

Fox & Hounds Daily published commentary by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School and Doug Jeffe on how President Donald Trump and Gov. Jerry Brown will impact the California gubernatorial race.