USC in the News

USC In the News 1/26/2018

The New York Times featured research by Stacy L. Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the underrepresentation of female songwriters and producers in popular music. In an analysis of the top 600 songs from 2012 to 2017 — defined by Billboard’s year-end Hot 100 chart for each of those six years — the study found that of 1,239 performing artists, 22.4 percent of them were women. "Our goal is to eradicate inequality in entertainment," said Smith. In another article, The New York Times highlighted the study in relation to #MeToo. KPCC-FM and KPCC-FM's "The Frame" covered the story. San Francisco Chronicle, CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV, W Magazine, Variety, Pitchfork, The Wrap, Newburgh Gazette, Xinhua News Agency and MyNewsLA also covered the story.

Slate published an editorial by Darby Saxbe of the USC Dornsife College on the lack of mental-physical health care integration and how that impacts support for new parents suffering from postpartum depression. "As custodians of the next generation, parents are our society's most precious natural resource. It's our duty to support them with parental leave policies that allow for adequate rest and recovery, and easy-to-access mental health care in the early perinatal period," Saxbe wrote. Saxbe also noted there are increased barriers for treatment access for low-income, nonwhite women.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV featured research by Linda Hovanessian Larsen of the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Norris Cancer Center to develop a breast cancer screening for women with dense breast tissue. "A false positive is like a false alarm. Your mammogram is abnormal, but you do not have breast cancer. So, we're looking for better tests to improve breast cancer detection as well as reduce the number of false alarms," Larsen said. The researchers are currently recruiting study participants to prove the effectiveness of Softvue, a new technology that uses a warm water bath and sound waves.

MIT Technology Review’s “The Download” featured research by Jeffery Cole of the USC Annenberg School's Center for the Digital Future about the amount of time Americans spend online each week. The Digital Future Report found that time spent online has increased from 9.4 hours weekly in 2000 to nearly 24 hours weekly in 2017. According to Cole, internet usage has permeated society more than the telephone and telegraph. PC Mag also featured the study.

The Guardian published an op-ed by Ben Carrington of the USC Annenberg School and a colleague on how American politics will impact the Winter Olympics. “Given the time and dedication it takes to be an Olympian and the inevitable backlash against anyone brave enough to highlight America’s continuing social inequities, athletes should think carefully before taking action,” Carrington wrote. Carrington and his co-author noted that President Donald Trump would likely react to a black athlete voicing political dissent compared to a white one.

The New York Times quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School’s Sports Business Institute about the likelihood a new iteration of the XFL will be commercially successful.

Los Angeles Times quoted Adam Leventhal of the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Health, Emotion & Addiction Laboratory about the difference between glamorizing addiction and substance abuse and speaking out about personal troubles in pop culture.

Reuters quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School’s Sports Business Institute about how the Larry Nassar trial will impact corporate sponsorship of USA Gymnastics. The New York Times and MSN ran the Reuters story.

Variety quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School’s Sports Business Institute about the profitability of the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football.”

The Times of San Diego quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on Governor Jerry Brown's career.

Netflix’s “Bill Nye Saves the World” interviewed Brad Spellberg of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the rise of superbugs and development of antibiotic resistance.

Men’s Health quoted Raj Dasgupta of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how alcohol consumption just before bed can impact the amount of restful sleep a person can get.

TRT World (Turkey) interviewed Ben Carrington of the USC Annenberg School about British identity following Brexit.

MediaSport Podcast Series (Australia) interviewed Ben Carrington of the USC Annenberg School about the resurgence of activism among American athletes.

The Wall Street Journal published a book review by Jonathan Taplin, professor emeritus of the USC Annenberg School.

Sports Illustrated mentioned research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the low representation of Latinos in films. Complex and Huffington Post also covered the story.

Motherboard mentioned research by Maja Mataric of the USC Viterbi School on the therapeutic uses of physical AI and robotics.

Big Think mentioned Kristin Diehl of the USC Marshall School as part of a recent study on the correlation between enjoying a moment and sharing it on social media.

Roll Call published a story produced by the USC Annenberg School's Center for Health Journalism on immigration crackdowns and healthcare.

The American Prospect mentioned Kathleen Reardon, professor emeritus of the USC Marshall School on the different levels of sexual harassment and sexual behavior.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy mentioned research by the USC Price School's Center for Philanthropy and Public Policy in a story about the collaborative partnerships restoring damaged neighborhoods.