USC in the News

USC In the News 2/6/2018

Scientific American featured research by G.K. Surya Prakash and Thomas Mathew of the USC Dornsife College's Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute to transform methane into ethylene and propylene, or olefin, in a single step. Olefin can then be used to manufacture plastics, agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals. Methane is largely responsible for trapping heat and warming the planet, at a much faster rate than carbon dioxide, and methane emissions have risen over the past decade.

Daily Mail (UK) featured research by Berislav Zlokovic of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how the blood protein fibrinogen passes through the blood-brain barrier via malfunctioning “gatekeeper cells” lining the brain’s vascular system. His research demonstrates that a breakdown in gatekeeper cells may start people on the path to dementias, including Alzheimer’s, as early as 40. Targeting these cells could prevent Alzheimer’s disease. “Perhaps focusing on strengthening the blood-brain barrier integrity may be an answer because you can't eliminate fibrinogen from blood in humans. This protein is necessary in the blood. It just happens to be toxic to the brain,” Zlokovic said.

EdSource highlighted a new poll by the USC Rossier School and Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) that found 40 percent of parents know about or have used the California School Dashboard. The dashboard, which grades schools and school districts, has been critiqued as not user-friendly and inaccessible for many of the state's parents. "The perception in education policy circles is that the California dashboard is hopelessly opaque. That’s far from the perception we got from our poll," said Morgan Polikoff of the USC Rossier School.

Los Angeles Times quoted Michelle Levander of the USC Annenberg School and director of Boyle Heights Beat about the important reporting done by Eastern Group Publications prior to its shuttering. 

Reuters quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School about President Donald Trump's ability to shelter himself from political fallout by delegitimizing the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" interviewed Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center on why communities often do not meet new housing goals.

CNBC quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School about the tax benefits for contract workers under the new tax plan.

Consumer Reports quoted Lon Schneider of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the effectiveness, or lack thereof, of memory supplements.

Dallas Morning News quoted Alfredo Huante, graduate student at the USC Dornsife College, about Latinos and Chicanos leading the way for investing in "working class barrios."

Women's Health quoted Raj Dasgupta of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how to improve the chances for a restful night's sleep in a new environment.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) cited comments by Najmedin Meshkati of the USC Viterbi School about a preventable Amtrak accident.

The New York Times cited research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion initiative about the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry. Bustle, La Opinion, Deadline Hollywood and City News Service mentioned the study's results.

Inside Higher Ed, in a story about the top fundraising universities, mentioned USC.

Inside Higher Ed reported on a new book by Safiya Umoja Noble of the USC Annenberg School on how search engines might reinforce racism.

Inside Higher Ed mentioned research by Shaun Harper of the USC Rossier School's Race & Equity Center on the exploitation of black athletes by universities.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV, in a story about free activities to do in Los Angeles, mentioned the USC Pacific Asia Museum.

The Guardian (UK) published a review of a new book by Antonio Damasio of the USC Dornsife College's Brain and Creativity Institute.

Psychology Today published an op-ed by Mellissa Withers of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about trauma-informed care in the criminal justice system.

Los Angeles Magazine mentioned the USC Dornsife College's Huntington-USC Institute on California & the West.

The Orange County Register published a story produced in part by the USC Schaeffer Center's Center for Health Reporting about mental health resources at universities, including USC. KFI-AM referenced the article.

Tahoe Daily Tribune published an op-ed by Benjamin Henwood of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School on how to better help people experiencing homelessness through policy and and changing existing attitudes.

Army Times mentioned the USC Viterbi School in a story about the best cybersecurity programs.