USC in the News

USC In the News 2/8/2018

The Washington Post featured USC Shoah Foundation and USC Institute for Creative Technologies' "New Dimensions in Testimony" (NDT) project, which allows people to have conversations with Holocaust and other genocide survivors. According to Stephen Smith, director of USC Shoah Foundation, the project allows interactive learning about the Holocaust and a way to preserve survivors' experiences for posterity.

The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by Gerard Tellis of the USC Marshall School and a colleague on the long-term benefits for nations that admit and empower immigrants. Tellis notes that many nations that closed themselves off have "stagnated and declined." "At a time when easy answers on DACA and immigration policy are not evident, these historical cases are worth careful scrutiny," they wrote.

Telemundo featured research by John Ringman of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on the rare Jalisco gene mutation, which causes early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Andres Martin, a 30-year-old Marine, carries the rare Alzheimer’s gene mutation and his father and grandfather both died from the disease. Together with Ringman, Martin is working to bring awareness about the mutation – which is believed to originally surfaced in the state of Jalisco in Mexico – and avoid misdiagnoses. BBC Mundo interviewed Ringman about the genetic mutation and efforts to treat patients before they develop brain deterioration, starting around the age of 40.

Los Angeles Business Journal highlighted research by Noam Wasserman of the USC Marshall School on relationships between startup founders and the new Founder Central Initiative for USC students. The initiative is expanding beyond how to negotiate conflict resolution between cofounders to include entrepreneurial history, thanks to increased interest and a recent $7 million grant. “The biggest source of failure within startups that fail is not the financing or product marketing but the people issues,” Wasserman said. He also has started a boot camp for angel investors.

The San Jose Mercury News highlighted results from a new USC Rossier School and PAC poll on the California gubernatorial race. The poll showed Gavin Newsom over 15 percentage points ahead of Antonio Villaraigosa. The online, statewide poll surveyed 2,500 registered voters in California (second story here). Politico also noted the results.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) quoted Gabriel Kahn of the USC Annenberg School about the new owner of the Los Angeles Times. KCRW-FM's "Press Play" also interviewed Kahn about the acquisition.

Los Angeles Times quoted Lawrence Harris and Pai-Ling Yin of the USC Marshall School on why technology stocks often suffer during periods of uncertainty for the stock market and why it is often best to ride it out. Los Angeles Times cited Harris' comments in a second story.

USA Today quoted Najmedin Meshkati of the USC Viterbi School about the logistical difficulty in installing automatic braking across Amtrak lines and trains.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV interviewed Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration about the California Bold conference, hosted by USC, which focused on immigration issues.

Los Angeles Daily News quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School about the recent reports that the average number of deputy-involved shootings by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department dropped significantly in the last year.

The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Michael Brennan of the USC Gould School about renewed interest in the possible murder of actress Natalie Wood in 1981.

The Wrap quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School about people's loyalties toward social media platforms.

Science quoted Aiichiro Nakano of the USC Viterbi School and USC Dornsife College about recent advancements in quantum computing.

Ars Technica quoted Greg Autry of the USC Marshall School about the potential market for SpaceX’s new heavy lift rocket.

Men's Health quoted Nohelani Lawrence of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on the regularity of mental blocks for athletes.

Playboy quoted Ben Carrington of the USC Annenberg School on how gay athletes challenge traditional notions of masculinity.

The New York Times published an obituary for Leon (Ndugu) Chancler of the USC Thornton School.

The New York Times mentioned the former dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC in a story about the Los Angeles Times.

The Washington Post, in a story about a false active-shooter alert at a community college, mentioned an active-shooter alert sent to USC students in October of 2017.

Los Angeles Times and Inside Higher Ed reported on fundraising at USC.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" mentioned an article produced by the USC Schaeffer School's Center for Health Reporting.

Los Angeles Magazine mentioned USC Village has an Urb-E store.

Variety reported on KUSC's Film-Music Week.

Voice of America cited comments by Diane Winston of the USC Annenberg School about evangelical voter support for President Donald Trump.

San Fernando Sun mentioned 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.

Bustle noted research by Michael Messner of the USC Dornsife College about the unequal coverage men's sporting events receive compared to women's sports.