USC in the News

USC In the News 2/9/2018

The New York Times (in a Reuters story) highlighted research by Lawrence Harris of the USC Marshall School and a colleague on how bets against volatility will play out in the stock market. The paper, published back in November 2017, predicted investors will need to scramble to cover their practice of shorting volatility. According to the researchers, "total assets under management in volatility-contingent strategies is about $1.5 trillion."

The Washington Post highlighted work by 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. The project includes testimony by Eva Schloss, stepsister to Anne Frank, who continues to travel and speak about the lessons societies can learn from the Holocaust and other acts of horror occurring today.

Los Angeles Times featured an exhibit at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox to celebrate the 50th anniversary of "Planet of the Apes." "I was so blown away by these new films that it reminded me that the original is turning 50 and we should do something," said Alex Ago of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The celebration includes screenings of the films and a free exhibition at the Hugh Hefner Exhibition Hall at USC in the Goerge Lucas Building.

New Atlas highlighted research by Denis Evseenko of the Keck School of Medicine of USC to develop a molecule that may treat arthritis. The molecule can promote cartilage growth and limit inflammation in affected joints and researchers are hoping to develop an injectable therapy. "It's not going to cure arthritis, but it will delay the progression of arthritis to the damaging stages when patients need joint replacements, which account for a million surgeries a year in the U.S.," said Evseenko.

The San Jose Mercury News 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 Washington Post quoted David Kang of the USC Dornsife College's Korean Studies Institute on the evolving diplomatic relations between South Korea and President Donald Trump's administration.

Los Angeles Times quoted Clifford Johnson of the USC Dornsife College about the flight path of SpaceX's heavy lift rocket.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" interviewed Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration about the Democratic Party's leverage in Congress to pass a clean Dream Act.

USA Today quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on why Democrats might have a more difficult time winning in Ed Royce's congressional district now that he is not seeking reelection.

Wired quoted Amy Childress of the USC Viterbi School about the risks and challenges of desalinating ocean water for the residents of Cape Town, South Africa.

Kansas City Public Radio interviewed Jerry Lucido of the USC Rossier School's Center for Enrollment, Research, Policy & Practice about the growing competition between state schools across the Midwest for top students.

The Stamford Advocate quoted Daniel Durbin of the USC Annenberg School's Institute of Sports, Media and Society about the declining influence of the NFL.

Healthline quoted Neha Nanda of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on why this year's flu vaccine might not be as effective against the current strain of the infection.

Outlook Newspapers interviewed Armand Dorian of Keck School of Medicine of USC and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital about the current flu season.

Variety and Billboard noted research by Stacy Smith, Marc Choueiti and Kate Pieper of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative that tracked the gender and race of performers, writers and producers across the pop music charts and the Grammy Awards.

Variety noted Howard Rodman of the USC School of Cinematic Arts received a Final Draft Award.

Vice published a story produced by the USC Annenberg School's Center for Health Journalism about the lack of Native American foster homes that can take in displaced youth.

The Huffington Post published an opinion piece by Marty Kaplan of the USC Annenberg School's Norman Lear Center on why the media should not be surprised Senator Orrin Hatch defended an alleged domestic abuser in the White House.

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

Refinery29 mentioned USC uses Callisto, a reporting platform for victims.

Daily Express (UK) cited comments by Caleb Finch of the USC Leonard Davis School about the mortality of naked mole rats.