USC in the News

USC In the News 3/2/2018

USA Today published commentary by Gene Del Vecchio of the USC Marshall School on why the Academy Awards should consider adding a category for the year’s best blockbuster film. “Because Oscars for best picture do not often include massively appealing films, award season routinely leads to disappointment,” he wrote. Del Vecchio argues that the top 10 films based on worldwide ticket sales would be automatically nominated in this category, which would in turn grow the audience for the awards show.

Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV featured the USC Iovine Young Academy and how many of its students are working to bring technological advances to the fashion industry. The segment interviewed four groups of students that are developing software and harnessing artificial intelligence to bring the fashion industry into the 21st century. 

ESPN's "FiveThirtyEight" featured research by Meng Law, Jay Acharya and Darryl Hwang of the Keck School of Medicine of USC to compare modern baseballs to older baseballs to determine any differences in composition. The USC researchers used  computerized tomography, or CT scan, to analyze the balls. The team found minor differences in the composition and density of the baseball over the past few years. The story also noted Cynthia Bir of the Keck School of Medicine of USC contributed to the research.

The Conversation published an analysis by Leo Braudy of the USC Dornsife College about the history of the Hollywood sign. From an advertisement to status as a public nuisance to an iconic fixture of the Los Angeles skyline, the sign has stood the test of time and vandals. "In their own way, these vandals are trying to carve out their own slice of the Hollywood dream – a quest not for gold or for health, but for recognition and fame, whether by talent, ambition or selfie," Braudy wrote.

Bloomberg quoted Stanley Rosen of the USC Dornsife College on how a win at the Oscars can improve Chinese production companies' profiles.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" interviewed Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School about the political leanings of true independent voters.

Yahoo quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School about the number of social media accounts discussing mental health issues.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School on how the culture at the California capitol will impact Kevin de Leon's Senate bid.

Houston Chronicle quoted Dowell Myers of the USC Price School on how Houston's housing market compares to other major cities.

How Stuff Works quoted Emilio Ferrara of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute on what constitutes a Twitter bot.

The Washington Post cited research by Stacy Smith and colleagues of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry. The Economist and NBC News also mentioned the study's findings.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV cited comments by Lindsey Bier of the USC Marshall School on stores' decisions to change their gun policies.

The Oregonian published a story produced by the USC Annenberg School's Center for Health Journalism on Portland's housing crisis.

AdWeek cited comments by Gabriel Kahn of the USC Annenberg School on why CNN and Fox News make concerted efforts to differentiate from each other.

Vida en el Valle published a story produced in part by the USC Annenberg School's Center for Health Journalism on a new drug to treat valley fever.