USC in the News

USC In the News 3/6/2018

NPR's "The Two Way" highlighted a proposal by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative for those in the entertainment industry to include an "inclusion rider" in their contracts. Best actress winner Frances McDormand called on her colleagues to ask for inclusion riders during her acceptance speech at the Oscars. "Talk about being elated and thrilled to hear those two words broadcast around the world," Smith said. Reuters TV, KPCC-FM's "AirTalk," KPCC-FM's "Take Two," KPCC-FM's "The Frame," BloombergBBC, CNBC, TimeMashable, PBS, Variety, CBC Radio Canada (second story here), Fast Company, New York Magazine's "The Cut," New York Daily News, Glamour, MTV, Metro News Canada, Elle, Refinery29 (UK) (second story here), Global News (Canada), Recode, Brit+Co and W Magazine cited Smith's proposal.

The Washington Post highlighted an interview with Antonio Damasio of the USC Dornsife College's Brain and Creativity Institute on how feeling and emotions determine human intelligence, consciousness and the capacity for cultural creation. "Unfortunately, conventional conceptions of mind are based on the idea that nervous systems make minds by themselves," he said.

Wired published commentary by Safiya Umoja Noble of the USC Annenberg School on how technology is influenced by the inherent racism of its programmers. "I do not think it a coincidence that when women and people of color are finally given opportunity to participate in limited spheres of decision making in society, computers are simultaneously celebrated as a more optimal choice for making social decisions," she wrote. Digital Trends cited research by Noble on this topic.

Vox highlighted research by Ann Owens of the USC Dornsife College and colleagues about continued racial and economic segregation in America's schools. Owens' research notes that black-white segregation based on exposure – whether students attend schools with a high or low proportion of a given racial group – has grown since the 1970s. The consensus among most researchers is that poor black and Hispanic children are increasingly isolated in segregated schools, both public and charter.

NPR Boston affiliate WBUR-FM featured William Forsythe of the USC Kaufman School and his choreography, "Pas/Parts 2018." The Boston Ballet will become the second professional ballet company in the United States to premiere this work. "In one ballet, you might not notice someone's skills as clearly as you do in another ballet. This ballet allowed me to understand the skillsets of a number of dancers differently," Forsythe said.

The Wall Street Journal quoted T.J. Wong of the USC Marshall School on the push by the Chinese government for domestic companies to list publicly in China instead of overseas.

NPR quoted Michael Fink of the USC School of Cinematic Arts about a growing trend to use the digital likeness of actors who have passed away or aged before the production of sequel or prequel.

CNN quoted Jody Agius Vallejo of the USC Dornsife College and Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity on the changing demographics in Orange County and the political future of the area that will soon will soon have a minority population in the majority.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" interviewed Lisa Klerman of the USC Gould School on whether job fairs on college campuses discriminate on the basis of age.

The Atlantic's "CityLab" quoted Dowell Myers of the USC Price School about the need to find new solutions for California's affordable housing crisis.

The Hollywood Reporter quoted Stanley Rosen of the USC Dornsife College on why "Black Panther" is a test case to see if Chinese audiences respond positively to a minority-majority cast in a blockbuster film.

Consumer Reports quoted Michael Hochman of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how reaching a healthy weight can reverse a type 2 diabetes diagnosis.

Forbes (in a Quora answer) quoted Sharon Orrange of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Daryl Davies of the USC School of Pharmacy about the possible health benefits of moderate wine consumption.

Courthouse News Service quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on efforts in California to flip House seats currently held by "weak" GOP incumbents.

Deutsche Welle (Germany) noted a $200 million gift from Larry Ellison's foundation to establish the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC.

U.S. News & World Report noted the USC Gould School automatically waives its application fees for prospective students who submit their applications before the early deadline date.

National Law Journal reported on a USC Gould School student who is using technology to make the expungement of cannabis use convictions straightforward, fast and cheap. The student won the Los Angeles Hackathon, part of the 2018 Global Legal Hackathon.

Quartz mentioned 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 Grammy Awards.

Buzzfeed News 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.

Daily Mail (UK) mentioned Antonio Damasio of the USC Dornsife College's Brain and Creativity Institute.

Fox & Hounds Daily published commentary by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School and Doug Jeffe about Gov. Jerry Brown's conspicuous absence from the California Democratic party convention.

NPR Kent, Ohio, affiliate WKSU-FM mentioned research by Michael Thom of the USC Price School about the limited benefits of film subsidies for local economies.

University World News published commentary by William Tierney of the USC Rossier School about the mythologizing of college campus histories.

Daily Caller cited research by Jonathan Taplin, professor emeritus of the USC Annenberg School, on the monopolistic marketshare of the world's largest tech companies.