USC in the News

USC In the News 3/9/2018

The New York Times 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, and "Black Panther" star Michael B. Jordan committed to using inclusion riders for all of his production company's projects. The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Verge, Newsweek, Bustle and Rolling Stone mentioned Smith's proposal.

Wired highlighted separate robotics projects by Francisco Valero-Cuevas and Terrence Sanger of the USC Viterbi School. Valero-Cuevas is developing simulated neurons to mimic the function of a spinal cord in Kleo, the robotic cat. Sanger is using simulated neurons to teach a robot that its favorite color is blue.

PC Magazine featured research by Sook-Lei Liew and Julia Anglin of the Ostrow School of USC's Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy to develop a virtual reality system that engages the area of the brain damaged by a stroke. "We found many people with severe strokes got frustrated because they didn't know if they were activating the right neural networks when we asked them to 'think about moving' while we physically helped them to do so," Liew said. Project REINVENT (Rehabilitation Environment using the Integration of Neuromuscular-based Virtual Enhancements for Neural Training) allows patients to think about moving their arm, and the movement occurs on the VR screen.

Los Angeles Times quoted Niels Frenzen of the USC Gould School on how immigration enforcement officers justify arrest tactics for allegedly undocumented immigrants.

Inside Higher Ed quoted Estela Bensimon of the USC Rossier School's Center for Urban Education on why university leaders are more likely to grade their own campus' climate on a friendly curve.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV interviewed Jean Reisz of the USC Gould School about the Justice Department's lawsuit against California. 

U.S. News & World Report quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School's Safe Communities Institute on why each school needs to be individually evaluated for safety.

NPR Park City, UT, affiliate KPCW-FM interviewed Clifford Johnson of the USC Dornsife College about his new graphic novel, "The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe."

MIT Technology Review quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School about Twitter's new push to measure the health of user interactions.

The Desert Sun quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on why the Democratic Party is depending on California to flip a number of GOP-held seats in the House of Representatives.

South China Morning Post quoted Stanley Rosen of the USC Dornsife College on why "Operation Red Sea" is unlikely to appeal to audiences outside of China, despite its toned down nationalism.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story), in a story about businessman Steve Wynn, noted Ray Irani is a Life Trustee at USC.

The Washington Post cited a study by Stacy Smith, Katherine Pieper and Marc Choueiti of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative about inequality in representation in the entertainment industry. Bustle cited a separate study by the Inclusion Initiative on the lack of gender parity among film directors for the highest grossing films.

USA Today 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.

Vox cited comments by David Kang of the USC Dornsife College's Korean Studies Institute on how to best negotiate with North Korea.

The Conversation noted USC's affiliation with 2U for technical development of its online course offerings.

The San Diego Union-Tribune published a tribute written by Carol Muske-Dukes of the USC Dornsife College about the late poet Carol Muske Dukes.

Daily Mail (UK) cited comments by Brian Nguyen of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about older labeling on emergency contraception packages that include an age and gender requirement.

City News Service cited research by Hernan Galperin of the USC Annenberg School on the lack of competition in the broadband market and how this impacts lower income communities.