USC in the News

USC In the News 3/10 to 3/12/2018

The Wall Street Journal published an editorial by USC President C. L. Max Nikias on the potential applications for virtual reality in treating post-traumatic stress disorder. Nikias highlighted research by the USC Institute for Creative Technologies to develop Bravemind, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, to bring virtual reality exposure therapy to veterans with PTSD. "As VR transforms the digital gaming industry, the technology that underpins its advancement holds far more promise than mere entertainment. It offers new hope to those for whom looking back has been a barrier to moving forward," he wrote.

The Washington Post published commentary by Shaun Harper of the USC Rossier School's Race and Equity Center on the continued inequity among black male student athletes in college sports. Harper released his latest research on the disparities in graduation rates among black male athletes in the Power Five athletic conferences. "There are no consequences for coaches who win games while continually failing to graduate black male players at equitable rates," Harper wrote. He recommends disqualifying any schools from the NCAA Basketball Tournament that fail to adequately address these inequities. Inside Higher Ed, ESPN, ABC News and Diverse: Issues in Education covered Harper's report.

The Wall Street Journal published a review of a book by Craig Stanford of the USC Dornsife College, whose book, "The New Chimpanzee: A Twenty-First-Century Portrait of Our Closest Kin," covers what we know about humanity's genomic relatives. Stanford highlights the significant differences in how chimpanzees and humans structure societies without directly calling out human parallels, according to the reviewer.

The Wall Street Journal highlighted research by Kristina Lerman of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute on the most efficient ways to use email in a professional environment. ""If I want to send an important email, I don’t do it on a Friday. I wait until Monday morning, so it’s much more likely to be at the top,"" she said.

The Washington Post 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 to support diversity. Best actress winner Frances McDormand called on her colleagues to ask for inclusion riders during her acceptance speech at the Oscars. The Telegraph (UK), Jezebel and Harper's Bazaar mentioned Smith's proposal. The Hill covered the inclusion rider and noted a separate study by Smith on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Paul Ginsburg of the USC Schaeffer Center on how health care providers game the system to receive more federal money for Medicare plans.

CNN interviewed Mike Chinoy of the USC Annenberg School's U.S.-China Institute on why a summit between North Korea, South Korea and the United States has not been officially confirmed.

The Hill quoted Greg Autry of the USC Marshall School about an advisor who is ascending through the White House ranks to counsel President Donald Trump on China and trade.

Los Angeles Daily News quoted Frank Zerunyan of the USC Price School about public record disclosure legislation in California.

The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted Kerry Fields of the USC Marshall School about protectionist trade policies and the impact on national security.

Atlanta Black Star quoted Tyan Parker Dominguez of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School on how pregnancy is much more dangerous for black mothers because of underlying and overt racism in society, especially in the medical setting.

Fox News quoted David Kang of the USC Dornsife College's Korean Studies Institute on why the North Korean regime acts in a predictable manner.

Xinhua News Agency interviewed Brian Peck of the USC Gould School's Center for Transnational Law and Business on how President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum will negatively impact American businesses and consumers.

The New York Times, in a story about the anti-aging field, mentioned research by Valter Longo of the USC Leonard Davis School on the possible health benefits of fasting-mimicking diet.

The Wall Street Journal published commentary by Keith Plocek of the USC Annenberg School about the rise of data visualization to describe dating lives on Reddit.

The Wall Street Journal, in a story about dipping enrollments of international students in the United States, noted USC's foreign enrollments remain the same.

Los Angeles Times cited research by Neeraj Sood, Karen Van Nuys and Dana Goldman of the USC Schaeffer Center on the flow of profits through the pharmaceutical system.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, in a brief about colleges that raised the most in private donations, mentioned USC.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV noted Stanley Rosen of the USC Dornsife College will be doing a book signing at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust on March 18.

PBS' "NextAvenue" published commentary by USC Leonard Davis School Dean Pinchas Cohen on how USC is driving innovation in aging and the growing industry for caring for older adults.

New Scientist published a story about research by Antonio Damasio of the USC Dornsife College's Brain and Creativity Institute and his new book, "The Strange Order of Things."

VentureBeat noted USC Games is co-hosting "Creating Reality," its first virtual reality and augmented reality hackathon.

The Oklahoman mentioned research by Stacy Smith and colleagues from the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the lack of gender parity among directors for the year's highest grossing films.

Pasadena Now and ArtDaily noted USC Pacific Asia Museum Director Christina Yu Yu will leave the museum for a position at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The Plain Dealer cited information provided by the Keck School of Medicine of USC's Fertility Center about in vitro fertilization.

The Santa Clarita Valley Signal published a story about USC alumni volunteering in the community for the annual Day of SCervice.

LiveMint (India) published an op-ed by Neeraj Sood of the USC Schaeffer Center and a colleague about the viability of India's proposed government sponsored insurance plans.