USC in the News

USC In the News 3/13/2018

The Wall Street Journal highlighted research 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. He recommends disqualifying any schools from the NCAA Basketball Tournament that fail to adequately address these inequities. KPCC-FM's "Take Two" also featured Harper and his report.

Time published an op-ed by Safiya Umoja Noble of the USC Annenberg School on how search engines amplify hate. Noble's latest book, "Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism," studies how the intrinsic racism of programmers and developers is built into search engines and suggested searches. "Rather than thinking of these media-tech companies as neutral, objective news and information companies, we could think of them for what they are – advertising engines to help companies and organizations know more about us and better target their products and services," she wrote. She advocates for greater transparency, more collaboration and public policy to prevent this trend from continuing.

BBC featured 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. After "Black Panther" actor Michael B. Jordan announced last week that all projects by his production will include an "inclusion rider," actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck also followed suit for their own production company.  The Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, Vulture and NME covered the proposal.

The Conversation published commentary by Lisa Bitel of the USC Dornsife College about the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Bitel reveals that is unlikely the namesake of the March holiday ever saw a snake in his life and never saw a shamrock. "Most likely, the miracle was plagiarized from some other saint’s life and eventually added to Patrick’s repertoire," wrote Bitel about the myth that St. Patrick rid the island country of all snakes.

The New York Times quoted Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College on how President Donald Trump is moving the nation in the opposite direct of where California wants to go policy-wise.

The Washington Post quoted Eileen Crimmins of the USC Leonard Davis School about a study that found the Great Recession raised Americans blood pressure.

ABC News and Tech Times quoted Rick Paulson of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on the safety and emergency procedures to protect frozen eggs and embryos at the USC Fertility Center.

Wired quoted James Heft of the USC Dornsife College's Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies about the Vatican's embrace of technology.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Lisa Klerman of the USC Gould School on the possible reasons a discrimination case may be dismissed with prejudice.

Deadline Hollywood quoted Stanley Rosen of the USC Dornsife College about the Chinese government's move to remove term limits for the country's president.

Refinery29 (UK) quoted Raj Dasgupta of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how to deal with the effects of a sleepless night. Lancaster Online quoted Dasgupta on how ambient sound may impact sleep.

Los Angeles Times cited a Wired story that featured research by Francisco Valero-Cuevas of the USC Viterbi School, who developed simulated neurons to mimic the function of a spinal cord in Kleo, the robotic cat.

EdSource mentioned a 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.

Reason cited comments by Orin Kerr of the USC Gould School about the need for legal restraint when deciding cases involving cyberspace.

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