USC in the News

USC In the News 3/14/2018

Los Angeles Daily News featured a hiring event co-hosted by USC at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Hundreds of locals  applied to work on the $270 million Coliseum renovation, which is expected to generate about 2,000 construction jobs. Those without construction experience were encouraged to apply for positions that offer on-the-job training, along with union wages and benefits. “This is important; that the community benefits from the infrastructure projects going on in their neighborhood. We also think it's a win-win that we have folks from the neighborhood who are doing work on this project,” Thomas Sayles, senior vice president for university relations at USC, told ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV. CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV, CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV and Telemundo Los Angeles affiliate KVEA-TV featured the event. CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KNX-AM noted that USC expects to hire around 30 percent of the workers for the renovations from the neighborhood around the Coliseum. CBC News (Canada) mentioned the event, and interviewed Jean Reisz of the USC Gould School about the Department of Justice’s immigration suit against California.

The Washington Post (in a Kaiser Health News story) featured research by Karen Van Nuys, Geoffrey Joyce, Dana Goldman and colleagues at the USC Schaeffer Center on how many patients overpay for prescription medications with their copays. According to Karen Van Nuys, customers would be better off paying cash 23 percent of the time. "Clearly this is going on [at a] much higher frequency than most people imagine; you’re penalizing people for having insurance," Joyce said. Reuters also highlighted the study's results.

The Conversation published an analysis by Jeffery Fields of the USC Dornsife College on how President Donald Trump can successfully negotiate with North Korean leaders on denuclearization. "Trump engaging directly with Kim Jong Un may be both an opportunity and a liability," Fields wrote. He argues the United States will need to adjust its expectations if they hope to reach a compromise.

Gizmodo's "The Root" 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. He recommends disqualifying any schools from the NCAA Basketball Tournament that fail to adequately address these inequities. "During March Madness and beyond, I’ll continually root for everybody black and advocate for the eradication of racial inequities that systematically disadvantage them," Harper wrote.

Forbes highlighted research by Shrikanth Narayanan of the USC Viterbi School’s Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory to develop “The Geena Davis Inclusion Quotient.” Narayanan, in partnership with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and, helped build the software, which found men were seen and heard twice as much as women. VentureBeat also noted Narayanan's research.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) quoted Michael Messner of the USC Dornsife College about the academic study of masculinity.

NPR's "All Things Considered" interviewed Richard Paulson of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how fertility clinics preserve eggs and embryos for fertility in the future. Harper's Bazaar quoted Paulson about the media's inaccurate portrayal of fertility struggles and pregnancy past the age of 35.

ABC News interviewed Kristin Bendiikson of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the safety and security procedures at fertility clinics.

CNN interviewed Clayton Dube of the USC Annenberg School's China Institute about a potential summit between the leaders of North Korea and the United States.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on why President Donald Trump was comfortable speaking in front of prototypes for his proposed border wall.

KCRW-FM interviewed David Sloane of the USC Price School on how zoning has shaped the development of Los Angeles (radio interview here).

Variety quoted Gene Del Vecchio of the USC Marshall School about investor Ron Burkle's attempts to purchase Weinstein Co.

Inc. quoted Noam Wasserman of the USC Marshall School on how founders can increase their leverage when negotiating with potential investors.

Independent Schools Magazine (UK) interviewed Katharine Harrington, USC vice president of admissions and planning, about college application tips and noted the opening USC's new office in London.

EducationWeek published an op-ed by Bradley Marianno, graduate student at the USC Rossier School, on how a Supreme Court case will impact teachers' unions of non-members no longer having to pay fees for collective bargaining.

Fox News cited comments by Michael Barr of the USC Viterbi School's Aviation Safety & Security Program about the dangers of helicopter tours.

VentureBeat mentioned Maja Mataric of the USC Viterbi School participated in a "Women in Robotics: A Fine Balance" panel at the SXSW conference.

Courier Journal cited comments by Ron Avi Astor of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School on how to improve school safety and prevent violent events on campus.

EdTech Magazine noted USC uses fingerprint scans for student housing.

Government Tech published a Q&A with Safiya Umoja Noble of the USC Annenberg School on how internet searches can contribute to social inequality.