USC in the News

USC In the News 3/27/2018

The Washington Post (in a Kaiser Health News story) highlighted an editorial by Jessica Barrington-Trimis and Adam Leventhal of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on the increase in sales of e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco water pipes and small cigars among 12- to 17-year-olds. The editorial accompanied a study finding that adolescents who were receptive to advertising of non-traditional tobacco products, like e-cigarettes, were more likely to start using them. With this connect possibly made, the study’s findings are an important tool for policy and prevention, according to Leventhal and Barrington-Trimis.

Los Angeles Times covered a California gubernatorial debate co-hosted by the USC Price School and NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV. Five of the leading candidates - Travis Allen (R), John Chiang (D), John Cox (R), Delaine Eastin (D), Antonio Villaraigosa (D) - sparred at Bovard Auditorium at USC for 90 minutes on a variety of issues. San Jose Mercury News and Courthouse News Service covered the debate. NBC News Bay Area affiliate KNTV-TV posted the complete footage from the debate on its website.

U.S. News & World Report released its latest graduate school rankings, which featured the USC Price School at No. 2 among the nation’s public affairs programs. Eleven of the school’s specialties were ranked in the top 15 including: No. 1 in urban policy; No. 3 for both health policy and management and homeland/national security and emergency management; No. 4 in local government management and public management and leadership; No. 6 for public policy analysis; No. 8 in nonprofit management; No. 9 in international global policy and administration; No. 11 in both environmental policy and management and social policy; and, No. 13 in public finance and budgeting. USC Viterbi School and USC Rossier School both were ranked No. 10 in their fields, with a No. 8 petroleum engineering program and No. 7 higher education administration program, respectively. The USC Gould School was No. 19 overall and the USC Marshall School was No. 20. The USC Marshall School was also ranked No. 7 for its accounting program, No. 8 for entrepreneurship, No. 10 for its international MBA and No. 11 for its part-time MBA. Keck School of Medicine of USC ranked No. 32 for research.

Scientific American highlighted research by Emilio Ferrara and colleagues from the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute on the impact of automated Twitter accounts on political discourse leading up to the Catalan referendum for independence in October 2017. He found bots repeatedly tweeted negative comments. Ferrara is also working with researchers at Indiana University to develop an artificial intelligence tool that can identify social media bots. The Huffington Post cited a separate study by Ferrara that found conservatives retweeted Russian bots 31 times more often than liberals.

Reader's Digest highlighted research by Vaia Lida Chatzi of the Keck School of Medicine of USC that found pregnant women that are deficient in vitamin D are more likely to give birth to obese children. Chatzi found that mothers that had low vitamin D levels during early pregnancy had children between the ages of 4 and 6 that had bigger waistlines. "These increases may not seem like much, [but] even a half-inch increase in waist circumference is a big deal, especially if you project this fat surplus across their lifespan," Chatzi said.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Jeffrey Miller of the USC Viterbi School on why the public needs to acknowledge that there will be more self-driving car accidents as the technology is developed.

Variety quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute on the future of ESPN.

Miami Herald quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School on the intend to sow discord when social media accounts spread misinformation.

The Charlotte Observer quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School’s Sports Business Institute on why the Carolina Panthers franchise is likely a strong investment.

Women's Health Magazine quoted Bart Kosko of the USC Viterbi School's Signal & Image Processing Institute on how continuous auditory and mental stimulations can have negative health effects on the human body.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Jeffrey Miller of the USC Viterbi School on why the public needs to acknowledge that there will be more self-driving car accidents as the technology is developed.

Variety quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute on the future of ESPN.

Miami Herald quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School on the intend to sow discord when social media accounts spread misinformation.

The Charlotte Observer quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School’s Sports Business Institute on why the Carolina Panthers franchise is likely a strong investment.

Women's Health Magazine quoted Bart Kosko of the USC Viterbi School's Signal & Image Processing Institute on how continuous auditory and mental stimulations can have negative health effects on the human body.

Los Angeles Times included comments by Pai-Ling Yin of the USC Marshall School in an earlier version of an article about possible privacy infringement of user data by Facebook.

Bloomberg cited research by Mike Chinoy of the USC Annenberg School's U.S. China-Institute about the origins of the North Korean nuclear crisis.

U.S. News & World Report noted the USC Gould School offers a for-credit graduate certificate in business law.

Wired cited research from the USC Leonard Davis School on how to make mobile tablets more accessible to older adults.

Nature mentioned USC is one of the universities testing a beef burger blended with mushrooms to offer as a healthier and lower carbon footprint alternative to a traditional all meat burger.

The Telegraph (UK) published a story about research by Valter Longo of the USC Leonard Davis School on the benefits of a fasting-mimicking diet.

Vibe 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.

La Canada Valley Sun mentioned a new art display at Keck Medicine of USC's Verdugo Hills Hospital.

Barron's noted Larry Ellison donated $200 million to USC to found the Lawrence K. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine. The story mentioned David Agus of the Keck School of Medicine of USC is the institute's founding director.