USC in the News

USC In the News 4/10/2018

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV featured USC graduating senior Zack Wentz in the station's "People Making a Difference" series. Wentz, who will be awarded his degree in economics at commencement, lost the use of his legs during a high school skiing trip. At USC, he’s started intramural sports events for athletes of all ability levels, including a basketball tournament that’s part of the annual Swim With Mike scholarship event for physically challenged athletes. The piece also showed Wentz’s contributions as USC student government’s director of accessibility affairs.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV 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 the researchers, 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," said Geoffrey Joyce of the USC Schaeffer Center to The Detroit News.

Billboard reported on the commencement speaker for the first graduating class from the USC Iovine and Young Academy, will.i.am. "His drive to transform our world through his art, his support of groundbreaking technologies, and his philanthropic pursuits make him qualified to guide our first graduating class as they begin their own, individual, creative journeys," said USC Iovine and Young Academy dean Erica Muhl. The stories also noted the academy was founded by Jimmy Iovine and Andre "Dr. Dre" Young with a $70 million gift to USC. The Hollywood Reporter and KDAY-FM also mentioned the announcement.

PC Magazine published a Q&A with Milind Tambe of the USC Viterbi School and the USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society on how using artificial intelligence and game theory can improve security systems, public health and social justice. The article focused on Tambe's work with Los Angeles International Airport and his partnership with Eric Rice of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School to found the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society. "In all of our research and development, using AI for 'good domains,' whether it's security, social work, public health or poaching, we have empirical data to show that the AI supports professionals in the field and helps them do their jobs more effectively," Tambe said.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Lawrence Harris of the USC Marshall School on the likely reason the Securities and Exchange Commission voted to reduce transparency in the corporate bond market.

Los Angeles Times quoted Glenn Melnick of the USC Schaeffer Center about a California bill that will allow the state to set pharmaceutical prices.

Los Angeles Times quoted Sam Erman of the USC Gould School about a court case that will decide if individuals born in American Samoa are American citizens.

Los Angeles Times quoted Stanley Rosen of the USC Dornsife College about China's efforts to control its own narrative about the country's history.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-AM interviewed Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center on why it is unlikely the price of homes in Southern California will go down soon.

BBC (UK) quoted Kyung Hwang Moon of the USC Dornsife College about the culture of reciprocity in Korea and how that impacts the country's political system.

KPCC-FM quoted Lisa Klerman of the USC Gould School about a recent decision that will prohibit employers from paying women less based on salary history.

KPCC-FM interviewed Kyung Moon Hwang of the USC Dornsife College on why Korean-Americans and native South Koreans have differing views on Korean unification.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" interviewed Shijun Cindy Xi of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about allergy season in Southern California.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" interviewed Donna Benton of the USC Leonard Davis School on tips to care for loved ones suffering from dementia.

The Philadelphia Inquirer and AdWeek quoted Emilio Ferrara of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute on how automated social media accounts can manipulate discourse and his development of the Botometer, which was used to analyze Twitter content by the Pew Research Center. USA Today, Engadget and Fast Company also mentioned Botometer.

EdSource quoted Morgan Polikoff of the USC Rossier School about California's results on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Boston Globe quoted Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative about the attention her "inclusion rider" has received since the Academy Awards broadcast.

The Street quoted Jonathan Taplin, professor emeritus of the USC Annenberg School, about Facebook's disregard for congressional oversight.

The New York Times mentioned d. Sabela Grimes of the USC Kaufman School and her multimedia dance piece that will debut at Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill, New York.

The Washington Post, in a story about for-profit company partnerships with research universities, mentioned a collaboration between Matthew Kahn of the USC Dornsife College and Jupiter Intel, a climate services firm.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV, in a story about early earthquake warning systems, mentioned USC's Southern California Earthquake Center.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV published a review of the latest restaurant to open at USC Village, Honeybird.

The Orange County Register mentioned research by Meng Law of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the density of modern professional baseballs.

The San Diego Union-Tribune mentioned research by Ernest Wilson of the USC Annenberg School about the additional skills employers are looking for in potential employees, which he refers to as "Third Space Thinking."

San Francisco Chronicle mentioned Dana Gioia, California Poet Laureate and Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC, won the Poets' Prize for his latest collection.

United Press International cited research by Paul Aisen and Michael Donohue of the Keck School of Medicine of USC's Alzheimer's Therapeutic Research Institute that found brain plaque was the earliest indicator of Alzheimer's disease.

Fast Company mentioned Jessica Jackley of the USC Marshall School was a judge for the outlet's World Changing Ideas Awards.

The Nation cited research by Michael Thom of the USC Price School on the lack of long-term economic benefits for states that offer film-incentives programs.

Fox News and RT cited comments by Bob Girandola of the USC Dornsife College about the possible biological advantages for transgender women who run in the Boston Marathon.

Bleacher Report published a story about 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.

MIT Technology Review (Pakistan) reported on research by Charles McKenna of the USC Dornsife College and USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience that may serve as a possible treatment for hearing loss.

Channel News Asia published commentary by David Kang of the USC Dornsife College's Korean Studies Institute on the implications of the upcoming summit between South and North Korea's leaders.