USC in the News

USC In the News 5/8/2018

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV featured the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative and the community students who benefit from the college readiness program. "It is a tough program, it is rigorous, it's a long journey, but we see the success every year and tonight we celebrate that," said NAI program director Lizette Zarate. ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV covered the graduation gala for the NAI scholars and interviewed Zarate. NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV profiled NAI graduate Manuel Flores who will be the first of his family to attend college this fall, thanks to a full scholarship from USC.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV covered the ribbon cutting and naming reveal for the USC Dr. Arthur C. Bartner Band Pavilion for the USC marching band. The Trojan Marching will have its own dedicated space for the first time in the group's history and the band director, Arthur Bartner thanked USC President C. L. Max Nikias for his help in fulfilling this dream for the program. CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV and Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV also covered the opening celebration and toured the new facility. City News Service reported on the event and band's $20 million fundraising campaign.

Los Angeles Business Journal highlighted a $1 million gift from the estate of the late Ralphs Grocery Co. chief executive Byron Allumbaugh to establish a scholarship program for the USC Marshall School's USC Food Industry Management Program. The gift will fund one graduate level scholarship per year for the newly established online Master of Science in food industry leadership at the USC Marshall School. "We are profoundly grateful that someone with Byron Allumbaugh's reputation and prestige in the food industry has chosen to donate to the education of high potential future leaders," Cynthia McCloud of the USC Marshall School said. The story also quoted Jim Lee from the food industry management program.

City News Service featured research by John Oghalai of the Keck School of Medicine of USC's Caruso Department of Otolaryngology to treat noise-induced hearing loss. The researchers found that after exposure to loud noise, the ear may fill up with fluid, destroying neuron connection between sensory cells in the ear and the brain. Oghalai and his colleagues developed a solution that may preserve hearing function. "I can envision soldiers carrying a small bottle of this solution with them and using it to prevent hearing damage after exposure to blast pressure from a roadside bomb. It might also have potential as a treatment for other diseases of the inner ear that are associated with fluid buildup," he said.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" interviewed Ange-Marie Hancock-Alfaro of the USC Dornsife College about the latest political news, including Rudy Giuliani's television interviews and California's Republican convention.

Buzzfeed News quoted Jenny Jaque of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the dangerous of using boric acid suppositories.

Bloomberg cited research by Stacy Smith and colleagues from the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the lack of gender parity among film directors. Buzzfeed News cited a separate study by Smith about the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry.

Nature published commentary by Elyn Saks of the USC Gould School about her journey in academia after being diagnosed with a mental illness.

Politico (EU) mentioned research by Safiya Umoja Noble of the USC Annenberg School and her new book, "Algorithms of oppression: How search engines reinforce racism."

Long Beach Post noted Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College will be a keynote speaker at a Long Beach's economic equity summit.

Pasadena Now mentioned Maja Mataric of the USC Viterbi School in a story about a socially assistive robotics and artificial intelligence company she cofounded.

The Denver Post mentioned a partnership between USC and United Airlines to name the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.