USC in the News

USC In the News 5/22/2018

Inside Higher Education highlighted USC and its decision to remove student evaluations of teaching (SETs) from its tenure and promotion decisions. Research has shown that female and minority instructors are often subject to bias in student evaluations and USC is working to develop a new evaluation that focuses on student engagement and outcomes. "It’s big move. Everybody's nervous, but what we've found is that people are actually hungry for this kind of help with their teaching," said Ginger Clark of the USC Rossier School's Center for Excellence in Teaching. The story noted USC Provost Michael Quick's decision to remove SETs as a major factor in performance evaluations and also quoted Trisha Tucker of the USC Dornsife College.

Los Angeles Business Journal reported Keck Medicine of USC and the USC Norris Cancer Center received $43.7 million to continue administering the Los Angeles Cancer Surveillance Program. "We are the first line of defense. We identify cancer trends and pave roads that lead to better cancer prevention and treatment," said Dennis Deapen of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. The registry, founded in 1970, is one of the largest in the nation and this latest round of funding will extend the program for the next 10 years. The story also mentioned Keck School of Medicine of USC received funding from the National Institute of Health for the "All of Us" research program to expand precision medicine. City News Service mentioned the funding.

The Hill published commentary by Dana Goldman of the USC Schaeffer Center and colleagues about the future impacts of America's declining birth rate. The authors argue that this 30 year low in the birth rate could have devastating impacts on Social Security and Medicare, and is well below the level needed to maintain existing population levels. "Rapidly declining fertility today matters not just because of its immediate impact on our economy, but because of its reverberating effects on every aspect of our society for the remainder of this century," they wrote.

BigThink highlighted research by Antonio Damasio of the USC Dornsife College's Brain and Creativity Institute on the limits of programming for artificial intelligence. Damasio, who recently published "The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures," argues that feelings are the basis for consciousness and lead to the development of cultures. If this is the case, the consciousness pursued for artificial intelligence is not the same as human consciousness.

Los Angeles Times quoted Al Latham of the USC Gould School about a recent court-decision that allows employers to require arbitration in labor disputes to avoid class-action lawsuits.

Los Angeles Times quoted Alejandra Uranga of the USC Viterbi School about the viability of all-electric airplanes with the constraints of existing technology.

Scientific American quoted David Wallace of the USC Dornsife College about the two-state-vector formalism (TSVF) of quantum mechanics and how this will affect the interpretation of quantum mechanics.

CNBC interviewed Jonathan Taplin, professor emeritus of the USC Annenberg School, on why traditional companies cannot compete with Google and similar technology companies.

The Huffington Post quoted Darryl Davies about the biological reaction that causes "Asian flush."

CBC Radio Canada quoted Anthony Dukes of the USC Marshall School about the explosion of rental electric scooters and the unregulated industry.

PopSugar quoted Meggie Smith of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the decision to freeze eggs to protect against future infertility.

The New York Times reported on a USC investigation into a former doctor at the student health center (additional mention here). The New York Times (in an Associated Press story), The Washington Post's "Health 202" newsletter, Los Angeles Times (additional stories and mentions here, here and here), NBC News, CNN's HLN, Bloomberg (BloombergTV story here), The Today Show, ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, CBS News Los Angeles affiliates KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV, NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV, CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV, Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV, Telemundo Los Angeles affiliate KVEA-TVKFI-AM, Fox News (in a New York Post story), Buzzfeed News, Pacific Standard, Daily Beast, South China Morning Post, Xinhua News Agency, Agence France Presse, Kaiser Health News, California Healthline, Hello Giggles and Law360 covered new lawsuits against USC and the doctor.

Los Angeles Daily News mentioned the USC employee-funded Good Neighbors Campaign supports the Latino Equality Alliance.

ABC News radio mentioned Kevin Lyman, who founded the Warped Tour, will be a professor at the USC Thornton School in the fall.

The Guardian (UK) mentioned work by the USC Institute for Creative Technologies to develop a hologram similar to the one projected by droid R2D2 of Princess Leia in "Stars Wars: A New Hope."

The Hollywood Reporter and TechCrunch mentioned USC Annenberg School Dean Willow Bay invested in a female-founded and led media company.

VentureBeat reported on a game developed by a graduate student in the USC Games program.

Refinery29 cited 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.