USC in the News

USC in the News 7/11/2013

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, featured the USC School of Cinematic Arts and its alum Ryan Coogler, the director of Sundance Film Festival hit "Fruitvale Station," about the shooting of an unarmed black man in Oakland by transit police. "I wanted to do something that could potentially have a proactive effect, that could maybe trigger a thought process or a discussion that could possibly prevent things like this from happening in the future," Coogler said. Jed Dannenbaum of the USC School of Cinematic Arts initially connected Coogler with a producer to get the film made. USC alum and actor Forest Whitaker mentored the young filmmaker and signed him on to his production company. The story mentioned that filmmakers Ron Howard and George Lucas are also both USC alumni.

The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted research by Steven Ross of the USC Dornsife College and colleagues about alleged ties between Hollywood and Adolf Hitler in the 1930s in conjunction with Nazi-based filmmaking. Ross disputes claims that Jewish studios were collaborating with the Nazis.

EFE (Spain) ran a story featuring Camilo Ponton of the USC Dornsife College, whose research has concluded that deforestation and soil erosion in the Amazon could contribute to global warming. Ponton said that plants and trees in forests take carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it into its leaves, which then fall and disintegrate, reaching rivers and then the sea, thus reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which affects climate change, thus contributing to a greater greenhouse effect around the globe. El Nuevo Herald ran photos of Ponton. This story was also reported on by El Siglo de Torreón (Mexico) and another story by EFE (Spain).

The Sacramento Bee reported on meetings being held between Dan Schnur of the USC Dornsife College and California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg concerning limits on fundraising during non-election years. "If Senator Steinberg is comfortable with some type of chronological limits on when fundraising is permissible, then that's a terrific foundation from which to build," Schnur said. This was also covered by another story in The Sacramento Bee.

Politico covered USC alum and filmmaker George Lucas receiving the National Medal of Arts this week from President Obama.

NBC News' "Today" covered research by Wendy Wood of the USC Dornsife College and colleagues finding that, when stressed, people tend to fall back on their habits, regardless of whether they're good or bad. "We think of ourselves as falling back into bad behaviors when we're not exerting control," Wood said. "This study suggests that actually we fall back on automatic behaviors."

Business Insider featured an app created by four current and former USC students designed to inform gym-goers when they should head into their respective workout center based on how slow or busy it is at the time. GymFlow decreases traffic during peak hours, but maintains each gym's overall attendance throughout the day/week. GymFlow is a product of USC's Viterbi Startup Garage program designed to encourage student businesses.

The New York Times quoted Judith "Jack" Halberstam of the USC Dornsife College in an article about a new trend of online companies tailoring business suits specifically for women.

Wired quoted Lars Perner of the USC Marshall School on how informed shopping can influence buyers to consume more.

The Dallas Morning News quoted Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College concerning immigration and wages in conjunction with former President George W. Bush's statement in favor of immigration reform.

CW News Houston affiliate KIAH-TV's "NewsFix" quoted Cynthia Bir of the Keck School of USC concerning the questionable protocol following the recent Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco.

L.A. Weekly cited Travis Longcore of the USC Dornsife College and colleagues concerning a controversial development plan for the Ballona Wetlands.

ABC News Syracuse affiliate WSYR-TV ran a story about the USC School of Cinematic Arts being ranked the No. 1 film school in the country.

Hispanic Business ran a story about a USC grad who designed a crowdfunding website where someone could receive donations in return for various services provided by other site users. The proceeds would then go straight towards the user's college tuition or student debt.

Business Insider included USC in a list of colleges ranked by tuition.