USC in the News

USC In the News 10/5/2017

The Atlantic highlighted research by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of the USC Rossier School that examined how neural activity due to emotional experiences is impacted by cultural differences. The part of the brain that maps visceral states and makes people aware of their feelings displayed differences based on cultural differences.

NPR San Francisco affilaite KQED-FM highlighted research by Charles Liu of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on the use of stem cell injections to restore motor function to patients with severe spinal injuries. Although Liu has seen most patients plateau after initial improvement in the past, he believes continued improvement by multiple clinical trial patients likely means progress is not an outlying impact.

LAist highlighted work by USC administrators and centers to help undocumented students. "We have a commitment to supporting undocumented students and staff; this is part of our community," said Vanessa Gomez-Brake of the USC Office of Religious Life. Gomez-Brake is working with students whose Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status may expire before the October 5 deadline. The story also mentions the USC Dornsife College's temporary DREAMer Center and tells the story of USC student Ana Mercado, an undocumented student, who leads the USC chapter of IDEAS, a group for undocumented students and their allies.

Education Week featured research by David Quinn of the USC Rossier School about the racial attitudes of teachers compared to noneducators. Quinn found teachers were less likely to express negative racial stereotypes and report less social distance and resentments toward minority groups. "Students would be better off if fewer educators explained inequalities through racial differences in motivation or willpower, and if more perceived education as playing a corrective role," he said.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Greg Autry of the USC Marshall School on why federally funded space exploration will likely be the result of private-public partnerships in the future. In a second story, the Journal quoted Autry about SpaceX's timeline and business strategy.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Jill Johnston of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how floodwaters remaining from Hurricane Maria and other natural disasters can contain toxic chemicals and promote the spread of infectious diseases.

American Public Media's "Marketplace" quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School on how the richest Americans are likely to benefit from President Donald Trump's proposed tax plan.

The Seattle Times quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School on how the European Union's rules will force American companies to pay more taxes to host countries in which they do business.

Popular Mechanics quoted Michael Gruntman of the USC Viterbi School about the Soviet rocket scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky.

Bleacher Report quoted Michael Messner of the USC Dornsife College on how dunking in men's basketball was originally intended to change the narrative during the rise of the WNBA.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, in a story about diversity on scholarly panels, mentioned Tracy Fullerton of USC Games.

The New Yorker, in a response to a book review, mentioned a 2015 USC campus climate survey

The Huffington Post published commentary by Ira Kalb of the USC Marshall School on how maximizing distribution paths and models can lead to greater business profits.

The Bay Area Reporter noted research by Laura Cristina Onasch-Vera of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School on documenting homeless youth.

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) cited comments by Jan Amend of the USC Dornsife College about the possibility that life on Earth may have started when meteorites crashed into "warm little ponds" on the planet's surface.