USC in the News

USC In the News 10/24/2017

Reuters featured research by Adam Leventhal and Rob McConnell of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and colleagues that found teens who smoke e-cigarettes with higher levels of nicotine are more likely to try traditional cigarettes after six months."Because nicotine may harm the developing adolescent brain and increase the risk of attention problems and depression, continuous exposure to nicotine, even through e-cigarettes, is a concern," Leventhal said. Teens were 65 percent more likely to develop a regular vaping habit if their e-cigarette liquid had high levels of nicotine. U.S. News & World Report (in a HealthDay story), The Verge, The Washington Times and Daily Mail (UK) reported on the study.

NPR highlighted an editorial by Anne Peters of the Keck School of Medicine of USC alongside a study that found efforts to screen for Type II diabetes are more effective than expected. "We're not missing hordes of people, which isn't to say we aren't missing some people; we need to continue to reach out to the people who do need help," Peters said. The researchers attribute this trend to more preventative care for those who have high risk factors for diabetes, including obesity and high cholesterol.

Inside Higher Ed published commentary by Don Hossler, Jerry Lucido and Emily Chung of the USC Rossier School's Center for Enrollment Research on how legacy and early admissions limits college access to qualified students at elite universities. The researchers argue that qualified, low-income students have fewer resources to apply for early admission and legacy admissions reduce the number of seats for first-generation students. "Critics have long demonstrated that first-generation, low-income students are less likely to apply for early-admission programs; many of these students do not even know there is something called early admission. And it is axiomatic that they are rarely legacy students," they wrote.

ABC News Los Angeles KABC-TV, CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV, NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV and KPCC-FM (audio only) featured Larissa Rodriguez and Mariana Stern of the Keck School of Medicine's Norris Cancer Center and their work to send much-needed medical supplies to Puerto Rico following damage by Hurricane Maria. The USC Norris Cancer Center is sending supplies and drugs to help cancer patients and others on the island and the first shipment was put together in less than a week. After the first shipment arrives, the USC Norris Cancer Center will send any additional supplies requested free of charge.

Deadline highlighted a new partnership between the USC Annenberg School and HBO to host Diverse Voices Forums throughout the academic year. HBO talent from in front and behind the camera will interact with USC Annenberg School students and faculty to "explore the role of diversity in the future of entertainment." "One of our goals is to create forums for conversation among students and faculty and to foster deeper understanding and ignite debate that can lead to change," USC Annenberg School Dean Willow Bay said.

NBC News quoted Jeremy Goldbach of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School on how the implementation of a third, non-binary gender option on California documentation can improve the mental health of individuals.

Houston Chronicle quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute about television access to Los Angeles Dodgers games for local fans of the team.

PBS "NextAvenue" quoted Susan Enguídanos of the USC Leonard Davis School about end-of-life care discussions and advance directives in case of unexpected health concerns.

Wisconsin Public Radio interviewed Philip Seib of the USC Annenberg School about his new book, "The Future of Diplomacy."

Harvard Business Review cited an op-ed by Noam Wasserman of the USC Marshall School's Greif Center on why so few founders remain in charge of companies as they grow.

The Huffington Post published commentary by Ira Kalb of the USC Marshall School about the importance of understanding the sales component of the sales cycle in business.

The Huffington Post published commentary by Edward McCaffery of the USC Gould School about the traditional Republican Party arguments to implement tax cuts for the highest income earners.

The Huffington Post cited comments by Antonio Damasio of the USC Dornsife College on why the human brain experiences emotions.

The Baltimore Sun published commentary by Christina Schoppert Devereaux, a graduate student at the USC Price School, on why Baltimore will not benefit from being the new home of Amazon's corporate headquarters.

Daily Mail (UK), New York Post and Daily Express (UK) reported on a new book from Steven Ross of the USC Dornsife College about efforts by Nazis and Nazi sympathizers in World War II-era Los Angeles to plot against Hollywood.