USC in the News

USC In the News 11/1/2017

The New York Times reviewed a play by Luis Alfaro of the USC School of Dramatic Arts, "Oedipus El Rey," and its recent opening at the Public Theater in New York City. Alfaro's interpretation of the classic Oedipus story is set in modern-day South Central Los Angeles. "But if Mr. Alfaro’s play ends much as it begins, with the same orange-clad chorus repeating many of the same lines, it challenges us to learn from Oedipus’s tale," the reviewer wrote. The Village Voice and Vulture also reviewed Alfaro's play.

The Washington Post published an op-ed by Steven Ross of the USC Dornsife College about his new book, "Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America." Ross relates the open hatred of minority groups seen today in 2017 to the hatred that spread during the 1930s. "Whether it is taking a knee for democracy or denouncing hate speech whenever we hear it, actions small and large by each one of us matters. It is a lesson worth remembering today," Ross wrote. Smithsonian Magazine also featured Ross and his book.

Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by Richard Paulson of the Keck School of Medicine of USC's fertility clinic on why the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) should stop saying life begins at conception. Paulson argues that this is a religious definition of life, not a scientific one. "A preimplantation embryo has the theoretical potential to become a human life, but it cannot be considered on the same moral plane as a human life. We should insist that the Department of Health and Human Services be driven by science and data, not faith-based belief," he wrote.

Los Angeles Times (in a story originally published in The Conversation) featured commentary by William Deverell of the USC Dornsife College about the work of the late Kevin Starr of the USC Dornsife College and famous California historian. "With California poised to flex more of its considerable clout across many stages, largely in antagonistic environmental, cultural and legislative response to the current presidential administration, it would be comforting to have Kevin Starr’s booming voice and clever opinions as narration and context to what is happening out here on the West Coast," Deverell wrote.

Los Angeles Business Journal interviewed USC Viterbi School Dean Yannis Yortsos about the current state of engineering education and how to better prepare graduates for the startup environment. In addition to the USC Viterbi School's role as an innovation hub, Yortsos also emphasized the importance of bringing underrepresented groups into the field. "Engineering essentially enables us to solve societal problems. That’s something that resonates very well with women or underrepresented minorities ... How do you use this for useful purposes?" he said.

The New York Times quoted Shaun Harper of the USC Rossier School's Race and Equity Center on the inherent inequality in the college admissions process.

Bloomberg published a Q&A with Retired Gen. David Petraeus, Judge Widney scholar at the USC Price School, on what he believes will be the biggest national security threats in the coming year.

BBC quoted Norbert Schwarz of the USC Dornsife College on whether losing sleep is worth the impact on an individual's overall happiness.

NBC News quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School about whether the recent vehicular terror attack in New York City will have any long-term impacts on vehicle rental screenings.

The Atlantic quoted Duke Han of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the lack of diversity in neuroimaging study participants.

Yahoo Sports quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School’s Sports Business Institute about the difficulty the Los Angeles Chargers have in finding a Los Angeles fan base.

KCRW-FM interviewed David Sloane of the USC Price School about the growing density of city cemeteries and the rise in cremations.

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Robert Shrum of the USC Dornsife College's Unruh Institute on the rise of international lobbying and the large sums of money involved.

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Elizabeth Currid-Halkett of the USC Price School on how millennials are translating cultural capital into a commodity.

Los Angeles Magazine quoted Albert Napoli of the USC Marshall School’s Greif Center for Entrepreneurship about the business acumen of David Lee, owner of Hing Wa Lee Jewelers.

Freakonomics podcast interviewed Wendy Wood of the USC Dornsife College about habit formation.

Forbes' "Overworld" podcast interviewed Dmitri Williams of the USC Annenberg School on why games requiring stealth and cunning are appealing to users.

Bustle quoted Suzanne Wenzel of the USC Suzanna Dworak-Peck School about treating mental illness among the homeless population.

NBC News Bay Area affiliate KNTV-TV quoted Eric Shen of the USC Viterbi School about low-cost options for Castro Valley to protect pedestrians from vehicular traffic while avoiding the high cost of building sidewalks.

The Fresno Bee quoted Michelle Levander of the USC Annenberg School about the reporting done on teen pregnancy prevention in Fresno Unified School District by the USC Annenberg School's Center for Health Journalism.

Los Angeles Review of Books quoted Dana Gioia, California Poet Laureate and Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC, about his path to becoming a poet during his formative years.

The Press-Enterprise quoted James Lee of the USC Marshall School’s Food Industry Management Program on the growing success of smaller discount grocers.

The World Weekly (UK) quoted Nicholas Cull of the USC Annenberg School about the cultural and political relationship between the United States and United Kingdom.

The Globe and Mail (Canada) quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School on why social media platforms do not want to be responsible for the content published on their networks.

WMOT-FM Roots Public Radio quoted Jay Desai of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the long-term impact of tuberculosis in young patients

The Wall Street Journal reported USC is the highest-ranked large institution in the West, according to The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings.

Los Angeles Times, in a story about systemic sexism in the art industry, mentioned Amelia Jones of the USC Roski School.

Los Angeles Times cited research by Tyran Parker Dominguez of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School about the long-term psychological impact of cultural racism against black females

PBS' "NextAvenue" mentioned a pilot program by Leslie Saxon of the USC Center for Body Computing, Lyft and UnitedHealthcare to provide rides for seniors who are at risk for missing medical appointments.

Telemundo Los Angeles affiliate KVEA-TV reported on work by the Keck School of Medicine’s Norris Cancer Center to provide medical and other supplies for health care workers in Puerto Rico.

The Huffington Post published commentary by Ira Kalb of the USC Marshall School on how to effectively sell a product when a buyer asks about its potential weaknesses. Kalb published a second piece in The Huffington Post about a conference for entrepreneurs in Finland.

Business Insider included Brie Loskota of the USC Dornsife College’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture on its list of Americans under the age of 40 that are changing the world.

The Scientist mentioned the former dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Carmen Puliafito.

Variety and Vogue cited research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative and colleagues on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry.

WebMD reported on research by Paul Thompson and Neda Jahanshad of the Keck School of Medicine of USC's Stevens Neuromimaging and Informatics Institute and colleagues that found schizophrenia disrupts the communication network throughout the brain.

The Conversation noted private California universities, such as USC, were considered a valuable asset for the state of California.

Newsweek and Mashable mentioned a rejected pledge of $5 million to the USC School of Cinematic Arts from producer Harvey Weinstein.

Fox Business, International Business Times and Axios cited research by Emilio Ferrara of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute on the proportion of Twitter accounts controlled by bots.

Modern Healthcare published a Q&A with Tom Jackiewicz, chief executive officer for Keck Medicine of USC, about value-based care.

Agence France Presse reported on 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.

TechTimes noted a 2016 study by Jessica Barrington-Trimmis of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how teens who vape are six times more likely to try regular cigarettes.

The Globe and Mail (Canada) cited an op-ed by Charles H. F. Davis of the USC Rossier School’s Race and Equity Center about free speech on campus.