USC in the News

USC In the News 11/2/2017

NBC News profiled Luis Alfaro of the USC School of Dramatic Arts and his new play "Oedipus El Rey," which recently opened in New York City. Alfaro's interpretation of the classic Oedipus story is set in modern-day South Central Los Angeles. "If I was just doing a Mexican-American play I’m not sure everybody would come. But when you position it in a classic form the audience thinks 'Oh my God, Oedipus, I know that story," he said.

The Economist's 1843 Magazine featured research by Shrikanth Narayanan of the USC Viterbi School's Signal Analysis and Interpretation Lab that found women appear less frequently than men in most films and when they are on-screen, they are portrayed stereotypically. The researchers also found that when the film included female writers, there was more gender parity.

Los Angeles Sentinel highlighted the "Religious and Homelessness High-Level Roundtable" hosted by USC's Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, Center for Religion and Culture, Office of Religious Life, Initiative to Eliminate Homelessness and the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, and included community and civic leaders. "We thought it was very important to have a really wide variety, so we spent a lot of time researching and trying to help make sure that the key populations and people were represented in the room," said Brenda Wiewel of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School and Director of the USC Initiative to Eliminate Homelessness. The story also noted the attendance of James Heft of the USC Dornsife College's Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies and Brie Loskota of the USC Dornsife College's Center for Religion and Civic Culture, and many others including Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Archbishop José Gómez.

NPR San Francisco affiliate KQED-FM and Discover 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.

The Conversation published an op-ed by Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College about the negative impact 1978's Proposition 13 had on Californians' ability to access quality, well-funded public services. "That Prop 13 itself was a sort of generational warfare with overtones of race was clear in its structure," Pastor wrote. According to Pastor, the bill's passage unfairly privileged incumbent homeowners over new, younger and likely minority homeowners, and the political climate of California in 2017 may finally result in overturning the law.

CBS News quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School on the difficulties of policing fake news disseminated on social platforms like Facebook and how to contact users who may have been served false information through paid ads.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KNX-AM interviewed Jean Reisz of the USC Gould School about the impact of suspending or eliminating the diversity visa program for immigrants.

The Huffington Post quoted Shaun Harper of the USC Rossier School's Race and Equity Center about what he calls the inherent disenfranchisement of Black men in intercollegiate athletics in higher education.

Heavy quoted Perry Hoberman of the USC School of Cinematic Arts about planned anti-fascism protests for Nov. 4.

LLAMA Podcast interviewed Lon Schneider of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the future of Alzheimer's disease research. The story also noted a previous interview with Duke Han of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

The Wall Street Journal noted USC Trustee Alan Casden donated $10.6 million to USC in 2000.

CNN cited comments by Mike Chinoy of the USC Annenberg School's U.S.-China Institute on the relationship between China and North Korea.

The Hill cited a study by Adam Rose of the USC Price School on the impact adding 33 customs officers will have on the nation's GDP and job growth.

Vice's "Motherboard" cited research by Emilio Ferrara of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute about the proportion of Twitter accounts controlled by bots.

The Atlantic cited comments by Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School on how companies will use their resources to circumvent a global minimum tax.

The Huffington Post mentioned 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. The story also mentioned Viet Thanh Nguyen of the USC Dornsife College.

Curbed LA cited a study by Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center on the expected rise in rental prices in Los Angeles over the next two years.

Los Angeles Review of Books noted Kaya Press is housed in the USC Dornsife College's Department of American Studies and Ethnicity.

The Times (UK) cited research by Jonas Kaplan of the USC Dornsife College's Brain and Creativity Institute on how the brain responds to statements that challenge an individual's deeply held beliefs.

Odessa American published commentary by Susan Estrich of the USC Gould School about a lawyer's prerogative to choose their clients.

Hindustan Times' "Livemint" reported on a working paper by Joshua Aizenman of the USC Dornsife College on the benefits of teaching vocational skills to lower skilled or unskilled workers over emphasizing university education for all.