USC in the News

USC In the News 12/9 to 12/11/2017

The Washington Post published commentary by Benjamin Graham of the USC Dornsife College and a colleague on the likely downfall of bitcoin. "Our analysis suggests that either bitcoin remains volatile and investors eventually walk away — or bitcoin stabilizes and becomes widely popular, only to die a slow, painful death by a thousand regulatory cuts across a hundred political jurisdictions," they wrote.

Variety featured an analysis by Shrikanth Narayanan of the USC Viterbi School's Signal Analysis and Interpretation Lab of "A New Hope" and "The Force Awakens" that found the new Star Wars film tripled the amount of speaking time for female characters, passed the Bechdel test and expanded racial diversity. "People still go back and see the first movies from the original trilogy. These movies also capture a snapshot of society as we are," Narayanan said. Narayanan developed software that can analyze scripts, identify speaking parts and cross-reference actor names with a race database to break down dialogue by gender and race.

WebMD (in a HealthDay story) highlighted preliminary research by Guy Young of the Keck School of Medicine of USC that found prescribing the drug emicuzumab reduced the incidence of serious "bleeding events" among children with hemophilia A. "Before this drug, we didn't have very effective ways to prevent joint bleeding in these patients," Young said. Young will continue to track the trial's patients over the next year to observe long-term safety concerns.

Healthline highlighted research by Neeraj Sood of the USC Schaeffer Center that found patients were unlikely to shop around for plans with lower deductibles. "What we found was if you compared people in the high-deductible plan versus people in the traditional plan, there was no difference in their price-shopping behavior," Sood said. Researchers found only 3 percent of patients actually compared prices and less than 10 percent considered other health care providers.

Digital Trends featured a study by John Whalen of the USC Institute for Biomedical Therapies, a collaborative institute that brings together scientists from the Keck School of Medicine of USC, chemists at the USC Dornsife College and engineers at the USC Viterbi School. Whalen, who also is a part of the USC Roski Eye Institute, helped develop a reversible, temperature-sensitive temporary seal that can protect a soldier's eye after sustaining an injury on the battlefield. Since delays in treatment may result in permanent vision loss, this superglue-like seal changes from a fluid to a semi-solid when it is applied to the eye and can be removed with cool water when the soldier is ready for surgery.

The Washington Post quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School on why stating that the congressional tax reforms bill will result in a middle-class tax cut is false.

Los Angeles Times quoted Todd Boyd of the USC School of Cinematic Arts on why black men wearing drag for comedy is humiliating and emasculating.

American Public Media's "Marketplace" interviewed Michael Simkovic of the USC Gould School about how the congressional tax reform plans will affect taxpayers.

KPCC-FM's "Filmweek" interviewed David Warshofsky of the USC School of Dramatic Arts about the demise of independent acting schools and studios to train aspiring actors.

C-SPAN's "Book TV" interviewed Steven Ross of the USC Dornsife College about his book, "Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America."

The San Francisco Chronicle quoted Jonathan Handel of the USC Gould School about the dangers of teleoperators for remote control cars.

America Magazine quoted Sasha Anawalt of the USC Annenberg School about the significance of alternative press publications.

CBC Radio Canada quoted Steven Ross of the USC Dornsife College about his expectations for acceptance speeches for entertainment awards.

The Columbus Dispatch quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute on how alcohol sales impact profit margins for collegiate sports.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette quoted Adrianna Kezar of the USC Rossier School about the history of the tenure system at universities.

The Washington Post (in an Associated Press story) noted USC President C. L. Max Nikias’ compensation in 2015, in a story about highest paid university presidents. The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Bloomberg, San Francisco Chronicle, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Greensboro News & Record and The Patriot-News also mentioned USC.

Los Angeles Times mentioned results from a recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll about the California gubernatorial race (second story here).

Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times' "Essential Arts & Culture" newsletter, NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV and Pasadena Star-News reported on the reopening of the USC Pacific Asia Museum.

Los Angeles Times noted the USC School of Cinematic Arts is temporarily removing director Bryan Singer’s name from its Division of Cinema and Media Studies (second story here). KPCC-FM, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Deadline, Entertainment Weekly and The Press Trust of India noted the name change. Mic. mentioned a student petition to rename the Bryan Singer Division of Cinema & Media Studies at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV mentioned USC issued campus alerts about a six-acre brush fire near the USC Health Sciences Campus on Dec. 8.

The Orange County Register cited comments by Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity about California's inequality gap.

U.S. News & World Report noted USC has the largest population of international students in California.

Reader's Digest noted research by Bruce Herring, Anastasiia Sadybekov and Chen Tian of the USC Dornsife College and colleagues on the identification of a genetic "hotspot" for autism-related mutations.

Columbia Journalism Review published a story by David Westphal, a fellow at the USC Annenberg School's Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, about nonprofit journalism.

The Kansas City Star cited research by Bonnie Reiss and Christian Grose of the USC Price School's Schwarzenegger Institute and colleagues on how independent voters will impact future elections. Grose is also affiliated with the USC Dornsife College.

VegNews mentioned the dining hall at USC Village has a dedicated all-vegan station.