USC in the News

USC In the News 12/19/2017

CNN published commentary by Edward McCaffery of the USC Gould School about how the Congressional tax reform bill will personally benefit President Donald Trump and Senator Bob Corker by giving real estate investors the same tax rates as small businesses. McCaffery argues that the bill is likely rife with errors and the full impact has not been fully evaluated during the truncated process. "Just like Corker did not see a last minute provision vastly benefiting him, we will likely never know about the myriad of deals brokered in darkness over the last few weeks in Washington. That's the way swamps work. And they stink," he wrote.

Psychology Today highlighted a study by Kevin Hur of Keck Medicine of USC and colleagues that found an increased risk for depression for people with chronic sinus and nasal problems. The researchers also found that these conditions can impact quality of sleep, which in turn can lead to depressive symptoms. "Symptoms of sinusitis and hay fever—such as a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, and headaches—can all severely impact daily life and make social interactions very difficult,” said Hur.

The Washington Post quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School about a tax provision that will benefit real estate companies and investors. The Wall Street Journal quoted Kleinbard on how the bill will impact foreign corporate profits. International Business Times quoted Kleinbard about the real estate tax break (second story here). Silicon Valley Business Journal quoted Kleinbard on how the bill will impact the foreign profits of tech companies.

Los Angeles Times quoted Anthony Dukes of the USC Marshall School about the modern mentality of expecting instant gratification.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dana Goldman of the USC Schaeffer Center on why the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act helps manage costs.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" interviewed James Moore of the USC Viterbi School about the pros and cons of investing in "smooth roads" across California.

Reuters quoted Vaia Leda Chatzi of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on why it may be best for pregnant mothers and young children to avoid sodas and sugary foods and drinks.

Politico quoted USC President C. L. Max Nikias about the value of higher education and how universities and colleges need to do a better job of sharing that story with the public.

Quartz quoted Jonathan Gratch of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies on how immersive environments provided by virtual reality can be beneficial for learning new skills.

Deadline Hollywood quoted Jonathan Barnett of the USC Gould School on how the Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century Fox may have crafted a deal to intentionally avoid antitrust concerns.

Healthline quoted Michael Donohue of the Keck School of Medicine of USC's Alzheimer's Therapeutic Research Institute on how the likelihood of amyloid buildup in the brain increases from two to 10 percent between the ages of 30 and 50.

Los Angeles Times mentioned a recording of a piece composed by Beethoven by Ralph Kirshbaum of the USC Thornton School.

The Huffington Post mentioned a partnership between the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School and the online education platform 2U.

Forbes cited research by Wendy Wood of the USC Dornsife College on how habits compose 40 percent of an individual's daily activity.

Deadline Hollywood noted a short documentary produced by USC Shoah Foundation and The New York Times' Op-Docs is on the Oscar shortlist.