USC in the News

USC In the News 12/22/2017

The New York Times 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. 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.

Los Angeles Times highlighted an exhibit displayed at the USC Libraries' ONE Archives. The exhibition is part of the Getty Center's Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA program and showcases the work of Macario "Tosh" Carrillo. "It's performance, it's conceptual art, it's everything. There is a vibrancy to the forms of experimentation. It's all churning. It's punk, it's photography, it's everything," said David Frantz of the USC Libraries and curator at ONE Archives.

NPR's "Hidden Brain" featured Elizabeth Currid-Halkett of the USC Price School and her research on how society views different types of celebrities. "Fame is simply people knowing who you are. The sheer number of people who know who someone is, is very different from a public being fixated upon someone," Currid-Halkett said. She also spoke about the new elite group that she calls the aspirational class.

The Hill published an op-ed by Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School about the short- and long-term effects of the new tax bill, as well as how this law fits into Republicans' history of tax and spending policies. "These priorities will not change until we understand that taxation is not tantamount to setting our money on fire, but rather finances important mutual investment and insurance programs that can drive substantial economic growth," he wote. In continuing this trend and underinvesting in the labor market by underfunding education, Kleinbard argues inequality and will continue to grow in the country.

ABC Radio (Australia) featured research by Diana Younan of the Keck School of Medicine of USC that found a connection between pollution exposure during childhood and higher risk for destructive behaviors during adolescence. Younan also found after tracking participants for nine years, this held true when accounting for socioeconomic and other factors that influence bad behavior.

The Washington Post quoted Jane Junn of the USC Dornsife College about the changing demographics of the Democratic and Republican parties.

The Washington Post quoted Paul Ginsburg of the USC Schaeffer Center on how Republicans are hurting their own constituents by dismantling parts of the Affordable Care Act.

The Washington Post quoted David Cobbins of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies about why the body part being groped has no bearing on if physical contact is unwanted.

Wired quoted David Nelson of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies about a new mixed-reality system from Magic Leap. Rolling Stone quoted Nelson about the potential significance of this technology.

KCRW-FM interviewed Steven Ross of the USC Dornsife College about his recent book, "Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America."

The San Jose Mercury News quoted Jack Barcal of the USC Marshall School on the legitimacy of Charles Manson's grandson's claims to his deceased grandfather's estate.

The Washington Post, in a story about a group scientists suing the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, mentioned Ed Avol of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Los Angeles Times mentioned USC Village in its architecture column. Archinect cited the column.

Los Angeles Times mentioned the former dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC in a round-up of 2017 coverage by the newspaper.

The Hill published commentary by Mieczysław Boduszyński, fellow at the USC Annenberg School's Center for Public Diplomacy, on how democracy promotion is a deeply embedded norm in America's foreign policy.

The New Yorker, in a story about a conservative nonprofit that supports student government elections, mentioned USC.

The Huffington Post published commentary by Kathleen Reardon, professor emeritus of the USC Marshall School, about the spectrum of sexual misconduct.

LA Weekly noted USC Village is home to a Trejo's Tacos location.

Jewish Journal mentioned David Kang of the USC Dornsife College in a story about the content of his 200-level international relations class.

India cited comments by Lon Schneider of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet and the many factors that can contribute to healthy aging.