USC in the News

USC In the News 1/20 to 1/22/2018

Los Angeles Times highlighted results from the recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll that measured Democratic and Republican voters' preferences for the 2020 presidential election. "Democrats have moved on from Clinton; those numbers actually indicate an appetite for something new," said Robert Shrum of the USC Dornsife College's Unruh Institute. The poll also found President Donald Trump's approval rating has suffered with certain demographics (second story here).  KPCC-FM's "AirTalk," The Hill, Newsweek, The Huffington Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, South China Morning Post and Inquisitr featured the poll's results.

The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted a conference put on by the USC Rossier School's Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice over the weekend about the state of the admissions industry. The story quoted Mary Helen Immordino-Yang about the importance of meaningful, emotional learning. The author highlighted his five big takeaways from the conference. EdWeek also published a story about the event.

Wired featured a new class at the USC Marshall School's Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies for undergraduates that introduces the concepts of patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets. The article noted the class was pioneered by USC President C. L. Max Nikias and USC philanthropist Gary Michelson when they saw a need for educating students about intellectual property before entering the workforce. "We are part of a first-of-a-kind experiment here. No one has done this before. But IP has become so important in today's world that no matter what career you choose later on, it is essential that you learn something about intellectual property and how it works," Nikias said. The author also quoted David Belasco of the USC Greif Center about the course's success.

The Hill published commentary by Franita Tolson of the USC Gould School about how the Supreme Court deals with cases involving allegations of partisan gerrymandering. According to Tolson, state constitutions have more precise language about protecting  voter rights and fairness. "Given the ambivalence of the U.S. Supreme Court’s case law on whether the federal constitution provides a remedy for partisan gerrymandering, state constitutions, with their focus on electoral equality and fairness, have the promise and the potential to be an effective means to address  excessively partisan redistricting," Tolson wrote.

PC Magazine highlighted research by Nora Ayanian of the USC Viterbi School's Automatic Coordination of Teams (ACT) Lab, which works to coordinate multi-robot system. The article noted USC hosted the first Multi-Robot Systems (MRS) conference. "The goal of my research is to develop distributed planning and control foundations that are broadly applicable across all aspects of multirobot systems or mobile sensor networks," she said.

Los Angeles Times quoted David Howard of the USC School of Cinematic Arts about the decline of the "spec" script - scripts writers would send directly to producers in order to bypass the traditional studio system.

Los Angeles Times quoted Neha Nanda of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the current strain of the flu virus that is circulating this flu season.

NPR quoted Gillian Hadfield of the USC Gould School about the need to change employment  expectations of those entering the legal industry.

Inside Higher Ed quoted Don Hossler of the USC Rossier School's Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice about the need for comprehensive training by universities for new admissions officers.

NBC News quoted Daniel Schnur of the USC Annenberg School about the politics that led to the shutdown of the federal government over the weekend. NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV's "NewsConference" interviewed Schnur of expectations for the 2020 presidential field and the retirement of Representative Ed Royce (second story here).

Fox News quoted James Moore of the USC Viterbi School about California's waste of money, time and resources on the proposed high-speed rail project.

Santa Rosa Press Democrat quoted David Schonfeld of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School's National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement on how Sonoma County educators can help students process the impact of the wildfires and mudslides.

Bustle published a story based on research by Daryl Davies of the USC School of Pharmacy and colleagues from the Keck School of Medicine of USC about a gene mutation in some Asian, Ashkenazi Jews and others that leads to facial flushing after the consumption of alcohol.

Quartz cited research by Jason Doctor of the USC School of Pharmacy about the influence of nudges to get physicians to change prescribing behaviors.

Dallas Morning News cited research by Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration about the number of Dallas-Fort Worth residents waiting to apply for naturalization.

Santa Monica Daily Press mentioned Luis Alfaro of the USC School of Dramatic Arts is the new writer-in-residence at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica.

Odessa American published commentary by Susan Estrich of the USC Gould School about how federalism is impeding legal marijuana.