USC in the News

USC In the News 1/25/2018

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) featured research by Stacy Smith, Marc Choueiti and Kate Pieper of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative that tracked the gender and race of performers, writers and producers across the pop music charts and the Grammy Awards. The researchers found 2017 represented a six-year low for female artists and just 9.3 percent of Grammy Award nominees were women between 2013 and 2018. "At the top of your mind, you can name prominent female solo artists and think things are good. This data challenges that, especially with how few women are songwriters and producers," Smith told the Los Angeles Times,Variety and Billboard also featured the study's results.

The New York Times published commentary by Angus Deaton of the USC Dornsife College about the level of extreme poverty in the United States and how others can better assist the poor through personal giving. According to Deaton, there are 5.3 million Americans living in absolute poverty, on par with the number in Senegal. "It is precisely the cost and difficulty of housing that makes for so much misery for so many Americans, and it is precisely these costs that are missed in the World Bank’s global counts," Deaton wrote.

Science Friday featured Clifford Johnson of the USC Dornsife College and his new book, "The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe," on why he believes it is important for everyone to understand the basic tenets of science. Times Higher Education reviewed Johnson's book and noted his ability to break down scientific concepts by presenting them as a dialogue between two or more individuals. "Given the chance, I bet that many of us would love the chance to quiz an Einstein down the pub. Since that is rarely, if at all, possible, The Dialogues is the next best thing," the reviewer wrote.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV featured research by Christina Dieli-Conwright of the Ostrow School of USC's Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy on how regular exercise after breast cancer remission can help increase life expectancy of survivors. According to the study, the key is returning to a regular exercise routine after the conclusion of treatment.

United Press International (in a HealthDay story)  highlighted research by Ashlesa Datar of the USC Dornsife College's Center for Economic and Social Research on why a family is more likely to be overweight if it lives in a community where there are obese people. "Living in a community where obesity is more of the norm than not can influence what is socially acceptable in terms of eating and exercise behaviors and body size," said Datar. Newsweek, Fortune, Yahoo (UK) and New Atlas also reported on the study's results.

Associated Press quoted Janet Denhardt of the USC Price School on how to best implement lasting cultural change in the California Capitol.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" interviewed Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration about the possible hurdles for immigration legislation that addresses the needs of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program participants.

Bloomberg quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School about the impact of shareholders of companies that must pay a repatriation bill to bring foreign profits back to the United States. Financial Times quoted Kleinbard on why the new tax regulations are unlikely to bring real investment and economic growth to the United States.

Financial Times quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School about how the Walt Disney Company's acquisition of 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets will impact its tax bill.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Daniel Schnur of the USC Annenberg School about Gov. Jerry Brown's legacy when he leaves office.

The Press-Enterprise quoted Greg Autry of the USC Marshall School on why the new tariffs on Chinese produced solar panels will only have a negative impact on the solar market in Southern California in the short term.

The Press-Enterprise quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about how Gov. Jerry Brown's two stints as California's governor differed.

The New York Times and The Huffington Post cited research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative and colleagues on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry.

Los Angeles Times published a story about changes to the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund and included quotes from USC Provost Michael Quick and faculty members.

Inside Higher Ed, in a story about annual returns on university endowments, mentioned USC.

U.S. Patch mentioned a study by Steven Teutsch, senior fellow at the USC Schaeffer Center, who is the chairman of a government-commissioned panel of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, that recommends lowering the blood-alcohol concentration threshold from 0.08 to 0.05.

Parade, in a story about the Warrior-Scholar Project, mentioned USC.

Long Beach Post cited a study by Hernan Galperin of the USC Annenberg School about the digital divide and how it perpetuates the cycle of poverty in low income communities.