USC in the News

USC In the News 2/3 to 2/5/2018

The New York Times published an editorial by Orin Kerr of the USC Gould School about the Nunes memo and whether it demonstrated bias on behalf of the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). "The memo gives us too little information to make a conclusion about whether the government abused the surveillance laws. It’s a partial view when we need a panorama to know what happened," Kerr said. The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Toronto Star (Canada), The Huffington Post,, Slate and Rolling Stone cited Kerr's comments. The New York Times also cited the op-ed in another article.

The New York Times featured research by Emily Liman of the USC Dornsife College that may have identified a protein that is the sour taste sensor. The protein, previously shown to aid in balance in the inner ear, also may make cells sensitive to acids. "Because this gene was already known to be involved in the formation of the vestibular system, we thought it was very unlikely to play a role in taste. It was really just a shot in the dark. We had all but given up, and we thought, 'Let's test this last one,'" Liman said.

Men's Health highlighted research by Ashlesha 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 common can make sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy eating, and overweight or obesity more socially acceptable," Datar said.

Hawaii Tribune Herald published commentary by Najmedin Meshkati of the USC Viterbi School about the flawed system that led to Hawaii's false missile alert. "We should realize we cannot uproot human error, but we can (and should), at least, thoroughly study our emergency-alerting ecosystem and try to proactively identify error-producing potential and minimize its occurrences," Meshkati  wrote.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) quoted Najmedin Meshkati of the USC Viterbi School about recent and likely preventable Amtrak accidents. The New York Times (in another Associated Press story) cited Meshkati's comments.

The Washington Post quoted Jonathan Aronson of the USC Annenberg School on the possible improvements that can be made to the North American Free Trade  Agreement (NAFTA).

NBC News quoted Michael Colangelo of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute about the record-high prices for Super Bowl tickets.

CNN quoted Darby Saxbe of the USC Dornsife College about the lack of mental health resources for expecting or new mothers.

Financial Times quoted Daniel Lidar of the USC Viterbi School about the "quantum supremacy" threshold.

Wired quoted Mohammed Beshir of the USC Viterbi School about the impact on utilities if electric vehicle adoption continues to increase.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Ira Kalb of the USC Marshall School on why Super Bowl ads need to find a balance between entertaining and education the audience on a product.

Los Angeles Daily News quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute on why he expects the business model for the NFL will completely change in the next decade.

The Orange County Register quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute about the Olympic athletes who are able to capture the attention of younger audiences.

The Wrap quoted Jason Squire of the USC School of Cinematic Arts about possible buyers for Sony Entertainment.

MSN quoted Benjamin Henwood of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School on how the lack of affordable housing has an impact on the homeless population.

Foreign Policy quoted David Kang of the USC Dornsife College about the White House's former nominee for South Korean ambassador.

The Wall Street Journal cited research by Michael Magill of the USC Dornsife College on how the shift in America's demographics would impact the stock market.

USA Today published a story about the renaming of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as the United Airlines Memorial Coliseum, which will help fund the multi-million-dollar upgrade of the 95-year-old structure.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV mentioned a fraternity party at USC.

Newsweek cited comments by Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School about Apple's repatriation tax bill.

The Huffington Post published a story produced by the USC Annenberg School's Center for Health Journalism about the number of American infants at risk for malnourishment.

Gizmodo noted research by Ted Berger of the USC Viterbi School about the development of a neural prosthesis to aid in memory formation.

South China Morning Post cited research by graduate students at the USC Marshall School on behalf of the APEC Business Advisory Council about growing disillusionment with globalization.

City News Service mentioned research by Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration about the economic impact immigrants have on San Diego and Imperial counties.

Bustle, Salon and Glamour noted 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.

Forward and Arizona Daily Star mentioned work by USC Shoah Foundation to preserve Holocaust survivor testimonies.

Eater LA noted the opening of Rance's Pizza at University Village.

RT cited research by Costas Synolakis of the USC Viterbi School and colleagues that found the disaster at Fukushima was preventable.