USC in the News

USC In the News 2/10 to 2/12/2018

PBS published commentary (originally posted in The Conversation) by Clifford Johnson of the USC Dornsife College about the positive impact of "Black Panther" on entertainment's representation of minorities. "There simply are not enough images of black scientists – male or female – in our media and entertainment to help inspire. Many people from underrepresented groups end up genuinely believing that scientific investigation is not a career path open to them," Johnson wrote. He predicts increased engagement with science worldwide if the film is successful.

Variety featured the 30th annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards ceremony and top honorees, "Call Me by Your Name" and "The Handmaid's Tale." The Scripters recognize the best adaptations of written works and often predict what films will be honored at the Academy Awards. Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola received the USC Libraries' Literary Achievement Award. The Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap, Deadline Hollywood and Entertainment Weekly reported on this year's winners.

Daily Mail (UK) featured research by Denis Evseenko of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on a new injectable therapy for arthritis patients. The researchers identified a protein that boosts cartilage generation and reduces inflammation of joints. "It is not going to cure arthritis, but it will delay the progression of arthritis to the damaging stages when patients need joint replacements, which account for a million surgeries a year in the U.S.," Evseenko told the Daily Mirror (UK).

The New York Times quoted David Kang of the USC Dornsife College's Korean Studies Institute on how Vice President Mike Pence avoided North Korean officials at the Olympics. The Washington Post cited Kang's comments.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Kirk Brennan, the director of admission at USC, about surprise visits to admitted students.

The Guardian (UK) quoted Robert Shrum of the USC Dornsife College's Unruh Institute on how General John Kelly's reputation will fare after serving in President Donald Trump's White House.

The Guardian (UK) quoted Henry Jenkins of the USC Annenberg School on why it is important to support children's interests.

Wired quoted Daniel Lidar of the USC Viterbi School about the practicality of using quantum computers to improve machine learning.

Politico quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School on how Senator Dianne Feinstein's primary challengers have pushed her on certain policies.

Business Insider quoted Ruth Wood of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about how elite athletes use microdosing to avoid getting caught during drug tests in competitions.

CBS News Sacramento affiliate KPIX-TV quoted David Agus of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on the California law that requires warning to be posted at food establishments that may serve cancer-causing foods or drinks.

The Press-Enterprise mentioned the USC Price School's Center for Social Innovation.

Inc. cited research by Antonio Damasio of the USC Dornsife College's Brain and Creativity Institute on the impact emotions have on decision-making. Politico mentioned a review of Damasio's new book.

LA Observed cited comments by Gabriel Kahn of the USC Annenberg School about the new owner of the Los Angeles Times.