USC in the News

USC In the News 2/16/2018

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) highlighted 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 article features the Recording Academy's response to the study. Los Angeles Times (second story here), The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Page Six, ThinkProgress, Pitchfork, Vice's "Noisey," Fuse and Mashable (France) mentioned Smith's report.

Variety highlighted work by USC School of Cinematic Arts Dean Elizabeth Daley on how she and others at USC are using the #MeToo movement as a teachable moment and to empower the next generation of filmmakers. "I do think when powerful women speak up it gives younger women who have less power the courage to do it and to start to realize, just because you don’t have specific power, you’re not powerless," Daley said. The article noted the school's diversity programing, as well as a multi-million dollar scholarship fund by USC alum George Lucas and Mellody Hobson for underrepresented voices.

The Christian Science Monitor featured a new book by Alice Echols of the USC Dornsife College about her grandfather who ripped off millions of dollars from bank customers during the Great Depression. "Shortfall: Family Secrets, Financial Collapse, and a Hidden History of American Banking," highlights society's intrinsic trust of "down-home" institutions that is often misplaced. "It's fascinating that we tend to forget these financial scandals. They don't get lodged in our memory, and we're much more apt to cling to fairy-tale versions of capitalism," Echols said.

Nautilus highlighted research by Antonio Damasio of the USC Dornsife College's Brain and Creativity Institute on how nostalgia is an adaptation of the reality of the past and is a comforting tool for the mind. "There is no doubt that nostalgia is a valuable feeling or it would have long been dismissed from the human toolkit," he said.

IANS featured research by Vaia Lida Chatzi of the Keck School of Medicine of USC that found pregnant women that are deficient in vitamin D are more likely to give birth to obese children. Chatzi found that mothers that had low vitamin D levels during early pregnancy had children between the ages of 4 and 6 that had bigger waistlines. "These increases may not seem like much, but we're not talking about older adults who have about 30% body fat; even a half-inch increase in waist circumference is a big deal, especially if you project this fat surplus across their lifespan," Chatzi said..

The New York Times quoted Todd Boyd of the USC School of Cinematic Arts on the entertainment industry's current push for diversified content..

NBC News quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School on how social media has changed how America experiences violent shootings in public places.

Bloomberg Law quoted David Schonfeld of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School's National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement on how violent events also impact the school's faculty and staff, and not just the students.

KPCC-FM quoted Kyung Moon Hwang of the USC Dornsife College about the history of Christianity in North Korea.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" interviewed Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about the evolution and future of the black middle class.

Nature quoted Frank Gilliland of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on why pollution created by fossil fuels is more dangerous than smog produced by household chemicals.

Buzzfeed News quoted Arthur Toga of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the brain scans of diplomats that were allegedly impacted by "sonic weapons" in Cuba.

The Hollywood Reporter quoted Stanley Rosen of the USC Dornsife College about a new partnership between Dalian Wanda Group and its former tech rivals in China.

Deadline Hollywood quoted Gabriel Kahn of the USC Annenberg School about social networks responding to fake news in the wake of tragedies.

RT America interviewed John Vidale of the USC Southern California Earthquake Center about the major fault line that runs through the city of Los Angeles.

Pop Sugar quoted Raj Dasgupta of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on the association of Benadryl with symptoms of early-onset dementia.

Los Angeles Times noted the USC Fisher Museum offers yoga classes in its galleries on Fridays.

Los Angeles Times and Bustle 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.

KPCC-FM cited results from a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll on California's perceptions about the success of younger generations. The story also cited data from the USC Dornsife College's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity about the growing income gap between racial groups in California.

The Orange County Register published a Q&A with USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann about the USC men's basketball program.

The Sacramento Bee mentioned Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School and his prior run for statewide office in California.

Daily Breeze mentioned a settlement between USC and the Department of Toxic Substances Control. The story did not contain a statement issued by USC.

EdSource noted the USC Rossier School's USC Hybrid High School received a Next Generation Learning Challenge grant.

Daily Democrat cited work by Julie Posselt of the USC Rossier School on how to improve diversity in graduate school admissions.

Streetsblog SF cited comments by Lisa Schweitzer of the USC Price School about the proposed Senate Bill 827 in California to change zoning laws across the state.