USC in the News

USC In the News 2/21/2018

CNBC interviewed USC President C. L. Max Nikias on how President Donald Trump's policies are impacting higher education. "There hasn't been a major impact yet, but it's something we're concerned about, we lobby congress - we're always worried about government over-regulation in American higher education, especially as a private, independent research university, but it remains to be seen if there is going to be a major impact," Nikias said. According to CNBC, universities across the country have seen up to a seven percent decrease in international student applications. Nikias is particularly concerned on how federal policies will influence international students' decisions to study abroad and how immigrants have contributed to American society. Fortune also cited Nikias' comments. 

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV featured research by Valter Longo of the USC Leonard Davis School that a primarily plant-based diet paired with intermittent fasting may lead to a longer life. "In most cases people who have a high protein diet don't do very well. I favor a very specific carbohydrate, eat a lot of legumes and vegetables. Those are the good carbohydrates," he said. Longo also noted that if an individual eats good quality food, he or she can also eat more of it.

Time published a Q&A with Kyung Moon Hwang of the USC Dornsife College about the differences between North and South Korea, whether unification is a realistic goal for the future and how the 1988 and 2018 Olympics played a role in their diplomatic relationship. "Ethnic nationalism, in the way that we usually see it throughout the world, arose in Korea at the turn of the 20th century, just as it did in other places, with the international system cohering around this structure of nation-states," he said. Hwang also noted there is a generational gap among South Koreans who believe there is an imperative to reunify.

The Hollywood Reporter featured research by Justin Ichida of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about his work with publicist Nanci Ryder and other celebrities to seek a cure for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Ichida has used stem cell technology to create nerve cells in a Petri dish from an actual ALS patient and has discovered how ALS causes nerve cells to degenerate. "This is one of the first, if not the first, example of someone finding a new target," he said.

La Canada Valley Sun 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 and USC Trustee Ronald Sugar and his wife Valerie received the 2018 Ex Libris Award. The story also noted speeches by USC Libraries Dean Catherine Quinlan and USC Provost Michael Quick.

Los Angeles Times quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute on whether ticket sales have an impact on the International Olympic Committee.

U.S. News & World Report quoted John Pascarella of the USC Rossier School on how graduate students in the school's online teaching degree gain teaching experience.

Yahoo quoted Michela Musto, graduate student at the USC Dornsife College, on how society and media treat female athletes differently than male athletes.

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School on the difficulties Republican candidates have when distancing themselves from President Donald Trump while maintaining conservative policy stances.

Business Insider quoted Loren Adler of the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative about a new health care rule allowing purchases of short-term health insurance plans and the costs to taxpayers.

Ars Technica quoted John Ringman of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the possible cognitive benefits of curcumin in turmeric and cited a 2012 study by Ringman that found no significant benefits.

CGTN America quoted Todd Boyd of the USC School of Cinematic Arts on whether the success of "Black Panther" will translate into more films with black characters and black directors.

CBC Radio (Canada) quoted Kimberly McNair of the USC Dornsife College on "diasporic blackness" and how that translated into some "Black Panther" fans arriving to see the film in traditional and African-inspired clothing.

GQ quoted Rusha Modi of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how to avoid getting sick while traveling.

Beverly Hills Courier quoted Vaughn Starnes of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the 25th anniversary of the Children's Hospital Los Angeles' pediatric heart transplant program. The story also mentioned Jondavid Menteer and Cynthia Herrington of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

The Bend Bulletin quoted Raj Dasgupta of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how adolescents can improve the quality of their sleep.

The Kansas City Star quoted Jon Burlingame of the USC Thornton School about the legacy of Leonard Bernstein on film composers.

The Post and Courier quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School on how Russian bots capitalize on sowing discord on social media after tragedies.

Conde Nast Traveler quoted Raj Dasgupta of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about a new device that works to optimize a person's sleep.

Willamette Week quoted Frank Nagle of the USC Marshall School on how mining for Bitcoin has increased in complexity.

The New York Times mentioned the USC Annenberg School houses the Norman Lear Center.

The Wall Street Journal published commentary by Bob Kocher, fellow at the USC Schaeffer Center, on why Medicare should crowdsource improvements for risk adjustment analyses.

Los Angeles Times mentioned research from the USC Dornsife College's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity on the demographics of public transportation ridership and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration on how gentrification has pushed minorities out of neighborhoods.

Los Angeles Times mentioned an exhibition at the USC Fisher Museum of Art about the work of artist Senga Nengudi.

The San Diego Union-Tribune noted Berislav Zlokovic of the Keck School of Medicine of USC contributed to research on a new stroke drug, which is launching clinical trials.

Slate noted research by Emilio Ferrara of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute on the percentage of Twitter accounts controlled by bots.

Business Insider noted the number of USC students recruited by investment banking firms increased by 49 percent in the past year.

Variety, Vice's "Broadly" and Forbes 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.

KCRW-FM mentioned Leon "Ndugu" Chancler of the USC Thornton School passed away.

Rolling Stone 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.

Deadline Hollywood noted the USC School of Cinematic Arts received a $2,500 gift to use for "safety-related procedures and personnel."

Psychology Today published two analyses by USC graduate students working under Darby Saxbe of the USC Dornsife College on how sleep deprivation can impact health and how obesity may increase the risk for cognitive problems.

EdTech Magazine mentioned a collaboration between the USC Marshall School, USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute and the city of Los Angeles to launch an Internet of Things (IoT) sandbox. The story quotes USC Viterbi School Dean Yannis Yortsos.

The Florida Times-Union published a story produced by the USC Annenberg School's Center for Health Journalism on the long-term impacts of incarcerating juvenile offenders.

LA Observed mentioned a partnership between the USC Annenberg School, USC Viterbi School, USC Dornsife College and USC Price School on the Crosstown Traffic project.

Phoenix Business Journal published a story produced by the USC Annenberg School's Center for Health Journalism about nonprofits intended to support Native American children and families.

RollCall cited comments by Karen North of the USC Annenberg School on how Russian social media bots work to highlight tensions in American society.