USC in the News

USC In the News 3/1/2018

The Washington Post published a Q&A with Antonio Damasio of the USC Dornsife College's Brain and Creativity Institute on his research and new book, "The Strange Order of Things." According to Damasio, feelings are the origins of cultures and are rooted in non-mental biological processes. "I defend the view that minds are not made by nervous systems alone but rather by nervous systems in cooperation with many other and far older living systems of our body, including metabolic, endocrine, immune and circulatory systems," he said.

The Washington Post highlighted two studies by Stacy Smith and colleagues from the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry. The story cited statistics that showed the lack of gender parity among directors for the highest grossing films from the past decade. And when a woman does direct a film, "Hollywood's image of a female director is a white woman," according to the study. "Women are half of the population and half of the ticket buyers, but they're still less than a third of all speaking characters [in films]," said Katherine Pieper of the USC Annenberg School on inequality across the entertainment industry. NBC News and Science Mic. also mentioned Smith's research.

Asian News International featured research by Peter Kuhn and Jim Hicks of The Bridge Institute at the USC Michelson Center that used metal-detection techniques to study cancer cells. The metal-tagged antibodies are identified in a patient's blood sample, allowing researchers to see how cancer cells circulate through the body. "We are trying to understand how cancer actually moves from the initial location to other places in the body and can settle there," Kuhn said.

CNN interviewed Clayton Dube of the USC Annenberg School's U.S.-China Institute on China's government changing the law to ensure the president remains in office.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCAL-TV quoted Lindsey Bier of the USC Marshall School on why some companies may decide to stop selling assault rifles.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" interviewed Robert Shrum of the USC Dornsife College's Unruh Institute about the viability of a multiparty system in the United States.

NPR Dallas affiliate KERA-FM interviewed Safiya Umoja Noble of the USC Annenberg School on how data can discriminate. She also discussed her book, "Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism."

The San Jose Mercury News quoted Niels Frenzen of the USC Gould School on whether the federal government can charge Oakland's mayor for informing her community that immigration raids were coming.

Los Angeles Times noted work by Adam Fincham of the USC Viterbi School to design a perfect wave in a pool.

Los Angeles Times noted director Luca Guadagnino won the USC Libraries' Scripter Award in 2018.

The Post & Courier mentioned 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 Grammy Awards.

Poynter cited comments by Gabriel Kahn of the USC Annenberg School on why CNN and Fox News make concerted efforts to differentiate from each other.

The Scientist noted research by Mara Mather of the USC Leonard Davis School on the impact of positive feedback on an individual's ability to complete a task while under stress.

Science reported on a new algorithm developed Yan Liu, Milind Tambe, Sungyong Seo and others from the USC Viterbi School to help law enforcement classify crimes automatically.