USC in the News

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

The New York Times highlighted a proposal by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative for those in the entertainment industry to include an inclusion rider in their contracts. Best actress winner Frances McDormand called on her colleagues to ask for inclusion riders during her acceptance speech at the Oscars. The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Reuters, BBC, CNN, The Guardian (UK), ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, Fox News, New Yorker, Mashable, Quartz, Slate, Fortune, The Hollywood Reporter, Vice's "Broadly," Vanity Fair, Deadline Hollywood, Vuture, GQ, Heavy, Bustle, NME, Entertainment Tonight, Harper's Bazaar, Der Spiegel (Germany), Daily Mail (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Harper's Bazaar (UK), ABC (Australia), Evening Standard (UK), O Globo (Brazil) and PopSugar cited Smith's proposal.

The Wall Street Journal published commentary by Paul Irving of the USC Leonard Davis School about ageism across industries in the United States. By focusing on Winston Churchill, who was 65 during World War I, Irving argues that workers over 50 are often unappreciated and considered inefficient. "Although the challenges of the 21st-century workplace are more benign, the qualities older workers have acquired over their lives are just as important to success," he wrote.

The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted the USC Libraries' Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, which brings students from different fields together for trans-disciplinary learning. In addition to co-taught courses that examine traditional and non-traditional course material from a different perspective, the academy also offers workshops and talks at Doheny Memorial Library. Students are eligible to participate on an ad hoc basis or receive a certificate at the end of their undergraduate studies.

Inside Higher Ed published commentary by Donald Hossler, Jerry Lucido and Emily Chung of the USC Rossier School's Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice about the use of test-optional admissions for higher ed institutions. Students from low- and middle-income backgrounds do not have the same test preparation resources as other students. "All of this conflicting information demonstrates the complexity and nuances surrounding the use of standardized tests. We come down on the side of using admissions tests but ... using them thoughtfully and within the constraints of institutional missions," they wrote.

Glendale News-Press highlighted the new neonatal intensive care unit scheduled to open at Keck Medicine of USC's Verdugo Hills Hospital. The new unit is one of only three in Los Angeles County that has private rooms for families. The story quoted CEO of USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Keith Hobbs and Director of Nursing Melissa Stehlin about the facility and timeline to open the new unit.

The New York Times quoted Hao Li of the USC Viterbi School on the inevitable weaponization of artificial intelligence systems.

The New York Times quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School on why all school campuses should have a safety assessment.

The New York TImes (in an Associated Press story) quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on the fundraising advantage current California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has over his opponent.

Los Angeles Times quoted Jonathan Aronson of the USC Annenberg School on whether President Donald Trump's proposed steel tariffs will ignite a trade war and if the tariffs will actually be enacted.

American Public Media's "Marketplace" interviewed Richard Flory of the USC Dornsife College's Center for Religion and Civic Culture on the rise of the evangelical church as a corporate entity. ESPN's "FiveThirtyEight" quoted Flory on why conservative evangelicals still largely support President Donald Trump.

CBS News quoted Ted Braun of the USC School of Cinematic Arts on how some people are able to separate art from an artist when a troublesome personal history is publicized.

Voice of America quoted Premkumar Natarajan of the USC Viterbi School about the possible applications of facial recognition technology.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KNX-AM's "In Depth" interviewed Brain Peck of the USC Gould School's about President Donald Trump's proposed steel tariffs.

The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted Kyler Mayer of the USC Marshall School about how the possible Broadcom takeover of Qualcomm will drive up the price of smartphones.

Houston Chronicle quoted Jing Liang of the USC School of Pharmacy about a study he was previously involved in on the efficacy of over-the-counter hangover cures.

Morning Consult quoted Steve Ross of the USC Dornsife College about the changing political leanings of the majority of Hollywood insiders over the past century.

South China Morning Post quoted Clayton Dube of the USC Annenberg School's U.S.-China Institute on how a win at the Academy Awards would boost Chinese financiers of Hollywood films.

TRT World (Turkey) and eNCA South Africa interviewed Karen North of the USC Annenberg School about the social media campaign to bring more attention to the lack of inclusion in the entertainment industry and producer Harvey Weinstein's lasting impact.

The New York Times cited research by Stacy Smith and colleagues from the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry. CNN, NBC News, Variety, Vanity Fair, The Beverly Hills Courier (in a City News Service story) and Arizona Daily Star mentioned the study. The New York Times and Teen Vogue cited a separate study by Smith on the lack of gender parity among film directors.

The Washington Post cited comments by Elyn Saks of the USC Gould School about the doctrine of informed consent when it comes to mental health issues.

Los Angeles Times mentioned Earl Paysinger, vice president of civic engagement at USC, will be part of a panel to improve school safety in Los Angeles.

The Orange County Register cited research by Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration about the economic impact of undocumented workers in the United States.

The Columbian published an op-ed by Susan Estrich of the USC Gould School about President Donald Trump's contempt for the rule of law.