USC in the News

USC In the News 3/15/2018

The Washington Post featured 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 to support diversity. After "Black Panther" actor Michael B. Jordan announced last week that all projects by his production will include an "inclusion rider," actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, as well as producer Paul Feig and others followed suit for their own production companies. Bloomberg BNA, ABC News, The Guardian (UK), Slate, The Hollywood Reporter (second story here), The Telegraph (UK), Deadline Hollywood, Fortune, Refinery29 and Glamour covered the proposal.

VentureBeat highlighted research by Bryan Wilder, Milind Tambe and Sze-chuan Suen of the USC Viterbi School about an algorithm they developed to help policymakers prevent the spread of infectious disease. The researchers found that by tracking the normal spread of disease and using the most of limited resources to educate the public, the artificial intelligence system may help reduce the spread of tuberculosis in India and gonorrhea in the United States.

TechRepublic highlighted research by Albert "Skip" Rizzo of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies on how he treats post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with exposure therapy through virtual reality. In an interview at the SXSW conference, Rizzo explains how the technology may be used to treat many forms of trauma, not just in veterans. "There's plenty of trauma in the world, and VR stands well poised to be a treatment mechanism that make treatment more powerful, more available, more accessible, and maybe draw people into treatment who wouldn't go to traditional talk therapy," he said.

Los Angeles Times quoted Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about the large sum a court awarded in damages to a family of a man fatally shot by a San Bernardino County deputy.

Inside Higher Ed reported USC's commencement speaker, Siddhartha Mukherjee.

CNN cited comments by Mike Chinoy of the USC Annenberg School's U.S.-China Institute about the likelihood of a summit between North Korea and the United States.

U.S. News & World Report noted the USC Viterbi School has one of the top 10 graduate engineering programs in the United States.

The Hollywood Reporter noted a new partnership between the USC Annenberg School's Norman Lear Center's Hollywood, Health & Society and RespectAbility to bring disability rights to the public's attention and have equal representation in the entertainment industry.

Psychology Today published commentary by Shoba Sreenivasan and Linda Weinberger of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the risks and benefits of conflict in relationships.

Columbia Journalism Review noted Robert Hernanadez of the USC Annenberg School is one of the leading practitioners in the field of applying virtual reality to journalism.