USC in the News

USC In the News 3/23/2018

NPR's "Code Switch" highlighted research by Shaun Harper of the USC Rossier School's Race and Equity Center on the continued inequity among black male student athletes in college sports. Harper recently released his latest research on the disparities in graduation rates among black male athletes in the Power Five athletic conferences. He recommends disqualifying any schools from the NCAA Basketball Tournament that fail to adequately address these inequities.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV reported Oprah Winfrey will give the commencement address for the USC Annenberg School's satellite ceremony. "I am both incredibly excited to hear her speak, and deeply grateful to her for sharing the day with our graduates," USC Annenberg School Dean Willow Bay said. The story noted Winfrey will speak to the school's graduates at the Shrine Auditorium and each graduate is allotted four tickets for guests. Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV also mentioned Winfrey's planned speech.

City News Service featured research by Raymond Stevens of the USC Michelson Center's Bridge Institute to construct a detailed, virtual 3-D model of the pancreatic beta cell and its components in an effort to develop new treatments for diabetes. "We are converging to solve a difficult problem to solve a structure at multiple scales, from the individual atoms, to the small molecules, to the macromolecule, to the cell," Stevens said. The new Pancreatic Beta Cell Consortium at USC Michelson brings together experts in biology, chemistry, computational biology, engineering, mathematics and imaging. Stevens also is involving non-scientists such as artists and filmmakers in the research process to provide diverse perspectives.

U.S. News & World Report (in a Healthday story) highlighted research by Parveen Garg of the Keck School of Medicine of USC that found a possible association between depression and a greater risk for developing a common heart rhythm disorder, atrial fibrillation. "Our research emphasizes the link between mental health and cardiovascular health. Our mental health and our heart health are very intertwined," Garg said. The researchers controlled for other factors such as smoking, obesity and high blood pressure. Daily Mail (UK) also featured the study's results.

The Washington Post quoted Fred Cook of the USC Annenberg School's Center for Public Relations on why Anderson Cooper is seen as a trustworthy reporter.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Gregory Keating of the USC Gould School on recent court decisions that indicate schools have a duty to protect students from attacks.

NBC "Nightly News" interviewed Kirk Brennan, director of admission at USC, on why making accepted students feel appreciated and valued is critical for a student to choose one university over another.

Al Jazeera interviewed Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about student activism in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, shootings.

Nature quoted Valter Longo of the USC Leonard Davis School on how intermittent fasting can have the same anti-aging effects as dieting.

CNBC quoted Gerard Medioni of the USC Viterbi School about his experiences at Amazon.

Morning Consult quoted Ira Kalb of the USC Marshall School on how United Airlines is handling its most recent public relations crisis better than its last one.

New York Daily News quoted Ali Abbas of the USC Marshall School's Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making on whether the average American trusts Facebook with their data.

Snopes quoted Dowell Myers of the USC Price School on how the Center for Immigration Studies cherry picked data from a National Academy of Sciences report on immigration he contributed to.

WalletHub quoted Robert Rasmussen of the USC Gould School about the best credit cards after filing for bankruptcy.

Los Angeles Times mentioned the art of Senga Nengudi is on view at the USC Fisher Museum.

The Press-Enterprise reported Rod Gilfry of the USC Thornton School will perform with the San Bernardino Symphony.

Dallas Morning News cited comments by Roberto Suro of the USC Annenberg School on why Latino immigrants carry the stigma of illegality in America.

TheStreet cited comments by Jonathan Taplin, professor emeritus of the USC Annenberg School, on the lack of government regulation of the largest tech companies.