USC in the News

USC In the News 3/24 to 3/26/2018

Los Angeles Times' "Essential Education" newsletter highlighted USC's 2018 admitted class and noted the university had the highest increase in applications received in 20 years. The acceptance rate also dropped 3 percentage points to 13 percent. "We’ve never had a harder time selecting which applicants to put in the classroom," Timothy Brunold, dean of admission at USC. The admitted class, which has until May 1 to commit to enroll at USC, is representative of 50 states, 87 countries and 3,287 high schools. Inside Higher Ed also mentioned USC's acceptance rate.

Inside Higher Ed published commentary by Estela Mara Bensimon of the USC Rossier School's Center for Urban Education on why universities need to revisit hiring practices to produce racially and ethnically diverse faculties. According to Bensimon, there are many educational benefits for students if they have professors who come from underrepresented backgrounds. She advocates for including people of color on hiring committees and training members to emphasize diversity.

ABC News and Bloomberg BNA highlighted research by Karen Van Nuys, Geoffrey Joyce, Dana Goldman and colleagues at the USC Schaeffer Center on how many patients overpay for prescription medications with their copays. According to Karen Van Nuys, customers would be better off paying cash 23 percent of the time. Patient overpayments exceeded $135 million in 2013.

IFL Science featured research by Eileen Crimmins of the USC Leonard Davis School and colleagues on how Americans are aging slower and remaining healthier than previous generations. Crimmins found that slowing the pace of aging was due in part to healthier behaviors, such as a decrease in the number of people smoking. The researchers recommend studying the impact of smoking, exercise and other lifestyle and environmental factors that impact the healthy aging process.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School about the unintended effects of the tax reform bill rushed through Congress in 2017.

Los Angeles Times quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School on how Facebook users' feel about the Cambridge Analytica scandal using Facebook data and also quoted Mark Marino of the USC Dornsife College on being selective about what information is shared with Facebook. The Times quoted North in a second story on how Elon Musk may influence others to delete their Facebook accounts. American Public Media's "Marketplace" quoted North about how Facbeook uses personal data. The Wrap cited comments by North on how the situation will impact Facebook's bottomline. The same story quoted Ira Kalb of the USC Marshall School on the importance of restoring trust in a company following a crisis.

Los Angeles Times quoted Jonathan Taplin, professor emeritus of the USC Annenberg School, on why the latest breach of privacy via Facebook may serve as an inflection point to support government regulation of large tech companies.

Los Angeles Times quoted Frank Zerunyan of the USC Price School about an ongoing dispute in the city of Riverside over the compensation package for the city manager.

Los Angeles Times quoted Lisa Schweitzer of the USC Price School about the push to change zoning to increase access to existing public transportation.

CNN quoted Clayton Dube of the USC Annenberg School's U.S.-China Institute on impact on American and Chinese businesses and consumers because of the new tariffs on certain goods.

The Orange County Register quoted Dowell Myers of the USC Price School on why the current housing crisis in California will lead to many proposals to fix the situation.

Voice of San Diego quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on how San Diego might benefit from representatives in top leadership posts for both parties in Sacramento.

The Washington Post cited research by Valter Longo of the USC Leonard Davis School on the health benefits of fasting-mimicking diet.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, in a story about graduation rates among March Madness men’s basketball teams, mentioned USC.

The Hill cited comments by Sherman Jackson of the USC Dornsife College made at Muhammad Ali's funeral.

The Hollywood Reporter, New York Magazine's "Vulture" and New York Daily News cited research by Stacy Smith and colleagues from the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in entertainment, and Smith's proposal for an "inclusion rider" to increase diversity on sets. Wired mentioned the former study as well as another paper on the lack of gender and racial parity among film directors.

The Week cited research by Safiya Umoja Noble of the USC Annenberg School on the inherent biases built into software and internet platforms.

Vice's "Motherboard" cited research by Emilio Ferrara of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute on the proportion of Twitter accounts controlled by bots during the past several international elections.

The Chronicle of Social Change mentioned research informed by the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School's Children Data Network.

Salon cited a proposal by Dana Goldman of the USC Schaeffer Center and a colleague to issue all Americans health care policies with deductibles equal to 10 percent of their disposable income.