USC in the News

USC In the News 3/29/2018

Time published an op-ed by Safiya Umoja Noble of the USC Annenberg School about the systemic racism built into internet search algorithms. "The clicks of users, coupled with the commercial processes that allow paid advertising to be prioritized in search results, mean that representations of women are ranked on a search engine page in ways that underscore women’s historical and contemporary lack of status in society — a direct mapping of old media traditions into new media architecture," she wrote. CNN and USA Today quoted Noble about the #DeleteFacebook trend.

Gizmodo highlighted research by Ted Berger and Dong Song of the USC Viterbi School and colleagues on the successful implantation of a brain implant to boost memory. The device, which can improve a person's short-term memory, may help manage Alzheimer's and other dementia diseases. The researchers evaluated the brain's own memory patterns so the device can facilitate encoding and recalling memories.

Vice published a Q&A with Dowell Myers of the USC Price School about the federal government's move to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Myers discussed California's lawsuit regarding the decision and whether lawmakers elected in 2018 would have the opportunity to reverse the move. "[The census is] not a casual enterprise, and I fear some elements in the Trump administration operate on a very casual basis, and that's not consistent with how the census operates," Myers said.

Diverse: Issues in Education 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 know the high school counselors, and they know us. As some of their best and well-known students head to USC, there’s increased awareness and excitement about us in those communities," said Timothy Brunold, dean of admission at USC. Brunold also mentioned the new USC Village as a draw for prospective students. 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.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Julie Albright of the USC Dornsife College on the potential for artificial intelligence to detect signs of depression and other emotions in facial and voice tones.

NPR's "All Things Considered" interviewed David Kang of the USC Dornsife College's Korean Studies Institute on how Kim Jong Un's trip to China may impact nuclear negotiations between the United States and North Korea.

Associated Press quoted Ron Avi Astor of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School on why armed security officers in schools will not help children feel safer.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" interviewed Jeffrey Miller of the USC Viterbi School about pedestrian detection technology in driverless vehicles.

The Sacramento Bee quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute about the Sacramento King's response to local protestors.

NPR Phoenix affiliate KJZZ-FM interviewed Karen North of the USC Annenberg School about the growing support for #DeleteFacebook and how it will impact the social media company's bottom line.

Voice of America quoted Nicolas Cull of the USC Annenberg School on why China should celebrate its diversity.

The Today Show quoted David Krum of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies on why modeling clothing with augmented reality is a difficult task.

Miami Herald quoted Ira Kalb of the USC Marshall School about the importance of maintaining AARP's image as a trustworthy organization for older adults. quoted Orin Kerr of the USC Gould School about the legal issues involving information stored on encrypted devices.

The Washington Post noted research by Nathanael Fast of the USC Marshall School that found people were more likely to blame others for personal shortcomings if they observed leaders doing the same thing.

Los Angeles Times mentioned USC's undergraduate student senate voted to create a committee on inclusivity.

KCRW-FM cited an interview with David Sloane of the USC Price School about the eruv in Los Angeles.