USC in the News

USC In the News 4/4/2018

CNN featured featured Jake Olson, a USC Marshall School student, who is blind and a member of the Trojan football team. Olson completed a snap for an extra point during the USC Trojans' win over Western Michigan on Sept. 2, 2017, which was the first time he participated in a live game for USC. Olson initially met the team when he lost his sight as a young boy. "I think that sports have given me a platform ... so I could prove myself to others," he said.

Los Angeles Business Journal featured USC Village as the silver award winner for the journal's Commercial Real Estate Awards 2018 in  best redevelopment project category. The story noted the 15-acre project invested $700 million near the USC University Park Campus and created 5,400 construction and 800 permanent jobs. "It brings much-needed retail options, including Target, Trader Joe’s, Bank of America and Starbucks along with more than 20 small business shops, restaurants and lifestyle amenities to the campus and neighborhood," according to the journal.

Vox published a Q&A with Safiya Umoja Noble of the USC Annenberg School about her new book and the inherent discriminatory tendencies that are programmed into search engines. "There is a dominant male, Western-centric point of view that gets encoded into the organization of information," said Noble. She argues engineers often don't consider the social consequences of their work.

Los Angeles Magazine featured the Keck School of Medicine of USC's Center for Robotic Simulation and Education program, which requires students to complete training on robotic surgery techniques. "Before, every resident was coming out with a different experience, based on their interest or their relationship with the surgeon. Now that we have enough of us doing robotic surgery consistently, we can get them all trained in the same way," said Caitlin Houghton of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. The story also quoted Andrew Hung, the center's founder, on how future developments will help assess the effectiveness of doctors' use of the machines.

Los Angeles Magazine featured work by Todd Chang and Joshua Sherman of the Keck School of Medicine of USC to develop a virtual reality simulation to train doctors on low-frequency, but high-risk situations. "Everything happens so fast, and everything’s so time sensitive - you can’t just bring a medical student along and sit down and explain what’s going on," Chang said. The tool allows doctors to continually practice potential scenarios so they are better prepared to treat a patient in real-time.

The New York Times quoted Robert Shrum of the USC Dornsife College's Unruh Institute about the differences between Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa's rhetoric on the campaign trail.

NPR quoted Arun Hendi of the USC Dornsife College's Center for Economic and Social Research on how future economic volatility may lead to higher mortality.

CBS News quoted Thomas Hollihan of the USC Annenberg School about the number of complaints filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) against news programs that aired President Trump's comments about "shithole countries."

BBC Mundo quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School about President Donald Trump's attacks on Amazon's business practices.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" interviewed Estela Bensimon of the USC Rossier School's Center for Urban Education on how diverse college faculty can help minority students succeed.

KCRW-FM interviewed Gabriel Kahn of the USC Annenberg School about the possible repercussions for CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV if it comes under the Sinclair Broadcasting umbrella.

Fast Company interviewed Karen North of the USC Annenberg School about the possible blowback for businesses that use Facebook's advertising platform and how much data Facebook shares with advertisers.

The Seattle-Times interviewed Aaron Nagiel of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about a surgery to treat patients with the first gene therapy approved in the United States for an inherited disease.

Science News quoted George Ban-Weiss of the USC Viterbi School on how city planners can help urban areas better manage heat waves.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) cited research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the lack of visibility for disabled people in the entertainment industry.

Los Angeles Times published an obituary for Bonnie Reiss of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute, who passed away on Monday. U.S. News & World Report (in an Associated Press story) profiled Reiss and her work in politics.

Los Angeles Times, in a story about playwright Tony Kushner, mentioned David Warshofsky of the USC School of Dramatic Arts and the school's production of Kushner's play, "A Bright Room Called Day."

NBC News mentioned the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative in a story about the lack of data on diversity among voice actors.

Quartz mentioned research by Jing Liang of the USC School of Pharmacy about herbal supplements that may reduce the symptoms of an alcohol-related hangover.

Newsweek published a Quora answer that quoted Raj Dasgupta of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the health impacts of a person's sleep schedule.

Los Angeles Downtown News mentioned USC Village is home to a Trader Joe's.

The Intercept cited a survey by the USC Dornsife College's Center for Economic and Social Research did on voter approval of charter schools.

Oxygen cited comments by Karen North of the USC Annenberg School on how Russian bots take advantage of contentious issues to further divide Americans.

ANI reported on research by Baruch Rael Cahn of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how meditation and relaxation can positively impact neurological functioning.