USC in the News

USC In the News 4/12/2018

Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by Dana Goldman and Erin Trish of the USC Schaeffer Center about Walmart and CVS' efforts to purchase health insurance companies. Trish and Goldman argue this sort of consolidation can threaten health care markets. "These vertical 'megadeals' will certainly disrupt care patterns and lower costs, but no one can know whether the savings will flow to shareholder or patients, and whether their health will improve," they wrote.

U.S. News & World Report published commentary by Dana Goldman of the USC Schaeffer Center and a colleague on the escalating diabetes crisis in Mexico, which may be impacted by the removal of  junk food labels following North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations. Goldman, who also worked with Bryan Tysinger on analyzing the data, found that if Mexico can advocate for lifestyle changes among its populace, it is possible to reduce the onset of the disease. "While it's wonderful to minimize trade barriers for U.S. foods and beverages, the long-term costs may be more than we want to bear. Cautionary labels are cheap, diabetes is anything but. Consider this a warning," Goldman wrote.

Nature featured research by Kiros Berhane of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on the impact of pollution on sub-Saharan Africans, especially due to the lack of access to health care, low nutrition, and high prevalence of infectious disease in the region. Berhane is focused on identifying and filling gaps in public health research in sub-Saharan Africa with the belief that "this was the place we could make the biggest contribution." Through Berhane's partnership with Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia to form the Eastern African GEOHealth hub, there is increased interest in the issue by local governments.

PC Magazine published a story about Dev Night, an event hosted by VRSC that is a collaborative effort between students from the USC Viterbi School and USC School of Cinematic Arts. The article interviewed students about the many opportunities USC offers for students interested in virtual and augmented reality. The after-hours campus-wide hangout occurs once a month and alumni attendees have gone on to be successful in different industries.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) quoted Jeremy Goldbach of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School on how many social and legal gains for the LGBT community often ignore the transgender facet.

Los Angeles Times quoted Genevieve Giuliano of the USC Price School about the Los Angeles City Council-approved people mover that will connect existing public transportation with LAX terminals.

Los Angeles Times quoted Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center on how building dense housing around public transportation hubs is good city planning.

KPCC-FM interviewed William Deverell of the USC Dornsife College about the immigrant experience and California dream. The story also noted results from a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll found that 50 percent of Californians believe younger residents are doing worse compared to previous generations.

KPCC-FM interviewed Dwight Stirling of the USC Gould School about California Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to accept federal funding to send the state's National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. Capitol Public Radio also quoted Stirling.

Forbes quoted USC Marshall School Dean James Ellis about the value of an MBA.

Los Angeles Business Journal, in a story about biomedical research funding, mentioned USC was among the top six local recipients of funds in fiscal year 2017 at $258 million.

Times Higher Education published a review of a book by Craig Stanford of the USC Dornsife College, whose book, "The New Chimpanzee: A Twenty-First-Century Portrait of Our Closest Kin," covers what we know about humanity's genomic relatives.

Vox cited comments by Jonas Kaplan of the USC Dornsife College's Brain and Creativity Institute on why some people react strongly when their deeply set beliefs are challenged.

Fox News and Newsweek mentioned a mural outside the entrance of a USC Annenberg School building.

Variety cited work by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative to develop an inclusion rider to encourage diverse hiring practices in the entertainment industry.

EdWeek mentioned Ron Avi Astor of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School will participate in a panel on the state of research on school gun violence.

SyFy mentioned research by Shrikanth Narayanan of the USC Viterbi School’s Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory to develop “The Geena Davis Inclusion Quotient,” a software that evaluates the prominence of male and female narratives in entertainment.

Irish Times and Irish Examiner mentioned research by Emilio Ferrara of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute to develop of the Botometer, which was used to analyze Twitter content by the Pew Research Center.