USC in the News

USC In the News 5/5 to 5/7/2018

The Washington Post published commentary by Viet Thanh Nguyen of the USC Dornsife College on how racism lives in academia and why minority scholars are expected to be versed in European- and American-centric literature in addition to minority-focused literature. "Insufficient fealty to the Western canon ... imperiled my job prospects, because even then, identity politics, as it would soon become known, was a threat to the curriculum at universities across the country," Nguyen wrote. He argues that proponents of the Western canon believe there is no equivalence in minority-produced literature so there should be no requirement to read it. The Guardian (UK) reviewed Nguyen's literary work on the refugee experience.

Inside Higher Ed published an op-ed by Julie Posselt of the USC Rossier School and a colleague on why graduate programs should reconsider standardized testing requirements for admission. The reliance on quick metrics, they argue, can "disproportionately" and "inaccurately" label women and racial minorities as unfit for graduate studies. "Failing to even have the talk [about test scores] is a disservice. It allows inequalities enabled by the system to perpetuate, and fails to improve how we identify students with potential to develop into tomorrow’s leaders," they wrote.

NBC News highlighted research by the USC Institute for Creative Technologies to develop virtual 3D images. Although commonly referred to as holograms, the technology actually uses multiple projectors to project the image onto a special screen. The story quoted Paul Debevec of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies about a new technology that can transmit a full-size, 360-degree image of a human.

Los Angeles Business Journal and City News Service featured more than $4 million in research funding to Denis Evseenko of the Keck School of Medicine of USC to examine the development, progression and prevention of osteoarthritis. The funding will also allow Evseenko to perform pre-clinical research on drugs that may regenerate cartilage and slow the progression of the disease. "We hope to translate our foundational knowledge about joint cartilage development into clinical therapies that would improve millions of lives," he said.

Business Insider featured Clifford Johnson of the USC Dornsife College and his work as a science advisor for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Johnson focuses on the new weapon wielded by Thor and his traditional hammer. According to Johnson, the Marvel Cinematic Universe builds on ideas that already exist in physics about the gravity available in a neutron star and how the matter inside takes on different properties when it is in that form.

The New York Times quoted Heather Berg of the USC Dornsife College about how decentralization of the pornography industry gives more agency to its workers.

The Washington Post quoted Greg Autry of the USC Marshall School on why NASA is risk-averse when it comes to human spaceflight.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School about the future of the Republican party in California.

Inside Higher Ed quoted Shaun Harper of the USC Rossier School's Race and Equity Center on how students often bring the racist views of their parents to colleges with them.

The Verge interviewed John Oghalai of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how headphones can damage hearing over time.

RealClearPolitics' "Life" quoted Johanna Blakley of the USC Annenberg School's Norman Lear Center why the lack of media literacy and critical thinking skills in society contributes to the success of manipulative media campaigns.

KFI-AM interviewed John Vidale of the USC Southern California Earthquake Center about the recent seismic activity in Hawaii occuring at the same time as the Kilauea volcano erupts.

Al Jazeera quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School about how the FBI broadly applies its Black Identity Extremist (BIE) designation.

The New York Times' "California Today" newsletter noted Siddhartha Mukherjee will speak at USC's commencement ceremony on May 11.

NBC News cited research by faculty at the USC Dornsife College's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity on the demographics and citizenship status of Texas' under 18 population, of which Latinos compose nearly half.

Politico's "Playbook" cited an op-ed by Antonio Damasio of the USC Dornsife College's Brain and Creativity Institute on how feelings are related to biology.

Daily Mirror (UK) cited comments by Diane Winston of the USC Annenberg School about the culture of Catholicism.

VentureBeat cited comments by USC Annenberg School Dean Willow Bay at a panel at the Milken Global Conference last week on whether Facebook should be held to a social contract.

Refinery29 cited research by Stacy Smith, Marc Choueiti and Kate Pieper of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative that tracked the gender and race of performers, writers and producers across the pop music charts and Grammy Awards. Teen Vogue cited research by Smith about the lack of gender parity among film directors and Refinery29 noted research on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry.

Psychology Today published commentary by Yehsong Kim, a graduate student studying under Darby Saxbe of the USC Dornsife College, on how income inequality can impact health and well-being.

Ithaca Times cited comments by Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center about the role of airports in a region's economic development.