USC in the News

USC In the News 5/12 to 5/14/2018

The Washington Post published commentary by USC President C. L. Max Nikias on how quantum tech and computing is the next space race and America is already falling behind. Nikias argues that whatever country is able to harness the power of this technology first will be able to deter any other actors from using this to achieve nefarious ends. "Congress should use the 2019 budget debate to form a national quantum strategy and to ensure it is funded appropriately not only next year but also in the years to come," Nikias wrote. "Our leaders did not fail us in 1957. Our leaders cannot fail us now," he concluded.

The Washington Post (in an Associated Press story) covered Oprah Winfrey's commencement speech to graduates from the USC Annenberg School. ABC News' "Good Morning America," CBS News, NBC News, Reuters TV, ABC Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV, CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV, NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV (second story here), CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KFI-AM, Bloomberg, USA Today, The Atlantic, The Hill, CNBC, Time (second story here), The Hollywood Reporter (second story here), Deadline Hollywood, The Today Show, New York Daily News, Fortune (second story here), Inc., City News Service,, People Magazine, Bustle, The Washington Examiner, Axios, PopSugar, Hello Giggles, Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), Perez Hilton, E! News, Entertainment Weekly and Essence all covered Winfrey's speech.

Telemundo featured Adelita Lopez-Santiago, who graduated this month with a master of business for veterans degree from the USC Marshall School. When Lopez-Santiago arrived in the United States at age 5, she did not know Spanish or English. After serving in the military, she returned to be the first in her family with a graduate degree.

Univision Los Angeles affiliate KMEX-TV and La Opinion featured Ryan Lopez, a USC graduate, who is the first in his family to finish college and the first member of the USC Department of Public Safety's Youth Cadet Program to be admitted to USC. "Maybe the children in my neighborhood can see themselves reflected in me. I am a first-generation graduate and I want to make sure that the opportunities I have had are also available for the next generation," Lopez said. "Ryan is compassionate and pushes other youth in the community to excel academically and prepare to take advantage of resources that help them achieve their goals," USC DPS Chief John Thomas. La Opinión also mentioned Oprah's commencement address to the USC Annenberg School.

Billboard featured the first graduating class from the USC Iovine and Young Academy. "We all know that if the reality of this new style of education is even close to the vision, it can change the world," said USC Iovine Yong Academy Director Erica Muhl. addressed the graduates at the ceremony and encouraged them to think beyond their first success and to keep their drive burning. The story noted the academy was founded through a $70 million donation by Jimmy Iovine and Andre "Dr. Dre" Young.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about how Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's tackling of the city's homelessness issue will define his legacy and political future.

Los Angeles Times quoted James Moore of the USC Viterbi School about Elon Musk's attempts to fast-track his tunnel project in the city of Los Angeles.

CNN quoted Mike Chinoy of the USC Annenberg School's U.S.-China Institute about the expectations President Donald Trump is setting for his summit with the North Korean leader.

BBC quoted Paul Ginsburg of the USC Schaeffer Center on why it is unlikely prescription drug companies will negotiate lower prices for Americans.

USA Today quoted Nicholas Cull of the USC Annenberg School's Center on Public Diplomacy about Russia's use of propaganda. 

Consumer Reports quoted Michael Hochman of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the diagnosis and treatment of fibromyalgia. U.S. News & World Report (in a HealthDay story) quoted Hochman about the importance of accurate blood pressure readings.

Reader's Digest quoted Michael Mulick of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about safety precautions when exercising in excessive heat.

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin quoted Thomas Lyon of the USC Gould School's Child Interviewing Lab and Mobile Center about the problems with mandated reporting in the public school system.

Refinery29 quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School about the arrival of Gmail's tool to help users compose emails.

Times of San Diego quoted Jean Reisz of the USC Gould School about the legality of Los Alamitos refusal to acknowledge California's sanctuary policies.

University World News quoted Muhammad Sahimi of the USC Viterbi School on how President Donald Trump's actions will impact academic collaborations between researchers in the United States and Iran.

Los Angeles Times cited research by Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College's Center for the Study of Immigrant of Integration about the proportion of Los Angeles' workforce that is undocumented.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy noted two recent gifts to USC: a $20 million donation by Mei-Lee Ney to create a longevity and healthy aging center at the USC Leonard Davis School and a $10 million gift from Allen Ginsburg and his wife charlotte to rename and fund the USC Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics.

Teen Vogue mentioned research by Stacy Smith and colleagues from the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the lack of gender parity among film directors. The Huffington Post noted research by Smith on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in entertainment and Variety mentioned Smith's work to develop an inclusion rider.