USC in the News

USC In the News 5/30/2018

Los Angeles Times featured results from the new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll on support for a high-speed bullet train in California. Forty-eight percent of voters surveyed expressed at least some support and 43% opposed the project. KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" reported on poll results on the California gubernatorial race and voter support for the state's bullet train project. ConstructionDive mentioned the poll's findings on support for the state's gas tax.

Gizmodo featured a new study by Morteza Dehghani of the USC Dornsife College on the correlation between violence at a protest and social media rhetoric preceding the event. "People identify others who share their beliefs and interpret this as consensus. In these studies, we show that this can have potentially dangerous consequences," Dehghani told Press Trust of India. The researchers hope to use these findings to predict which protests may turn violent in the future. Fast Company and Digital Trends also highlighted the research.

Huffington Post published commentary by Ben Carrington of the USC Annenberg School on why President Donald Trump's criticism of peaceful protests by NFL players during the National Anthem is hypocritical and inherently anti-American. "Nationalism is not apolitical, and playing the national anthem before every sporting event ― a rare practice elsewhere in the world ― is proof that sports have long been entwined with politics," he wrote. Americans - including professional athletes - should be free to protest the representation of a universal America when systemic inequalities still continue to exist.

USA Today and Fox News featured research by Adam Huttenlocker of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and colleagues on a cranial fossil of a Cifelliodon wahkarmoosuch which may be a key species in the fossil record that bridged the transition between reptiles and mammals. Based on the locations the species has been found in across the globe, the discovery also suggests Pangea may have broken apart more recently than previously predicted.

TechCrunch featured research by Noelle Stiles of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and colleagues to develop a HoloLens that can guide the visually impaired with audio cues and instructions. Every major object will announce its location or make a noise, all which can be repeated when the user is stationary or in motion. "We hope that this will inspire developments to enhance perception for both blind and sighted people, using augmented auditory reality to communicate things that we cannot see," the researchers wrote.

The Sacramento Bee and Fox News quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School about recent staff turnover in California gubernatorial campaigns.

Whittier Daily News quoted Lawrence Harris of the USC Marshall School about the potential risks for investors looking into the medical and recreational marijuana business.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) reported on a USC investigation into a former doctor at the student health center (additional NYT/Associated Press story and NYT/Reuters story). Los Angeles Times (additional stories here and here), CNN (additional mention here), ABC News, NBC News, CBS News Los Angeles KCBS-TV, NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV, CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV, KPCC-FM, KPCC-FM's "Take Two," Slate, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed News, Xinhua News Agency, New York Post, Bustle, Daily Mirror (UK), Courthouse News Service, United Press International, NPR San Francisco affiliate KQED-FM, Inside Philanthropy, City News Service, Global News (Canada), Kaiser Health News and Bloomberg mentioned the investigation.

Los Angeles Times cited research by Antonio Damasio of the USC Dornsife College's Brain and Creativity Institute about the relationship between feelings and biology.

Nature and BigThink mentioned research by Milind Tambe of the USC Viterbi School and USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School's Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society to help national parks and others track poachers using artificial intelligence.

Forbes published an interview with Debra Langford of the USC Marshall School from the 2018 I.D.E.A Summit.

China Daily mentioned USC is home to a large number of international students.

Inverse cited comments by Travis Longcore of the USC Dornsife College and USC School of Architecture about the impact of feral cats on native wildlife.

The Japan Times mentioned the USC Marshall School partners with Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology for a joint world bachelor in business degree.

HOW mentioned Matthew Manos of the USC Iovine Young Academy as one of the top 100 designers people should know.