USC in the News

USC In the News 6/15/2018

The New York Times highlighted forthcoming research by Ulrike Gretzel of the USC Annenberg School that found verified travel reviewers often are more critical in order to seem more professional. The research suggests reviewers' motivations impact neutrality. She also found that consumers disproportionately value and trust reviews professing expertise.

Inside Higher Ed featured a report on California's move toward performance-based funding for community college by Tatiana Melguizo of the USC Rossier School and colleagues. "If the main goal of the higher education system is to increase productivity, with particular attention to increasing student achievement among vulnerable or disadvantaged populations, funding formulas should be designed so that institutions compete against their own past performance rather than against other institutions or sectors," said Melguizo and colleagues.

Chicago Tribune featured a study by Stacy Smith and colleagues at the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the lack of representation of women and minorities among film reviewers on the major film review website Rotten Tomatoes. Researchers studied the reviews of the 100 top-grossing films of 2017 that were posted on the aggregation website. Accuracy in Academia also covered the study.

National Law Journal featured the USC Gould School regarding the school's recent decision to allow the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) as an alternative to the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) in law school admissions. Gould is the eighth school among U.S. News & World Report's top 20 to announce it will accept GRE scores alongside scores earned on the LSAT from applicants. Above the Law also covered the story.

Daily Mail featured research by Scott Kanoski of the USC Dornsife College on why the brain is sometimes able to recall details about meals but still can forget important dates and names. The researchers found that the enteric nervous system's vagus nerve, located in the gastrointestinal tract, is known as the second brain. This system sends signals to the brain's hippocampus, responsible for creating memories, with details of the meal when it notifies the brain that the body is full. Live Science also featured the study.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Shrikanth Narayana of the USC Viterbi School on the value and challenges of using artificial intelligence to understand and analyze sounds other than speech, such as sighs or laughter, in telephone customer service support.

Inside Higher Ed quoted Don Hossler of the Rossier School of Education on the decisions by the University of Chicago to no longer require standardized test scores as part of their admission requirements in an effort to expand the socio-economic diversity of the school. The Chronicle of Higher Ed quoted a USC student on his experience with standardized testing in a related story.

KPCC-FM quoted Diane Winston of the USC Annenberg School on whether Trump's hardline immigration policies will dampen evangelical support for him.

Chicago Tribune quoted Henry Jenkins of the USC Annenberg School on the work of cartoonist Carol Tyler.

KNX-AM interviewed Afsaneh Barzi of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about updated colorectal cancer screening guidelines.

PolitiFact quoted Nicholas Cull of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism on the likely producers contracted by the National Security Council to create a video for the summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un.

Family Circle quoted Karen Morgan of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how an active lifestyle may improve eye health.

Racer quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School’s Sports Business Institute about the decline of NASCAR over the past several years.

Los Angeles Times mentioned that actress Brie Larson cited statistics from a recent USC Annenberg School Inclusion Initiative study about the lack of diversity in film criticism (second article here). USA Today, NBC News, AOL News, Entertainment Weekly, Fortune Magazine, Comicbook, Glamour, The AdvocateMadame Noire, Paper also mentioned the study. Another Inclusion Initiative study was mentioned in Page Six and Rolling Stone. Huffington Post mentioned Inclusion Initiative's Stacy Smith's proposal that actors request inclusion riders in contract negotiations.

Los Angeles Times mentioned an investigation into a former doctor at USC's student health center. The Today Show, Daily Mail, NBC Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV, Fox Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV, AOL News, Jezebel, CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV (second story here) and The Herald-Times covered the ongoing investigation.

Los Angeles Times mentioned Kevin Lyman, famous as the founder of the Warped Tour concerts, will begin a role as an associate professor at USC's Thornton School of Music.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, in a story on Michigan State University's recent challenges, mentioned USC.

Fox & Hounds Daily published commentary by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School and Doug Jeffe on the California primaries (second op-ed here). Bebitch Jeffe also wrote about the political legacy of Robert F. Kennedy in a third editorial.

Campus Technology mentioned the cost of USC's dental hygienist program.