USC in the News

USC In the News 6/20/2018

The New York Times' "California Today" featured Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College and his latest book, "State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America’s Future." According to Pastor, California experienced its own "Donald Trump" moment back in the 1990s during a statewide debate about immigration. "But California’s rise in the years since offers at least some hope that America will overcome its own toxic political environment," Pastor said.

Los Angeles Times featured results from the latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll on the U.S. Senate race in California between incumbent Dianne Feinstein and state Sen. Kevin de Leon. "When you look at these numbers he would have to pull off some stupendous gains across the board in order to make this race close," said Bob Shrum of the USC Dornsife College's Unruh Institute. In a second story, the Los Angeles Times highlighted the poll's results on the gubernatorial race. The story also quoted Shrum and noted Jill Darling of the USC Dornsife College's Center for Economic and Social Research contributed to the analysis of the results.

CNN featured research by Wendy Setiawan of the Keck School of Medicine of USC that revealed diabetes is associated with a significantly higher risk - more than twice as high - of pancreatic cancer in Hispanic people and African Americans. "We need to have a better way to identify patients with early pancreatic cancer; we wanted to understand what are the characteristics of people in our study and other populations that help narrow down who are the high-risk populations," Setiawan said. Xinhua News Agency, United Press International and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on the research.

Pacific Standard highlighted research by David Newman, a graduate student at the USC Dornsife College, that found social conservatives are more likely to feel that their lives have meaning, when compared to liberals. "There is some unique aspect of political conservatism that provides people with meaning and purpose in life," Newman said. The research team conducted five separate studies and controlled for religiosity and noted correlation should not be confused with causation.

Quartz featured Clifford Johnson of the USC Dornsife College and his new graphic novel, "The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe," which he wrote and illustrated. The book review highlighted how Johnson expertly broke down difficult concepts. "There is no perfect method for finding answers, or certainty that we’re asking the right questions. But [Johnson] argues, through his characters, that we can still enjoy this eternal quest—the fact that the more scientists uncover, the more questions are raised," the author wrote.

The Washington Post (in a Kaiser Health News story) quoted Glenn Melnick of the USC Price School on the unintended consequences of a centralized price-setting model for health care.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Pat Levitt of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on the short- and long-term impact on children who are separated from their parents.

Reuters quoted Ashlesha Datar of the USC Dornsife College's Center for Economic and Social Research on how environment can affect an individual's potential to become obese. U.S. News & World Report cited Datar's comments and The Washington Times noted her research on obesity as a social contagion.

KPCC-FM interviewed Diane Winston of the USC Annenberg School about whether President Donald Trump's immigration policies will impact evangelical support for him.

Pacific Standard quoted Jean Reisz of the USC Gould School's Immigration Clinic on Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) targeting of California residents.

Variety quoted Judy Muller of the USC Annenberg School about expectations for broadcast journalists to be unbiased when covering catastrophic or traumatic events.

Courthouse News Service quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on the likely arguments opponents and supporters of California gas tax should campaign on.

Space News quoted Greg Autry of the USC Marshall School about regulation on space tourism.

Los Angeles Times cited a study by Stacy Smith and colleagues from the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the lack of diversity in film criticism.

Los Angeles Times, California Healthline and Agence France Presse mentioned a court hearing about a former doctor at USC's student health center. Los Angeles Times, CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCAL-TV, CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV, Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV and iHeartRadio mentioned a California Senate committee hearing that included statements by some of the doctor's former patients. reported on the law firm retained by USC to defend the university.

The Guardian (UK) mentioned Oprah Winfrey spoke at the USC Annenberg School's 2018 commencement ceremony.

The Hill published commentary by Mieczyslaw Boduszynski, a fellow at the USC Annenberg School's Center for Public Diplomacy, on how negotiations with Libya may serve as a model for diplomacy with North Korea.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV mentioned a court case involving a former dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

PBS Newshour cited comments by Don Hossler of the USC Rossier School on the calculation schools make when deciding whether to require standardized test scores for admission.

Los Angeles Business Journal mentioned Justin Ichida of the Keck School of Medicine of USC oversees a research lab that focuses on stem cell and regenerative medicine.

Psychology Today published commentary by Shoba Sreenivasan and Linda Weinberger of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the causes of procrastination.

Inquisitr cited research by Emilio Ferrara of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute and colleagues on the proportion of Twitter accounts controlled by automated bots.

The Advocate cited research by Eric Rice of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School on how access to cell phones can positively impact homeless LGBT youth.

ABC News South Bend, IN, affiliate ABC57-TV mentioned USC participates in the Warrior Scholar Project.

BizWomen mentioned that Maja Mataric of the USC Viterbi School is the co-founder of a robotics start-up.

BizWomen cited comments by Jennifer Deal of the USC Marshall School's Center for Effective Organizations on why some employees feel that forgoing a lunch break is a sign of dedication.