USC in the News

USC In the News 6/22/2018

Financial Times featured Clifford Johnson of the USC Dornsife College and his graphic novel, "The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe," which he wrote and illustrated. "It's reaching out beyond academia and getting people excited about science," he said. The story also noted Johnson's role as a science adviser for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. "I get to sneak in some science ideas that millions of people are going to see, and that's of value," Johnson said.

Scientific American published commentary (originally from The Conversation) by Darby Saxbe of the USC Dornsife College about how living in a violent environment may shape adolescent brains. "If our participants told us at around age 13 that their neighborhoods were higher in crime and violence, the size of these critical brain structures looked smaller about four years later, compared to teens who reported less community violence," she wrote. Saxbe found similar results when the data was controlled by socioeconomic status.

HealthDay featured research by Christopher Warren, graduate student at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, on the proportion of patients with severe allergies that do not carry an EpiPen regularly. "Almost half (45 percent) said they didn't have [one] with them during their most severe allergic reaction; this was despite the fact that 78 percent of the people responding had been hospitalized for their allergy at some point in their lifetime," Warren said. The study also noted 21 percent of patients did not know how to use the auto-injector.

Los Angeles Daily News published an op-ed by James Moore II of the USC Viterbi School about the electoral challenge to California's gas tax and the future of transportation in the Golden State. Moore argued that soon, gas taxes will not be enough to maintain and build new roads in California.  "Automobiles almost completely displaced horses from city streets in only 10 years.  The autonomous vehicle fleet will be deployed even more quickly. The need for a policy change is urgent," he wrote.

Daily 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. "We are confident that we will attract a broader group of law school applicants by offering more entrance exam choices," said USC Gould School Dean Andrew Guzman.

The Washington Post quoted Mike Ananny of the USC Annenberg School about Facebook's steps to combat fake news.

Los Angeles Times quoted Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center about the impact of rising housing prices on rental costs.

NBC News quoted Todd Brun of the USC Viterbi School's Communication Sciences Institute about the possible applications of quantum mechanics.

Bloomberg BNA quoted Naj Meshkati of the USC Viterbi School about factors that contribute to lab safety.

Financial Times quoted Emily Ryo of the USC Gould School about migrant families being separated at the United States' southern border.

Fox News quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School about what drives voter support for a ballot measure to split California into three states. The Washington Times also cited Schnur's comments.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted C. Kerry Fields of the USC Marshall School about the positive impact the #MeToo movement has had on corporate America.

Newsweek quoted Orin Kerr of the USC Gould School about a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that decided whether cell phone records could be obtained by the federal government without a warrant.

Forbes quoted Chih-Hsiang "Jason" Yang of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about past research on how mindfulness with movement can reduce stress.

Axios quoted Stanley Rosen of the USC Dornsife College about the efforts made by Hollywood studios to appeal to Chinese audiences.

CBS News Philadelphia affiliate KYW-TV quoted Ted Berger of the USC Viterbi School about the development of a neural prosthesis to digitally code human memories.

Courthouse News Service quoted Dowell Myers of the USC Price School about the changing demographics of the United States compared to the demographic changes that have occurred in California over the past 30 years.

Goop published a Q&A with Kristin Benkinson of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about common misconceptions on miscarriages.

Los Angeles Times and The Hollywood Reporter cited ongoing research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative about under- and poor representation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry.

Los Angeles Times mentioned the USC Pacific Asia Museum in a story about regional museums and galleries.

Bloomberg cited comments by Adam Leventhal of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the health risks of Juul for adolescents.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV and The Malibu Times mentioned lawsuits involving a former doctor at USC's student health center.

PBS' "Chicago Tonight" noted research from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School's Roybal Institute on the proportion of Latinos who are expected to develop Alzheimer's disease by 2060.