USC in the News

USC In the News 7/2/2018

The New York Times published commentary by Pamela Starr of the USC Dornsife College about the recent election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) as Mexico's next president. Starr reviews the sometimes contradictory policies López Obrador has supported over the years and why his tenure is certain to reshape Mexico. "None of this means that Mr. López Obrador will fail to change Mexico. He will. It doesn’t mean that his pragmatism will prevent him from making some bad policy choices. It won’t," she wrote.

The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted USC and its decision to change the role of student evaluations in its tenure and promotion decisions. Research has shown that female and minority instructors are often subject to bias in student evaluations and USC is working to develop a new evaluation that focuses on student engagement and outcomes, according to USC Provost Michael Quick. "The idea is to examine teaching from multiple vantage points to evaluate it in a more comprehensive way," said Ginger Clark of the USC Rossier School's Center for Excellence in Teaching. Inside Higher Ed also mentioned the change.

Pacific Standard highlighted research by Safiya Umoja Noble of the USC Annenberg School on the systemic racism built into digital algorithms. The article uses the example of Dylann Roof's Google search for "black on White crime," which led him to a conservative hate group's website. Noble argues that Google's ranking of pages may have been a contributing factor in Roof's radicalization.

The New York Times quoted John Vidale of the USC Southern California Earthquake Center on how earthquake tracking and predicting tools are improving.

Los Angeles Times quoted Viet Thanh Nguyen of the USC Dornsife College about the impact President Donald Trump's family separation policy will have on the legacy Camp Pendleton has with Vietnamese refugees.

American Public Media's "Marketplace" quoted Joel Hay of the USC School of Pharmacy on why pharmaceutical companies do not expect large profits from cannabinoid medical treatments.

ABC News quoted Joe Saltzman of the USC Annenberg School on whether the current rhetorical climate may have played a role in a shooter's decision to murder journalists at The Capital newspaper.

NBC News quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute on how the personal brands of athletes can directly impact future earnings.

The Hill quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School about the impact Yelp's moderation efforts on restaurants or businesses that have been in recent news may affect user engagement on the platform. Fox News interviewed North about adolescent social media use. ABC News Grand Rapids, MI, affiliate WZZM-TV quoted North about political candidates use of social media to engage with constituents.

Bloomberg Law quoted Orin Kerr of the USC Gould School on why a Supreme Court justice nominee does not need to be an expert in new technology, but should have an interest in it.

Vox quoted Sam Erman of the USC Gould School about a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that overturns Korematsu in its decision.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College's Program for Economic and Regional Equity on how to prepare the workforce for evolving industries and aging workers.

United Press International (in a HealthDay story) quoted Brad Spellberg of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how antibiotic resistance can spread through society.

The Saturday Evening Post quoted Ken Sereno of the USC Annenberg School on why certain demographics prefer text or email over phone calls in order to carefully craft a message.

InStyle quoted Mark Young of the USC Marshall School on why celebrities are more likely to date other celebrities.

Arizona Republic quoted Leo Braudy of the USC Dornsife College about society's fascination with celebrities.

Stamford Advocate quoted Daniel Durbin of the USC Annenberg School's Institute for Media, Sports and Society about the continued growth of World Wrestling Entertainment.

Denton Record-Chronicle quoted Philip Seib of the USC Annenberg School on why news organizations need to do a better job vetting expert sources.

City News Service and The China Press quoted Sam Erman of the USC Gould School about the character and personality of retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The Wall Street Journal cited research by Antonio Damasio of the USC Dornsife College's Brain and Creativity Institute in how the brain ascribes values to feelings based on physical changes in the body.

The Wall Street Journal, in a story about the percentage of college students graduating with honors, mentioned USC.

Inside Higher Ed, in a story about preserving media collections, mentioned USC Shoah Foundation's work.

Vogue noted research by Valter Longo of the USC Leonard Davis School on the health benefits of intermittent fasting and the impact of diet on aging.

Patch.com mentioned research by Karen Van Nuys of the USC Schaeffer Center on how 23 percent of patients overpay for medications when using insurance benefits.

The American Prospect cited comments by Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School on how government spending disproportionately benefits low-income Americans as they are the ones who use the services.

Refinery29 (UK) cited research by the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the imbalance of genders among film critics as inspiration for a new project wherein The Post examines over 900 films and the ratings differences between male and female critics.

EducationNext published an analysis by Morgan Polikoff of the USC Rossier School on how curriculum evaluation can be a reform lever for public schools, but dedicated data collection is needed.

The News & Observer mentioned the USC Thornton School hosts the annual Grammy Camp each summer.

University World News mentioned an investigation into a former doctor at USC's student health center.