USC in the News

USC In the News 7/13/2018

Reuters featured a report by Jay Wang and Nicholas Cull of the USC Annenberg School's Center on Public Diplomacy and colleagues on the changing soft power yielded by the world's most powerful countries. According to the new report, North American soft power, including the United States, is declining, while European soft power is recovering and Asia's is rising. The authors attribute Britain's top ranking to its continued membership in the European Union; they expect this to change next year. Britain narrowly beat out France, which took over the top spot in last year's index.

Los Angeles Business Journal highlighted the appointment of Brad Spellberg of the Keck School of Medicine of USC to head a new agency for Los Angeles County to promote the region’s emerging bioscience industry. Spellberg is tasked with “developing biotech parks and partnering with public agencies, institutions and private companies.”

City News Service featured an announcement by USC Annenberg School Dean Willow Bay on her appointment of professor Gordon Stables as director of the journalism school and reporter Christina Bellantoni as a professor and head of  Julie Chen/Leslie Moonves and CBS Media Center. "Together, Professors Stables and Bellantoni will help position the School of Journalism at the forefront of media innovation and help build the diverse, creative workforce our changing field needs," Bay said. Politico's "Playbook" mentioned Bellantoni's appointment.

Ventura County Star highlighted work by David Caron of the USC Dornsife College to analyze the water conditions at Channel Islands Harbor in Ventura County. "We're reaching a point in all coastal systems, not just in Southern California, but globally, where we now recognize there are enough nutrients in this system that they're supporting more algae than we want present," Caron said. The team found that although the water is safe enough for humans to swim in, devices will still be installed to aerate the water with the lowest oxygen levels.

The New York Times quoted Ron Avi Astor of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School about the need to balance school safety with ensuring underprivileged children are not pushed further into the "school to prison" pipeline.

CNN quoted Jonathan Barnett of the USC Gould School about concerns over corporate consolidation if Disney purchases Fox's entertainment assets.

Engadget quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School about YouTube celebrities and their struggles with anxiety and depression.

The Hollywood Reporter quoted Stanley Rosen of the USC Dornsife College on whether President Trump's trade war with China will have any meaningful impact on the entertainment industry.

The Wrap quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School about concerns over companies that have access to Facebook users' personal information.

Los Angeles Wave interviewed Franita Tolson and Sam Erman of the USC Gould School about President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Curbed LA quoted Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about how Los Angeles can combat its homelessness problem ahead of hosting the 2028 Olympics.

The Press-Enterprise quoted Robert Shrum of the USC Dornsife College's Unruh Institute and Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School on whether ballot propositions will impact turnout in California's midterm election.

The Washington Times quoted Jonathan Taplin, professor emeritus of the USC Annenberg School, about the overvaluing of fan feedback by studios when developing blockbuster hits.

ABC News Fresno affiliate KFSN-TV quoted Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College about the growing minority population in the Fresno area and the need to allocate resources for this demographic.

Los Angeles Times mentioned USC is part of the Race to Erase MS's Center Without Walls program to research therapies for multiple sclerosis.

Los Angeles Times mentioned a USC graduate student who had been missing and was located on July 13. ABC News, Fox News, ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV, CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV, Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV, City News Service (second story here) and Daily Mail (UK) mentioned the student.

Vice cited comments by Neal Gabler, fellow at the USC Annenberg School's Norman Lear Center, on why society is interested in celebrity relationships.

BizWomen mentioned USC Village will be home to a new concept store by Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

Reason published an editorial by Orin Kerr of the USC Gould School about taking the bar exam later in life in order to practice law in another state.

The Morning Call noted Kevin Lyman, founder of Warped Tour, is joining the USC Thornton School as a professor.

The Advocate noted research by Stacy Smith and colleagues from the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the lack of gender parity among film directors.

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