USC in the News

USC In the News 7/19/2018

The Washington Post published commentary by Suneal Kolluri of the USC Rossier School's Pullias Center about the effectiveness of Advanced Placement (AP) courses and the College Board's work to expand access to underrepresented students. Kolluri calls for more research to see how underrepresented students engaged with these courses that are considered marks of distinction. He also noted some private schools are offering fewer AP courses. "If elite schools change the definition of elite courses, old marks of distinction may give way to new ones," he said.

NBC Nightly News featured research by Adam Leventhal of the Keck School of Medicine of USC that found more frequent use of digital devices among teens increase the risk of an attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis. The researchers found that those who reported they did not use digital media multiple times a day had a 4.6 percent rate of having ADHD symptoms compared to a 10.5 percent rate among those who reported daily use of all 14 types of digital media included in the survey. The researchers did not formally diagnose the study participants, but tracked new symptoms developed during the study. CBS News, CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV, Telemundo affiliatesKPCC-FM's "Take Two," Mashable, Time, Fox News, The Times of London (UK), ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-AM, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Romper, Huffington Post (Canada), Education Week and CBS News affiliate Tampa Bay WTSP-TV mentioned the study.

Variety and The Wrap featured a new project by Stacy Smith, Marc Choueiti and colleagues from the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative with Time's Up to develop a database of diverse critics and journalists. The database, CRITICAL, is intended to connect underrepresented critics and journalists with publicists, studios, film critics associations and talents. Salon noted the research from the Inclusion Initiative that served as the impetus to develop this database.

LiveScience featured research by David Newman, Norbert Schwarz and colleagues from the USC Dornsife College that found people with conservative political beliefs reported greater levels of life satisfaction. "Finding meaning in life is related to the sense or feeling that things are the way they should be and that there is a sense of order. If life feels chaotic, then that would likely dampen your sense that life is meaningful," Newman said. Newman acknowledged correlation does not necessarily mean causation. Yahoo and TechTimes also highlighted the study.

The Philadelphia Inquirer featured research by Changhan David Lee of the USC Leonard Davis School that found mitochondria help transfer vital genetic information within a cell. The discovery opens up treatment possibilities for diseases as another target for therapies. The researchers found that although the nucleus was thought to have complete control of a cell's genetic material, mitochondria also play a significant role as well.

The Chronicle of Higher Education quoted Sean Harper of the USC Rossier School's Race and Equity Center on how colleges can better support underrepresented students on and off campus.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" interviewed Vikram Anand of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on the vaccination rate in California.

Yahoo quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School about the different leadership styles of Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris.

Healthline interviewed Stephanie Marcy of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how to talk to children about traumatic events.

South China Morning Post quoted Stanley Rosen of the USC Dornsife College about Chinese audience entertainment tastes.

BigThink interviewed David Kang of the USC Dornsife College's Korean Studies Institute on why America needs to assess its diplomatic relationship based on what is known about East Asian history instead of applying Eurocentric models and modes of thinking.

Courthouse News Service quoted Michael Chasalow of the USC Gould School about balancing a company's business interests with its public image.

The Huffington Post mentioned Keck School of Medicine of USC has integrated a culinary medicine program with its current curriculum.

Vice noted USC has need-blind admissions.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution cited comments by Lisa Schweitzer of the USC Price School on how ease of access affects transportation and energy costs across the country.