USC In The News

USC In the News 1/2/2019

The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett of the USC Price School on how rural and urban communities have much more in common than expected. "Extreme poverty and chronic unemployment exist in rural America. But these problems exist in the cities, too -- evidence of a class divide that cuts across geography and demographics," she wrote. In her research she found that with the exception of education, rural and urban communities had similar socioeconomic and demographic characteristics.

The Washington Post highlighted a study by Jon-Patrick Allem of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about messaging used by Bird, an electronic scooter company, regarding safety. According to Allem, safety equipment undermines Bird's branding of a laid-back lifestyle - it's simply "uncool." "When Bird publishes hundreds of posts that suggest using your service without a helmet is okay, that’s a powerful modeling message," Allem said.

Newsweek featured research by Michael Habib of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the fate of flying reptiles in prehistoric times. Based on fossils, Habib found a flying reptile, a Pteranodon, was killed by a shark. "We now know sharks were hunting flying animals as long ago as 80 million years," Habib told Daily Express (UK)LiveScience also featured the study.

Voice of America featured research by Yang Chai of the Ostrow School of USC's Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology on the genetic abnormality that leads to cleft lip and cleft palate. "You discover a mutation in a human study, (but) then you go to an animal model to basically mimic the same mutation, and ... if the animal model also develops the same birth defects, you have some proof this (genetic mutation) is really responsible," Chai said. He hopes identification of this mutation will eventually eliminate this birth defect.

Deadline Hollywood featured the establishment of the Jon M. Chu APAA Cinematic Arts Scholarship by USC alumni Karen Wong and Scott Lee for students whose projects focus on Asian Pacific culture in film, television and interactive media. "We are very grateful to Karen Wong and Scott Lee for the establishment of this new scholarship as it will support students who have meaningful and rich stories to tell about Asian cultures," said USC School of Cinematic Arts Dean Elizabeth Daley. The scholarship is named for Jon Chu, USC alumnus and director of Crazy Rich Asians.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) quoted Wayne Federman of the USC School of Dramatic Arts about the fluid nature of comedy.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) quoted Bob Shrum of the USC Dornsife College's Center for the Political Future on how moving California's primary to earlier in the presidential nomination cycle will impact campaigns.

The New York Times quoted Costas Synolakis of the USC Viterbi School's Tsunami Research Center about the recent tsunami activity in Indonesia and whether it should have been expected.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dino Everett of the USC School of Cinematic Arts' Hefner Moving Image Archive about the rediscovery of the silent film, "Something Good - Negro Kiss."

Los Angeles Times quoted Joseph Nunes of the USC Marshall School on how the internet has changed retail competition.

Los Angeles Times quoted Travis Longcore of the USC Dornsife College and USC School of Architecture about an endangered species population that may impact further development of the Shasta Dam.

Los Angeles Times quoted Ira Kalb of the USC Marshall School about the business decisions of the Kardashian and Jenner sisters.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dowell Myers of the USC Price School on why the cost of living in California impacts migration to the Golden State.

Los Angeles Times quoted Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center about his expectations for the Southern California housing market.

Los Angeles Times quoted Clifford Neuman of the USC Viterbi School's Center for Computer Systems Security about a recent ransomware attack on newspaper delivery operations.

Los Angeles Times quoted William Deverell of the USC Dornsife College about the new normal of catastrophic wildfires in California.

Los Angeles Times quoted Carl Castro of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School's Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families about a decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs to eliminate PTSD group therapy.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" interviewed Dowell Myers of the USC Price School about migration to California.

The Atlantic quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about the career of California Gov. Jerry Brown.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School on how Congressional Democrats will legislate health care policies in 2019.

Newsweek quoted David Kang of the USC Dornsife College's Korean Studies Institute about the future of negotiations between North Korea and the United States.

Smithsonian Magazine quoted Heather Culbertson of the USC Viterbi School about the future application of haptic technology.

Houston Chronicle (in a story originally published in The Conversation) quoted Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College about how California's demographic changes during the 1990s may prove instructive for the rest of the country.

Minnesota Public Radio quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School's Safe Communities Institute about the rise of hate crimes across the United States.

Quartz quoted Salpi Ghazarian of the USC Dornsife College's Institute of Armenian Studies on recent political upheaval in Armenia.

Inverse quoted James Moore of the USC Viterbi School about Elon Musk's proposals to improve traffic congestion in Los Angeles.

The New York Times cited research from the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the lack of gender parity in the entertainment industry.

Los Angeles Times mentioned an investigation into a doctor formerly associated with USC's student health center (additional stories here and here). AxiosLAist and California Healthline also mentioned the investigation.

Inside Philanthropy noted scholarships given to students at the USC School of Cinematic Arts by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to encourage filmmakers to "tackle science and technology themes and characters, increase visibility for feature films that depict this subject matter, and develop new work."

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education published a profile on Theophilus "Theo" Fowles of USC's Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs and how he uses technology to fuel engagement in the student community.

Los Angeles Sentinel noted the appointment of interim president Wanda Austin as one of the top local stories of 2018.

New York Post cited research by Aleksandra Korolova of the USC Viterbi School on how Facebook can still match advertising to a person's location even if she or he does not share their location with the application.

Daily Mail (UK) cited research by Valter Longo of the USC Leonard Davis School on how scientifically-designed fasting programs may prevent the development of chronic diseases.

Refinery29 cited research from the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the lack of gender parity in the field of film criticism.