USC in the News

USC In the News 1/3/2019

Los Angeles Times featured Janet Batchler of the USC School of Cinematic Arts and her class, "The Harry Potter Franchise: Adaptation, Ethics, Genre and the Magic of Story." Batchler's class examined storytelling through the lens of the "Harry Potter" film series and asked the students to evaluate why certain choices were made when adapting the novels to the silver screen. The class included students from all across campus at both the undergraduate and graduate levels - all drawn in by a love of the wizarding world created by author J.K. Rowling. 

Los Angeles Times via Daily Pilot featured the hiring of Mark Manley as the director of USC's Office of Professionalism and Ethics. Manley, a longtime member of the Costa Mesa Police Department, will work with USC Vice President of Professionalism and Ethics Michael Blanton to receive and respond to complaints - such as workplace conflict, inappropriate behavior and discrimination - across USC's campuses. The new Trojan called his role "a unique chance to be part of a team to take crisis and turn it into opportunity," and plans to draw from his experience overseeing field operations as a law enforcement officer.

Smithsonian Magazine highlighted research by Jennifer Ailshire of the USC Leonard Davis School about the increase in inadequate sleep among Americans. "Poor sleep is a canary in the coal mine - we will see worse health outcomes as a result," she said. Ailshire found that 28.6 percent of respondents self-reported inadequate sleep in 2004, compared to 32.9 percent in 2017. The study also showed that African-Americans and Hispanics have a more severe sleep surfeit.Ventura County StarHealthDay and WebMD also featured the study. 

Long Beach Post featured research by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of the USC Rossier School on the connection between brain function and effective teaching at Intellectual Virtues Academy, a public charter school in Long Beach. According to Immordino-Yang, this is the first study of its kind to combine classroom observations with brain imaging. "We know that just teaching teachers what to do in the classroom does not get you very far with student outcome, especially for adolescents," she said. "What we want to show is that effective teachers are actually experts in adolescent development."

The New York Times quoted Jonathan Taplin, professor emeritus of the USC Annenberg School, on the pervasive reach of Big Tech.

The Washington Post quoted John Matsusaka of the USC Gould School's Initiative and Referendum Institute on how many states allow citizens to petition to get an issue on the ballot. 

The Washington Post quoted Lisa Pecot-Hébert of the USC Annenberg School about the decline of women's magazines. 

Los Angeles Times quoted Clifford Neuman of the USC Viterbi School's Center for Computer System Security on why it is difficult to determine the origin of a ransomware attack (second storyhere). 

BBC quoted Roger Clemens of the USC School of Pharmacy on how to get the most nutrients when consuming fruit juice.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Sam Erman of the USC Gould School about California's immigration policy since statehood. 

NPR affiliate WOSU Public Media interviewed Christopher Warren of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on childhood allergies. 

Canada Free Press quoted Raj Dasgupta of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the side effects sleep aid medications may have on older adults. 

The Washington Post reviewed an upcoming book by James O'Toole, professor emeritus of the USC Marshall School. 

Inside Higher Ed mentioned the positive reputation of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. 

Salon published a summary of a new report from the USC Dornsife College's  Center for Religion and Civil Culture on a new way to classify evangelical Christians based on their perceptions of President Donald Trump. 

Quartz included research by Sandra Rozo of the USC Marshall School on a list of studies that had an impact on economic thought in 2018. 

Minneapolis Star Tribune cited comments by Robert Shrum of the USC Dornsife College's Center for the Political Future on whether to expect federal legislation to combat climate change. The comments originally appeared in USA Today.

Lexington Herald Leader mentioned research by Shaun Harper of the USC Rossier School's Race and Equity Center on graduation rate disparities among African-American athletes compared to students who are not athletes. 

Next City mentioned the opening of USC Village in 2017.