USC in the News

USC in the News 1/7/2019

Los Angeles Times featured new research by Stacy Smith, Marc Choueiti and Katherine Pieper of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative that found 14 percent of the directors for the top 100 grossing movies in 2018 were black. "For the first time in 12 years, we're seeing a historical shift in the hiring practices of black directors," said Smith. The report also notes that results suggests women, especially non-white women, are not given the same opportunities as male filmmakers. NPR, CNBC, USA Today, Bloomberg, Fortune, Variety, Deadline Hollywood, Vanity Fair, Refinery29, IndieWire and Essence also covered the new report.

NPR Central Virginia affiliate WCVE-FM featured a Q&A with Morten Lauridsen of the USC Thornton School about his career and his choral music legacy. In honor of Lauridsen's 75th birthday, the Chamber Choir of Europe recorded several of his compositions, including two world premiere recordings. Lauridsen has taught at USC for over 40 years.

Los Angeles Times quoted John Vidale of the USC Dornsife College about the importance of the new early earthquake warning system for Los Angeles.

Inside Higher Ed quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute about lackluster business performance of the Pac-12 conference.

PolitiFact quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School on why it is unlikely California Governor-elect Gavin Newsom will be able to implement single payer health care in the state.

EducationDive quoted Estela Mara Bensimon of the USC Rossier School's Center on Urban Education on how institutions of higher education can do more to hire diverse faculty and why a diverse faculty in terms of age, sexual orientation, religion, nationality and socioeconomic backgrounds can better support students.

Inside Higher Ed noted the USC Price School is part of a new Public Affairs Diversity Alliance intended to "'encourage and sustain a pipeline'" of candidates for faculty positions in criminal justice, policy and public administration.

Forbes mentioned the pending departure of the USC Marshall School dean.

Paste Magazine mentioned Deborah Harkness of the USC Dornsife College wrote the novel "A Discovery of Witches," which was adapted into a network series that will premiere in January 2019.

Geek noted research by Milind Tambe, director of the USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society, that uses artificial intelligence to deter poachers.

Asbury Park Press mentioned research by Wendy Wood of the USC Dornsife College that found people get more happiness from spending money on experiences than buying material things.