USC in the News

USC In the News 1/8/2019

The New York Times featured new research by Stacy Smith, Marc Choueiti and Katherine Pieper of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative that found 16 of the directors for the top 100 grossing movies in 2018 were black, up from six black directors working on the top 100 films in 2017 and eight in 2007. "While we do not see this finding mirrored among female or Asian directors, this offers proof that Hollywood can change when it wants to," said Smith. Los Angeles Times, KPCC-FM, Boston Globe and Quartz highlighted the study's results. MarketWatch mentioned results from a prior story by the Inclusion Initiative team.

The Washington Post published an analysis by Tyson Roberts of the USC Dornsife College about the recent election in Togo. Roberts reviewed the last several elections in the island nation and the tense relations between the ruling party and opposition parties. Although 14 opposition groups boycotted the December election and now have no legislative representation, this may help to discredit the ruling party. "The ultimate success of the 2018 boycott will depend on the response of domestic and international actors alike," Roberts wrote.

NBC News featured research by Rob McConnell of the Keck School of Medicine of USC that found teenagers who live in areas that more strictly policed the sale of tobacco products were a third less likely to try cigarettes or e-cigarettes. The data also showed the same teens were less likely to become regular tobacco product users compared to those who lived in cities or towns with lax restrictions.

Vice's "Motherboard" featured research by Darby Saxbe of the USC Dornsife College that showed the more fixated people were on clutter or disorder in their home, the more likely they were to have consistent levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their system throughout the day. "What I take from that is that people who are preoccupied with mess and clutter and are seeing it around them, that’s linked with having a generally less healthy pattern of stress hormone release," said Saxbe. The story connected Saxbe's research to the buzz around a new Netflix show starring Japanese organizational guru Marie Kondo.

The New York Times quoted Nicholas Cull of the USC Annenberg School about the pseudo-diplomacy employed by corporations, like when Netflix agreed to censor content at the request of the Saudi Arabian government.

The New York Times quoted Leandro Carvalho of the USC Dornsife College on how low-income people are more concerned with the immediate impact of their financial decisions and tended not to prioritize long-term planning.

The Washington Post (in a story by the Hechinger Report) quoted Zoe Corwin of the USC Rossier School on how to better support first-generation students in their transition to college and the benefit of summer programs.

Los Angeles Times quoted Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center about the reemergence of co-living arrangements and its historical roots.

Los Angeles Times quoted Mark Marino of the USC Dornsife College about the practice of "snitch-tagging."

FoodDive quoted Roger Clemens of the USC School of Pharmacy on the classification of functional foods.

The Chronicle of Higher Education included USC on a list of universities that spent the most money on research and development in the 2017 fiscal year.

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

Capitol Weekly mentioned an agreement between the USC Norris Center and the National Union of Healthcare Workers.