USC In The News

USC In the News 1/15/2019

The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted efforts by USC Provost Michael Quick to reevaluate how student evaluations are used when assessing a professor's performance. Quick has implemented new anti-bias training for professors who peer-review. "The criteria in those evaluation tools are observable, objective behaviors or characteristics of a course," said Ginger Clark of the USC Rossier School's Center for Excellence in Teaching. "So very little within the tools that we’ve created is subjective narrative."

Inside Higher Ed published an op-ed by Adrianna Kezar of the USC Rossier School's Pullias Center for Higher Education and a colleague on how to boost success rates for first-generation, low-income and underserved minority students in STEM fields. "Linking the work of faculty members and student affairs professionals creates multiple touch points of support, strong personal and professional relationships, and an ongoing community that students can rely on as they encounter challenges," they wrote.

NBC News highlighted research by Christian Grose of the USC Dornsife College on Congressional diversity and whether it impacts the types of legislation passed by the body. He found black Congress members were more likely to earmark funds for communities with higher densities of black people. Congressional representatives who are people of color sometimes field requests from people outside their districts or states as well. "I think there are at least two members of the new Congress, the Native American women elected in Kansas and New Mexico, who are likely to get a lot of calls," Grose said. Los Angeles Times quoted Candace Reckinger of the USC School of Cinematic Arts about the market for virtual reality devices. The story also noted a partnership between Jaunt and USC that created Juant Cinematic Virtual Reality Lab between 2015 and 2018.

Vox quoted Valter Longo of the USC Leonard Davis School on how intermittent fasting can have long-term health benefits. Economic Times (India) cited Longo's research on the benefits of a fasting-mimicking diet.

Boston Globe quoted Michael Hochman of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on quality of care surveys for hospitals and whether that information is shared with the public.

Forbes (in a Quora answer) quoted Braden Barnett of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how blood sugar levels affect urination and may be a sign of diabetes.

The Street quoted Scott Altman of the USC Gould School on whether a court could order the transfer of shares from one party to another in the case of divorce proceedings.

Columbus Dispatch quoted Neeraj Sood of the USC Schaeffer Center on the lack of evidence that shows increasing drug rebates results in lower costs for patients.

Capital Public Radio quoted Richard Cohen of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School on how early childhood experiences can impact brain development.

The Hechinger Report quoted Morgan Polikoff of the USC Rossier School about an unexplained "dip" in language arts test scores among high school students in New York.

FoodDive published a Q&A with Roger Clemens of the USC School of Pharmacy about the challenges related to the push for "clean labels" for food. Los Angeles Times mentioned a study from the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the lack of gender parity among film directors (second mention here).

Kansas City Star cited research by Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration on the number of undocumented immigrants in America.

Poets & Quants reported on the upcoming departure of the USC Marshall School dean and interviewed USC Interim President Wanda Austin.

Irish Independent (Ireland) noted research by Yaron Levi of the USC Marshall School and colleagues on how financial tracking apps help individuals cut back on their spending.