USC In The News

USC In the News 1/16/2019

U.S. News & World Report featured USC's ranking among the best online graduate programs. USC ranked first for its online graduate computer information technology program, second for best online graduate engineering program, second for best online graduate business program (excluding MBA and up from 13th in 2018), and fifth for best online MBA program (up from eighth last year). U.S. News & World Report analyzed nearly 1,500 programs for the rankings. This is the seventh consecutive year USC's online graduate computer information technology program earned the top spot. Patch and Poets & Quants also covered the latest rankings.

Daily Mail featured research by Berislav Zlokovic of the Keck School of Medicine of USC's Zilkha Neurogenic Institute and Arthur Toga of the USC Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute that found leaky blood vessels in the brain can predict early onset of dementia. "If the blood-brain barrier is not working properly, then there is the potential for damage," Toga said. Zlokovic and Toga found that capillaries began leaking many years before plaques form in the brain. "The fact that we're seeing the blood vessels leaking, independent of tau and independent of amyloid, when people have cognitive impairment on a mild level, suggests it could be a totally separate process or a very early process," said Zlokovic. The Washington Times, Agencia EFE (Spain) and Europa Press (Spain) also featured the research.

Variety reported on the nominees for the 31st annual USC Libraries' Scripter Awards. The Scripter Awards, chaired by Howard Rodman of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, often predict Oscar nominees and winners in the adapted screenplay category. The nominees for the best film adaptation this year are Black Panther, Can You Ever Forgive Me, The Death of Stalin, If Beale Street Could Talk and Leave No Trace. The television nominees are episodes from "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story," "The Handmaid's Tale," "The Looming Tower," "Patrick Melrose" and "Sharp Objects." The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline Hollywood and IndieWire also reported on this year's nominees.

The Conversation published an analysis by Jay Desai of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about recent outbreaks of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a polio-like disease, in the United States. Desai suggests AFM is not brought on by poliovirus, but by a similar class of diseases, an enterovirus, which typicall enter through the intestinal tract. "The CDC has constituted a task force to investigate AFM. It is collaborating with the AFM Working Group, consisting of clinicians and researchers from around the country, in building a consensus to streamline treatment, in looking into and fostering research, and in leading advocacy efforts," he wrote.

ART News profiled Suzanne Lacy of the USC Roski School and provided a retrospective of her career. The story highlighted her class at USC, where she invited an art therapist to teach her students about reflective listening. "For Lacy, listening is the first step in organizing, and 'organizing,' she told me, 'is a skill set not taught in art schools,'" the reporter wrote.

The Washington Post quoted Robert Kozinets of the USC Marshall School on how brands will often align themselves with trends and other things in the popular consciousness.

Los Angeles Times quoted Greg Autry of the USC Marshall School about SpaceX's dominance in the commercial space flight industry.

CNN interviewed Robert English of the USC Dornsife College about the latest news and investigations into President Trump's possible ties to Russia.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV interviewed Thomas Lenz of the USC Gould School about the teachers' strike in Los Angeles.

Scientific American quoted Michael Habib of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how studying animal anatomy can lead to better mechanics in lifelike robots.

East Bay Times quoted Thomas Lenz of the USC Gould School about a recent court ruling against forced arbitration and how it will affect workers who are independent contractors.

OZY quoted Emil Sanamyan of the USC Dornsife College's Institute for Armenian Studies about the political future of Gagik Tsarukyan.

The Daily Beast quoted Beatriz Ilari of the USC Thornton School on what makes children's songs, like "Baby Shark" so catchy.

EdWeek quoted Julie Marsh of the USC Rossier School about the complicated dynamics of charter schools amidst the Los Angeles Unified School District's teachers' strike.

Los Angeles Times cited research from the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the lack of gender parity among Grammy nominees and winners. Elle noted research from the Initiative on the lack of gender and racial parity in the film and television industries.

U.S. News & World Report (in a HealthDay story) cited research by Deborah MacInnis of the USC Marshall School and Antoine Bechara of the USC Dornsife College that found both children and adults were more likely to make healthier food choices if offered a small incentive.

The Atlantic noted an event hosted by the USC Price School's Schwarzenegger Institute on educating the public about gerrymandering and what can be done to redistrict fairly across the country.

The Atlantic mentioned a former dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Sacramento Bee published an op-ed by Francisco Valero-Cuevas of the USC Viterbi School and colleagues on how standardized tests unfairly advantage wealthy students in college admissions.