USC In The News

USC In the News 1/19 to 1/22/2019

The New York Times profiled Deborah Harkness of the USC Dornsife College and her All Souls book trilogy. The first book in the series, A Discovery of Witches, has been adapted into an eight-part television series; the remaining books have also been green-lit for two more seasons. "What is the book you pick up when you're done with Harry Potter? I'd like to think you'd pick up a big set of chunky books like All Souls, which similarly talks about real issues, but issues facing adults, not teenagers," Harkness said. The article mentioned Harkness's partner, Karen Halttunen, is also a professor at the USC Dornsife College.

NPR profiled David Treuer of the USC Dornsife College and his new book, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present. Treuer's book dispels myths about modern Native American communities. "There are so many diverse ways in which Native communities have managed not just to survive but to thrive into the 21st century. And it's so often overlooked," Treuer said.

The Hollywood Reporter published a "first look" at the USC Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine. The center was funded by a $200 million dollar gift from Oracle chief Larry Ellison, who was also the 2016 commencement speaker. David Agus of the Keck School of Medicine of USC will direct the new center when it opens in May 2019. "I don't only want to target a cancer cell, I want to change your body so the cancer cell doesn't grow," Agus said. The story also quoted USC Board of Trustees member Marc Benioff, who also donated to the institute.

The Seattle Times profiled Sara Gazarek of the USC Thornton School and her upcoming performance at a Seattle venue. "I'm really excited to have the opportunity to preview this stuff in Seattle," she said. "It's a kind of tip of the hat to all that Seattle has given me." Gazarek teaches vocal jazz at USC's music school.

The Washington Post quoted Raj Dasgupta of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the lack of scientific evidence demonstrating the benefits of weighted blankets on sleep quality.

The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute on the efforts by the San Diego Padres team ownership to make the franchise more financially sound.

Desert Sun quoted Robert Shrum of the USC Dornsife College's Center for the Political Future and Unruh Institute on the number of California-based candidates who may run for president in 2020.

The History Channel quoted Peter Westwick of the USC Dornsife College about the viability of Reagan's "Star Wars" defense plan when it was announced and what realistic expectations should have been.

The New York Times mentioned studies by Mary Immordino-Yang of the USC Rossier School and Antonio Damasio of the USC Dornsife College's Brain and Creativity Institute on how emotion impacts learning and reason. The Week also cited research by Damasio.

The New York Times mentioned Mark Schoofs of the USC Annenberg School previous served as BuzzFeed's investigative editor.

The Washington Post mentioned results from the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times "Daybreak" Poll from 2016.

Los Angeles Times and USA Today mentioned the USC Song Girls will not perform at the remaining home basketball games for the 2018-19 season.

Los Angeles Review of Books published a Q&A with Daria Yudacufski, executive director of USC's Visions and Voices, and Jessica Hoffmann about Feminisms in Motion: Voices for Justice, Liberation, and Transformation, an anthology that they coedited.

Huffington Post cited comments by Orin Kerr of the USC Gould School about the legality of lying to Congress.

Financial Times' "This is Africa" (UK) quoted Sherman Jackson of the USC Dornsife College abut the modern downplaying of Muhammad Ali's Islamic faith.

Digital Trends mentioned a collaboration between the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and Digital Domain to create lifelike "holograms" of deceased actors or younger versions of living ones.

Orange County Business Journal and Poets & Quants (second story here) mentioned discussions held at the December meeting of the USC Board of Trustees.

Curbed LA mentioned the USC Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) partnered with EarthquakeCounty.org to provide a list of scenarios and how to best protect yourself. The story also noted comments by a spokesperson from SCEC.

The Globe and Mail (Canada) mentioned Clayton Dube of the USC Annenberg School's U.S.-China Institute signed onto a letter calling on the Chinese president two release two Canadian citizens.