USC In The News

USC In the News 1/29/2019

Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by Peter Westwick of the USC Dornsife College on why California is prone to wildfires partially due to the large concentration of high-voltage power lines. Although climate change is a factor, Westwick wrote, the state's aging infrastructure is also to blame. "When we flick on the lights or plug in our devices, many of us don't think about where the electricity comes from. Increasingly, fires will remind us that all that electricity comes with a cost."

The Boston Globe featured research by Marlon Boarnet of the USC Price School on barriers to making public transportation more hospitable for women. Boarnet described his research on travel habits of women living near the Expo light rail line in Los Angeles and reasons they increased their light rail use only half as much as men, including perceptions of safety and fear of harassment.

Capital Public Radio featured research by Zhanghua Chen of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how diesel exhaust may be wiring children's brains to crave high-fat foods. "We want to understand what could be the potential mechanism, or the link between these air pollution exposures and the metabolic diseases outcome," she said. Chen found people who were raised in highly polluted areas were 34 percent more likely to eat fast food later in life, regardless of poverty level.

Deadline Hollywood highlighted the TimesUp 4% Director Challenge, which was announced by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative during the Sundance Film Festival. Producers, actors and others in the entertainment industry who accept the challenge will commit to working with a female director on a feature film within 18 months. Refinery29, Essence and The Root covered the announcement and those in the film industry who have already accepted the challenge.

Deadline Hollywood featured a new study by Stacy Smith and colleagues from the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the proportion of female filmmakers entering and being accepted into the Sundance Film Festival. The researchers found that 28 percent of submissions to the most popular categories had at least one female director, and 35 percent of those projects were ultimately accepted. NBC News Salt Lake City affiliate KSL-TV and Inquirer mentioned the results.

Los Angeles Times quoted Susan Harmeling of the USC Marshall School on Starbucks efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in employee training.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" interviewed Clayton Dube of the USC Annenberg School's U.S.-China Institute about possible Chinese political influence on American college campuses.

NPR San Diego affiliate KPBS-TV quoted Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College on California Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to make the second year of community college tuition-free.

Yahoo quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School about Senator Kamala Harris' rise in the Democratic Party.

Las Vegas Review Journal quoted Dowell Myers of the USC Price School about California's job market compared to Nevada's.

Sinclair Broadcast Group quoted Michael Cohen of the USC Price School on how the end of the federal government shutdown benefits federal workers, but did not include a long-term solution.

Prevention quoted Vivian Mo of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure.

Santa Monica Daily Press quoted Thomas Knapp of the USC Marshall School on why businesses that enter an industry late need to bring something new.

The Daily Star (Malaysia) quoted Soma Sahai-Srivastava of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how migraines affect the brain.

Forbes mentioned Sarah Portnoy of the USC Dornsife College is an adviser to the LA Plaza Cocina, a new Mexican food museum and education kitchen in Los Angeles.

The Press-Enterprise mentioned research by Tyan Parker Dominguez of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School on how cardiovascular health can be affected by racism.

Refinery29 noted research from the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the lack of gender parity among film critics. CBC Radio (Canada) mentioned a separate study on the underrepresentation of women among film composers.

Geek mentioned USC researchers will partner with NASA to test anti-aging treatments for humans based on samples from mice that were sent into space.