USC In The News

USC In the News 2/2 to 2/4/2019

The Chronicle of Higher Education featured discussions at the USC Rossier School's Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice's Admissions, Race and Identity conference, including analyses of identity and access in college, in addition to affirmative action. The story highlighted research by Julie Posselt and Darnell Cole of the USC Rossier School. "Systems of selection in education end up reproducing unequal outcomes," Posselt said.

U.S. News & World Report highlighted research by Jessica Barrington-Trimis and Adam Leventhal of the Keck School of Medicine of USC that found American teenagers were much more likely to try traditional cigarettes if they had already experimented with e-cigarettes. According to the report, 20 percent of adolescents who used e-cigarettes tried a traditional cigarette compared to only four percent of those who never smoked an e-cigarette. The researchers wrote e-cigarettes have the potential to "erode decades of progress in reducing smoking among youths." MarketWatch also covered the study's results.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV featured research by Brad Peterson of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on the impact of concussions on teenage brain development. "We don't know if adolescent brains are more or less vulnerable to these repeated head impacts," Peterson said. The researchers are comparing data from high school football players to track and field participants, who receive little to no direct hits to the head.

Deseret News 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. "Strange as it may seem, we discovered kids in polluted communities ate more fast food than other kids," 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.

The Washington Post quoted Karen Van Nuys of the USC Schaeffer Center about anti-competitive activity among wholesale providers of prescription drugs.

Los Angeles Times quoted Robert Shrum of the USC Dornsife College's Center for the Political Future about Senator Cory Booker's presidential candidacy.

Barron's quoted Cary Frydman of the USC Marshall School on how to trick a person's brain into keeping lucrative stocks longer.

ThinkProgress quoted Seth Kurzban of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School on how extreme weather events and natural disasters - like the polar vortex - bring attention to larger issues like high housing costs and homelessness.

El Diario Vasco quoted Phyllis Grifman of the USC Dornsife College's Sea Grant Program about the long-term environmental and political impacts of an oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast in 1969.

The Washington Post (in an Associated Press story) mentioned a study from the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the lack of gender parity in the music industry, especially among those nominated for Grammy Awards. Los Angeles Times and Variety mentioned the study's results. The Cincinnati Enquirer cited a separate study on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the film industry.

The Wall Street Journal mentioned USC's Department of Public Safety in a story about law enforcement units on college campuses.

TechCrunch mentioned research by Ari Shapiro of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies on computer-generated avatars.

The Courier-Journal noted report results from Shaun Harper of the USC Rossier School's Race and Equity Center that showed Kentucky ranks the highest of all southern states on his higher education equity scorecard.

Manchester Union Leader mentioned research by Michael Thom of the USC Price School on the lack of long-term economic benefits for communities and states that provide film subsidies.

EducationDive cited comments by Thomas Hollihan of the USC Annenberg School on how to engage with perspectives a person disagrees with.