USC In The News

USC In the News 2/6/2019

Los Angeles Times featured new research by Katherine Pieper and Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative on the lack of women in the music production and songwriting industries. "They're isolated. They're dismissed. They're objectified," said Pieper, who added that the challenges for women have a "profound impact on when they work and what happens when they do work." Over seven years, only 12 percent of the songs on the Billboard Hot 100 were written or produced by women, and 89.6 percent of song of the year, record of the year, album of the year, best new artist and producer of the year Grammy Award nominees were male.

Los Angeles Times published an editorial by Sandy Banks of the USC Annenberg School's Center on Communication Leadership and Policy calling for Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to sincerely apologize and hold himself accountable for his past actions. "Teach us something, governor: What does the inner life of your evolution look like? How did you become the earnest, fair-minded person that even people who are disappointed right now say they believe you to be? Are you willing to stop making excuses, put your shame aside and share?" she wrote.

CNBC featured research by Emilio Ferrara and colleagues from the USC Information Sciences Institute that found more than a fifth of accounts posting on Twitter in the weeks before Election Day were bots. The researchers found that 200,000 bots posted about the 2018 midterm elections, compared to about 750,000 humans. Conservative bots were also more effective than liberal ones - they received more retweets and had larger followings. "Conservative bots have a much more prominent position in these information sharing networks; they project a stronger influence on the human users," Ferrara said. United Press International and Press Trust of India highlighted the study's findings.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV highlighted the Mindful Eating Series at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital. The spot included interviews with Deborah Weirick of the USC Verdugo Hills and USC Leonard Davis School graduate student Megan Tancredi, who leads class discussions in the 10-week program.

Los Angeles Times quoted USC Rossier School Dean Karen Symms Gallagher about the recent USC Rossier/PACE poll that found gun violence is an important priority for voters.

U.S. News & World Report (in a HealthDay story) quoted Amytis Towfighi of the Keck School of Medicine USC about the long-term impacts of a stroke, including depression.

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Gordon Stables of the USC Annenberg School about the new definition of what kind of behaviors and attitudes are considered appropriate for a modern politician.

The Scientist quoted David Caron of the USC Dornsife College about the identification of new marine plankton that have both animal and plant characteristics.

KOST-FM's "The Sunday Journal" interviewed Luanda Grazette of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on heart disease in women and preventable risk factors.

RT interviewed Ed Avol of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how pollution has built up in Los Angeles over time.

Vogue quoted Lauren Green of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on how caffeine affects the brain.

Fox News cited comments by Jessica Barrington-Trimis of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on the lack of evidence that traditional cigarette users are permanently transitioning to e-cigarettes.

La Canada Valley Sun covered a fundraising event at the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.