Each year, USC programs and faculty research are highlighted in print, broadcast and online stories throughout the world. Highlights of recent news coverage are compiled by USC Media Relations.
USC in the News 2/28/2012
New York Times
ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur of the USC Dornsife College about Mitt
Romney's difficulty in talking about his wealth. Schnur wrote that
though President Obama faced many of the same pitfalls during the 2008
campaign, his stance on the Iraq war took precedence over domestic
issues that year. Schnur added that Romney needs to publicly admit to
his shortcomings and steer the conversation back to his policy
priorities. "Americans tend to gravitate toward candidates who are
self-aware about their shortcomings," he wrote.
Los Angeles Times featured the USC Thornton School's Popular Music program and the recent USC Thornton Pop-fest, which highlighted the talent of its students. Christopher Sampson of the USC Thornton School, who heads the program, said that two students will have their music on the soundtrack to "The Hunger Games." Music by another group of students will be featured on the TV series "Pretty Little Liars." Sampson noted that one student "was only in the program for one semester before being signed to Universal Republic."
The Huffington Post included USC on its list of The Hottest Colleges in the Nation. The list features universities that are "the place to be," the story noted.
TechCrunch highlighted the online master's degree programs of the USC Rossier School and USC School of Social Work, created in collaboration with tech company 2tor. The story noted that the School of Social Work program already has more than 1,200 students enrolled. The programs offer access on mobile devices to increase students activity and access, the story stated. The article noted that the Rossier School's online program has placed students in more than 1,000 school districts for field study. International Business Times also mentioned the School of Social Work's online degree program.
The Dallas Morning News reviewed "Rez Life," a new memoir by David Treuer of the USC Dornsife College. The story stated that Treuer covers his family history, American history and a kind of cultural exploration with the book. One of the unique characteristics Treuer brings to the work is his knowledge of different tribes and the many differences between them, the review noted.
KCET-TV highlighted research by Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College on distribution of air pollution around Los Angeles. Pastor and other researchers teamed with community organizers to identify sources of pollution in Boyle Heights and other low-income neighborhoods. They found that government data on pollution sources had identified fewer sources of pollution than their own data has. "If you've got the location inaccurate in state databases, that's really a problem for planning," Pastor said. Andrea Hricko of the Keck School of USC said that USC research has indicated air pollution can cause lifelong health problems for children. Ultrafine particles of pollution can be breathed in, "and then from your lungs it can get to other parts of your body and into your bloodstream, and even into your brain," she said.
International Business Times featured the Oscar Senti-meter, a tool to analyze Twitter buzz around the Academy Awards that was created by the USC Annenberg School's Innovation Lab, the Los Angeles Times and IBM. Jonathan Taplin of the Annenberg School said that USC students helped analyze tweets and compared their results with the computer's. The Senti-meter found that "Midnight in Paris" had the most positive sentiment of any Best Picture nominee, though Taplin noted that the Academy has its own tastes. "If Woody Allen was the kind of person who would actually show up at the Oscars, there might be a better chance for him," Taplin said. Advertising Age also featured the tool.
The Huffington Post ran an op-ed by Martin Kaplan of the USC Annenberg School about controversy surrounding an upcoming Harvard University conference on an Israeli-Palestinian one-state solution. Though Kaplan questioned the value of the conference, he wrote that Harvard shouldn't cave in to demands to ban it. "The danger here isn't delegitimizing the Jewish state," Kaplan added. "The danger is undermining the democratic freedoms that Israel, the U.S. and American universities all rely on."
Business Insider featured research by Alexandra Michel of the USC Marshall School, who studied two dozen investment bankers and found evidence of physical and emotional distress. The bankers experienced insomnia, heart palpitations, nervous tics, alcoholism and other problems. NBC News Raleigh, N.C., affiliate WNCN-TV also mentioned the study.
quoted Jason Squire of the USC School of Cinematic Arts about the
possibility of the adult film industry leaving L.A. due to new condom
Agency (Canada) also quoted Squire.
Los Angeles Times quoted Scott Wiltermuth of the USC Marshall School about the ethics of wealthy people.
Salon quoted Eytan Gilboa of the USC Annenberg School about the relationship between Israel and the U.S. in regards to dealing with Iran.
NPR's "All Things Considered" interviewed Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate about the depressive effect that cash buyers have on home prices.
Voice of America interviewed Baizhu Chen of the USC Marshall School about the business practices of Chinese manufacturing company Foxconn.
Wheeling News-Register quoted Yuri Gorby of the USC Dornsife College about the potential dangers of fracking.
The Spectrum quoted Antoine Bechara of the USC Dornsife College about how learning works in the human brain.
The Hill quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School about the potential for a corporate tax reform deal this year.
Truthout cited Manuel Castells of the USC Dornsife College about people behaving in a "networked" way.
News at a Glance
covered research by Valter Longo of the USC Davis School finding that
short periods of fasting could help cancer patients better tolerate
chemotherapy, and may even make treatment more effective.
North County Times ran an op-ed by Susan Estrich of the USC Gould School about the value of colonoscopies.
The Nation highlighted a panel held at the USC School of Cinematic Arts called "The Power of Film to Create Social Change," on the themes of "The Help" and discrimination against modern-day domestic workers.
L.A. Weekly covered "Trouble in Paradise: Music and Los Angeles 1945-1975," an art exhibit curated by Josh Kun of the USC Annenberg School.
Curbed L.A. noted that the USC Libraries' Feuchtwanger Memorial Library is dedicated to the German intellectual movements of the 1930s and 1940s in Los Angeles.
Fox News Memphis, Tenn., affiliate WHBQ-TV mentioned a recent rematch of a 1935 debate between USC and Wiley College.
MSN mentioned that car-sharing company Wheelz will be coming to USC.