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 3/22/2012
Los Angeles Times covered this year's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC, which will be held April 21-22. The nation's largest book fair, it will feature 500 authors, including T.C. Boyle of the USC Dornsife College, children's author Judy Blume and mystery writer John Green. Events will be held across the USC's University Park Campus, including in the historic Bovard Hall.
Los Angeles Times reported that USC received a $305,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to catalog, digitize and conduct a workshop on its International Mission Photography Archive, which documents the work of Christian missionaries in the early 1900s. A second Los Angeles Times story noted that USC received one of the large National Endowment for the Humanities grants.
KPCC-FM's "OnCentral" reported that USC and UCLA are sponsoring a health fair at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which will include free medical and dental screenings and health education. At the event, which celebrates the upcoming London Olympics, USC student athletes will lead Olympic-style games for kids.
La Vanguardia (Spain) featured Martin Kaplan of the USC Annenberg School, who recently spoke at the 10th anniversary of the Barcelona Media Foundation. The story noted that Kaplan founded the Annenberg School's Norman Lear Center, and that he studies how entertainment impacts society.
Fox News featured research by Mara Mather of the USC Davis School and a colleague finding that stress affects the way people make decisions. Stressed-out people focus more on the upside of their choices, though they are more prone to ignore the downside. There are also differences in the way men and women make decisions; men take greater risks when stressed, while women play it safer.
The Huffington Post ran a column by Nicholas Warner of the USC Dornsife College about USC students volunteering for the National Park Service in Death Valley during spring break. The students performed several days of wilderness restoration in the Eureka Dunes, one of the most remote parts of the park. Warner wrote about visiting the area with the students: "The seeds of further exploration had been planted, not by the hike we did together but by the magic that the desert works on the souls of people."
The Huffington Post ran a column by Philip Seib of the USC Annenberg School on whether artists can retain "political innocence" when they use their art for cultural diplomacy. Governments do take advantage of the assumption that artists are above the political fray, Seib wrote. Pointing to American jazz musicians who performed in the Soviet Union during the Cold War, Seib noted, "Even while it advances the national interest, culture can transcend politics."
USA Today quoted Thomas Hollihan of the USC Annenberg School about the importance of politicians being consistent in their own narrative.
Bloomberg News quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's suspension of New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton.
Forbes quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School about New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez's challenge in securing major endorsement deals.
News at a Glance
Los Angeles Times reported that Adam del Monte of the USC Thornton School will perform at the Los Angeles International Flamenco Festival and quoted him about flamenco communities operating outside of Spain.
Los Angeles Times mentioned that the USC Viterbi School co-hosted a Metrolink transportation workshop.
NPR mentioned that Tim Page of the USC Thornton School and USC Annenberg School will be interviewed about pianist Glenn Gould.
Honolulu Weekly quoted Norman Krieger of the USC Thornton School about his guest solo with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.
Nature stated that USC's Metal Oxide Semiconductor Implementation Service, which has contributed to the growth of the semiconductor industry, was the model for a new photonics research project.
Los Angeles Times reported that four members of the band Bear Attack are students in the USC Thornton School's Popular Music program.