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 3/31 to 4/2/2012
The Washington Post, in an Associated Press article, featured a Grammy Museum exhibition co-curated by Josh Kun of the USC Annenberg School. Kun helped put together "Trouble in Paradise: Music and Los Angeles, 1945-1976," which examines how changes in the city's population and economy collided with its music scenes. "My hope is that people come away with a more nuanced and detailed view of just how much was going on in Los Angeles during those years," Kun said.
The Chronicle of Higher Education ran an op-ed by USC Vice President of Research Randolph Hall about how technology can augment and enhance scholarship, and how USC is embracing that. Hall wrote that USC has held faculty workshops to debate how to conduct research with new communication tools. They've made big changes regarding attribution. "In a time when elements of research are combined and integrated among collaborators (one person's data set, for example, is used in another's analysis), we seek to acknowledge and encourage all types of contributions that advance research," Hall wrote. He also noted that the university research committee made changes to recognize individual contributions to collaborative efforts in digital form. The committee funded collaborative research groups on everything from game theory to the humanities and brain health. The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education created a digital archive. USC is also developing a library of shared biological specimens to inform medical research.
The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted the online graduate programs at the USC Rossier School and USC School of Social Work developed by 2tor. The story noted that the Rossier School's on-campus graduate program had 81 students before going online. The online program has enrolled more than 2,500 students with courses taught by two dozen full-time instructors and a large group of adjuncts. The story noted that the programs are also promoted using technology, including professionally shot videos with scripts shaped by faculty members and sites like CertificationMap.com and Teach.com, both of which direct aspiring teachers to the Rossier School's program.
Los Angeles Daily News featured the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education and its efforts to collect testimony from survivors of the Armenian Genocide. The project is a collaboration between the Shoah Foundation Institute and the USC Institute of Armenian Studies Leadership Council. More than 400 filmed testimonies have been included in a collection that will be made available to universities around the world. "I'm delighted that the Armenian community trusts us with their personal community legacy," said Stephen Smith, executive director of the institute.
The Fiscal Times highlighted research by Nathanael Fast of the USC Marshall School and colleagues finding that during economically depressed times, Americans tolerate more bad behavior from their bosses. "When the economy is bad, management may have less control on what is happening to their business, and they may act out negatively because of that," Fast said. Asian News International also featured the research.
The Huffington Post ran a column by Ron Avi Astor of the USC School of Social Work about No Child Left Behind and how it affects the children of military families. "Members of Congress love to tout their support for our nation's military families. But so far their rhetoric is largely empty," Astor wrote.
Business Insider ran a column by Ira Kalb of the USC Marshall School about RIM being a product-driven rather than a market-driven company, and how that has led to plunging sales. "Instead of listening to the marketplace and hiring people with sufficient marketing expertise to properly brand and communicate the benefits of their products, they focused on making better mousetraps," Kalb wrote.
The New York Times quoted Pamela Starr of the USC Dornsife College about the Mexican government's efforts to control organized crime.
The Washington Post, in an Associated Press article, quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Dornsife College about the political constraints presidents work in during an election year.
Los Angeles Times quoted Glenn Melnick of the USC Price School about emergency room charges.
Los Angeles Times quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School about the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
PBS News' "NewsHour" cited Morley Winograd of the USC Annenberg School and his research on millenials.
California Watch quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School about free military surplus gear in use by Californian law enforcement.
NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV interviewed Kenneth Alexander of the USC Dornsife College about the probabilities of winning the lottery.
San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Dornsife College about Mitt Romney's need to win primaries leading up to California.
The Daily Beast quoted Pat Levitt of the Keck School of USC about a new study assessing the prevalence of autism.
The Orange County Register quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School about the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Orlando Sentinel cited Warren Bennis of the USC Marshall School about leadership.
Los Angeles Daily News quoted Todd Boyd of the USC School of Cinematic Arts about depictions of African-Americans in media.
ABC Radio Woodbridge, Va., affiliate WMAL-AM interviewed Ira Kalb of the USC Marshall School about gas prices.
The News Tribune quoted Rebecca Lonergan of the USC Gould School about a complicated legal case.
News at a Glance
The New York Times ran a wedding announcement for Lisa Olmos de Koo of the Keck School of USC.
The Washington Post, in two Associated Press articles (second link here), mentioned that the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards were held at USC's Galen Center this weekend and was attended by First Lady Michelle Obama. Los Angeles Times also covered the story.
Los Angeles Times mentioned USC has right of first refusal over the NFL regarding the Los Angeles Coliseum.
North County Times ran a column by Susan Estrich of the USC Gould School about counting your blessings.