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 5/26 to 5/29/2012
The Chronicle of Higher Education ran an op-ed by John Allen of the USC Dornsife College, excerpted from his new book, "The Omnivorous Mind: Our Evolving Relationship with Food." Allen wrote about crispy foods and why they appeal to so many cultures. He suggested humans might have evolved to enjoy crispy "fallback" foods like insects and fresh vegetables in the ancient past. "Crispy may make relatively common, unpalatable fallback foods more acceptable, and an 'innate' preference for crispy could be adaptive," he wrote. NPR's "Science Friday" interviewed Allen about his new book.
The New York Times featured a program at the USC School of Cinematic Arts that enrolls two Afghan students annually for a crash course in the school's summer program. For about seven weeks, students receive day-and-night education in writing, editing, cinematography and more. David Weitzner of the School of Cinematic Arts oversees the program, and the students are sponsored by former MTV and Viacom executive Tom Freston. The program is entering its second year.
The New York Times ran an op-ed by Ralph Wedgewood of the USC Dornsife College about the differing meanings of same-sex marriage to voters. He wrote that marriage has both a legalistic and social meaning. Same-sex marriage will change its social meaning – but only in the sense that it will no longer be confined to a union of a man and a woman. "There is no evidence that the introduction of same-sex marriage will change any other elements of this social meaning," Wedgewood wrote.
Los Angeles Times reported on USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll results finding that President Obama has a wide lead among California voters in a broad range of demographics. The poll found him leading 56 percent to Mitt Romney's 37 percent. The poll questioned 1,002 California voters from May 17-21 with a 3.5 percent margin of error in either direction. Obama was said to better handle the economy and jobs better than Romney (50 percent to 37 percent) the deficit (45 percent to 34 percent) and taxes (49 percent to 34 percent). Another Los Angeles Times story cited the poll, finding that Romney was losing the Latino vote to Obama 74 percent to 18 percent. The poll's findings were also reported by CNN, Politico and RTT News.
ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV featured the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative, which helps local students graduate from high school and attend college. This year, of the 54 program graduates, 26 will attend USC on full tuition scholarships. One student will attend Harvard; another will attend West Point USMC. The program, which has been around for more than a decade now, helps students get scholarships, grants and loans to attend the schools of their choice.
The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted this year's USC Rossier School commencement speech by USC alumnus Don Shalvey, deputy director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and co-founder of Aspire Public Schools. He offered 2012 graduates a few lessons he's learned since his graduation. "Make excellent mistakes," he said. "Work for someone who will let you fail so you'll learn to embrace the learning that only comes from failure."
Los Angeles Times featured Naj Meshkati of the USC Viterbi School, who has raised questions of safety along the new Expo line.
Los Angeles Times mentioned that Princeton Review ranked USC the No. 1 video game design school in the country. The story noted that an advanced games class, operated by the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the USC Viterbi School, has been offered since 2007.
Publishers Weekly reviewed a new biography on Marilyn Monroe by Lois Banner of the USC Dornsife College. "Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox," relies on new interviews with Monroe's friends and newly available archival material. The Huffington Post ran a column by Banner about why Monroe continues to fascinate. "Marilyn created an image for the ages, in one of the great personal transformations of the American experience," Banner wrote.
NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV ran a column by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about the race for California's new 30th Congressional District between Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman. Jeffe wrote that the race represents a classic split in representational government. "However Valley voters decide, I agree with CalBuzz: 'Who defines the race, wins the seat,'" Jeffe wrote.
USA Today quoted Jack Lerner of the USC Gould School about a legal case regarding the "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" video game franchise.
Los Angeles Times quoted Michael Jenkins of the USC Gould School about state government code regarding minutes of meetings.
Los Angeles Times quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School about using online tools to connect to family and friends.
Los Angeles Times quoted Leo Braudy of the USC Dornsife College about the appeal of the new TV miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys."
Los Angeles Times quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about California's new primary system.
Chinese Radio International (China) interviewed Stanley Rosen of the USC Dornsife College about Dalian Wanda Group's purchase of AMC Entertainment.
Associated Press cited David Treuer of the USC Dornsife College about Indian identity.
KPCC-FM's "Patt Morrison" interviewed Dan Simon of the USC Gould School about the Brian Banks case.
NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV interviewed Dan Simon of the USC Gould School about flaws in the criminal justice system.
McClatchy Newspapers quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School about a failed deal between the Big East Conference and ESPN.
The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Dornsife College about Gavin Newsom's new political talk show.
News at a Glance
The New York Times mentioned that Egyptian presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi is a USC alumnus. The story was also reported by Financial Times (U.K.), The Guardian (U.K.), International Business Times, National Post (Canada), Gulf News (United Arab Emirates) and Jerusalem Post (Israel).
CNN mentioned that the USC Marshall School invited Caine Monroy to speak about his cardboard arcade.
Monga Bay covered research by Richard Easterlin of the USC Dornsife College finding that despite China's economic growth, Chinese citizens don't report increased happiness.
MinnPost mentioned that Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC Dana Gioia will read from his new book of poetry, "Pity the Beautiful."
The New York Times ran a wedding announcement for Shivani Chopra, who will begin a fellowship at the USC Institute of Psychiatry, Law and Behavioral Science at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in July.
Fox & Hounds Daily mentioned that USC reviewed a study of the cost of Project Labor Agreements on K-12 school construction.
Scientific American ran a column by USC students Santiago Fernandez-Barrera and Inaka Pedroarena-Leal about the USC Dornsife College's Guam and Palau Program.
KQED-FM noted that USC purchased Bay Area classical music station KDFC-FM.