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 6/5/2012
The Washington Post featured research by Jan St. John, Howard Hodis, Naoko Kono and Wendy Mack of the Keck School of USC and colleagues, finding that the consumption of soy supplements doesn't improve memory development in general. However, increased soy was found to improve facial recognition skills in women over the age of 45. Test subjects took soy supplements comparable to levels found in traditional Asian diets. The research was also covered by Reuters, Asian News International, CBC News (Canada), Veja (Brazil), CBS News Philadelphia affiliate KYW-TV, RedOrbit, HealthDay News and ScienceDaily.
Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that a majority of Californians would vote against a proposed high-speed rail project if they had the chance to vote on it again. Associated Press reported that since the project's approval, its estimated cost has nearly doubled. "The growing budget deficit is making Californians hesitant about spending so much money on a project like this one when they're seeing cuts to public education and law enforcement," said Dan Schnur of the USC Dornsife College. The poll was also covered by Politico, The Washington Examiner, The Orange County Register, Talking Points Memo, L.A. Weekly, Sacramento Business Journal and Contra Costa Times.
La Opinion featured this year's USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) Walk-A-Thon, held at Cromwell Field. The walk has been organized every year since 2002 to raise funds for NAI, an intensive college preparation program for public school students in the USC community. Students who graduate from the program are eligible for a four-year, full-tuition scholarship if they attend USC. Lizette Zarate, NAI curriculum and instruction specialist, said that these students all have the potential to attend the university of their choice, and just need to work toward that goal.
KQED-FM's "Mind/Shift" featured research by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of the USC Rossier School and colleagues, on the benefits students get from daydreaming. The study found that daydreaming allows people to make sense of their experiences; not doing this can keep students from "considering the abstract, longer-term, moral and emotional implications of their and others' actions," Immordino-Yang and colleagues wrote.
The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine featured the USC School of Social Work's military social work program. The story reported that the specialization is now available in San Diego. Isaac Ford, recruitment coordinator for the USC San Diego Academic Center, said that veterans often have trouble seeking help for issues like post-traumatic stress disorder. "Most of us need to discuss what we have lived," he said.
Los Angeles Times quoted Daniel Schechter of the Ostrow School of USC about today's transit of Venus across the sun, which he plans to view using his collection of antique telescopes.
CBS News interviewed Dan Schnur of the USC Dornsife College about the California primary election.
NPR's "All Things Considered" interviewed John Allen of the USC Dornsife College about his new book, "The Omnivorous Mind: Our Evolving Relationship with Food." Allen wrote about crispy foods and why they appeal to people in so many cultures.
Monocle's "The Monocle Daily" (U.K.) interviewed Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute about the U.S.-China relationship.
KQED-FM's "Forum" interviewed Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute about Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng.
KABC-AM's "The Peter Tilden Show" interviewed Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.- China Institute about the intertwined economies of the U.S. and China.
LiveScience quoted Elyn Saks of the USC Gould School about creativity and mental illness.
FishbowlDC quoted Richard Kipling of the USC Annenberg School about the National Institute of Health's annual training for journalists.
News at a Glance
The Dallas Morning News ran a book review by Philip Seib of the USC Annenberg School of "America the Philosophical" by Carlin Romano.
Financial Times (U.K.) highlighted research by Edward Lawler of the USC Marshall School finding a strong correlation between good performance management and leadership by senior executives.
CFO ran an op-ed by John Boudreau of the USC Marshall School about a proposed standard for human-capital reporting which has divided CFOs.
Star-Tribune cited a study by Patricia Burch of the USC Rossier School finding that students receiving help from online tutors are less likely to improve in math and reading.
Visalia-Times Delta mentioned that Allan Kotin of the USC Price School will participate in a discussion aired on PBS News Fresno, Calif., affiliate KVPT-TV.
The Seattle Times mentioned that the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting is given out by the USC Annenberg School