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 7/7 to 7/9/2012
The New York Times reviewed "Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life" by David Treuer of the USC Dornsife College. The book shifts from autobiography to Native American history and cultural study of the modern reservation. "American Indian reservations account for 2.3 percent of the country's land," Treuer wrote in the book.
USA Today included the novel "Shadow of Night" by Deborah Harkness of the USC Dornsife College, in a list of hottest new books. NPR's "All Things Considered" featured the novel, noting that Harkness specializes in the history of science and medicine, writing books that blend historical realism and fantasy. "I kept thinking of the historical information as spice or herbs. Like tarragon. A little history went a long way," Harkness said. Houston Chronicle and Female First (U.K.) ran Q&As with Harkness about her book. "Shadow of Night" was also covered by Daily Mail (U.K.), Phuket Gazette (Thailand), Entertainment Weekly, The Miami Herald, U-T San Diego, Variety, North County Times, Bucks County Courier Times and Chico Enterprise-Record.
The New Age (South Africa) featured research by Thomas Valente of the Keck School of USC and colleagues on how social networks can be used for health education. The researchers are looking to understand the science behind social influence, with the goal of using that influence to prevent disease. "Existing evidence indicates that network interventions are quite effective," Valente said. RedOrbit and Science Codex also featured the research.
The Huffington Post featured USC Trojan Marching Band in a list of Best College Marching Bands. The story noted the band has played at the Academy Awards, performed with Radiohead, and appeared on TV shows like "How I Met Your Mother," "Glee," "American Idol" and "Dancing With The Stars."
Bloomberg Businessweek ran a column by Warren Bennis of the USC Marshall School about reaction to an article he co-wrote, titled "How Business Schools Lost Their Way." The article stated that business schools often measured one another by the scientific rigor of their research rather than the competence of their graduates and faculty. "There's nothing wrong with rigor, but using that as the sole determinant of academic excellence not only circumscribed business education, but made it less relevant to business practitioners," Bennis wrote.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reviewed "Pity the Beautiful," a new poetry collection by Dana Gioia, Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC and former chair of the National Endowment of the Arts. "In his best poems, Gioia gives public voice to a private world of elegy and regret, aspiring to speak for people rather than merely to them," the review stated.
Los Angeles Times quoted Thomas Jordan of the USC Dornsife College about Vladimir Keilis-Borok, a scholar who has studied earthquake prediction.
Los Angeles Times quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about California's new election rules.
Daily Mail (U.K.) cited David Schwartz of the USC Dornsife College about birthday party fight videos appearing on YouTube.
Daily Herald quoted Baizhu Chen of the USC Marshall School about manufacturing jobs returning to the United States.
Omaha World-Herald quoted Elizabeth Currid-Halkett of the USC Price School about the economic value of the arts.
The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Dornsife College about college affordability as a hot political issue.
NBC News Albany, Ga., affiliate WALB-TV quoted Richard Paulson of the Keck School of USC about studies on caffeine intake and fertility.
News at a Glance
Los Angeles Times mentioned the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that 59 percent of California voters would vote against the high-speed rail project if given the chance to revisit it. Xinhua News Agency (China) also cited the poll.
Los Angeles Times mentioned that Elyn Saks of the USC Gould School, who wrote a book about her experiences with schizophrenia, was consulted by actor Eric McCormack, who is playing a schizophrenic in a new TV series.
U.S. News & World Report highlighted work by researchers at the USC Viterbi School and other institutions, who found a way to transmit data at speeds up to 2.56 terabits per second using twisted beams of light.
Ventura County Star reported that KUSC-FM has a new transmitter for KDSC-FM, which broadcasts a pure digital HD signal. The signal will display music information in car radios equipped for HD radio signals.
The Huffington Post reported that Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College spoke at the National Council of La Raza Annual Conference about the Latino vote.
LiveScience mentioned the Hollywood, Health & Society program at the USC Annenberg School's Norman Lear Center, which connects screenwriters with health professionals to minimize misinformation through media.
Campus Technology reported on a security breach following the hacking of a software system on campus.
The Sacramento Bee stated that USC opposed a California bill affecting student athletes.
Manila Bulletin (Philippines) mentioned that newly elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is a USC alumnus.
KCET-TV noted that images for a story were provided by the USC Libraries and by L.A. as Subject, a research collective hosted by the USC Libraries.
National Journal ran a photo of a USC Annenberg School student checking a Twitter page.