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 10/12/2012
L.A. Weekly included USC in its Best of 2012 issue. The Hancock Memorial Museum at USC was listed as Best Hidden Museum 2012; the story noted that the museum recreates the original 1909 Hancock Mansion. “From the gargantuan decorative organ pipes and balcony in the music salon, to the mystical-looking Chinoiserie dining room, to the gloomy library with its carved fireplace and stern portraits, the whole experience is delightfully odd,” the story stated. L.A. Weekly also selected the Institute for Figuring, run by USC Libraries Discovery Fellow Margaret Wertheim, as Best Art Gallery for Math and Science Geeks 2012. The story stated that the institute “blends equal portions of science, art and poetry to engage new audiences in hands-on projects.”
CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV reported that The Village at USC redevelopment was approved by the Los Angeles City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee. The project will bring 12,000 jobs, a multi-use retail complex, academic facilities and thousands of student beds to the area. The news was also covered by KPCC-FM’s “OnCentral.”
Discovery News featured a computerized car developed by the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the USC Center for Body Computing and BMW, which uses 230 sensors to log whatever happens inside the vehicle. Using a docked smart phone, users can see information like how often drivers signal or use the sunroof — indicators of driving habits and temperature preferences. Leslie Saxon of the Keck School of USC said that future sensors could alert drivers to pollution, GPS location and important information about their environment that could impact their health. The car was also covered by Fast Company.
Bell Gardens Sun featured Bridge to Health, a free health fair to be hosted by USC and White Memorial Hospital. At the event, more than 80 health providers and community organizations will offer screenings and health information. The story noted that Bridge to Health is partially funded by the USC Neighborhood Outreach grant.
The Washington Post quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School on whether corporations want cyclist Lance Armstrong’s endorsement.
CBS News’ “MoneyWatch” interviewed Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about Propositions 30 and 38.
Associated Press quoted Anthony Maddox of the USC Rossier School about the overland travel route of the space shuttle Endeavour.
The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Dornsife College about dueling Propositions 30 and 38.
Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative has slipped.
CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV covered a vice presidential debate viewing held at the USC Annenberg School, and interviewed USC political science students.
Reno Gazette-Journal reported that William Tierney of the USC Rossier School gave a keynote lecture at the Northern Nevada Diversity Summit about the importance of sending minority and low-income students to college.
U.S. News & World Report reported that actor James Franco will teach a film production class at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
CNN stated that in the 1982 film “E.T.,” the doctors examining E.T. were real USC doctors, and that a burp from a USC film professor was used as one of the sounds the alien makes.
The Desert Sun covered USC School of Social Work alumna Dretona Maddox, who founded an organization to help pregnant teenagers in foster care.