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 11/1/2012
The Wall Street Journal highlighted research by Darius Lakdawalla of the USC School of Pharmacy and a colleague finding that the poorest groups receive the most health benefits from Medicare at any given age, and that this advantage significantly outweighs the fact these groups die younger. Lakdawalla, an expert with the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, concluded that “Medicare is an extraordinarily progressive public program, in dollar terms or welfare terms.”
BBC News (U.K.) featured Manuel Castells of the USC Annenberg School and his research on the rise of alternative economic cultures online. Castells’ latest book is “Aftermath: The Cultures of the Economic Crisis,” which he discussed before an audience at the London School of Economics. He said that consumer culture has been driven by the idea that acquiring newer, bigger and more material goods will lead to happiness; people are now reversing that assumption, but are still trapped within the old economic system. “People don’t trust where they put their money and they don’t trust those who they delegate in terms of their vote,” Castells said.
Truthdig ran a column by Bill Boyarsky of the USC Annenberg School about polling data used by the presidential candidates in the 2012 election. Boyarsky reported on the data gathering process undertaken by volunteers in the Crenshaw neighborhood and other areas of Los Angeles. “Today, with people baring the smallest and most boring details of their lives on Facebook, the phrase ‘invasion of privacy’ has an antiquated sound, but that’s an apt way to describe this profiling,” Boyarsky wrote.
Los Angeles Times quoted Richard Jewell of the USC School of Cinematic Arts about “Skyfall,” the new James Bond film.
American Public Media’s “Marketplace” interviewed Lawrence Harris of the USC Marshall School about the New York financial markets reopening after Hurricane Sandy.
CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV interviewed Leslie Saxon of the Keck School of USC about atrial fibrillation, a potentially life-threatening disorder that affects heart rhythm.
Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 had fallen below 50 percent.