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USC in the News 11/6/2012
Daily Breeze featured the groundbreaking for USC’s new Uytengsu Aquatics Center. The project is supported by an $8 million donation from USC alumnus and former USC swim team captain Wilfred “Fred” Uytengsu, representing the largest gift made to the USC athletic department by a former athlete. The Uytengsu Aquatics Center includes a new diving dry-land training area, a dive tower, a scoreboard and more. “Fred’s gift will have an impact beyond brick and mortar,” said USC Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming Coach Dave Salo, adding that the facility will give student athletes greater access to their coaches and trainers. The new pool will be named after Uytengsu’s former swim coach, Peter Deland.
KCET-TV featured the seventh annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, held at USC’s Doheny Memorial Library and organized in part by USC Libraries. Hundreds turned out to discuss Los Angeles history and literature, trading artifacts including photos and maps. The event featured exhibits from the Academy Film Archive, the Getty Research Institute, and hundreds of other museums, organizations and publishers. The Los Angeles Archives Bazaar also included panel discussions, educational sessions and photo galleries.
Los Angeles Times reported that USC has implemented new after-hours event and security policies. ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV reported the filing of charges against a suspect in a shooting on the University Park Campus last week. FishbowlLA highlighted a Daily Trojan op-ed that praised USC’s alert system, TrojansAlert. The news was covered by Los Angeles Times stories on policies and the suspect, Associated Press, CBS News, Beijing Times (China), Xinhua News Agency (China), China News (China), Ifeng (China), Yangtse (China), Youth (China), Qingdao Media (China), Sina (China), CN Hubei (China), China Radio International (China), Can Kao Xiao Xi (China), Zhejiang Satellite TV (China), CCTV (China), two ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV stories (second link here), two CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV stories (second link here), KPCC-FM, City News Service, Los Angeles Sentinel and CW News Houston affiliate KIAH-TV’s “NewsFix.”
Newsday featured research by Annlia Paganini Hill, retired professor of the Keck School of USC, finding that elderly people who didn’t brush their teeth had a 65 percent greater risk of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. It’s unclear what the causal relationship is, the story stated. “It could be that bacteria in your mouth can get to your brain,” Paganini Hill said.
The Huffington Post ran a column by Carol Muske-Dukes of the USC Dornsife College about Los Angeles radio host Patt Morrison being let go from KPCC-FM earlier this year. Muske-Dukes wrote that Morrison’s skill as an interviewer was unparalleled: “Patt didn’t drone on about the same world events others regurgitated or riffed on — she created a Town Hall, a two-way conversation,” Muske-Dukes wrote. FishbowlLA highlighted the column.
Reuters ran an op-ed co-written by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on whether control by one party would help the state of California. “The crucial question now is whether a two-thirds Democratic majority in the Legislature will really matter in addressing California’s fiscal mess,” Jeffe and colleague wrote.
NPR News interviewed Thomas Hollihan of the USC Annenberg School about etiquette at the polling place and the civic ritual of voting.
Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV interviewed Dan Schnur of the USC Dornsife College about the presidential candidates’ positioning relative to their voter bases.
The Jewish Week quoted James Ferris of the USC Price School on how a cut to the charitable tax deduction would affect nonprofit groups like universities and hospitals.
KPCC-FM interviewed Dan Schnur of the USC Dornsife College about opposition to Proposition 32.
KCET-TV cited John Matsusaka of USC’s Initiative and Referendum Institute about initiatives on the California ballot in 2012.
California Capital Network interviewed Dan Schnur of the USC Dornsife College the Republican and Democratic efforts to promote voter turnout.
The Wall Street Journal noted that in 1972 the Libertarian Party nominated then USC professor John Hospers as its first presidential candidate.
Los Angeles Times noted that the Los Angeles Unified School District partners with USC, RAND Corporation and the University of California, Los Angeles, on a group of child trauma centers funded within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Los Angeles Times noted that the USC School of Cinematic Arts stores some of its collection at the Grammy Museum.
Fox News Oakland, Calif., affiliate KTVU-TV noted that USC alumnus and filmmaker George Lucas’ charitable foundation has made large gifts to the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Variety also ran a story.
KCET-TV highlighted hand-drawn architectural renderings housed at the USC Libraries’ Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library, noting that the archive includes office files, drawings, slides, photographs and architectural models.
Associated Press cited USC’s Initiative and Referendum Institute, which reported that voters in 38 states will face a total of 176 ballot measures this year.
Shape highlighted research by Kathleen Page of the Keck School of USC finding that looking at images of food can increase cravings for food.
Fox & Hounds Daily cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which showed President Obama ahead by 14 points in California. KQED-FM and L.A. Weekly cited the poll results regarding support for Proposition 37.
The Huffington Post ran a column by Martin Kaplan of the USC Annenberg School about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s response to President Obama after receiving aid in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
The Dispatch ran an op-ed by Susan Estrich of the USC Gould School about the presidential candidates and how their leadership would affect natural disaster recovery.
KCET-TV’s “Huell Howser” ran a story on the history of Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and highlighted its long affiliation with USC.
Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV mentioned USC School of Cinematic Arts classes on film preservation and the history of film censorship.
Firedoglake noted that USC doctoral student Maytha Alhassen was one of the media correspondents participating in a third-party candidate presidential debate.
CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV noted that the Expo Line light-rail stops at USC.