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 11/27/2012
The New York Times profiled “The Behavior of Federal Judges,” a new book by Lee Epstein of the USC Gould School and colleagues analyzing the role politics plays in Supreme Court decisions. “Like Supreme Court justices, court of appeals judges appointed by Republican presidents are more likely, other things being equal, to vote for conservative than for liberal outcomes,” Epstein and her colleagues wrote.
USA Today featured a study led by Heather Volk of the Keck School of USC finding that exposure to traffic-related air pollution during pregnancy or the first year of a child’s life has been linked to autism. “It's likely there are many environmental and genetic factors to the disease that work together to cause it,” Volk said. “Think of it like Trivial Pursuit pies — you put the pieces of the pie together in order to get a diagnosis.” The story was also covered by Los Angeles Times, U.S. News & World Report, Reuters, Time, Bloomberg Businessweek, BBC (U.K.), CBS News, The Boston Globe, Daily Mail (U.K.), The Telegraph (U.K.), Channel 4 News (U.K.), Press Association (U.K.), Asian News International, Press Trust of India (India), The Atlantic, The Sun (U.K.), Daily Express (U.K.), The Scotsman (U.K.), Metro (U.K.), CTV News (Canada), ABC News (Australia), ABC Radio (Australia) ran two stories (second link here), Special Broadcasting Service (Australia), News Limited (Australia), Agenzia Giornialistica Italia (Italy), KPCC-FM, San Jose Mercury News, Toronto Star (Canada), GlobalPost, The Week, The Hamilton Spectator (Canada), The Herald (Ireland), RTT News, Yahoo! News, HealthDay News, Science Codex, ABC News New York affiliate WABC-TV, 680 News (Canada), Österreichischer Rundfunk (Austria), Magyar Tavirati Iroda (Hungary), VN Express (Vietnam), Los Angeles Daily News, Hrvatska Izvještajna Novinska Agencija (Croatia) and Altaposten (Norway).
The Huffington Post featured research by Katharine O. Strunk of the USC Rossier School and a colleague finding that receiving raises early in a teacher’s career is linked with better student performance. Strunk and her colleague studied data from 4,500 school districts in 28 states from 1999 to 2000. In both elementary and middle schools, districts that front-loaded teacher salaries seemed to see higher levels of achievement.
Bloomberg Businessweek ran a column by Warren Bennis of the USC Marshall School about Hollywood’s portrayals of business leaders. “Being based near Hollywood at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, I’ve taken a special interest in movies and television and what I could learn about leadership from observing directors,” he wrote. He pointed to “The King’s Speech” and “The Candidate” as portrayals of leaders in training.
The West Australian (Australia) reviewed a performance by LA Guitar Quartet, featuring William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant of the USC Thornton School. “In terms of sheer virtuosity and a demonstration of how four guitars by themselves can give an entire orchestra a run for its money, the LAGQ's encore, the 'Ritual Fire Dance' from Manuel de Falla's ballet 'Love the Magician,' made an unequivocal statement: this is the best guitar quartet in the world,” the review stated.
Los Angeles Times quoted Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School about the U.S. tax system.
Los Angeles Times quoted Najmedin Meshkati of the USC Viterbi School about President Obama and the Iran nuclear crisis.
Los Angeles Times quoted Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate about the living arrangements of today’s seniors.
Los Angeles Times quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School about the historical importance of Marvin Miller, a baseball union leader.
Associated Press quoted Jonathan Wilcox of the USC Annenberg School about the political skill of Gov. Jerry Brown and his wife.
Education Week cited Katherine O. Strunk of the USC Rossier School about a study on the strength of teachers’ unions. The story noted Strunk's other research on teacher's unions.
ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV quoted Tracy Zaslow of the Keck School of USC about warning signs of student-athlete concussions. ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV also interviewed Zaslow about child athletes at risk of overuse injuries.
AM New York quoted Lars Perner of the USC Marshall School about Thanksgiving shopping.
Los Angeles Times mentioned a Youth Leadership Conference held at USC.
Jewish Journal mentioned that entertainment lawyer, Ken Kleinberg, founder of the University Kidney Research Organization, partnered with Vito Campese of the Keck School of USC, to establish the USC/UKRO Kidney Research Center.