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April 2013 Media Mentions

 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Washington Post, in a Religion News Service story, highlighted the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education and its work recording testimony from roughly 52,000 Holocaust survivors. The institute was founded by director Steven Spielberg in 1994, when there were about 350,000 Holocaust survivors living worldwide.

Los Angeles Times highlighted the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC, which included a discussion with M.G. Lord of Master of Professional Writing Program. Lord spoke about her book “The Accidental Feminist,” a biography of actress Elizabeth Taylor.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about lobbyists sponsoring California legislation.

 

April 27 to 29, 2013

MSNBC interviewed Jane Junn of political science about injustices faced by undocumented immigrant women in the United States. Politico mentioned Junn’s appearance on MSNBC.

National Geographic quoted Sarah Feakins of earth sciences on how piracy has affected scientific study off the coast of Africa. Mother Jones cited Feakins.

The Washington Post cited the “Easterlin paradox,” a finding by Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, that happiness doesn’t necessarily increase as people or countries get richer.

 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Los Angeles News Group covered the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC, featuring a panel discussion with Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, and policy, planning and development.

Foreign Policy ran an op-ed by David Kang, of international relations and business, director of the USC Korean Studies Institute, about military spending in East Asia, particularly in response to China.

Daily Mail (U.K.) featured research by Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, finding that women prefer the scent of testosterone during their peak fertility.

The Economist quoted Richard Flory of sociology about collaboration between religious and secular bodies when it comes to solving social ills.

 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Mother Nature Network featured “Planet Without Apes” by Craig Stanford of biological sciences and anthropology, about the potential extinction of great apes.

Associated Press quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about China’s relationship with Hollywood.

U-T San Diego covered a lecture by Darry Sragow of political science.

 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Los Angeles covered the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC, stating that Brighde Mullins, director of the Master of Professional Writing (MPW) program, Laura Pulido of American studies and ethnicity, Carol Muske-Dukes of English and Leo Braudy, University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature and professor of English and history, were not-to-be-missed panelists at the event. United Press International mentioned that Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, and policy, planning and development, was presented with the Robert Kirsch Award this year. LAist highlighted a panel by Dana Goodyear of the Master of Professional Writing program.

National Geographic quoted David Caron of biological sciences about a global increase in algae blooms.

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Los Angeles Times covered the 2013 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, mentioning that participants included USC faculty like Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, and policy, planning and development. Publishers Weekly noted that Starr was honored with the Robert Kirsch Award this year. LAist featured Javon Johnson of American studies and ethnicity, a two-time National Poetry Slam champion whose reading drew cheers from attendees. Los Angeles Times covered a panel with Leo Braudy, University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature and professor of English and history, who spoke about the evolution of Hollywood’s identification with cinema.

 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Los Angeles Times noted that Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, and policy, planning and development, received the Robert Kirsch Award for his body of work about the American West at the Los Angeles Time Book Prize ceremony.

Los Angeles Times highlighted a panel on living and writing Los Angeles at the 2013 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC, which featured Bridghe Mullins, director of the Master of Professional Writing (MPW) program, William Deverell of history, Dana Johnson of English, Laura Pulido of American studies and ethnicity and Richard Rayner of MPW.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the defeat of an assault weapons ban in California.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll regarding attitudes on gun control.

 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Los Angeles Times featured the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC, noting that Dana Gioia, Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC, will participate.

 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Los Angeles Times highlighted the EMP L.A. Pop Conference, co-sponsored by USC Dornsife’s Center for Feminist Research and the New Directions Seminar directed by Karen Tongson of English and gender studies. The conference, which brings together writers, academics and music fans to discuss papers and lectures, covers everything from the Los Angeles punk scene of the ’70s and ’80s to krumping. Tongson told KCET-TV that “EMP is a rare opportunity for academics to interact with music.” The event was also covered by L.A. Weekly.

LiveScience covered a study by Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, finding that women prefer the scent of testosterone during their peak fertility. Science World Report also covered the research.

Los Angeles featured USC Dornsife student Eugene Konrad Mueller, who works as a volunteer coaching low-income children in after-school sports. 

 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

KPCC-FM interviewed Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, and director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) in USC Dornsife, about a proposed immigration reform bill.

KPCC-FM cited a study by USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration finding that unauthorized immigrants make up 34 percent of California’s workforce.

Hoy mentioned a discussion on immigration reform that will be moderated by Roberto Suro of the USC Annenberg School and will include Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, and director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) in USC Dornsife, as a panelist.

San Francisco Chronicle covered a lecture by Darry Sragow of political science. The lecture was covered by another San Francisco Chronicle story and Fox News.

 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Los Angeles Times featured the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC. The story noted that Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, and policy, planning and development, will be interviewed by William Deverell of history.

National Geographic highlighted research by Valter Longo of gerontology and biological sciences on DNA and longevity. Longo’s work has focused on IGF-1, a hormone in human blood that seems to protect the body’s infrastructure.

ABC News’ “The View” covered a lecture by Darry Sragow of political science. The story was also covered by National Review, Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” another Fox News story, and CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV.

 

April 13 to 15, 2013

Los Angeles Times featured authors who will participate in this weekend’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC as well as a video chat with book critic David Ulin of the Master of Professional Writing program. At the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, and policy, planning and development, will receive the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement.

 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Jewish Journal reported that Sen. Al Franken gave a lecture hosted by USC’s Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life.

The New York Times quoted Peter Westwick of the USC Dornsife College about surfing culture, noting that he co-authored forthcoming book “The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing.”

The Washington Post quoted David Kang of international relations and business, director of the USC Korean Studies Institute, about a need to present the public with a more realistic view of North Koreans.

Fox News mentioned a lecture by Darry Sragow of political science. The story was covered by Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor”; Fox News’ “The Sean Hannity Show”; Fox News’ “Lou Dobbs Tonight”; Fox News’ “Red Eye”; Fox News’ “The Five”; Fox News Greensboro, N.C., affiliate WGHP-TV; another Fox News story; Libero Quotidiano (Italy); two Mediaite stories (second link here); CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV; and PolicyMic.

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New York Daily News featured research by USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration finding that high application fees prevent many immigrants from applying for citizenship. The rise in fees has an outsized impact on Mexican legal permanent residents, the study found.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Leo Braudy, University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature and professor of English and history, about late actress Annette Funicello and midcentury California surfer culture.

Bay Area News Group quoted Ange-Marie Hancock of political science and gender studies on comments made by President Obama about California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ looks.

 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Wall Street Journal featured a study by John Strauss  of economics and colleagues finding that lifestyle factors can influence how much people shrink as they get older. The study found that high school graduates shrank nearly two centimeters less in their later years than the illiterate. Height decreases were also linked with socioeconomic circumstances, diet and exercise.

Jewish Telegraphic Agency featured GLIMPSE, a showcase of USC digital technology held at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The story highlighted work by the USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education and the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, which are using digital imaging to create interactive holographic projections of Holocaust survivors. There is very little time left to record these testimonies, said Stephen Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute. Paul Debevec, Ron Artstein and David Traum of the Institute for Creative Technologies were also quoted about the project. NPR News Boston affiliate WBUR-FM’s “Here & Now” also covered the holograms.

Discovery News featured research by Jan Amend of earth sciences and biological sciences on the possibility of finding extraterrestrial life living under the surface of Mars. The story linked to a presentation Amend gave at the Space Telescope Science Institute.

The Sacramento Bee featured Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, noting that he supports a ban on state lawmakers fundraising while they’re at work.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about a controversial memo issued by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s political advocacy group. United Press International cited Schnur.

Correio Braziliense (Brazil) quoted David Kang  of international relations and business, director of the USC Korean Studies Institute, about tensions between China and North Korea.

USA Today noted that Glamour named USC student Otana Jakpor one of its Top 10 College Women, for her work to improve California air quality.

The Rafu Shimpo mentioned a lecture by Lori Meeks of religion and East Asian languages and cultures about women and Buddhism.

 

April 6 to 8, 2013

The New York Times highlighted a study by John Strauss of economics and colleagues finding that lifestyle factors can influence how much people shrink as they get older. The study found that high school graduates shrank nearly two centimeters less in their later years than those who were illiterate. Height decreases were also linked with socioeconomic circumstances, diet and exercise.

KPCC-FM interviewed Ange-Marie Hancock of political science and gender studies about the challenge of getting voters interested in off-cycle elections.

Los Angeles Times ran an obituary for USC Dornsife alumna Yvonne Brill, a rocket scientist who invented a propulsion system to keep communications satellites from slipping out of their orbits.

 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Los Angeles Times quoted Robert Dekle of economics about the impact of the Bank of Japan’s plan to combat deflation.

C-SPAN covered a conference hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform that was moderated by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

Daily Democrat cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, in which Californians showed strong support for strict gun control measures.

 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The New Scientist featured work by Elena Pierpaoli of physics and astronomy and 174 other scientists, who analyzed data from the European Space Agency’s Planck spacecraft and found no evidence of “dark flow” — a stream of galaxy clusters moving in the same direction that could indicate the existence of a multiverse.

The Atlantic featured a study by John Strauss of economics and colleagues at Harvard University and Peking University, finding that lifestyle factors can influence how much people shrink as they get older. The researchers also found that height loss is an indicator of other age-related losses, like cognitive health declines.

Toronto Star (Canada) quoted David Kang of international relations and business, director of the USC Korean Studies Institute, about relations between North Korea and South Korea.

The Economist cited Daniel Lynch of international relations regarding Chinese police looking for advanced filtering software at a 1997 conference in Hong Kong.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCAL- TV quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the role of Republican voters in the Los Angeles mayoral race.

The Sacramento Bee mentioned that former state Sen. Tony Strickland is a visiting fellow at the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC.

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Inside Higher Ed reported that USC Dornsife has hired almost a dozen new faculty for its school of philosophy over the last decade, causing the program to rocket up 35 places on the Philosophical Gourmet Report ranking of graduate philosophy programs based on faculty reputation and quality. “[N]o department has improved more over the last decade than USC,” said a University of Chicago professor who edits the report. At a time when many humanities programs are fending off cuts, USC has boosted enrollment and reputation through an administration willing to invest in the philosophy discipline, the story stated. This administrative support came in part through an initiative to hire 100 instructors for USC Dornsife, launched in the early 2000s. USC’s philosophy program has expanded its interdisciplinary programs for both undergraduate and graduate students, adding a progressive five-year master’s degree in philosophy and law, and an interdisciplinary major in philosophy, politics and law, which has grown from 18 to 201 students in less than four years. In that same period, the department’s total number of philosophy majors rose from roughly 125 to 258, said Scott Soames, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, who left Princeton University to join USC in 2004. Other notable philosophy hires include Ralph Wedgwood, John Hawthorne and Gabriel Uzquiano Cruz, all of whom came to USC from the University of Oxford.

The Huffington Post featured a study by John Strauss of economics and colleagues at Harvard University and Peking University, finding that lifestyle factors can influence how much people shrink as they get older. The researchers found that factors like literacy and living in urban areas were associated with reduced risk of height loss. The study was also featured by KPCC-FM, Asian News International, HealthDay News, The Inquisitr and CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCAL- TV.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the California insurance commissioner hiring the group Consumer Watchdog to help review health insurance rate increases.

KPCC-FM interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel rebooting her campaign.

 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Washington Post quoted Jacques Hymans of international relations about North Korea’s nuclear program.

The Washington Post, in a Religion News Service story, quoted Nick Street, senior writer at USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, about Brazilian Pentecostal churches doing missionary outreach in the United States.

Los Angeles Times quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about China-United States film co-productions.

CNN interviewed David Kang of international relations and business, director of the USC Korean Studies Institute, about President Obama’s strategy regarding North Korea.

Inside Higher Ed quoted Lisa Aziz-Zadeh of neuroscience on how a person’s brain behaves when observing someone the person dislikes.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that most Californians favor a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. KPCC-FM also cited the poll.

io9 cited an obituary for USC Dornsife alumna Yvonne Brill, a rocket scientist who invented a propulsion system to keep communications satellites from slipping out of their orbits.

 

March 30 to April 1, 2013

The New York Times ran an obituary for USC Dornsife alumna Yvonne Brill, a rocket scientist who invented a propulsion system to keep communications satellites from slipping out of their orbits. The Washington Post also remembered Brill.

The Washington Post quoted James Heft, Alton M. Brooks Professor of Religion, about Catholic law prohibiting female priests.

The Telegraph (U.K.) cited an op-ed by David Kang of international relations and business, director of the USC Korean Studies Institute, and a colleague, on North Korea and its new leader, Kim Jong Un. Financial Times (U.K.) and Associated Press also cited the op-ed.

NPR News’ “Morning Edition” interviewed David Kang of international relations and business, director of the USC Korean Studies Institute, about North Korean rhetoric.

NPR News’ “Weekend Edition” interviewed David Kang of international relations and business, director of the USC Korean Studies Institute, about North Korea’s economy.

KCRW-FM’s “Left, Right & Center” featured Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, as host of an episode on same-sex marriage and immigration issues.

The Sacramento Bee noted that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and former head of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, is supportive of a ban on state lawmakers fundraising while they’re at work.