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April 2014 Media Mentions

 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

CBS News Oklahoma City affiliate KWTV-TV featured USC Dornsife's Southern California Earthquake Center and Director Thomas Jordan. The story focused on the center's research on earthquake forecasting, its current potential and its limitations.

San Diego CityBeat quoted Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, about San Diego's municipal workforce.

The Huffington Post highlighted researched by Jesse Graham of psychology about the practical nature of American moral standards.

Korea Times ran a column by Kyung Moon Hwang of history about the history of disasters in South Korea and how the country has been affected by those disasters.

The Diplomat ran an article by USC Dornsife student Reid Lidow about the death of Myanmar writer and activist U Win Tin.

 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

BBC News interviewed David Kang of international relations and business about a security deal the United States signed with the Philippines.

 

Monday, April 28, 2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education featured the USC Center for Advanced Genocide Research for genocide research at the USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education, calling it an attempt to "create a West Coast hub of genocide scholarship." The center will study the origins of mass violence, how to intervene against it and its emotional and psychological effects. The story quoted Stephen Smith, the Shoah Foundation's director, and noted that Wolf Gruner, Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies and professor of history, will be director of the new center. KPCC-FM quoted USC President C. L. Max Nikias as saying the new center will "will forever change the way the world recognizes and responds to the threat of genocide." The story also quoted Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Beth Meyerowitz about the Shoah Foundation's archives being used to teach students. Los Angeles Times quoted director Steven Spielberg, who established the Shoah Foundation in 1994, as saying that its 52,000 recorded survivor testimonials offer precious value to scholars. ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV quoted USC Dornsife College Dean Steve Kay about the value of the Shoah Foundation's archive. The story was also covered by Associated Press, The Boston Globe, The Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, The Jerusalem Post, Public Radio of Armenia, and Jewish Journal in two stories (second link here).

The New York Times featured an op-ed by Jacob Soll of history and accounting about the history of accounting, and how understanding helps preserve a stable, transparent society. The Wall Street Journal reviewed Soll's new book, "The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations." Soll spoke on WNYC-FM's "The Leonard Lopate Show" about the book, and how accounting practices affect socieities. C-SPAN also covered Soll's book.

WSL-AM quoted Robert English of international relations about nationalism and the political economy in Ukraine.

The Times of Israel mentioned that President Barack Obama will attend the 20th anniversary gala event of the USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education. Obama will receive the organization's highest award, the title of "ambassador for humanity."

The Sacramento Bee mentioned Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, is running for California Secretary of State.

 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Inside Higher Ed quoted Kate Flint, Provost Professor of English and Art History about a Brown University professor accused of plagiarism.

The Chronicle of Higher Education covered the closure of the Master ofProfessional Writing program at USC Dornsife.

 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

La Opinion featured USC Dornsife student Jasmine Torres, who struggled through the foster care system before being accepted to USC. She will graduate with a degree in sociology in May. Torres initiated the USC Trojan Guardian Scholars program, now in its first year and helping to support dozens of USC students coming on to campus from the foster care system. George Sanchez, vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives, director of the program, said Torres approached him to start the program.

San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about how separating campaign contributions from key votes is the first step is overcoming the ills of politics.

Los Angeles Times mentioned that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, as one of the candidates running for California Secretary of State.

 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Inside Higher Ed highlighted "Why Literature Matters," an essay by USC Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture Dana Gioia that has been selected for the new SAT test. Test takers are asked to analyze the ways in which Gioia builds his argument.

Los Angeles Times quoted Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, and director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, about a new tool developed by the California EPA to measure neighborhood air pollution. The story noted Pastor developed a precursor to the state screening tool.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV interviewed Thomas Jordan, University Professor, W. M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences, professor of earth sciences and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, about the connection between recent earthquake faults felt in Los Angeles and nearby places.

KPCC-FM quoted Richard Flory of sociology about pastor Rick Warren's brand recognition.

KPCC-FM mentioned Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, is running for California Secretary of State.

 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The New Yorker interviewed Stephen Smith, director of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, about the use of technology to create interactive holograms of Holocaust survivors to preserve testimony of their experiences.

BBC News interviewed Robert English of international relations about the importance of the United States administration pressing the Ukrainian government to achieve constitutional reform swiftly.

The History Channel's "Angels & Demons Decoded" interviewed Clifford Johnson of physics and astronomy about the use of antimatter in hospital MRI machines.

NBC News affiliate KNBC-TV interviewed Tom Jordan, University Professor, W. M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences, professor of earth sciences and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, about the impact of distant seismic activity on faults in Southern California.

 

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Bakersfield Californian ran an editorial about Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, running for California Secretary of State.

 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Los Angeles Times mentioned that Olympian Louis Zamperini (physical education, ’40) was a USC alumnus.

 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Quartz cited USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay on the fact that most adults are best focused for work in the late morning.

Haaretz quoted Leah Hochman of Jewish studies about the role that kale has begun to play in Israeli and Jewish culture.

The Huffington Post cited Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, and his book "Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain."

The Huffington Post mentioned that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, is running for California Secretary of State.

 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Huffington Post cited research from Christian Grose of political science finding that electoral reforms in California are associated with an ideological shift toward the center for Democrats.

RedOrbit cited research by Nikolaus Buenning of earth sciences finding that global warming may bring more curvy jet streams during winter.

The Korea Times (South Korea) ran a column by Kyung Moon Hwang of history about the 1960 student revolution, known as "Sa-il-gu," when students led mass protests against the oppressive Syngman Rhee government.

KCET-TV mentioned a presentation on the evolution of Los Angeles County by Philip Ethington of history, political science and spatial sciences, and colleagues.

 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The New York Times featured a rectangle puzzle created by Solomon Golomb, University Professor, Distinguished Professor Electrical Engineering and Mathematics and Andrew and Erna Viterbi Chair in Communications. The story noted he is a prolific puzzle creator, a "major figure in communication theory and a legendary professor at the University of Southern California."

KFMB-AM featured Thomas Garrison of anthropology in a story about a team of USC archeology students who exhumed the legendary racehorse Native Diver so that its remains can be moved to a new burial spot.

San Francisco Chronicle mentioned President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at an event hosted by the USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education, which collects testimonials from survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides.

 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Los Angeles Times featured the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC, covering a panel on memoirs featuring University Professor Leo Braudy and Dinah Lenney of writing. A photo slideshow included T.C. Boyle, Writer in Residence and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English. USC Dornsife faculty at the festival were also mentioned by Los Angeles and LAist.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, in a story about universities hiring outstanding faculty, interviewed Scott Soames, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, about faculty recruitment. The story mentioned a $100 million hiring initiative in the college and noted the rise of the USC philosophy department, which Soames chairs, from No. 46 to No. 11 in a widely followed ranking.

KCRW-FM's "To the Point" interviewed Stephen Smith of the USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education about lessons learned from the Rwandan genocide.

Los Angeles Times covered Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and hi campaign to become California Secretary of State.

 

Friday, April 11, 2014

BBC featured Jacob Soll of history and accounting and his new book "The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations." The book explores the role that accounting plays in the effective management of nations. The interview begins at 02:51:00.

The Press-Enterprise cited a study by Juan De Lara of American studies and ethnicity finding that Inland Empire warehouse jobs are part-time, low-wage and do little to provide access to the middle class.

San Francisco Chronicle covered poll results for Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, who is running for California Secretary of State. San Jose Mercury News and The Modesto Bee also covered the story.

 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Los Angeles Times featured the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC, profiling a number of the authors that will be appearing on panels this weekend. The story noted that the free festival kicks off at 10 a.m. with USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett, the USC Trojan Marching Band and Los Angeles Times Publisher Eddy Hartenstein; 150,000 people are expected to attend. T.C. Boyle, Writer in Residence and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English, will speak at one panel, the story noted. Los Angeles covered the event, noting that Aimee Bender of English would be speaking about her short story collection "The Color Master." The story was also covered by NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV, another story in Los Angeles and The Rafu Shimpo.

Quartz cited David Kang of international relations and business about international pop culture leaking into North Korea.

 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Los Angeles Times featured T.C. Boyle, Writer in Residence and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English. The story noted Boyle will be appearing at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC.

 

Friday, April 4, 2014

The New York Times ran an op-ed by David Treuer of English about a new charity created by Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, which benefits Native American tribal communities. Treuer wrote that the charity will not stop efforts to change the Redskins' offensive name.

Voice of America featured the USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education, which is preserving video testimony of Rwandan genocide survivors. The Shoah Foundation hosted a speaking event by survivor Yannick Tona for USC students. The story also noted that the institute has collected video testimonies of survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides.

 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

National Geographic quoted Craig Stanford of anthropology and biological sciences about how infanticide in animals is recognized as part of an animal's reproductive strategy.

 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Korea Times (South Korea) ran a column by Hwang Kyung-moon of history about the historical TV drama "Empress Ki" and its relation to modern day Korea.

Pacific Standard, in a list of the 30 Top Thinkers Under 30, featured doctoral candidate Kelly Miller. Miller is currently studying psychology and how people use relationships to regulate their emotions. She recently received a National Science Foundation Fellowship to advance her studies.

Sacramento Bee featured Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, who is running for California Secretary of State.

 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Jerusalem Post mentioned that last year's winners of an Israeli innovation award for alternative fuels were George Olah, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Chair in Organic Chemistry, and Surya Prakash, George A. and Judith A. Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry and professor of chemistry. The $1 million award, which is given by the office of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, was established to push forward energy independence.

The Courier-Journal reported on upcoming talks by Antonio Damasio and Jacques Hymans, both winners of 2014 Grawemeyer Awards. Damasio, director of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute, was recognized for developing a hypothesis related to how emotions affect personal decisions. Hymans of international relations was recognized for his book "Achieving Nuclear Ambitions: Scientists, Politicians and Proliferation."

Los Angeles ran an article by Brie Loskota, managing director of the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, about the history of Wilshire Boulevard's religious diversity.

Los Angeles Times quoted Peter Westwick of history about the history of surfing in Southern California.