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August 2012 Media Mentions

 

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Wall Street Journal quoted Travis Longcore of spatial sciences about LAX’s impact on the nearby El Segundo Blue habitat.

CNN interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about conservative Hollywood celebrities. Voxxi also quoted Schnur.

The Huffington Post quoted Chauntelle Tibbals, visiting scholar in sociology, about sexually explicit images appearing on Instagram.

The Orange County Register quoted David Caron of biological sciences about a species of transparent creatures called salps that are washing up on the Southern California coast.

 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV interviewed Patrick James of international relations about Ronald Reagan’s lasting appeal among Republicans.

The Philadelphia Inquirer quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the use of social media at the Republican National Convention.

Jewish Journal highlighted a two-day workshop by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education about resistance to racist ideologies and genocide.

 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Men’s Health highlighted research by Valter Longo of gerontology and biological sciences on the health benefits of fasting.

Toronto Star (Canada) cited Alice Echols, Barbra Streisand Professor of Contemporary Gender Studies and professor of English, gender studies and history, about singer Donna Summer’s “Love To Love You Baby.”

Herald-Tribune quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the networking that takes place in hotel conference rooms at political conventions.

L.A. Weekly highlighted a walking tour led by Thorsten Becker of earth sciences, who will explore exhibits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from a geophysicist’s perspective.

 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about taxpayers funding the Republican and Democratic political conventions.

The Washington Post reviewed “Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins,” a play by Alison Engel, an MPW alumna and associate director of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities at USC, and her sister Margaret Engel. Actress Kathleen Turner portrays journalist Molly Ivins in the one-person bio-drama.

BBC News (U.K.) featured a USC video and research by Don Arnold of biological sciences and colleagues, showing proteins moving through a neuron in the human brain. In the video, bioluminescent proteins from a jellyfish are used to light up the proteins and illustrate the inner workings of neurons. The work was also covered by RT (Russia), io9, Veja (Brazil) and Science Codex.

BBC News (U.K.) highlighted research by Valter Longo of gerontology and biological sciences on the health effects of fasting.

Hispanic Business quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the importance of the acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s approach to politics, and how it may not be viable in California at this time.

Irish Independent (Ireland) reviewed “Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox” by Lois Banner of history and gender studies.

Winnipeg Free Press (Canada) reviewed “Shadow of Night” by Deborah Harkness of history.

The Ledger highlighted research by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, assistant professor of psychology at USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, finding that daydreaming can help students process information.

LAist highlighted the chamber opera “The Face,” composed by a USC Thornton School professor based on poems by David St. John of English.

 

August 25-27, 2012

The Modesto Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on findings from a recent PACE/USC Rossier poll.

The Sacramento Bee ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about fundraising while legislature is in session.

Los Angeles Times quoted 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 a swarm of earthquakes that struck the Brawley area this weekend. Jordan was quoted in two more Los Angeles Times stories (additional link here).

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about a need for the Republican Party to broaden its support base.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the tech industry’s involvement in state politics.

Associated Press quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the three constituencies of the Republican Party.

The Dallas Morning News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the challenges faced by President Obama and rival Mitt Romney.

CW News New York affiliate WPIX-TV interviewed Lois Banner of history and gender studies about Marilyn Monroe.

National Journal quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s messaging team.

Santa Cruz Sentinel quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the challenges facing Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30.

 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Daily Mail (U.K.) featured a video and research by Don Arnold of biological sciences and colleagues showing proteins moving through a neuron in the human brain. The video used bioluminescent proteins from a jellyfish to light up the proteins and illustrated the inner workings of neurons.The story was also covered by Asian News International, Indo-Asian News Service (India), Wired, Gizmodo, Discovery News and TG Daily.

Bloomberg News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about new documents regarding Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital.

 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on findings from a recent PACE/USC Rossier poll. EdSource, San Francisco Chronicle, KPCC-FM, LA Observed, Ventura County Star and ABC News Sacramento, Calif., affiliate KXTV-TV also quoted Schnur.

CNN interviewed Jesse Graham of psychology about confirmation bias among voters when they’re reading election news.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV interviewed Julien Emile-Geay of earth sciences about global warming.

 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

MSNBC featured a study by Meghan Miller and Thorsten Becker of earth sciences on continental drift and the arc of the Caribbean islands. Miller and Becker ran 176 computer models to test predictions about the relationship between tectonic plates, reported International Business Times.

Associated Press quoted Dan Schnur,  director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed tax initiative.

NBC News’ “Today” mentioned that USC was included in a list of the Top 20 happiest colleges, noting that USC has a strong alumni network.

 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Los Angeles Times featured an opera composed by a USC Thornton School professor based on poems by David St. John of English.

International Business Times featured a study by Meghan Miller and Thorsten Becker of earth sciences on continental drift and the arc of the Caribbean islands. The researchers had to model the tectonic movements of the entire planet, which took several weeks at the USC High Performance Computing Center.The story was also covered by Houston Chronicle, RedOrbit and Science Codex.

The Gazette featured “Red Hot Patriot,” a play by Allison Engel, an MPW alumna and associate director of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities at USC. The play, written by Engel and her twin sister, tells the story of political columnist Molly Ivins.

Los Angeles Times quoted Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology about the portrayal of Latino immigrants on Univision and Telemundo series.

Los Angeles Times quoted Karen Sternheimer of sociology about groups that try to censor popular culture. Sternheimer is currently writing a book on the subject.

Los Angeles Times cited Leo Braudy, University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature and professor of English, about the importance of the novel “Catch-22.”

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s messaging toward conservative voters.

California Watch quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California state legislators accepting gifts.

 

August 18-20, 2012

San Francisco Chronicle noted that Nayan Shah is the new chair of the USC Dornsife Department of American studies and ethnicity.

Men’s Health highlighted a study by Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, and scholar David Neal, who was with USC while the research was conducted, on mindless eating. They found that eating with one’s non-dominant hand made it more difficult to engage in mindless eating.

Bloomberg News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the economy’s effect on voters.

The Kansas City Star quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about how politicians appeal to voters if they have few accomplishments to tout.

Tulsa World reviewed “Shadow of Night,” a new novel by Deborah Harkness of history.

 

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Tampa Tribune featured research by Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, on the reported happiness of urban Chinese citizens between 1990 and 2010. Easterlin found that the population showed no evidence of a marked increase in life satisfaction, despite China’s booming economic prosperity during that period.

C-SPAN interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about an organization he co-founded, No Labels, as well as about low voter turnout among young people.

Bloomberg News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about President Obama’s rhetoric in the 2012 campaign.

 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Fox & Hounds Daily ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about a debate over California’s redistricting reform and the top-two primary.

Time quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s choice of Rep. Paul Ryan for vice president.

CBS News interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the challenges presidential candidate Mitt Romney faces in convincing voters he’ll look out for their interests.

Associated Press quoted Manuel Pastor of American studies and ethnicity about Latino support for President Obama after a series of reforms affecting illegal immigrants. Daily Mail (U.K.) also cited Pastor.

Imperial Valley Press quoted Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology about the education and employment effects for immigrants when they are granted legal status.

 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Los Angeles Times quoted Steven Ross of history about political messages in Hollywood movies.

Fox & Hounds Daily quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative.

MinnPost quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s running mate.

 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Telegraph (U.K.) reviewed “Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox,” a new biography about Marilyn Monroe by Lois Banner of history and gender studies.

CNTV (China) interviewed Stanley Rosen of political science about the popularity of Chinese film festivals for American filmmakers.

North County Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the low proportion of undecided voters in this year’s presidential race.

 

August 11-13, 2012

Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Mitt Romney’s potential appeal with Jewish voters.

Los Angeles Times quoted Karen Tongson of English and gender studies about how TV series in which men take on child-rearing duties suggest a shift in gender roles in the larger culture.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the effect of “going negative” in political campaigns.

Los Angeles Times cited research by Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, finding that it can take up to six seconds for the brain to process a complex emotion.

The Globe and Mail (Canada) highlighted “Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox” by Lois Banner of history and gender studies. Lincolnshire Echo (U.K.) also covered the book.

 

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Huffington Post ran a column by Nicholas Warner of physics, math and astronomy about the value of algebra. Responding to the assertion that it doesn’t serve much use in practical, everyday life, Warner wrote that algebra teaches students to think abstractly and search for the data they need to solve a problem.

The Tampa Tribune quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s potential vice presidential picks.

The Korea Times (South Korea) highlighted an op-ed by John Monterosso of psychology  and a colleague, about research on how people view the link between the brain and moral culpability.

Associated Press highlighted “Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox” by Lois Banner of history and gender studies in a list of books commemorating the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death.

 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Los Angeles Sentinel reported that Mark Whitlock, executive director of USC’s Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, recently accepted the position of western province chaplain of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

Los Angeles Times mentioned that Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan is a faculty member at USC Dornsife.

 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Los Angeles Business Journal featured a partnership between pilot aquaculture project KZO Sea Farms and the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. The institute will study environmental effects and advanced shellfish breeding techniques to facilitate the growth of a Californian aquaculture industry.

The Daily Star (Lebanon) cited Sherman Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and professor of religion and American studies and ethnicity, regarding Islam and civic engagement.

Associated Press quoted Manuel Pastor of American studies and ethnicity about the future for young male Latino and African-American workers.

Bloomberg News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about how the economy will affect voters in the 2012 election.

La Opinion quoted Thomas Ward of anthropology about the role of women within gangs.

KSCI-TV interviewed Rhacel Salazar Parrenas of sociology about her book “Illicit Flirtations,” which studies migrants working as hostesses in Japan.

KPCC-FM reported that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, will speak with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at an event today.

 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

MSNBC featured inexpensive, eco-friendly batteries developed by USC Dornsife researchers Sri Narayan, G.K. Surya Prakash, Aswin Manohar, Souradip Malkhandi and Robert Aniszfeld and colleagues. KCET-TV also covered the work.

BBC News (U.K.) highlighted research by Valter Longo of gerontology and biological sciences on the health effects of fasting. Daily Mail (U.K.) also covered the research.

The Star (Malaysia) highlighted a joint summer school session run by USC’s East Asian Studies Center (EASC) and Ewha Womans University. Students are given the opportunity to participate in local cultural programs offered by the South Korean school. “The Korean Studies faculty and EASC see it as a wonderful opportunity for students to gain first-hand cultural experiences while taking courses on Korea on site,” said Youngmin Choe of East Asian languages and cultures.

The Telegraph (U.K.) reviewed “Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox” by Lois Banner of history and gender studies. The book was also covered by The Telegraph (U.K.), L.A. Weekly and CW News New York affiliate WPIX-TV.

Associated Press highlighted a partnership between pilot aquaculture project KZO Sea Farms and the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. The institute will study environmental effects and advanced shellfish breeding techniques to facilitate the growth of a California aquaculture industry. Dennis Hedgecock of biological sciences called the partnership “a milestone in aquaculture.”

Daily Mail (U.K.) quoted Lois Banner of history and gender studies about the enduring appeal of Marilyn Monroe.

Voice of America quoted Amy Parish of anthropology and gender studies about interactions between apes and humans in zoos.

U-T San Diego quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Republican Party’s fundraising issues.

La Opinion quoted Thomas Ward of anthropology about gang members finding employment with police departments after leaving gang life.

L.A. Weekly highlighted USC Dornsife graduate student Elisabeth Sedano, who conducted her geography dissertation on billboard advertising in Los Angeles, and the difficulty of getting city information on the subject. Curbed L.A. also covered the story.

 

August 4-6, 2012

The New York Times highlighted “Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox” by Lois Banner of history and gender studies. Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by Banner about Marilyn Monroe, highlighting research from the new book. The book was also covered by The Washington Post, a Los Angeles Times book review, Financial Times (U.K.), CBC News (Canada), CBC Radio’s “Q” (Canada), The Guardian (U.K.), The Independent (U.K.), Daily Express (U.K.), The Huffington Post, KPCC-FM’s “Patt Morrison,” NPR Washington affiliate WAMU-FM’s “The Diane Rehm Show,” The Denver Post, Advocate and Charleston City Paper.

Los Angeles Times highlighted a partnership between the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and pilot aquaculture project KZO Sea Farms. The institute will study environmental effects and advanced shellfish breeding techniques to facilitate the growth of a Californian aquaculture industry. The story quoted Dennis Hedgecock, Paxson H. Offield Professor in Fisheries Ecology and professor of biological sciences.

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 society’s new study on the impact of a congressional budget bill. The study found that federal budget cuts could severely affect California’s earthquake readiness. “The impact of this type of deep budget cut would be debilitating,” Jordan said.

Politico quoted Dan Schnur,  director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Republican Party leaders, most of whom he said are losing the stomach for the gay marriage debate.

Minnesota Public Radio cited Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about political polling undergoing major changes.

 

Friday, August 3, 2012

The New York Times reviewed “Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox” by Lois Banner of history and gender studies. “Banner presents a rich and often imaginative narrative of Marilyn’s life,” the review stated. “By the end, Monroe feels at once like an earthly being — an almost-friend — and an enigma, still slightly out of focus and just beyond reach.” The story noted that last year Banner published “MM — Personal: From the Private Archive of Marilyn Monroe,” a collection of memoranda found in filing cabinets formerly owned by the star. “Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox” was also covered by Daily Mail (U.K.), Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, L.A. Weekly and The Record.

 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

LiveScience highlighted a video of Jill McNitt-Gray of biological sciences and biomedical engineering explaining the biomechanics that govern Olympic divers.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about gaffes by political candidates.

Politico quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s potential choices for vice presidential nominee. A second Politico story quoted Schnur.

The Sacramento Bee reported that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, will attend a Sacramento Press Club luncheon.

 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

CBS News highlighted a video of Jill McNitt-Gray of biological sciences and biomedical engineering explaining the biomechanics that govern Olympic divers. The Huffington Post and The Gazette (Canada) featured the video.

KQED-FM ran a video on “Mirrorbox,” an art project being studied by USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute. The project allows two people to control digital images of each other’s faces, inducing a sense of empathy. Scientific American also ran the video.

Associated Press quoted Lois Banner of history and gender studies about actress Marilyn Monroe’s enduring appeal. Detroit Free Press also quoted Banner.

Bloomberg Businessweek quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about controversies surrounding presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s trip overseas.

The Hill quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Sen. Joe Lieberman not being invited to the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions.