City News Service reported that Solomon Golomb, University and Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, will receive the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama tomorrow. The award recognizes Golomb’s work on mathematical structures contributing to cell phone and radar technology and communications from Mars.
Science Codex featured research by Sarah Feakins of earth sciences and colleagues on northeast African vegetation change over 12 million years. The study suggests that rainforests disappeared long before bipedalism developed in human ancestors, which is sooner than previously believed. ScienceDaily also covered the research.
The New York Observer covered a “netprov” acted out by Mark Marino of the Writing Program and a colleague, using the Twitter account of USC student Spencer Pratt. The netprov — an improv scenario acted out through social media — made it look as though Pratt’s account had been hijacked by a British poet trying to attract attention to his own work. Radar Online also covered the story.
KCRW-FM interviewed Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology about President Obama’s immigration reform proposal.
Los Angeles Times featured research by Shrikanth Narayanan, Andrew Viterbi Professor of Engineering and professor of electrical engineering, computer science, linguistics and psychology; Krishna Nayak and Michael Proctor of the USC Viterbi School, Dani Byrd of linguistics, and USC student Erik Bresch, who studied human beatboxing with an MRI scanner. The goal of the work is to learn more about the mechanics behind the rhythms. The research was also featured by Smithsonian and Inside Science News Service.
Press Trust of India (India) featured research by Hanna Costa Damasio, University Professor, Dana Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and professor of psychology and neurology, and Antoine Bechara of psychology and colleagues on brain areas related to addiction. The study focused particularly on subjects addicted to smoking. The study was also featured by Asian News International and LiveScience.
Reuters quoted Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity about “birthing tourism” in Southern California.
The Huffington Post cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that Latinos were more worried about the environment than were white respondents.
KPCC-FM featured research by Lisa Aziz-Zadeh of neuroscience and colleagues, finding that when people spend more time looking at an individual with disabilities, it engenders a better understanding. “Exposure to people with disabilities is actually quite important because the more you become exposed and see people with disabilities the more you start to process them the same as you do other people who don’t have disabilities,” Aziz-Zadeh said.
Wired featured research by Shrikanth Narayanan, Andrew Viterbi Professor of Engineering and professor of electrical engineering, computer science, linguistics and psychology; Krishna Nayak of the USC Viterbi School; Dani Byrd of linguistics and colleagues, studying human beatboxing with an MRI scanner.
ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV interviewed Patrick James of international relations about expectations for President Barack Obama’s second term.
BBC News (U.K.) ran a story by USC Dornsife graduate student Jason Goldman on how different animals choose their companions.
The Verge featured research by Shrikanth Narayanan, Andrew Viterbi Professor of Engineering and professor of electrical engineering, computer science, linguistics and psychology; Krishna Nayak of the USC Viterbi School; Dani Byrd of linguistics and colleagues, studying human beatboxing with an MRI scanner. The researchers plan to study how the sounds produced by beatboxers differ from those of normal human speech. The work was also covered by Animal New York.
CNTV (China) interviewed Stanley Rosen of political science about the relationship between Hollywood and China.
CNET quoted USC Dornsife graduate student Jason Goldman about the use of Facebook profiles in mental illness diagnoses.
Wired featured research by Shrikanth Narayanan, Andrew Viterbi Professor of Engineering and professor of electrical engineering, computer science, linguistics and psychology; Krishna Nayak of the USC Viterbi School; Dani Byrd of linguistics and colleagues, studying human beatboxing with an MRI scanner. The researchers made 40 recordings of the diversity of sounds a beatboxer could make, capturing video images of his tongue and lips; they hope to use the data to study how speech is made and interpreted in different languages. The work was also covered by Daily Mail (U.K.), Popular Science and Fox News.
NPR News Boston affiliate WBUR-FM’s “On Point” interviewed Karen Sternheimer of sociology about cyclist Lance Armstrong’s legacy.
The Wall Street Journal mentioned that the USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education and Chabad at USC hosted a talk by Eva Schloss, stepsister of Anne Frank.
Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by Nina Eliasoph of sociology about volunteerism as a vehicle for social reform. Eliasoph wrote that most people engage in “plug-in volunteering” — donating the odd day or so to a cause, but not questioning why a particular problem exists in society in the first place. “They should talk to one another, for example, about whether the people they are feeding this week will be hungry again next week,” she wrote.
Inside Higher Ed featured Craig Stanford of biological sciences and anthropology and his research on the threat of extinction faced by great apes. Stanford said that the destruction of habitat and the black market in ape meat have decimated the great ape population in the wild. “We face a 21st century biodiversity crisis, and the possible loss of our genetic next of kin,” he added. “Allowing them to die would be like allowing your extended family to die.”
Foreign Policy ran an op-ed by Laurie Brand, Robert Grandford Wright Professor and professor of international relations, stating that the kingdom of Jordan is unlikely to experience an Arab Spring-style revolt like the one that occurred in Tunisia. NPR News cited the op-ed. Foreign Policy ran a second op-ed by Brand on the subject.
KPCC-FM featured “Barrios to Burbs: The Making of the Mexican-American Middle Class” by Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology.
The New York Times quoted William Deverell of history about Cardinal Roger Mahony’s influence in Los Angeles.
ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV interviewed Patrick James of international relations about the Republican Party and gun control.
The New York Times quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about the relationship between Hollywood and China.
The Wall Street Journal quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the political career of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Slate cited research by USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, finding that voting rates for newly naturalized immigrants surge during periods when immigration is a hot political topic.
Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about changes to California’s Fair Political Practices Commission.
The Sacramento Bee reported that former Republican Sen. Tony Strickland will become a fellow at the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC. Ventura County Star noted that Strickland will participate in panel discussions on political and public policy issues. Plans are underway for Strickland to partner with Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, to teach a fall class titled “The Future of California.”
ABC News’ “Good Morning America” featured research by Travis Longcore of spatial sciences about the dangers communications towers pose to threatened bird species. The towers kill nearly seven million birds per year, with certain taxonomic classes such as songbirds especially at risk. Smithsonian noted that while many factors contribute to bird deaths, it wasn’t understood how many of the birds claimed by towers belonged to threatened species.
Los Angeles Review of Books ran a Q&A with David Treuer of English about his book “Rez Life.”
Los Angeles quoted Philip Ethington of history about racially-influenced “safety maps” that were created during the Depression to help determine housing values.
The Chronicle of Higher Education ran an op-ed by Mark Marino of the Writing Program and a colleague about @occupymla, a novelty Twitter account that they’ve used to critique academe’s power structure.
Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Los Angeles mayoral candidate Kevin James.
China Daily (China) interviewed Stanley Rosen of political science about the appeal of Chinese martial arts films.
LiveScience quoted Jan Amend of earth sciences and biological sciences about a study on the origin of life.
Los Angeles Times quoted Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, and policy, planning, and development, about late TV host Huell Howser.
NPR Boston affiliate WBUR-FM interviewed USC Dornsife Dean Steve A. Kay about circadian rhythms and the best timing for meals and sleep.
The New Republic ran a book review by Jacob Soll of history and accounting of Ben Kafka’s “The Demon of Writing: Powers and Failures of Paperwork.”
The Hollywood Reporter reported that playwright David Auburn has signed on to write the script for the film adaptation of “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness of history.
The New York Times quoted Judith “Jack” Halberstam of American Studies and ethnicity, gender studies, and comparative literature about a new generation of LGBT university students.
Los Angeles Times quoted David St. John and Carol Muske-Dukes, both of English, about poet Richard Blanco who was selected to read at President Obama's inauguration.
Los Angeles Times quoted Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, and policy, planning, and development, about the cultural impact of late TV host Huell Howser. The Fresno Bee also quoted Starr.
PopMatters reviewed “Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal” by Judith “Jack” Halberstam of American Studies and ethnicity, gender studies, and comparative literature.
The Washington Post, in a New Scientist story, highlighted research by Valter Longo of gerontology and biological sciences into fasting’s impact on the growth of cancer. Longo is studying how fasting can be used with normal cancer treatment to yield a faster recovery.
L.A. Weekly reviewed “The Oracle of Hollywood Boulevard” by Dana Goodyear of the Master of Professional Writing Program.
Univision San Diego affiliate KBNT-CA featured research by USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, finding that the economy would benefit if more immigrants become citizens.
The New York Times quoted Alain Goeppert, senior research scientist at the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, about the costs associated with capturing carbon dioxide from the air.
Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about divisions within the Republican Party.
The Tampa Tribune quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about a gridlocked Congress in 2013: “If you liked the 2011-2012 gridlock, you’re going to love this one.”
La Opinion quoted Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology and David Lopez-Lee of the USC Price School about Latinos not choosing traditional names for their children once they become more Americanized.
Los Angeles Times featured Dana Goodyear of the Master of Professional Writing Program and her new volume of poetry, “The Oracle of Hollywood Boulevard.”
Los Angeles Times featured the award-winning master’s thesis by USC alumnus Samuel Krueger, who mapped out the “heart” of Los Angeles.
CNN quoted David Kang of international relations and business about the election of South Korea’s president.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune ran a Q&A with David Treuer of English about exploring Ojibwe country in the winter.
The History Channel’s “Seven Signs of the Apocalypse” interviewed David Hutchins of biological sciences about the danger of red tides.