July 2014 Media Mentions
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Daily Mail featured research by Scott Kanoski of biological sciences and colleagues finding that sugar-laden drinks consumed during adolescence can affect cognitive and memory development. Newsweek reported that the study found an impact to the hippocampus in the brains of rats fed sugary drinks. CBC (Canada) quoted Kanoski as saying that "in many ways, this region is a canary in the coal mine, as it is particularly sensitive to insult by various environmental factors." The story was also covered by Forbes, Fox News, Press Trust of India, Indo-Asian News Service, ORF (Austria), Visao (Portugal), Cotidianul (Romania), Apple Daily (Taiwan), Agenzia Giornalistica Italia (Italy), Nature World News, Headlines & Global News, Science Codex, WJXT-TV, News 12 Long Island.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
China Central Television quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about the popularity of "Journey to the West," a classical Chinese fable that has been relentlessly adapted in pop-culture.
The Sacramento Bee quoted Travis Longcore of spatial sciences about a resurgence in the population of the El Segundo blue butterfly.
Publisher's Weekly covered "The Book of Life" by Deborah Harkness of history, which debuted at #1 on the publication's Hardcover Fiction list.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The Huffington Post featured a Q&A with Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, about the relationship between art and the human mind.
Monday, July 28, 2014
The New Yorker cited Jack Halberstam, Professor of American studies and ethnicity, gender studies, comparative literature, and English about the radical feminist Sheila Jeffreys.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Associated Press quoted Thomas Ward of anthropology about the growth of gangs in Central America.
MSNBC's "The Ed Show" interviewed Bob Shrum, Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics and Professor of the Practice of Political Science, about President Obama's foreign policy approach to Ukraine.
La Opinion quoted Robert English of international relations about a Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down over Ukraine.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The Huffington Post featured a Q&A with Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, about the relationship between art and the human mind. The story detailed Damasio's research into how intense musical training affects the minds of children. The story also highlighted research by Hanna Damasio, director of the USC Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center, where she studies 3D images of the brains of musicians such as Yo Yo Ma.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
NBC News featured research by Kenneth Nealson, Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and professor of earth sciences and biological sciences, Moh El-Naggar of physics and biological sciences and colleagues at USC Dornsife on rare types of bacteria that breathe and eat electrons. io9 also covered the story.
Monday, July 21, 2014
MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" interviewed Jane Junn of political science about anti-immigration protests prompted by the current border crisis.
San Jose Mercury News quoted Matt Rodriguez, a fellow of USC Dornsife's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the California controller's race.
The Sacramento Bee ran a Q&A with Darry Sragow of political science, who advised Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on his recent campaign to be California Secretary of State. Schnur decided to run as a "no party preference" candidate.
Friday, July 18, 2014
KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" interviewed Robert English of international relations and Michael Barr of the USC Viterbi School about a Malaysia Airlines flight reportedly shot down over Ukraine. ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV and CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KNX-AM interviewed English and Barr. Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV interviewed English.
National Geographic featured the discovery by Luis Chiappe of earth sciences and biological sciences and Michael Habib of Keck Medicine of USC, along with colleagues, of the fossil of a four-winged Changyuraptor.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
New Scientist featured research by Kenneth Nealson, Moh El-Naggar and colleagues at USC Dornsife on rare types of bacteria that breathe and eat electrons. Nealson's team is one of a handful growing these bacteria directly on electrodes, keeping them alive with electricity and nothing else. The story also mentioned Shiue-lin Li and Yamini Jangir of USC Dornsife.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The New York Times featured the discovery by Luis Chiappe of earth sciences and biological sciences and Michael Habib of Keck Medicine of USC, along with colleagues, of the fossil of a four-winged Changyuraptor. It's the largest known flying dinosaur. "It is a stunning specimen and it was stunning to see the size of the feathers," Chiappe told The Washington Post. USA Today reported that the detailed fossil, excavated in China, shows the dinosaur's tail measured a full foot in length. Los Angeles Times reported that scientists believe the dinosaur's "extra" wings were heavily feathered hind legs, possibly used to help them maneuver. National Geographic reported that the discovery adds to understanding of the evolution of flight in the earliest proto-birds. The story was also covered by The Independent, Reuters, NBC News, Al Jazeera, Slate, The Wire, KPCC-FM, io9, Motherboard, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, International Business Times, Press Trust of India, Die Zeit (Germany), Agence France-Presse, O Globo (Brazil), ABC News (Australia), United Press International, The Register, Newsday, RedOrbit and Australian Geographic.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Frontiers LA featured a panel discussion moderated by Christopher Freeman of English held at ONE Archives at USC Libraries, the largest LGBT archive in the world.
Mother Jones cited research by psychology postdoc Ravi Iyer and colleagues finding that the way conservative personalities perceive the world may lead to a higher degree of happiness and life satisfaction.
Monday, July 14, 2014
The Chronicle of Higher Education reviewed "The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations" by Jacob Soll of history and accounting.
Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the need for moderate politics.
The Toronto Star cited Manuel Castells, University Professor, Wallis Annenberg Chair of Communication Techonology and Society and professor of communication, sociology, planning, and international relations, about the emotions behind social movements.
Friday, July 11, 2014
Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the need for a shake-up at the office of the California secretary of state.
The Huffington Post cited research by Antonio and Hannah Damasio of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute on the roots of morality.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Los Angeles Register featured the USC Neuroscience Camp, a crash course in the science of human emotion for local high school students. The camp is a component of a five-year research project by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of education and psychology, who is studying the brain development of 44 children from low-income backgrounds. The study seeks to understand what psychological traits lead to student success, with the hope of applying that knowledge to the design of new educational environments, Immordino-Yang said.
Philippine Daily Inquirer featured a policy report by Rhacel Parreñas of sociology and gender studies and USC doctoral candidate Yu Kang Fan on elderly Filipino caregivers in the Los Angeles area.
Scientific American ran a column by USC Dornsife doctoral student James Askew about the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, which is working to conserve orangutans in a variety of ways.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Slant highlighted an op-ed by Jack Halberstam of American studies and ethnicity, gender studies, comparative literature, and English about emotional "triggering," where certain forms of expression cause mental or emotional harm. Halberstam wrote that "triggering" rhetoric has gone so far that, instead of protesting offensive language used against queer groups, it's become a form of censorship within those groups.
The Millions cited USC Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture Dana Gioia about slam poetry bringing new life to the art form.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
American Public Media's "Marketplace" quoted Carole Shammas, professor emerita and John R. Hubbard Chair Emerita in History about American education in 1776.
San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about ethics reform agendas in California politics.
Contra Costa Times quoted Leland Saito of sociology and American studies and ethnicity about the Asian-American population in the San Gabriel Valley.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Los Angeles Times quoted Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of education and pyschology about a recent study showing that people would rather receive an electric shock than be alone with their thoughts.
Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about protests over immigration in Murrieta.
Los Angeles profiled William Deverell of history, noting that he's written or co-authored 11 history books and heads the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.
The Root ran a column by Ange-Marie Hancock of political science and gender studies about the Obama Administration's My Brother's Keeper initiative.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
The New York Times ran an obituary for USC Dornsife alumnus and track star Louis Zamperini. Zamperini ran in the 1936 Olympics and was later a prisoner of war in World War II. The Wall Street Journal, in an Associated Press story, reported that Zamperini is the subject of the best-selling book "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption," being made into a film scheduled for release in December. Los Angeles Times also ran an obituary.
MIT Technology Review quoted Antonio Damasio of the USC Dornsife College about a controversial study conducted by Facebook that claimed to manipulate users' emotions.
City A.M. quoted USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay about the effect of circadian rhythms on our daily life.
The Hollywood Reporter featured a USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education video interviewing Hessy Levinson Taft. Taft was selected as winner of a 1935 contest conducted by the Nazis to find the most beautiful Aryan baby; she won despite actually being Jewish.
Waco Tribune-Herald mentioned that USC Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture Dana Gioia was confirmed as head of the National Endowment of the Arts in 2003.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
South China Morning Post featured research by Valter Longo of gerontology and biological sciences and colleagues finding that fasting can regenerate the entire immune system. The research could be especially important to those with damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, the story noted.
CNN quoted David Kang of international relations and business about Chinese President Xi Jinping rebuffing North Korea by visiting South Korea first.
Headlines and Global News featured batteries developed by Sri Narayan and Surya Prakash of chemistry, along with colleagues, which are longer lasting than normal lithium ion batteries and made from cheap, eco-friendly components.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
AM New York cited a study by Christian Grose of political science and colleagues finding evidence that racial bias motivates voter ID laws.
Gizmag featured batteries developed by Sri Narayan and Surya Prakash of chemistry, along with colleagues, which are longer lasting than normal lithium ion batteries and made from cheap, eco-friendly components.