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June 2013 Media Mentions

 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Wired featured research by Daniel Lidar of electrical engineering systems, chemistry, and physics and astronomy and colleagues confirming the D-Wave chip housed at USC Viterbi's Information Sciences Institute appears to be operating as a quantum processor. Quantum computing, which relies on quantum physics to process far more data than normal supercomputers, has been a scientific goal for decades. The story was also covered by GigaOm and Engadget.

The New York Times highlighted research by Lee Epstein, Provost Professor of Law and Political Science, and colleagues about the recent Supreme Court rulings. Pacific Standard Time also highlighted the study, noting it found the court takes more cases in which business litigants lost in lower courts.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s impact on Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Times cited a USC Dornsife College/Los Angeles Times poll about support among California voters for gay marriage.

 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Scientific American ran a column by James Haw, Ray R. Irani Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Chair in Chemistry and professor of chemistry and environmental studies, and USC Dornsife student Molly Sullivan about Japan’s marine fisheries.

 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The New York Times highlighted a book by Steven Ross of history about an anti-Nazi spy ring financed by Hollywood studio heads in the 1930s.

Voice of America ran a photo of a living brain neuron taken by Richard Roberts of chemistry, biological sciences and chemical engineering and Don Arnold of biological sciences on a method that allows scientists to see where and how memories are formed. By attaching fluorescent markers to certain proteins, they could watch synapses as they changed and new memories were being formed.

ABC News Salinas, Calif., affiliate KSBW-TV cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll finding that Californians are becoming more tolerant of same-sex marriage.

Scientific American ran a column by USC Dornsife student Maureen McCarthy about chimpanzees in Uganda.

Raw Story featured research by USC Dornsife postdoctoral researcher Spassena Koleva, Ravi Iyer and Jesse Graham of psychology on how a person’s insecurities and attachment to others can be a predictor of their moral concerns.

NBC’s Golf Channel featured USC Dornsife alumna Lizette Salas, an LPGA Tour player who was the first in her family to attend college.

 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about L.A. labor leader Maria Elena Durazo’s influence.

The Australian (Australia) cited an article by Peter Mancall, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History and Anthropology, on the social costs of Indian drinking in colonial America.

 

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Hollywood Reporter quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about China’s recent surge in the film industry and how a lack of qualified attorneys in their country could lead to significant problems in the long run.

Minnesota Public Radio quoted Dan Schnur,  director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Republican’s chances of winning back the Presidency given their current political strategies.

Science World Report featured research by Don Arnold of biological sciences and Richard Roberts of chemistry, biological sciences and chemical engineering on a method that allows scientists to see where and how memories are formed.

 

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Huffington Post ran a column by Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity about immigrant integration being key to America’s future. He noted that USC Dornsife’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, which he directs, studied integration patterns across 10 regions of California. The regions where integration was fostered the most had thriving immigrant communities, which in turn led to an economic benefit for the region as a whole.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll on how California voters feel about prison crowding.

The Hollywood Reporter quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about a shortage of intellectual property lawyers in China.

 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

International Business Times featured research by Don Arnold of biological sciences and Richard Roberts of chemistry, biological sciences and chemical engineering on a method that allows scientists to see where and how memories are formed. By attaching fluorescent markers to certain proteins, they could watch synapses as they changed and new memories were being formed. Vice’s “Motherboard” reported that Arnold and Roberts hope to use this research to eliminate memories of learned behavior. The story was also covered by ABC (Spain), Europa Press (Spain) and GOOD.

Scientific American ran a column by Jim Haw, Ray R. Irani Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Chair in Chemistry and professor of chemistry and environmental studies, and USC Dornsife student Ryan Gobar about the college’s Guam and Palau program.

 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Guardian (U.K.) featured an online photography exhibit co-organized by William Deverell of history. “Form and Landscape: Southern California, Edison and the Los Angeles Basin 1940-1990” borrows from a 70,000-plus image archive of photos taken between the late 19th and late 20th centuries. The photos were bequeathed to the Huntington Library, Los Angeles. Over the past year, Deverell and a colleague have been sorting through the images.

Nature cited research being done by Daniel Lidar of electrical engineering systems, chemistry, and physics and astronomy and colleagues concerning quantum computers and how they operate.

 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Sacramento Bee highlighted the efforts of two USC student interns in breaking news stories on the recent FBI investigation into the office of California Sen. Ron Calderon. USC Dornsife student Amy Gebert shared Tweets on an FBI raid on the office, asked pointed questions during a press conference and found a new thread in the story while digging through disclosure documents. Annalise Mantz, a USC Annenberg School student, is also interning with The Sacramento Bee.

Scientific American ran a column by David Ginsburg of environmental studies and USC Dornsife student Alanna Waldman about the Dornsife College’s Guam and Palau programs.

 

Friday, June 14, 2013

La Opinion featured Thomas Ward of anthropology, who has studied the evolution of the Mara Salvatrucha gang in Mexico for 16 years. He’s compiled his research in the book "Gangsters without Borders.” Latino California covered the research, noting Ward earned the trust of gang members by meeting their families, visiting them in hospitals and prisons and even baking birthday cakes for them. The story was also covered by Univision Los Angeles affiliate KMEX-DT.

 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Azteca America cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll finding that a majority of California voters support same-sex marriage. The poll was also cited by Univision San Diego affiliate KBNT-CD, The Advocate and Notimex (Mexico).

 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

KCET-TV cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll finding that 45 percent of California voters oppose fracking.

Scientific American ran a column by David Ginsburg of environmental studies and USC Dornsife student Michael Young about USC Dornsife’s Guam and Palau program.

 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Boston Globe ran an op-ed by Jacob Soll of history and accounting about the Vatican’s bank and how secrecy in financing leads to corruption and inefficiency.

Red Orbit featured research by Norman Arnheim, Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and Ester Dornsife Chair in Biological Sciences, and Peter Calabrese of biological sciences finding that a genetic mutation causing Noonan Syndrome is linked to the age of the father passing on the trait. The study was also conducted by USC postdoctoral researchers Song-Ro Yoon, Soo-Kung Choi and graduate student Jordan Eboreime.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV interviewed Stanley Rosen of political science on a recent meeting between President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. NBC News Albany, NY, affiliate WNYT-TV interviewed Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute about what a perfect opportunity it was to improve relations between the two nations.

New York cited a study by Travis Longcore of spatial sciences finding that the “trap, neuter, return” policy taken toward stray cats doesn’t further conservation aims.

Fox News San Diego affiliate KSWB-TV cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll on the impact of fracking in California.

 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Los Angeles Times covered the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, finding that six in 10 California voters believe same-sex marriage should be legal. There has been a dramatic shift among voters 65 and older, who are now almost evenly divided over the issue (46 percent in favor, 47 percent against). Three years ago, seniors opposed gay marriage by 19 percentage points, the story said. Los Angeles Times also reported the poll found California voters were willing to take bigger steps to reduce prison crowding, including early release of nonviolent offenders. At the same time, they don’t want to sacrifice public safety. Capital Public Radio also cited the poll.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the need to ban fundraising while the California legislature is in session. KPCC-FM also cited Schnur. The Sacramento Bee mentioned Schnur has proposed such a ban.

Science Daily featured Norman Arnheim, Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and Ester Dornsife Chair in Biological Sciences, and Peter Calabrese of biological sciences whose research has highlighted the rapid increase of reported cases of Noonan Syndrome, a genetic disease fathers pass on to their children.

 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that more than 70 percent of California voters favor banning or heavily regulating fracking. “Voters are suspicious of fracking,” said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. The story included a USC Dornsife video about the polls. Los Angeles Times ran a live chat on the findings. The poll also found voters split about evenly on a proposal to allow transgender students to participate in sports and use bathrooms in public schools based on their gender identity. The poll was also covered by The Huffington Post.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about a meeting between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Rosen was also quoted by Shenzhen News (China).

Scientific American ran a column by USC Dornsife student Amelia Moura about USC Dornsife’s Guam and Palau programs.

 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Los Angeles Times covered a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 49 percent of California voters think the economy is starting to improve, up three percentage points from the last poll in March. “They might not be satisfied with where the state is right now, but they’re increasingly optimistic,” said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. The poll also found that 59 percent of voters support increasing the number of online classes at public universities to make education more accessible. The poll also found more voters favor preserving quality at public universities rather than lowering tuition.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press Story, quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about a meeting between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping in California.

 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Kotaku featured a panel at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC, including Karen Sternheimer of sociology, about violence and video games. She spoke about her book “Celebrity Culture and the American Dream,” pointing out many of the actual studies linking violence and video games are either flawed, are conducted on groups that aren’t typically violent themselves, or are reported on out of context.

LiveScience featured USC Dornsife chemistry graduate student Candy Hwang, who won second prize and the People’s Choice Award for a 2012 video contest sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Wall Street Journal highlighted research by John Strauss of economics and colleagues finding large discrepancies between aging men and women in China. CNN Money reported the study found 23 percent of China’s elderly say they are below the poverty line and 40 percent show symptoms of depression. International Business Times put together an infographic based on the study’s data. The story was also covered by Xinhua News Service (China).

La Opinion ran a column by Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity about the estimated 3-4 million Californians still without healthcare due to their immigration status, despite the Affordable Care Act and Medi-Cal. Pastor wrote that many of these Californians rely on emergency rooms rather than preventative care.

Los Angeles Times quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about the reception of “Django Unchained” in China.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the outcome of the Los Angeles mayoral election.

 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Time covered research by Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, and colleagues finding that, when stressed, people tend to fall back on their habits, regardless of whether they’re good or bad. City News Service also covered the research.

Deseret News covered a study by Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity indicating that Utah’s inclusiveness despite changing demographics has been a key to its economics success.

Deseret News quoted Richard Flory of sociology about a new Gallup poll indicating that the majority of people believe the nation would be better off if more people were religious, but that the influence of religion is declining.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC interviewed Stanley Rosen of political science about the U.S.-China summit in California.

Scientific American ran a column by Jim Haw, Ray R. Irani Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Chair in Chemistry and professor of chemistry and environmental studies, on the USC Guam and Palau program. Scientific American ran another column.

Hispanic Business mentioned that ticket sales for a series of Steven Spielberg-directed films will benefit the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.

News 12 New Jersey covered research by Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, about maintaining good health habits in order to lower stress.

Live Science reported that USC Dornsife student Cindy Hwang won second prize and the People’s Choice Award in a December 2012 video contest sponsored by the National Science Foundation, “Creating the Future.”