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June 2014 Media Mentions

 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Los Angeles Times quoted Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity about nonprofits acting faster than government agencies in times of crisis. Pastor discussed Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's new fund for city improvements; the story noted he serves on the fund's board of directors.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding the majority of California voters said the state's drought has little to no effect on their daily lives.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Alison Dundes Renteln of political science and anthropology about the clothes women executives choose to wear. The story cited "The Cultural Defense," a book about her research on hundreds of legal cases, including some centered on religious attire.

La Opinión quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's positive ratings after his first year in office.

The Daily Beast, in a story about how America values poetry, cited "Can Poetry Matter?" by USC Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture Dana Gioia.

PBS News' "Newshour" featured "The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations" by Jacob Soll of history and accounting.

 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

U-T San Diego reported that USC has hired two top scientists from the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla: biochemist Ray Stevens and cell biologist and physicist Peter Kuhn. Stevens is famous for his protein structure research and for playing a vital role in the creation of Tamiflu. He earned his doctorate at USC, where he worked with Nobel Prize winner George Olah, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Chair in Organic Chemistry. Kuhn developed an experimental way to identify and analyze cells that break away from tumors.

 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

U-T San Diego featured a $15 million gift from USC Trustee and alumnus Andrew Viterbi and his wife Erna supporting the USC Viterbi School and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education. The gift provides $10 million for five professorships and graduate fellowships at the Viterbi School, which was established with the couple's $52 million gift in 2004. An additional $5 million will support an executive director position and work being done at the Shoah Foundation. The story was also covered by Associated Press, City News Service and Times of San Diego.

Boing Boing featured "The Reckoning: Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations" by Jacob Soll of history and accounting. The story focused on accounting and how financial transparency was historically viewed as a primary virtue.

 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

USA Today quoted Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology about how Latinos self-identify on Census forms since 2000.

National Geographic quoted Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, and policy, planning and development, about the impact of drought on California's agriculture.

 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 59 percent of Latino voters in California support Gov. Jerry Brown, while six percent support Republican challenger Neel Kashkari.

The Philadelphia Tribune quoted Christian Grose of political science about the way that voter ID restrictions are described in polls, and how those descriptions affect the poll's findings.

Kansas City Star noted that USC Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture Dana Gioia created the Big Read program when he was chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts.

 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Wired featured research by Daniel Lidar of electrical engineering, chemistry, and physics and astronomy, and colleagues on how to define and detect quantum speedup, the measure of how much faster a quantum computer is than a classical computer. Tests used by researchers did not detect quantum speedup in the D-Wave quantum computer housed at USC's Information Sciences Institute, though Itay Hen of the USC Viterbi School has detected it in research on specialized problems. Scientific American covered the story, reporting that Hen's research could help define better benchmarking problems. The story was also covered by The Verge, National Post, CNET, Gizmodo, The Inquirer and Live Science.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that most Californians say the statewide drought has had little or no impact on their daily lives. The Hill also covered the story.

NPR News Boston affiliate WBUR-FM's "Cognoscenti" cited Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of education and pyschology about the role that emotion lays in teaching.

Forbes cited Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, about the role emotions play in decision-making.

 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

San Jose Mercury News ran an op-ed by Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity and a colleague about labor leader and USC alumnus Fred Ross Sr. Ross, who is being inducted into California's Hall of Fame, formed the United Farm Workers union with Cesar Chavez. They wrote that his induction "will inspire another generation to continue making California a more humane place to live and work."

Business Insider cited a study by Phyllis Grifman of the USC Sea Grant Program and colleagues finding a number of locations in Los Angeles County susceptible to flooding in the near future due to rising ocean water.

 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

MIT Technology Review ran a Q&A with Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, about the role that emotion plays in cognition. Damasio's research at the BCI, along with that of his wife, Hannah Damasio, has included cross-cultural studies of emotion.

Los Angeles Times quoted Ange-Marie Hancock of political science and gender studies about radical reforms within California's education system. CW News Los Angeles affiliate KCAL-TV interviewed Hancock.

Al Jazeera cited research by Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity and a colleague on how Silicon Valley's experience with minimum wage and living wage measures can be applied broadly.

 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Forbes cited a study by Valter Longo of gerontology and biological sciences finding that animal protein is linked to an increased cancer risk.

 

Monday, June 16, 2014

NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands) reviewed "The Reckoning: Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations" by Jacob Soll of history and accounting.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reviewed "Trying to Be Cool: Growing Up in the 1950s" by Leo Braudy, University Professor, Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American literature and professor of English and history.

 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Los Angeles highlighted Susan McCabe of English as a potential contender for the position of next Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. The story noted McCabe's collections "Swirl" and "Descartes' Nightmare," the latter of which earned her the Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry.

New York Times quoted USC Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture Dana Gioia about Charles Wright, the recently announced American Poet Laureate.

Voxxi featured research by Valter Longo of gerontology and biological sciences and colleagues finding that fasting can regenerate the entire immune system.

 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

PBS News' "NewsHour" featured research by Moh El-Naggar of physics and his lab, which studies how bacteria interact with electricity. The story looked at research by several of his graduate students. Applications for their research could include using microorganisms to clean wastewater, power fuel cells and build better solar panel materials.

The Daily Beast featured research by Valter Longo of gerontology and biological sciences and colleagues finding that fasting can regenerate the entire immune system. The story was also covered by KPCC-FM, Indo-Asian News Service, United Press International, International Business Times, Voice of Russia, Chicagoland Television, CBS News Baltimore affiliate WNEW-FM, KGO-AM, WOR-AM, KUIK-AM, ABC News Louisville affiliate WHAS-TV, MundoFox Los Angeles affiliate KWHY-TV and The Free Press Journal.

The New Republic cited "Can Poetry Matter?" by USC Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture Dana Gioia.

Jewish Journal featured Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about his campaign for California Secretary of State.

 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found California voters have strong reservations about Gov. Jerry Brown, despite his high approval numbers. His handling of state prisons, efforts to address poverty and his response to California's drought all received low overall grades. The story was also covered by NBC News San Diego affiliate KNSD-TV.

KCET-TV quoted William Deverell of history about the Olmstead Plan, a network of parks linking the Los Angeles River to the mountains and beaches proposed in the 1930s.

 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

NPR quoted Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity about how Latinos self-identify, and how the wording of a census question can yield varying answers.

The Guardian cited research by Antonio Damasio,  director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, on the value of emotion in decision-making.

WOLB-AM featured a study by Christian Grose of political science and doctoral student Matthew Mendez finding strong evidence that discriminatory intent underlies legislative support for voter identification laws.

 

Monday, June 9, 2014

The Boston Globe ran commentary by Jacob Soll of history and accounting about the social value of accounting from a historical perspective. His book, "The Reckoning: Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations," explores how accounting practices advanced European culture, though it has largely fallen out of public view as a driving force in society.

KQED-FM's "The California Report" interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about his campaign for California Secretary of State.

Los Angeles Times noted that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, recently ran for California Secretary of State.

Reuters featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that most California voters feel the state's drought is a major problem or crisis, but few say it has personally affected them to any degree.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" featured a study by Christian Grose of political science and doctoral student Matthew Mendez finding strong evidence that discriminatory intent underlies legislative support for voter identification laws. Moyers and Company also covered the story.

 

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Washington Post ran an op-ed by Laurie Brand, Robert Grandford Wright Professor and professor of international relations and Middle East studies, about out-of-country voting, especially in Middle Eastern countries.

The Daily Mail featured research by Valter Longo of gerontology and biological sciences finding that fasting can regenerate the entire immune system. The Telegraph reported this can be especially helpful for patients receiving chemotherapy or the elderly, whose immune systems become less effective as they age. The story was also covered by EFE, Xinhua News Agency, Press Association, Daily Express, The National Post, Wired, WOR-AM, Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata, Corriere Della Sera, The Huffington Post, Nature World News, Headlines and Global News, Latin Post, RedOrbit and Science Codex.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that most California voters feel the state's drought is a major problem or crisis, but few say it has personally affected them to any degree. While there is wide support for water projects, only 36 percent of voters want to spend taxpayer dollars on them. The story was also covered by KPCC-FM.

Atlanta Black Star featured a study by Christian Grose of political science and doctoral student Matthew Mendez finding strong evidence that racial discrimination drives the intent behind voter ID laws. The Capital Times also covered the story.

 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

MSNBC's "Now with Alex Wagner" featured a study by Christian Grose political science and doctoral student Matthew Mendez finding strong evidence that racial discrimination drives the intent behind voter ID laws. The study was also covered in another MSNBC story as well as MSNBC's "The Last Word."

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Karen Tongson of English and gender studies about anti-gay epithets and how offensive words get phased out of a language.

USA Today quoted Sandra Disner of linguistics about a report that Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal has forgotten English.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that Tea Party voters were included among Neel Kashkari's supporters.

Press-Enterprise quoted Christian Grose of political science about a lack of political engagement in Riverside County.

Los Angeles Daily News cited a study by Christian Grose of political science finding that California legislators were more moderate over the last 18 months than for many years previously.

Phoenix New Times cited research by Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology on how Mexican-American small-business owners advance into the middle class, in some ways succeeding more than other immigrants.

 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Washington Post featured a study by Christian Grose of political science and doctoral student Matthew Mendez finding strong evidence that "discriminatory intent underlies legislative support for voter identification laws." Their study examined the response rates of legislators to emailed questions about voter ID laws; one set of emails came from an Anglo name, while another set came from a Latino name. They found that legislators supportive of such laws responded far less often to the emails from a Latino name.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari gained favorability as election day neared. The poll was also cited by another story in Los Angeles Times and NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV.

CNN interviewed Sandra Disner of linguistics about a report that Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal has forgotten English.

Los Angeles Times mentioned that Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, and policy, planning and development, is the author of "California: A History."

Los Angeles Times mentioned that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, ran for California Secretary of State this year. The story was also covered by KPCC-FM.

 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Wired highlighted the the Lockheed-Martin D-Wave quantum computer at USC, noting that within months of installation, researchers from around the world began asking to run tests on the machine. The story noted that Daniel Lidar of electrical engineering and chemistry ran tests on the computer providing evidence of quantum behavior.

CBS News' "This Morning" highlighted research by Paul Debevec of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies to create virtual humans for Hollywood films. The story noted that, through a partnership with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, his research is now creating interactive holograms of Holocaust survivors. The story included interviews with Debevec and Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen Smith.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that Republican gubernatorial candidates Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari are running neck-and-neck. Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV interviewed Kerstyn Olson, interim director of the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the poll. The poll was also cited in another story in Los Angeles Times, The Sacramento Bee, KPCC-FM, KCRW-FM, NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV, ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, LA Weekly in two stories (second link here), Capital Public Radio and Sacramento Business.

Long Beach Press-Telegram cited a study by Christian Grose of political science, finding that the average California legislator was more moderate over the last 18 months than for many years previously.

Los Angeles Times mentioned that Jack Halberstam of American studies and ethnicity, gender studies, comparative literature and English will engage in a gender studies "debate" with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein of "Portlandia." Armisen and Brownstein will be portraying their feminist bookstore characters Toni and Candace.

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

 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Los Angeles Times covered the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that voters say paying down debt is the best use of California's reserve funds. The poll also found 68 percent of voters attribute recent corruption scandals to "a few bad apples" rather than a systemic problem. The poll found 58 percent of voters approve of the job Gov. Jerry Brown is doing, and 50 percent would vote for him if the election for governor was held today. Another story reported on the flagging popularity of gubernatorial GOP candidate Tim Donnelly, who is neck-and-neck with opponent Neel Kashkari. A story cited the poll results and the race between the two Republican candidates. The poll was also covered by The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Politico in two stories (second link here), Fox News, Associated Press in two stories (second link here), KPCC-FM, The Hill, CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KNX-AM, NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV, NPR News San Francisco affiliate KQED-FM, KCRW-FM, San Francisco Chronicle, The Sacramento Bee and The Fresno Bee.

The New York Times, highlighting a column written in The Huffington Post by Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, covered census data from 2000 and 2010 finding a net 1.2 million Hispanics began to identify as "white." Pastor suggests a note added to the 2010 census may have influenced the results; a similar change was noted in the American Community Survey.

ABC News quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about security risks facing tourists in rural China.

C-SPAN interviewed Alice Echols, Barbra Streisand Professor of Contemporary Gender Studies and professor of history and gender studies, about 1960s-era counterculture and gender issues.

The Telegraph cited Antonio Damasio,  director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, about the ways in which emotion drives reasoning.

Al Jazeera cited Jack Halberstam of American studies and ethnicity, gender studies, comparative literature and English and his thinking on "alternative knowledge zones," non-traditional, collaborative forms of education outside of the academe.