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March 2013 Media Mentions

 

March 30 to April 1, 2013

The New York Times ran an obituary for USC Dornsife alumna Yvonne Brill, a rocket scientist who invented a propulsion system to keep communications satellites from slipping out of their orbits. The Washington Post also remembered Brill.

The Washington Post quoted James Heft, Alton M. Brooks Professor of Religion, about Catholic law prohibiting female priests.

The Telegraph (U.K.) cited an op-ed by David Kang of international relations and business, director of the USC Korean Studies Institute, and a colleague, on North Korea and its new leader, Kim Jong Un. Financial Times (U.K.) and Associated Press also cited the op-ed.

NPR News’ “Morning Edition” interviewed David Kang of international relations and business, director of the USC Korean Studies Institute, about North Korean rhetoric.

NPR News’ “Weekend Edition” interviewed David Kang of international relations and business, director of the USC Korean Studies Institute, about North Korea’s economy.

KCRW-FM’s “Left, Right & Center” featured Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, as host of an episode on same-sex marriage and immigration issues.

The Sacramento Bee noted that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and former head of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, is supportive of a ban on state lawmakers fundraising while they’re at work.

 

Friday, March 29, 2013

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s involvement in Washington, D.C., politics.

Fox News Santa Maria, Calif., affiliate KKFX-CA highlighted the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that most Californians favor a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the lack of a frontrunner for Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential election.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV covered the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that most Californians favor a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

Public Radio of Armenia (Armenia) covered an upcoming conference organized by the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, titled “Independence and Beyond: In Search of a New Armenian Diaspora after 1991.” The Asbarez Post also covered the event.

Latinos Post cited an op-ed by David Kang of international relations and business, director of the USC Korean Studies Institute, and a colleague, on North Korea and its new leader, Kim Jong Un.

The Sacramento Bee noted that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and former head of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, is supportive of a ban on state lawmakers fundraising while they’re at work.

 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Foreign Policy ran an op-ed by David Kang of international relations and business, director of the USC Korean Studies Institute, and a colleague, on North Korea and its new leader, Kim Jong Un. NPR News cited the op-ed.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that most Californians favor a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. La Opinion also cited the poll.

Fox News highlighted work by Thomas Jordan, University Professor, W. M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences, professor of earth sciences, and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, and colleagues, who are using the Blue Waters supercomputer to simulate earthquake outcomes. The story quoted Jordan on the subject.

NPR News San Diego affiliate KPBS-FM reported that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and former head of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, is supportive of a ban on state lawmakers fundraising while they're at work.

 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel receiving an endorsement from former President Bill Clinton.

The Guardian (U.K.) quoted Manuel Castells, University Professor, Wallis Annenberg Chair of Communication Techonology and Society and professor of communication, sociology, planning, and international relations, about how modern political movements are using both urban space and cyberspace for activism.

The Atlantic quoted Gerardo Munck of international relations about late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’ legacy in Venezuelan politics.

 

March 23 to 25, 2013

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that most Californians favor a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, said that Californians have closer contact with illegal immigrants than the rest of the country, “so the lives they live every day and the people they see are probably the main reason that their feelings are different than their national counterparts.” Los Angeles Times reported that only 19 percent of voters said illegal immigrants should be deported. The poll also found that voters are hesitant to embrace Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to shift money from rich schools to poor ones, and that 30 percent of voters approve of the job the California legislature is doing. The poll was also cited by two more Los Angeles Times stories (second link here), two United Press International stories (second link here), The Sacramento Bee, KQED-FM, Univision Los Angeles affiliate KMEX-DT, CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV, L.A. Observed, L.A. Weekly, The Bulletin and Fox News Fresno, Calif., affiliate KMPH-TV.

The Sacramento Bee reported that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and the former head of the California’s political watchdog agency, is supportive of a ban on state lawmakers fundraising while they’re at work.

 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, in which Californians showed strong support for strict gun control measures, including background checks and tougher penalties for illegal purchases. Nine out of 10 gun owners and a slightly higher percentage of non-owners favored background checks for all gun purchases, a position shared by 87 percent of conservatives and 96 percent of liberals. Los Angeles Times hosted a live chat about the poll results. The poll was also covered by L.A. Observed.

Voice of America featured research from GLIMPSE, a showcase of USC digital technology hosted by the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The story highlighted interactive holograms of Holocaust survivors who can speak about their experiences to future generations. “It’s also a medium with which young people today are particularly comfortable. And the amount of information that comes though seeing a person’s face and hearing their voice at the same time is multiplied,” said Kim Simon of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.

 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

U-T San Diego reported that Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, and director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) in USC Dornsife, will be the keynote speaker for the first North County Transportation Equity Summit.

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Los Angeles Times quoted Richard Dekmejian of political science about an art project that offers women a chance to try on a burka.

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Scientist quoted Katrina Edwards of biological sciences, earth sciences and environmental studies about a study on life below the seabed.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCAL-TV interviewed David Kang of international relations and business, director of the USC Korean Studies Institute, about military threat from North Korea.

Bay Area News Group quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the political impact of marital issues surrounding California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer.

NPR News Louisville, Ky., affiliate WFPL-TV interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the future of the Republican Party.

 

March 16 to 18, 2013

KQED-FM’s “Mind/Shift” featured a study by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, assistant professor of psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute, finding that students’ social and emotional reactions to learning play a large role in their motivation and creative problem-solving.

The Arizona Republic quoted Patrick James, Dean's Professor of International Relations, about the political fallout of the Iraq War.

U-T San Diego quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about lawmakers favoring reform measures and then not following them.

 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Discover highlighted research by Valter Longo of gerontology and biological sciences on Laron syndrome, a kind of dwarfism that results in exceptionally long life spans. Longo found that mice with a similar mutation lived 40 percent longer than normal mice — the equivalent of an average American living to age 110. “That’s the longest extension of life span ever described for a mammal,” Longo said.

ABC News interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about public opinion regarding immigration. Hispanic Business also quoted Schnur.

Vermont Public Radio cited Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, regarding Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s new book “Lean In.”

The Orange County Register quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California State Sen. Lou Correa.

The Press-Enterprise quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Republican Party’s approach to immigration.

The Orange County Register quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about bills proposing changes to California property tax measure Proposition 13.

La Opinion quoted Dan Schnur,  director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the legacy of late El Paso Mayor Raymond Telles, who was the first Mexican-American to lead a major U.S. city.

National Journal mentioned that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, was one of several political insiders polled about federal sequestration.

 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Sacramento Bee featured David St. John of English who is holding a reading at UC Merced today. Speaking about his latest collection of poems, “The Auroras,” St. John said: “Those poems all have to do with figures, men and women who are trying to come to terms with some experience in their lives that has been challenging or transformative.”

Wired mentioned that the 20th anniversary Blu-ray edition of “Schindler’s List” includes a profile of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, which was founded by director Steven Spielberg.

Los Angeles Times ran a Q&A with USC Dornsife graduate student Ryan McIlvain, whose debut novel “Elders” deals with the Mormon faith.

 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

U.S. News & World Report featured several USC schools and programs in its 2014 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.” In the health specialties, USC Dornsife ranked No. 18 in clinical psychology. In the science specialties, USC Dornsife ranked No. 25 in earth sciences. In the social sciences and humanities, USC Dornsife ranked No. 36 for English, No. 39 for sociology, No. 40 for psychology, No. 46 for history, and No. 48 for economics.

United Press International featured research by Caleb Finch University Professor, ARCO/William F. Kieschnick Chair in the Neurobiology of Aging, and professor of gerontology, biological sciences, anthropology and psychology, and colleagues, who performed CT scans of mummies and found that heart disease has been a human health problem going back millennia — not just since the advent of modern diets. “This is not a disease only of modern circumstance but a basic feature of human aging in all populations,” Finch said. The study was covered by another United Press International story, Press Trust of India (India), Atlantico (France), Maclean’s (Canada), Jurnalul National (Romania), Hrvatska Izvještajna Novinska Agencija (Croatia), Digital Journal, Latinos Post and Counsel & Heal.

CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV featured GLIMPSE, a recent showcase of USC digital technology. Among the projects highlighted was the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education’s work developing interactive holograms of Holocaust survivors to teach future generations.

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

The Huffington Post cited research by Travis Longcore of the USC Dornsife College finding that roughly seven million birds are killed by TV and radio towers across North America each year.

 

March 9 to 11, 2013

The New York Times featured research by Caleb Finch, University Professor, ARCO/William F. Kieschnick Chair in the Neurobiology of Aging, and professor of gerontology, biological sciences, anthropology and psychology, and colleagues, who performed CT scans of mummies and found that heart disease has been a human health problem going back millennia — not just since the advent of modern diets. The 137 mummies included ancient Egyptians, Unangans of the Aleutian Islands, and ancient Puebloans. This suggests “there may be no environment or lifestyle which could eliminate atherosclerosis,” Finch told the Los Angeles Times. The study was also covered by three stories in The Wall Street Journal (additional links here and here), two stories in The Washington Post (second link here), an Associated Press article in The Washington Post, USA Today, The Times (U.K.), Daily Mail (U.K.), BBC News (U.K.), The Hindu (India), Polish Press Agency (Poland), Adevarul (Romania), De Volkskrant (Netherlands), Index (Croatia), CNN, NBC News, Time, Forbes, Al Jazeera, Reuters, Associated Press, Bloomberg News, The Atlantic, Press Association (U.K.), Metro (U.K.), ABC Radio (Australia), Agence France-Presse, NPR News, Nature, HLN, two Fox News stories (second link here), The Huffington Post, Newsy, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, The Kansas City Star, LiveScience, The Inquisitr, International Business Times, Digital Journal, RedOrbit, ScienceDaily, HealthDay News, TG Daily, Nature World News and CBS News Atlanta affiliate WGCL-TV.

Wired featured the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education’s IWitness Video Challenge. The event encourages middle and high school students to honor the legacy of “Schindler’s List” through community service, capturing their work in a short video essay. “I have always believed that acts of kindness do not always have to be random,” said director Steven Spielberg, the institute’s founder.

The New York Times cited Lee Epstein, Provost Professor of Law and Political Science, regarding the prior jobs of recent U.S. Supreme Court nominees.

KCET-TV’s “SoCal Connected” interviewed James Heft, Alton M. Brooks Professor of Religion, about the next pope.

 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Bloomberg News ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur,  director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and her book “Lean In.”

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about findings from the USC Price School/Los Angeles Times Poll. KCET-TV’s “SoCal Connected” mentioned that Schnur would discuss poll results.

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Gerardo Munck of international relations about the legacies of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV interviewed David Kang of international relations and business, director of the Korean Studies Institute, about North Korea’s reaction to new United Nations sanctions.

 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

KCET-TV’s “SoCal Connected” featured “A Planet Without Apes,” by Craig Stanford of biological sciences and anthropology. The book explores how the world’s great apes — including gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans — could be extinct in less than 100 years.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the USC Price School/Los Angeles Times Poll findings.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Los Angeles Unified School District races.

CNN’s “Sin Limites” interviewed Gerardo Munck of international relations about the legacy of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Munck was also quoted by two stories on Univision Los Angeles affiliate KMEX-DT (second link here), Telemundo Los Angeles affiliate KVEA-TV, and KVEA’s “Enfoque Los Angeles.”

ABC News Tulsa, Okla., affiliate KTUL-TV cited a study by Valter Longo of gerontology and biological sciences on how eating less affects brain function.

 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

La Opinion quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about results from the recent USC Price School/Los Angeles Times Poll.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Los Angeles mayoral race. A second Los Angeles Times story quoted Schnur.

Al Jazeera interviewed Gerardo Munck of international relations about Bolivia’s nationalization of a Spanish-owned airport operator.

KPCC-FM interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Los Angeles Unified School District school board election.

 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The New York Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about results from the recent USC Price School/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that Los Angeles mayoral primary candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel and are in a statistical dead heat. Schnur was also quoted in KCET-TV’s “SoCal Connected” and KCRW-FM’s “Which Way, LA?”

NBC News San Francisco affiliate KNTV-TV highlighted the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education’s IWitness Video Challenge. The event encourages middle and high school students to honor the legacy of “Schindler’s List” through community service, capturing their work in a short video essay. Since its founding by director Steven Spielberg in 1994, the institute has compiled nearly 52,000 testimonies from Holocaust survivors. The institute was also mentioned by NBC News Gainesville, Fla., affiliate WNBW-DT; ABC News Houston affiliate KTRK-TV; ABC News Palm Springs, Calif., affiliate KESQ-TV; and CBS News Monterey, Calif., affiliate KION-TV.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV interviewed Karen Tongson of English and gender studies about the role of late actress Bonnie Franklin in bringing feminism to the mainstream.

NPR News San Francisco affiliate KALW-FM interviewed John Allen, , researcher in the Brain and Creativity Institute, about the social importance of food throughout human history, noting that he is the author of “The Omnivorous Mind: Our Evolving Relationship with Food.”

AsianWeek highlighted an upcoming lecture by Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, and policy, planning, and development, titled “The Sutro Library: Mirror for Global California.”

 

March 2 to 4, 2013

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about results from the USC Price School/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found L.A. mayoral primary candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel in a statistical tie, with 27 percent of city voters supporting Garcetti and 25 percent supporting Gruel. Schnur was also quoted in two more Los Angeles Times articles (second link here), two Los Angeles Daily News stories (second link here), The Daily Beast and L.A. Observed.

Los Angeles Times featured research by USC graduate student Jared Sanchez and colleagues at USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, on the demographics of L.A.’s newly drawn ninth and 13th districts.

The Washington Times featured a paper by Christian Grose of political science on how legislators’ personal finances shape their congressional decisions.

Los Angeles Times noted that late L.A. Lakers owner and USC alumnus Jerry Buss donated generously to USC to support faculty positions, scholarships and facilities in the chemistry department, as well as the athletic department’s scholarship fund and the USC Trojan Marching Band. While at USC, Buss studied under scholars Sidney Benson and David Dows, in whose names he later endowed chairs. The story quoted Howard Taylor, professor emeritus of chemistry and physics, about Buss’ organizational skills as a student and businessman. A second Los Angeles Times story noted that USC gave Buss a scholarship to attend graduate school, adding that he took great pride in his USC degree.

Los Angeles Times cited a 2011 USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll regarding teacher evaluations, and quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about school board races.

The Daily Courier cited a study by USC’s Center for Immigrant Integration on the potential earnings gain if America’s permanent resident immigrants all became citizens.

 

Friday, March 1, 2013

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV highlighted the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education’s IWitness Video Challenge. The event encourages middle and high school students to honor the legacy of “Schindler’s List” through community service, capturing their work in a short video essay. “We can use IWitness to show the power of random acts of kindness, the significance of contribution to community and the very idea that the best way to teach empathy is with examples of it, so that maybe someday, kindness will be a natural reflex and not just a random act,” said filmmaker Steven Spielberg, founder of the institute. The story was also covered by CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV, Los Angeles Daily News, Pasadena Sun, World Entertainment News Network and CBS News Greenville, N.C., affiliate WNCT-TV.

L.A. Weekly ran a Q&A with Sarah Portnoy of Spanish and Portuguese about her class on Latino food in Los Angeles.

The Huffington Post ran a column by Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, and director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) in USC Dornsife, on how the federal sequester could affect the naturalization of new immigrants.

The Christian Science Monitor noted that the new Blu-ray edition of “Schindler’s List” includes a behind-the-scenes look at the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education. Entertainment Tonight mentioned that director Steven Spielberg continues to support the institute, which he founded.

ESPN interviewed Selma Holo of art history about “Ecce Homo,” an Italian fresco of Jesus that was altered during a restoration attempt.

The Times of Israel (Israel) mentioned that the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education has recorded nearly 52,000 Holocaust survivor testimonies.

Esquire mentioned a former nuclear fallout shelter used to house media archives, including video testimonies owned by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.