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March 2014 Media Mentions

 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Financial Times (U.K.) featured a theory of Earth's climate control process by doctoral fellow Mark Torres and Joshua West of earth sciences explaining how the planet stays livable. As new mountains are formed, silicate rock reacts with CO2 and water from the atmosphere, removing vast amounts of CO2 over millions of years. The same process also creates some carbon dioxide through a chemical weathering process, achieving a kind of balance.

Scientific American ran the first post of a recurring blog by USC Dornsife graduate student James Askew, who is studying orangutans in Indonesia. Askew is studying orangutan mating calls; his blog will detail both his science as well as the difficulty of researching in an environmentally sensitive part of the world.

Daily Mail quoted James Dolan of earth sciences about the threat of earthquakes to downtown Los Angeles.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV interviewed Thomas Jordan, University Professor, W. M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences and professor of earth sciences, about recent earthquakes felt in Los Angeles.

USA Today mentioned a video interview with a Holocaust survivor created by the USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education.

Inside Higher Ed mentioned "The Queer Art of Failure" by Jack Halberstam of of American studies and ethnicity, gender studies, comparative literature and English in a round-up of recommended reading.

KPCC-FM reported on Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, who is a candidate for California Secretary of State.

 

Friday, March 28, 2014

U.S. News & World Report quoted Ben Graham of international relations about the impact of economic sanctions on Russia in response to invading Ukraine.

KPCC-FM mentioned that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, is running for California Secretary of State.

 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

PBS News' "NewsHour" quoted Joshua Aizenman, Robert R. and Katheryn A. Dockson Chair in Economics and International Relations, about how half of the world's economic activity comes from emerging markets.

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

 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

U.S. News & World Report, in a story by HealthDay News, featured a study by Silvia Barcellos, economist at USC Dornsife's Center for Economic and Social Research, and colleagues finding that many consumers are ill-equipped to shop for health insurance. Los Angeles Times reported the study found 42 percent of respondents could not describe a deductible and 39 percent didn't understand the relationship between a premium and deductible. It also found 62 percent didn't know an HMO is more restrictive on choosing doctors than a PPO. The story was also covered by National Journal, Forbes, Al Jazeera, The Atlantic, The Hill, Business Insider, Fox and Hounds Daily and Science Codex.

BBC Radio interviewed Benjamin Graham of international relations about the potential impact of economic sanctions on Russia, imposed in response to its presence in Ukraine.

Nature quoted Irving Biederman, Harold Dornsife Chair in Neurosciences and professor of psychology and computer science, about the use of specialized objects used in the treatment of face blindness.

Los Angeles Times mentioned that Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, and policy, planning and development, was formerly the California state librarian from 1994 to 2004.

 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New Scientist featured research by Meghan Miller of earth sciences and a colleague uncovering the origin of bow-shaped mountain belts formed along the edges of colliding tectonic plates, such as Mount Everest. New computer models produced by the researchers confirmed their hypotheses modeling the shape of the Himalayas. The story was also covered by Slate, ABC News (Australia), Asian News International (India), Indo-Asian News Service (India), The Huffington Post and Science Codex.

Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by Carol Muske Dukes of English about celebrities being hired to teach in higher education.

 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Variety featured the USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education's 20th anniversary gala, which will include President Barack Obama as the featured speaker. USC Trustee and filmmaker Steven Spielberg, founder of the institute, will present Obama with the Ambassador for Humanity Award. The story was also covered by The Times of Israel (Israel) and CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCAL-TV interviewed Ange-Marie Hancock of political science about Proposition 209 being withdrawn from consideration in the California legislature.

 

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, featured the 20th anniversary of the USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education, and the publication of the institute's first book, "Testimony: The Legacy of Schindler's List and the USC Shoah Foundation." The story noted USC Trustee Steven Spielberg created the institute after making his film "Schindler's List." Public Radio Armenia and The Philadelphia Inquirer also covered the institute.

Bloomberg Businessweek quoted Joshua Aizenman, Robert R. and Katheryn A. Dockson Chair in Economics and International Relations, about international capital inflows.

Chicago Tribune quoted Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, about the development of creativity in dining.

 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Rafu Shimpo featured a $6.6 million gift supporting the USC Dornsife's Center for Japanese Religions and Culture, to be renamed the Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture.

Voice of America featured a theory of Earth's climate control process by doctoral student Mark Torres and Joshua West of earth sciences explaining how the planet stays livable. The story was also covered by RedOrbit.

ABC News quoted Jack Halberstam of American studies and ethnicity, gender studies, comparative literature and English about a transgender woman using her sex change operation as a legal defense, claiming she no longer has violent impulses.

NBC News' "Today" quoted David Schwartz of psychology and education about the long-term effects of bullying.

Bloomberg Businessweek quoted Valter Longo of gerontology and biological sciences about the use of calorie restriction in preventing cancer.

Salon ran a Q&A with Ange-Marie Hancock of political science about the rhetoric politicians use when discussing race and class.

CNTV (China) quoted Stanley Rosen of the USC Dornsife College about the relationship between Hollywood and China.

Latin Post quoted Sarah Portnoy and Consuelo Siguenza-Ortiz of Spanish and Portuguese about a pizza chain marketing itself with a Spanish slang term.

 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Wall Street Journal highlighted research by Joshua Aizenman, Robert R. and Katheryn A. Dockson Chair in Economics and International Relations, and colleagues finding that emerging-market nations hardest hit by the Federal Reserve's decision to cut back bond buying were those with the strongest financial health.

ABC News mentioned that USC is a partner of the Southern California Earthquake Center.

HLN-TV covered research by Valter Longo of gerontology and biological sciences, Eileen Crimmins of the USC Davis School and colleagues finding that individuals who eat high-protein diets during their middle-aged years are more likely to die of cancer than those who eat less.

 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Wall Street Journal featured research by Joshua Aizenman, Robert R. and Katheryn A. Dockson Chair in Economics and International Relations, and colleagues finding that emerging-market nations hardest hit by the Federal Reserve's decision to cut back bond buying were those with the strongest financial health. That strong financial health made them attractive destinations for international capital inflows in the first place, the story said.

Fox News cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that a majority of voters would not support the California bullet train project if given the chance to vote on it again.

Fox and Hounds Daily covered Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and his campaign for California Secretary of State.

The Pantagraph covered efforts by the USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education to create interactive, 3D holograms of Holocaust survivors.

 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Los Angeles Times featured a $6.6 million gift supporting the USC Dornsife's Center for Japanese Religions and Culture, to be renamed the Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture. The gift, made by the Sihnnyo-en Buddhist order, is one of the largest ever for an institution focusing on the study of Japan. The story was also covered by Associated Press, KPCC-FM and City News Service.

NPR quoted Sarah Portnoy and Consuelo Siguenza-Ortiz of Spanish and Portuguese about a pizza chain marketing itself with a Spanish slang term.

Los Angeles Times ran a column by Carol Muske-Dukes of English covering new poetry.

Los Angeles Times covered the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC, which will include a food panel with Dana Goodyear of the Master of Professional Writing Program.

Voice of America highlighted an op-ed by Robert English of international relations about Ukrainian extremists. The Huffington Post also highlighted the piece.

The Huffington Post ran a column by Nake Kamrany of economics about Bill Gates' vision of the world.

The Jersey Journal mentioned USC students earned third prize in a SXSW entrepreneurship competition for their start-up, Find My Song.

 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by Robert English of international relations about Ukrainian extremists and the threat they pose to the country's future.

San Francisco Chronicle profiled Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, who is running for California Secretary of State.

Education Week featured research by Ann Owens of sociology and spatial sciences and a colleague finding that average levels of racial segregation in American schools has barely budged since the 1980s.

Observer-Tribune noted that Stephen Smith, UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education, is executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education.

HIPPO Reads ran an op-ed by Simon Radford, Ph.D student international relations and political science, about recent events in Ukraine.

 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Der Spiegel (Germany) featured a legendary racehorse exhumed by USC Dornsife archeology students so that its remains can be moved to a new burial spot. The story reported that Lynn Swartz Dodd of religion and Tom Garrison of anthropology led the effort.

The Washington Post quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, regarding the candidacy of Marianne Williamson for the 33rd District Congressional seat.

GlobalPost cited Jacques Hymans of international relations about Japan's nuclear program.

 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The New York Times, in an Associated Press story, featured a legendary racehorse exhumed by USC Dornsife archeology students so that its remains can be moved to a new burial spot. The horse, Native Diver, was the first to earn over a million dollars. ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV quoted Tom Garrison of anthropology. The story was also covered by TMZ, CBS News San Diego affiliate KFMB-TV, Curbed LA, LA Observed and LAist.

Lifehacker highlighted research by Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, on how emotion drives decision-making.

 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

U.S. News & World Report featured several USC schools and programs in its 2015 edition of “Best Graduate Schools. USC Dornsife ranked No. 25 in Earth sciences; No. 46 in mathematics; No. 49 in chemistry; No. 55 in biological sciences; and No. 60 in physics.

NBC News quoted Jacques Hymans of international relations about the Japanese government's nuclear policies.

Wired highlighted research by Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, on how emotion drives decision-making.

 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Los Angeles Times featured a legendary racehorse exhumed by USC Dornsife archeology students so that its remains can be moved to a new burial spot. The horse, Native Diver, was the first to earn over a million dollars. The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Thomas Garrison of anthropology, who said the horse's skeleton looked as if it was still running. Daily Mail (U.K.) ran photos of USC students at the dig. "It's a bit unusual because most USC professors spend their time digging outside the United States and this was the opportunity to work with our students locally," said Lynn Swartz Dodd of religion. The story was also covered by CBS News' "Evening News," KPCC-FM and CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV.

Los Angeles Times quoted Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity about Latinos and African Americans living in more polluted urban areas than other ethnic groups.

Telemundo Los Angeles affiliate KVEA-TV interviewed Gerardo Munck of international relations about the impact of the drug trade on Southern California and Mexico.

The Press-Enterprise quoted Tom Lyon, Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Chair in Law and Psychology, about a case involving a conflict between secular and religious duties.

 

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Portland Phoenix mentioned that Jack Halberstam of American studies and ethnicity, gender studies, comparative literature and English will be speaking at a conference about queer representations in media.

 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Washington Post highlighted Percival Everett, Distinguished Professor of English, who has been nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Fiction Award for his novel Percival Everett by Virgil Russell.

Los Angeles Times featured research by Valter Longo of gerontology and biological sciences, Eileen Crimmins of the USC Davis School and colleagues finding that individuals who eat high-protein diets – specifically, meat and cheese – during their middle-aged years are more likely to die of cancer than those who eat less. The story was also covered by New York Daily News, Yahoo News, Glamour, Discovery News, Metro, Newser, Nature World News, Headlines & Global News, KPCC-FM, Press Association (U.K.), ITV (U.K.), The Sun (U.K.), ABC (Spain), EFE (Spain), Voice of Russia (Russia), Business Insider, The Houston Chronicle, LA Weekly, CW News Chicago affiliate WGN-TV, Fox News Boston affiliate WFXT-TV, Australian Associated Press (Australia), La Stampa (Italy), Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (Italy), Corriere Della Sera (Italy), Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden) in two stories (second link here), Sveriges Radio (Sweden), RedOrbit, Science Codex, Fairfax News (New Zealand), LiveScience, Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-FM, CBS News Boston affiliate WBZ-AM, CBS News Minneapolis affiliate WCCO-TV, ABC News New York affiliate WABC-NY and NBC News Chicago affiliate WMAQ-TV.

U.S. News & World Report, in a HealthDay News story, quoted Frank Manis of psychology and education about the general age at which children learn to read simple books.

Los Angeles Times quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about the death of Chinese director Wu Tianming, who challenged the Chinese government through his films. The story noted Tianming received a fellowship to teach at USC after the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Al Jazeera featured research by Phyllis Grifman of the USC Sea Grant Program and colleagues finding that Los Angeles beach communities are vulnerable to climate-related sea rise.

 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Washington Post featured research by Valter Longo of gerontology and biological sciences, Eileen Crimmins of the USC Davis School and colleagues finding that individuals who eat high-protein diets – specifically, meat and cheese – during their middle ages are more likely to die of cancer than those who eat less. The story was also covered by U.S. News & World Report, in a story by HealthDay News, Los Angeles Times, CNN, ABC News, ABC News' "Good Morning America," CBS News, BBC Radio (U.K.), The Guardian (U.K.), The Daily Mail (U.K.), Sky News (U.K.), The Independent (U.K.) in two stories (second link here), The Telegraph (U.K.), New Scientist, NPR News, Forbes, Fox News, Asian News International, Times News Network (India), Indo-Asian News Service (India), Press Trust of India (India) and The Week (U.K.).

Los Angeles Times featured Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, who is running for California Secretary of State.

 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Los Angeles Times featured Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, who is running for California Secretary of State.

The Sacramento Bee highlighted research from Christian Grose of political science finding that two political changes former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger embraced still have a moderating effect on California politics. The story noted the study was issued by the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy.

KCRW-FM's "Press Play with Madeline Brand" interviewed Robert English of internationals relations about the Ukrainian identity and how it impacts the current conflict between Ukraine and Russia. PBS News' "Tavis Smiley" also interviewed English.

 

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education featured Lois Banner, professor emerita of history, and her reflections on how feminist scholarship has evolved since the 1960s.

The History Channel's "The Universe" quoted Clifford Johnson of physics and astronomy about the speed of light.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV interviewed James West of the USC Dornsife College about the risk of mudslides in Glendora.