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April 2011 Media Mentions

 

April 30-May 2, 2011

Los Angeles Times featured the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which was held at USC for the first time this past weekend. Another Los Angeles Times article highlighted a panel with David St. John of English, one of many faculty authors participating. The festival was also covered by 15 more Los Angeles Times stories.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Republican challengers to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Associated Press quoted Selma Holo of art history, director of the USC Fisher Museum of Art, about the Museum of Contemporary Art’s street art exhibition.

The Australian (Australia) quoted USC alumna Tea Obreht, author of best-selling novel “The Tiger’s Wife,” about her experience studying writing with T.C. Boyle of English.

 

Friday, April 29, 2011

Los Angeles Times featured the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which will take place this weekend at USC. KCET-TV highlighted the festival and ran images from USC Libraries collections and by L.A. as Subject, a research collective hosted by the USC Libraries. The festival was also covered by three more Los Angeles Times articles (additional links here and here), two LAist stories (second link here), L.A. Observed, NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV, Los Angeles Downtown News and The Asbarez Post.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that two-thirds of Californians reported enjoying reading “a lot.”

The Australian (Australia) featured Steven Ross of history and his book “Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics,” in which he analyzes the connections between movies, celebrity and political power.

The Christian Science Monitor quoted David Kang of international relations about former President Jimmy Carter’s visit to North Korea.

The Sun (U.K.) covered a study by David Neal of psychology and a Duke University colleague, which found that using Botox to smooth forehead wrinkles can affect people’s ability to understand others’ emotions. A second story in The Sun highlighted the research.

Laguna Beach Independent highlighted research by David Caron of biological sciences on algae blooms that are causing domoic acid poisoning of sea life along the coast, and quoted him on the subject.

 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV featured the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which will be held at USC for the first time this year. The story stated that the festival will attract a veritable city of writers, including T.C. Boyle of the USC Dornsife College, Pico Iyer, Michael Connelly and Jamie Lee Curtis. Jewish Journal noted that other participants will include Reza Aslan of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, and the Dornsife College’s Gina Nahai, Laurie Brand, Aimee Bender, Lois Banner, Leo Braudy, M.G. Lord, Karen Sternheimer, David St. John and Dana Goodyear. Mark Marino of the Dornsife College will be at the festival as part of an event centered on the L.A. Flood Project, reported L.A. Observed. KPCC-FM’s “The Madeleine Brand Show” and Curbed L.A. also covered the festival.

Los Angeles Times covered the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that California voters want government employees to give up some retirement benefits to ease the state’s financial problems. Another Los Angeles Times story highlighted the poll and quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and Darry Sragow of political science on voters’ feelings about higher taxes. Truthdig covered the poll and cited Neon Tommy, USC Annenberg School’s student-run online news outlet. The poll was also covered by a third Los Angeles Times article, Fox Business’ “Freedom Watch,” Reason, The Sacramento Bee, The Orange County Register, L.A. Observed, The Desert Sun, Daily Breeze, The Washington Times, Capitol Weekly, The Signal, and two Fox & Hounds Daily stories (second link here).

Fox News featured a study by David Neal of psychology and a Duke University colleague, which found that using Botox to smooth forehead wrinkles can affect people’s ability to understand others’ emotions.  The research was also featured by The Independent (U.K.), Daily Mail (U.K.), The Australian (Australia), Press Trust of India (India) and Press TV (Iran).

McClatchy Newspapers
quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about President Obama releasing his long-form birth certificate, amid allegations by “birthers” who claimed Obama wasn’t born in the United States.

Herald-Tribune quoted Carole Shammas of history about the significance of changes in height and life span throughout human history.

San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about CIA Director Leon Panetta.

The New York Times
noted that USC Dornsife scientists are studying nitrogen fixation rates from a science ship off the coast of Chile.

 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Los Angeles Times covered the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that California voters backed the idea of voting on tax increases to ease the state’s financial problems. The new poll was also covered by KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk,” two more KPCC-FM stories (additional links here and here), San Francisco Chronicle, The Examiner, The Huffington Post, Reason, The Sacramento Bee, The Orange County Register, San Jose Mercury News, ABC News San Francisco affiliate KGO-TV, East Bay Express, KCET-TV, Capital Public Radio, KQED-FM, KSRO-AM, CityWatch, three Fox & Hounds Daily stories (additional links here and here), The California Majority Report, Daily Kos, Voice of OC, two stories on NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV (second link here), and NBC News Bakersfield, Calif., affiliate KGET-TV.

Los Angeles Times featured a study by David Neal of psychology and a Duke University colleague, which found that using Botox to smooth forehead wrinkles can affect people’s ability to understand others’ emotions. NPR also featured the study.

LAist featured the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which will be held at USC for the first time this year.

 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Time featured a study by David Neal of psychology and a Duke University colleague, which found that using Botox to smooth forehead wrinkles can affect people’s ability to understand others’ emotions. The research was also featured by two Forbes articles, United Press International, WebMD and The Orange County Register.

Reuters featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that California voters want government employees to give up some retirement benefits to ease the state’s financial problems, and that they support renewing tax increases. The poll was also featured by United Press International, National Journal and NBC News Sacramento, Calif., affiliate KCRA-TV.

North County Times quoted Malcolm Klein, professor emeritus of sociology, about the progression of the Crips from street-level gang activity to organized crime.

Los Angeles Times highlighted an upcoming conversation between Brighde Mullins of the Master of Professional Writing program and author Jamaica Kincaid at the Los Angeles Central Library.

C-SPAN featured a discussion by USC students and Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics titled "Life After Prop 8: Who Can Marry in America?"

 

April 23-25, 2011

Los Angeles Downtown News featured the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which will be held at USC for the first time this year. Authors speaking at the event will include T.C. Boyle of English.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that California voters agree with Gov. Jerry Brown that tax increases should be used to close the state’s budget gap.

Discovery News’ “MegaQuake: Hour That Shook Japan” interviewed Thomas Jordan, University Professor and W.M. Keck Foundation Chair in geological sciences and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC, about the recent earthquake in Japan.

Los Angeles Times highlighted a panel at the upcoming Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC, which will feature Aimee Bender of English, author Charles Yu, Chris Adrian and Grace Krilanovich.

Friday, April 22, 2011

USA Today featured a study by David Neal of psychology and a Duke University colleague, which found that using Botox to smooth forehead wrinkles can affect people’s ability to understand others’ emotions.

 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Los Angeles Times quoted Carol Muske-Dukes of English, California poet laureate, about the work of poets Kay Ryan and Billy Collins.

Denver Westword quoted Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology about upward mobility among Latino immigrants to the United States.

Blogdowntown highlighted an upcoming conversation between Brighde Mullins of the Master of Professional Writing Program and author Jamaica Kincaid at the Los Angeles Central Library.

 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The New York Times highlighted work by William Berelson of earth sciences and colleagues, who are working on a science ship off the coast of Chile. Recently, the team recovered an underwater sediment trap, which gathered a yearlong record of carbon export from the surface to the deep ocean

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, reported that David Caron of biological sciences has contacted Ventura Harbor harbormasters to obtain samples from a recent fish die-off, and quoted Caron on the subject.

NPR San Diego affiliate KPBS-FM stated that the founder of a college readiness program for inner city youth was inspired by the book “The American Street Gang” by Malcolm Klein, professor emeritus of sociology.

KPCC-FM noted that USC scientists including David Caron of biological sciences investigated causes of a fish die-off in Redondo Beach.

 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Daily Mail (U.K.) quoted Richard Easterlin of economics about new research on the relative happiness of Europeans and Americans.

McClatchy Newspapers quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about President Obama.

Voice of America
interviewed Donald Miller of religion and sociology, and executive director of USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, about the interviews he has collected from genocide survivors.

L.A. Weekly ran a Q&A with Aimee Bender of English about her novel “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.”

 

April 16-18, 2011

Fox News, in a LiveScience story, quoted Richard Easterlin of economics about new research on the relative happiness of Europeans and Americans.

Contra Costa Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about California Gov. Jerry Brown’s efforts to get a tax increase through the Legislature.

Los Angeles Times highlighted an upcoming talk by Leo Braudy of English on his book "The Hollywood Sign: Fantasy and Reality of an American Icon," as well as a conversation at Los Angeles Central Library with Sasha Anawalt of the USC Annenberg School and author Jacques D'Amboise.

Financial Times (U.K.) ran a Q&A with T.C. Boyle of English, and noted that his latest novel is “When the Killing’s Done.”

 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Pasadena Star-News noted that Deborah Harkness of history, author of the best-selling novel “A Discovery of Witches,” was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.

 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Leo Braudy of English about the role of conspiracy stories in pop culture.

The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted John Bowlt of Slavic languages and literatures about late Russian painter Constantine Cherkas.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV highlighted an event sponsored by the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign at USC, and quoted Mark Bernstein of political science about energy rates.

 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s political capital.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll taken after last year’s elections, in which 71 percent of Latino voters said that they disliked gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman.

 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Nature quoted Ran Boytner of anthropology about a new anthropological study of migration paths along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Foreign Policy cited Richard Easterlin of economics, who identified what became known as the Easterlin paradox: that when examined over a period of time, an increase in income doesn’t bring increased happiness.

San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about California’s budget crisis.

The New York Times noted that researchers from the lab of Douglas Capone of biological sciences are studying nitrogen fixation rates from a science ship off the coast of Chile.

 

April 9-11, 2011

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Republican presidential hopefuls.

Los Angeles Times cited an article on Deborah Harkness of history, author of the best-selling novel “A Discovery of Witches.”

 

Friday, April 8, 2011

Los Angeles Times reported that Katrina Edwards of biological sciences is collaborating on deep-sea submarine explorations with Richard Branson’s Virgin Oceanic.

Los Angeles Times featured Deborah Harkness of history, author of the best-selling novel “A Discovery of Witches.”

La Opinion
quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the ramifications of a federal government shutdown.

Pioneer Press reported that Daniel Tiffany of English and comparative literature will read from his poetry books “Privado” and “The Dandelion Clock” at an event in Minneapolis.

 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, on what House Speaker John Boehner can do in the face of a potential government shutdown.

TechNewsWorld reported that Katrina Edwards of biological sciences is collaborating on deep-sea submarine explorations with Richard Branson’s Virgin Oceanic.

Los Angeles Daily News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about politicians’ legal defense funds.

 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The New York Times discussed at length a book, Cinema and the Invention of Modern Life, co-edited by Vanessa Schwartz of history and art history concerning the relation between modernity and the origin of film-going.

Los Angeles Times reported that Katrina Edwards of biological science is collaborating on deep-sea submarine explorations with Richard Branson’s Virgin Oceanic.

Los Angeles Times highlighted the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll taken during the midterm elections, which revealed that 59 percent of likely California voters felt that undocumented immigrant workers should be given a way to regularize their legal status.

Tulsa World
reviewed “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness of history, calling it a fascinating and delightful debut novel.

 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Metro (U.K.) quoted Judith Halberstam of English, American studies and ethnicity, and gender studies, and author of “The Drag King Book,” about drag king culture.

Winnipeg Free Press (Canada) cited a paper by Simon Wilkie of economics and a Northwestern University colleague, which found that 93 percent of pre-election pledges by candidates for public office are misrepresentations.

The Plain Dealer
reviewed “Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture” by Alice Echols of English, gender studies and history, noting that Echols is a former disco DJ.

The Oklahoman reviewed “The Hollywood Sign: Fantasy and Reality of an American Icon” by Leo Braudy of English, stating that the book by the highly regarded critic examines the iconic sign with wit and historical acuity.

Ventura County Star featured T.C. Boyle of English and his new book, “When the Killing’s Done.”

The Tribune reported that Karen Halttunen of history will lecture at the University of Northern Colorado on “Wild Apples: the Romance of Naturalization in Thoreau’s New England.”

 

April 2-4, 2011

The Washington Post quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the benefits and pitfalls of President Obama’s early announcement of his 2012 reelection campaign.

Los Angeles Times
noted that Thomas Jordan, University Professor, W.M. Keck Foundation Chair in geological sciences and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, was on the committee that wrote a recent National Research Council earthquake preparedness report, and quoted Jordan on the subject.

Crain’s New York Business mentioned the book “Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain” by Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute,.

 

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted David Caron of biological sciences about the massive fish die-off in Redondo Beach. A second Associated Press story quoted Caron.

PBS News’
“Nova” interviewed Thomas Jordan, University Professor and W.M. Keck Foundation Chair in geological sciences and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC, about the recent disasters in Japan.

The Christian Science Monitor highlighted the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll taken during the midterm elections, which found that Latino voters favored Sen. Barbara Boxer over her Republican opponent by 38 percentage points.