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April 2012 Media Mentions

 

April 21-23, 2012

Los Angeles Times featured the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC, at which USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett and Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC Dana Gioia helped unveil a new series of stamps depicting 20th century American poets. Los Angeles Times covered panels featuring Deborah Harkness of history and Dinah Lenney of the Master of Professional Writing Program. Los Angeles Times also ran an excerpt of remarks David Ulin of the Master of Professional Writing Program gave at the Los Angeles Times Book Prize ceremony, and mentioned articles that Leo Braudy of English, American literature and history, and Janet Fitch of the Master of Professional Writing Program wrote in conjunction with the event. C-SPAN’s “Book TV” aired portions of the festival and interviewed Steven Ross of history. The Rafu Shimpo highlighted the Kaya Press booth, which featured a literary lounge.

The Wall Street Journal, in an Associated Press story, quoted Manuel Pastor of American studies and ethnicity about the immigration issue and its impact on national elections.

Reuters quoted Cecil “Chip” Murray of religion about police-community relations two decades after the Los Angeles riots.

Scientific American ran a blog by USC student Inaki Pedroarena-Leal about his involvement in the USC Dornsife’s Guam and Palau Maymester Program.

 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by Leo Braudy of English, American literature and history on the city’s history. The story noted that Braudy is author of “The Hollywood Sign: Fantasy and Reality of an American Icon.”

ABC News (Australia) featured Katrina Edwards of biological sciences, earth sciences and environmental studies and her mid-Atlantic research expeditions, in which she studies deep sea microbial life.

Scientific American ran an article by Jim Haw and David Ginsburg of environmental studies about the school’s Guam and Palau Program. Enrolled students participate in two linked courses on scientific diving and Micronesian ecosystem management, and visit the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island to practice diving and attend lectures. Next month the students will leave for Guam and Palau; they will blog about their work with guidance from writing professor Jeb Middlebrook of the Writing Program.

The Huffington Post ran a column written by Nake Kamrany of economics and USC Dornsife economics students Jessica Stauffer and Faiyaz Azim, on Bangladesh’s income potential.

Jewish Journal quoted Samuel Chu, research associate in USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, as part of a panel discussion on the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Jewish Journal ran a second item on the panel.

 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Atlantic featured Andrew Curtis of American studies and ethnicity who uses car-mounted video cameras to document neighborhoods affected by natural disasters in order to understand how recovery takes place and the factors that may hold it back. Curtis has documented several New Orleans neighborhoods over the six years since Hurricane Katrina. More recently, he began studying storm-ravaged areas of Joplin, Missouri, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Los Angeles Daily News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s support for extending Measure R, which involves a tax to support public transit.

The Times of Israel (Israel) highlighted the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education’s IWitness program, an online application that lets high school students and teachers search through the institute’s Holocaust survivor testimonies.

Los Angeles Times noted that the USC Dornsife's Department of Anthropology has offered a class titled “Social Issues in Human Sexuality and Reproduction.”

Scientific American ran an article by Jim Haw of environmental studies and USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies Safety Specialist Gerry Smith, on USC’s scientific diving program.

Tallahassee Democrat mentioned the Holocaust survivor testimonies held by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Scientific American ran a blog post by USC alumna Caitlin Contag, about her experiences doing scientific research diving with the USC Dornsife’s Problems Without Passports program. Contag wrote that she currently volunteers at the Aquarium of the Pacific, where the Catalina exhibit resembles a site near the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina.

Agence France-Presse quoted Daniel Lynch of international relations about political elites in China.

CNN covered the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that e-reader owners still like paper books. CBS News Colorado Springs, Colo., affiliate KKTV-TV also covered the poll.

 

April 14-16, 2012

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that e-reader owners still like paper books. Only 10 percent of e-reader owners said they had abandoned traditional books. The poll also found that young adults aged 18 to 29 read roughly as much as older adults, and that 20 percent of the respondents read for more than 10 hours a week.

The Sacramento Bee featured an experimental online poll by USC Dornsife finding that California voters strongly support Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax increase initiative. Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, said that the online survey was used to test methodology and ask more in-depth questions than those used in the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll.

The Standard (China) quoted Daniel Lynch of international relations about political elites in China.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reinventing himself.

The Washington Post cited the “Easterlin Paradox,” based on a study by Richard Easterlin of economics finding that happiness doesn’t continually increase along with a country’s average income.

Los Angeles Times highlighted two previous Times stories about T.C. Boyle and David Treuer of English. Both authors will be participating in the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC.

Indian Country Today ran an excerpt from “Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life,” by David Treuer of English.

 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Los Angeles Times featured an experimental online poll by the USC Dornsife College, finding that voters reported small business owners and teachers are the most likely to influence voters’ choices this election season. Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, said the findings were similar to those of the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, a traditional phone poll. “There’s no doubt to me that the future of public opinion research is going to be conducted over the Internet,” Schnur said.

Los Angeles Times featured T.C. Boyle of English, whose manuscripts, research and notes were recently archived at the University of Austin’s Ransom Center. Boyle, the author of “The Tortilla Curtain,” “East is East” and “The Road to Wellville,” formerly kept his archival material in his basement.

Los Angeles Times featured David Treuer of English and his new book, “Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life.” The book delves into Native American identity and how life on a reservation can shape it.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann Romney.

Los Angeles Times reported that Brighde Mullins, director of USC’s Master of Professional Writing Program, has been named a Guggenheim Foundation 2012 fellow in drama.

Los Angeles Times reported that David Treuer of English would be interviewed on Public Radio International’s “The Tavis Smiley Show” about his book, “Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life.” Publishers Weekly also ran a story.

 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The New York Times ran a column by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Mitt Romney’s need to court female voters. “If Romney is going to be competitive in the fight for increased support from married women, it will be because he has found a way to frame his core economic message in a way that connects with these voters,” Schnur wrote.

 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

KPCC-FM highlighted research by Richard Easterlin of economics finding that happiness doesn’t continually increase along with a country’s average income. The story reported that this concept, known as the Easterlin paradox, is supported by a new report from the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Los Angeles Times quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about an initiative by Disney to help develop China’s animation industry.

Times-Herald quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about how Rick Santorum dropping out of the presidential race could affect Republicans running in other California races this year.

Pasadena Star-News mentioned the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that 39 percent of California voters believe the state’s economy has bottomed out.

The Denver Post cited a keynote address that Manuel Pastor of American studies and ethnicity gave at a Denver conference about urban development.

O.C. Weekly reported that Jeb Middlebrook of sociology will give the opening speech at Cal State Fullerton’s Social Justice Summit.

 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about President Obama’s handling of gasoline prices and perception among voters. Schnur wrote that a recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll found California voters are dissatisfied with President Obama’s handling of the cost of gasoline.

PC Magazine featured work by Daniel Lidar of electrical engineering systems, chemistry, and physics and astronomy, and postdoctoral researcher Zhihui Wang of chemistry on a quantum computer built using subatomic flaws in a diamond. It uses microwave pulses to reduce “decoherence,” noise that prevents the computer from functioning properly. The research was also covered by Los Angeles Daily News, International Business Times, ZDNet and Agenzia Giornalistica Italia (Italy).

 

April 7-9, 2012

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 68 percent of California voters favored the cigarette tax increase measure Proposition 29, while 29 percent opposed it. The Modesto Bee cited the poll, noting that 39 percent of California voters believe the state’s economy is beginning to improve, while 33 percent think it has yet to hit bottom.

Technorati featured work by Daniel Lidar of electrical engineering systems, chemistry, and physics and astronomy, and Zhihui Wang of chemistry, on a quantum computer built using subatomic flaws in a diamond. It uses microwave pulses to reduce “decoherence,” noise that prevents the computer from functioning properly.

The Sacramento Bee quoted David Ginsburg of environmental studies about public health hazards at the Salton Sea.

The Wall Street Journal mentioned an upcoming lecture on politics and brain structure, hosted by USC Dornsife’s Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and held at USC’s Ground Zero Performance Cafe.

Ventura County Star reported that Michael Messner of sociology and gender studies will deliver a keynote address on male activism and gender-based violence.

 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Wired featured work by Daniel Lidar of electrical engineering systems, chemistry, and physics and astronomy, and postdoctoral researcher Zhihui Wang of chemistry, on a quantum computer built using subatomic flaws in a diamond. The research was also featured by RedOrbit and NTVMSNBC (Turkey).

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV featured the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education’s work collecting testimony from survivors of the Armenian genocide.

The Economist
cited Rez Life, a memoir by David Treuer of English, about Native American life.

 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Asian News International featured work by Daniel Lidar of engineering systems, chemistry, and physics and astronomy, and Zhihui Wang of chemistry, on a quantum computer encased in diamond in order to reduce "decoherence," noise that prevents the computer from functioning properly. The research was also featured by Press TV (Iran), Science Codex and TG Daily.

NPR's "All Things Considered" interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the strategic advantages to President Obama in not having to run in a primary during this election.

LiveScience cited research by Richard Easterlin of economics finding that happiness doesn't continually increase along with a country's average income.

 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Los Angeles Times highlighted the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that 82 percent of California voters were very or somewhat concerned about Internet and smart phone companies collecting their information. It also found that voters didn’t trust well known companies like Apple, Google and Facebook.

LAist featured the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC, noting that the event is expected to draw more than 150,000 visitors. The festival will feature authors including T.C. Boyle and Carol Muske-Dukes of English, as well as public figures like Michael Ian Black, John Cusack and Rodney King.

The Huffington Post ran a column by Sherman Jackson of religion and American studies and ethnicity about the Trayvon Martin shooting case and the complexity of racial identification. Jackson wrote about the Florida "Stand Your Ground" law, which empowers citizens to use deadly force if they fear that they're under physical threat.

Los Angeles Times quoted Sarah Pratt of Slavic languages and literatures  about a Russian ban on loans of art to American museums.

Bloomberg News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Mitt Romney's challenge in appealing to women voters and Latinos.

Minnesota Public Radio mentioned a lecture by David Treuer of English at the Hennepin County Library.

 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that the majority of Californians worry about data collected on the Internet and by smart phone companies. Poll respondents were asked to rate how much they trusted six tech companies with their personal information, using a scale of zero to 10. No company scored above five. A quarter of respondents worried that data was being collected without their knowledge. Los Angeles Times reported that 65 percent of respondents think tech businesses are more economically important to California than entertainment businesses. The poll was also covered by a third Los Angeles Times story, CNN, MSNBC, San Francisco Chronicle and Asian News International.

The National (United Arab Emirates) quoted Steven Ross of history about celebrity endorsements in presidential primaries.

KQED-FM’s “Climate Watch” interviewed Lisa Collins of environmental studies about the potential for increased storm activity on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

 

March 31 to April 2, 2012

Los Angeles Daily News featured the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education and its efforts to collect testimony from survivors of the Armenian Genocide. The project is a collaboration between the Shoah Foundation Institute and the USC Institute of Armenian Studies Leadership Council. More than 400 filmed testimonies have been included in a collection that will be made available to universities around the world.

The New York Times quoted Pamela Starr of international relations about the Mexican government’s efforts to control organized crime.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press article, quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the political constraints presidents work in during an election year.

San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Mitt Romney’s need to win primaries leading up to California.