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August 2011 Media Mentions

 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

U.S. News & World Report featured research on the planet’s dark ocean environments by Katrina Edwards of biological sciences, earth sciences, and environmental studies, and colleagues at USC’s Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations, which she directs. The team will study at three sites under the ocean, drilling for samples to discover how life exists in sediment and rock below the ocean’s bottom. In addition to research, the center works on programs and activities for children and other members of the public, the story noted.

United Press International reported that Travis Williams of chemistry and colleagues have developed a robust, efficient method of storing hydrogen, bringing practical hydrogen fuel cells one step closer to reality. The scientists found a way to release hydrogen from an innocuous chemical material — a nitrogen-boron complex, ammonia borane — that can be stored as a stable solid. The system is lightweight and efficient enough to have potential fuel applications ranging from motor-driven cycles to small aircraft, Williams said.

Jewish Telegraphic Agency quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the campaign strategies of Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.

 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Washington Times reviewed “Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics” by Steven Ross of history. The story stated that Ross crafts a very readable narrative, using iconic examples to make the point that Hollywood star power was used by the political right as well as the left.

L.A. Weekly ran a Q&A with Duke University’s Cathy Davidson, who will discuss technology and attention spans at an upcoming event for Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative. Davidson cited Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute, as one of the scholars making Southern California a hotbed of neuroscience, stating that he does incredible interdisciplinary work.

Bloomberg Businessweek quoted Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, about the history of San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood.

New York Daily News highlighted research by scholar David Neal conducted while he was at USC Dornsife, which found that using Botox to smooth forehead wrinkles can affect people’s ability to understand others’ emotions.

 

August 27-29, 2011

Los Angeles Times featured a concert at Phillips Music Store in Boyle Heights organized by Josh Kun of the USC Annenberg School, which included a spoken word tribute by George Sanchez, vice dean for college diversity and professor American studies and ethnicity, and history.

Newsweek ran an op-ed by John Eatwell of international relations about the European Monetary Union.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the California Assembly’s release of spending records.

Whittier Daily News quoted Christian Grose of political science and Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the impact of redistricting on the San Gabriel Valley.

The New York Times, in a story by The Bay Citizen, cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, and quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Amazon’s spending on a proposed referendum asking that the new California Internet sales tax law be overturned.

The Independent (U.K.) highlighted research by scholar David Neal conducted while he was at USC Dornsife, which found that using Botox to smooth forehead wrinkles can affect people’s ability to understand others’ emotions.

 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s new plan to address unemployment in California.

KPCC-FM interviewed Richard Flory of sociology about the significance of the Crystal Cathedral bankruptcy for the future of megachurches.

Chemistry World featured research by Travis Williams of chemistry and his colleagues on their development of a robust, efficient method of using hydrogen as a fuel source. TCE Today also featured the study.

 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Los Angeles Times quoted T.C. Boyle, Distinguished Professor of English, about late L.A. poet and Dutton’s bookstore buyer Scott Wannberg.

Bloomberg Businessweek quoted Thomas Jordan, University Professor, W.M. Keck Foundation Chair in geological sciences and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, about the tendency of East Coast earthquakes to be felt across a larger area than their West Coast counterparts. Associated Press also quoted Jordan.

The Huffington Post quoted Nadia Roumani of USC Dornsife’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, director of the center’s American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, about combating negative stereotypes of Muslims post-9/11.

 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Wall Street Journal, in an Associated Press story, quoted Andrew Lakoff of sociology, anthropology and communication about West Coast residents’ attitude toward the 5.8-magnitude quake on the East Coast.

Bloomberg News quoted Thomas Jordan, University Professor, W.M. Keck Foundation Chair in geological sciences and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, about the tendency of East Coast earthquakes to be felt across a larger area than their West Coast counterparts. Agence France-Presse also quoted Jordan.

 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Los Angeles Times quoted T.C. Boyle, Distinguished Professor of English, about late L.A. poet and Dutton’s bookstore buyer Scott Wannberg.

Bloomberg Businessweek quoted Thomas Jordan, University Professor, W.M. Keck Foundation Chair in geological sciences and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, about the tendency of East Coast earthquakes to be felt across a larger area than their West Coast counterparts. Associated Press also quoted Jordan.

The Huffington Post quoted Nadia Roumani of USC Dornsife’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, director of the center’s American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, about combating negative stereotypes of Muslims post-9/11.


Friday, August 26, 2011

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s new plan to address unemployment in California.

KPCC-FM interviewed Richard Flory of sociology about the significance of the Crystal Cathedral bankruptcy for the future of megachurches.

 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Virginian-Pilot noted that a local high school teacher attended a workshop by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, which trains educators to use Holocaust survivor testimonies in the classroom.

The Fresno Bee cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll of California voters.

Daily Press covered the keynote speech that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, gave at a Victorville forum for business leaders.

 

August 20-22, 2011

The Chronicle of Higher Education featured USC in several categories of its annual Almanac issue. USC enrolled the most international students of any U.S. university, and had the second highest doctoral enrollment among private nonprofit schools. USC was ranked among the Top 100 Colleges in Total Spending for Science, and the top 100 institutions in terms of federal funding for science. USC was among the schools awarding the most doctorates, both across all disciplines and in education. Several donations to USC were highlighted in the Chronicle’s list of Major Private Gifts to Higher Education, including USC Trustee and alumnus David Dornsife and wife Dana Dornsife’s $200 million gift to USC Dornsife.

The Washington Post quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's chances of appealing to both Tea Party and traditional GOP voters as a presidential candidate.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Karen Sternheimer of sociology about the desire to appear on reality TV shows. The article noted that Sternheimer is the author of "Celebrity Culture and the American Dream: Stardom and Social Mobility."

Los Angeles Times stated that the Boeing Company is testing its new unmanned submarine, which has applications for both surveillance and environmental work, at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island.

The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) cited the Easterlin paradox, the finding by Richard Easterlin of economics that when examined over a period of time, an increase in income doesn't bring increased happiness. JoongAng Daily (South Korea) also cited Easterlin's work.

KPCC-FM reported that reported that Rhacel Salazar Parrenas of sociology will participate in a forum on the topic "Are You What You Do?"

Roll Call stated that the polling and strategy firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner conducts the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll.

 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Der Spiegel (Germany) quoted Dan Lainer-Vos of sociology about the relationship between Holocaust survivors and the generations of Israelis born after World War II.

Reuters ran two stories (second link here) quoting Karen Tongson of English and gender studies and Karen Sternheimer of sociology about the pressures that might have contributed to the suicide of a man featured on a reality TV show.

St. Petersburg Times cited Carol Wise of international relations in a story about President Obama’s promise to promote economic development in Mexico as a means of stemming illegal immigration.

The Record cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that voters were divided on new legislation that would require Internet retailers to begin collecting sales tax on online purchases. The Sacramento Bee also cited the poll.

Jewish Journal reported that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, spoke at the first Israel Advocacy Conference about effective activism and messaging.

 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about a need for California legislators to re-earn voters’ regard. The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll showed that only 25 percent of the voting public approved of the job their state legislators were doing, Schnur noted.

Weekendadvisen (Denmark) featured Karen Sternheimer of sociology and her book, “Celebrity Culture and the American Dream: Stardom and Social Mobility.” Sternheimer said that in her classes she tackles the subject of social inequality and how difficult it is for minorities to attain wealth in America. The students always present Oprah Winfrey as an example, Sternheimer noted.

McClatchy Newspapers quoted Jerald Jellison, retired professor of USC Dornsife, about the psychological impact of unemployment.

KCET-TV’s “SoCal Connected” interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, as part of a panel on the troubled economy and its impact on California.

The Washington Post noted that Mary Sarotte of international relations serves on the jury for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Arthur Ross Book Award.

Los Angeles Times noted that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, has served as chairman of the state Fair Political Practices Commission. The San Diego Union-Tribune and The Sacramento Bee also mentioned his service.

Lompoc Record cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that a majority of California voters favored moving the state’s full-time Legislature to part-time status with part-time pay.

 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Emmy Magazine featured research on fame by Leo Braudy of English and American literature and Karen Sternheimer of sociology. The story stated that Braudy, author of seminal work “The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History,” studies the phenomenon from the perspective of a cultural historian. Sternheimer is the author of “Celebrity Culture and the American Dream: Stardom and Social Mobility."

SmartMoney covered research by scholar David Neal conducted while he was at the USC Dornsife, which found that nearly half of Americans lack dental insurance and nearly three-quarters of those without coverage are neglecting their teeth.

Knoxville News Sentinel cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that voters were divided on new legislation that would require Internet retailers to begin collecting sales tax on online purchases.

 

August 13-15, 2011

Los Angeles Times cited an interview with Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute, in which he talked about the speed of the brain’s cognitive function.

The Seattle Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Sen. Patty Murray’s committee on deficit reduction.

KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk” interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Republican presidential debate in Iowa.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that 65 percent of California voters favored moving the state’s full-time Legislature to part-time status with part-time pay.

 

Friday, August 12, 2011

Discover reported that geologist Thorsten Becker of earth sciences is virtually peeling back the planet’s outer layers and exposing its internal life in exquisite, 3-D detail. Becker used seismic tomography to create a model that reveals the structure of the earth’s mantle, which is energized by radioactive heating within and by the molten iron outer core below.

TechNewsWorld quoted Susumu Takahashi of chemistry, and physics and astronomy, about the development of quantum computers using microwave technology.

The Times (U.K.) noted that Emily Hodgson Anderson of English contributed to the paper’s literary supplement.

 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Los Angeles Times quoted David St. John of English about the appointment of Philip Levine as the United States’ next poet laureate.

Associated Press quoted Lois Banner of history and gender studies, author of MM — Personal,” about an auction of a short film that purportedly shows Marilyn Monroe having sex.

San Jose Mercury News cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll regarding California voters’ feelings on the state budget process.

L.A. Weekly reported that Richard Meyer of art history and fine arts will introduce an outdoor screening of the film “Scenes From the Life of Andy Warhol” at the Gagosian Gallery.

 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Scientific American ran an article co-written by Jesse Graham of psychology about new research indicating that liberals and conservatives think differently, forming even their nonpolitical opinions in divergent ways. MinnPost cited the article.

KQED-FM featured research by Lisa Collins of environmental studies, who has provided new insight on how the ocean impacts climate change. KPCC-FM also covered the research.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which surveyed Californians on their feelings about the economy and solutions to prison overcrowding.

KPCC-FM cited Q&A with Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology about her research on the Mexican American middle class.

 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Asian News International featured research by Lisa Collins of environmental studies, who has provided new insight on how the ocean impacts climate change. Collins spent four years collecting samples from floating sediment traps off of the Los Angeles coast. She found that that the majority of the particulate organic carbon falling to the basin floor is marine-derived, not the result of rainfall runoff, which means that the ocean off the coast is taking carbon out of the atmosphere via phytoplankton and locking it up in sediment.

KPCC-FM ran Q&A with Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology, who is writing a book on the Mexican American middle class. She has spent the past few years studying this group, which is larger and wealthier than many people imagine, the story noted.

ABC Radio interviewed Lois Banner of history and gender studies, author of MM — Personal: From the Private Archive of Marilyn Monroe, about an auction of a short film that purportedly shows Marilyn Monroe having sex.

Big Think cited a Q&A with Margaret Gatz of psychology, gerontology and preventive medicine on her Alzheimer’s disease research.

The New York Times cited research by Lee Epstein of political science and law on the decisions of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

McClatchy Newspapers cited the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education’s oral history collection as an extensive repository of Holocaust information.

The Fresno Bee cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that a majority of Californians favored moving the state’s full- time Legislature to part-time status with part-time pay.

The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) highlighted research by scholar David Neal conducted while he was at USC Dornsife, which found that using Botox to smooth forehead wrinkles can affect people’s ability to understand others’ emotions.

Asia Times (China) reported that Daniel Lynch of international relations was one of the signers of open letters to Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou regarding justice and democracy issues.

 

August 6-8, 2011

North County Times quoted Malcolm Klein, professor emeritus of sociology, about Escondido police applying the gang label to the Juggalos, a group of zealous fans of rappers Insane Clown Posse.

California News Service quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s fundraising success in California.

Financial Times (U.K.) cited research by Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute, on the neurophysiology of decision-making.

 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Nature ran a Q&A with Margaret Gatz of psychology, gerontology and preventive medicine on her Alzheimer’s disease research. Gatz, who has spent 25 years studying the health of more than 14,000 Swedish twins in order to investigate the causes of Alzheimer’s, will speak today at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention.

La Canada Valley Sun quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about a bill that would force disclosure of California Assembly member budgets.

Los Angeles Times ran an obituary for John H. Marburger III, former chief science adviser for President George W. Bush, who was a professor of physics at USC before becoming chairman of the physics department and dean of USC Dornsife.

 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The New York Times reported that the National Endowment for the Humanities announced $40 million in grants, including a grant to Bruce Smith of English and a Bryn Mawr College colleague to develop a portable electronic application called Mobile Shakespeare Scripts. The dynamic script interface will allow theater professionals, scholars and students to study how a theatrical performance’s life cycle unfolds, from script to production.

Bloomberg News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about ranked-choice voting systems.

Politico quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Republican Rick Perry’s chances should he enter the presidential race.

Jewish Journal ran an op-ed by Gina Nahai of the Master of Professional Writing Program about a battle between Iranians and non-Iranian Beverly Hills residents over noise regulations.

North County Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that a majority of Californians favored moving the state’s full-time Legislature to part-time status with part-time pay. Daily Press also cited the poll.

Tallahassee Democrat reported that Daniel Walker, research associate with the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at USC Dornsife, will talk at the Association of African American Museums’ national convention about his nationwide project to preserve gospel music.

 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Washington Post ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the debt deal.

Los Angeles Times reported that the National Endowment for the Humanities announced $40 million in grants, including a $50,000 grant to USC to support The Mobile Shakespeare Scripts. For this project, Bruce Smith of English is creating and testing a dynamic script interface that will allow theater professionals, scholars and students to study how a theatrical performance’s life cycle unfolds, from script to production.

Evansville Courier & Press reported that a local high school teacher had been chosen to attend a workshop by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, which trains educators to use Holocaust survivor testimonies in the classroom. “This workshop equips teachers to become ambassadors of testimony-based education in their communities,” said Stephen Smith, executive director of the institute. The participants will return next summer for a follow-up workshop, at which they will receive 12 continuing education credits and a certificate from the USC Rossier School, the story noted.

Reuters quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Tea Party and the debt ceiling debate.

KPCC-FM interviewed Richard Flory of sociology about the Crystal Cathedral’s board of directors trying to rescue the megachurch from bankruptcy.

The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development and Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California State University trustees’ decision to pay the new San Diego State University president 33 percent more than his predecessor earned.

The Intelligencer cited an op-ed by Ryan Linkof of history about tabloid newspapers.

The Globe and Mail (Canada) highlighted 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 Orange County Register cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that California voters favor letting local governments place new taxes on cigarettes, sugary drinks, liquor and oil. San Francisco Chronicle, two Capitol Weekly stories (second link here) and Good Morning Silicon Valley also cited the poll.

Santa Barbara Independent ran an obituary co-written by Laura Pulido of American studies and ethnicity and geography, for black studies professor Clyde Adrian Woods.

Diverse reported that researchers from The Center for Diversity & Democracy at the USC Dornsife serve on the advisory board for the Ellis Island Immigration Museum’s new Peopling of America Center.

Newsday ran an obituary for John H. Marburger III, former chief science adviser for President George W. Bush, who was a professor of physics at USC before becoming chairman of the physics department and dean of USC Dornsife.

 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Tea Party and the debt deal.

Los Angeles Times quoted Kevin Starr of history in an obituary for late author and editor Henry Carlisle.

Fox News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the fact that California managed to pass a solid, on-time budget for the first time in years, while there were political struggles about budget on the federal level.

Reuters quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, who was John McCain’s communications director in 2000, about the Tea Party as a mixed blessing for the Republican Party.

McClatchy Newspapers quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about political donations made by text, and the preferred communication methods of students in his USC classes.

Politico quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign strategy.

California Watch quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, in a story about California’s redistricting.

Redlands Daily Facts quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the political battle over the debt ceiling.