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December 2009 Media Mentions

 

December 25 - January 4, 2010

The Sacramento Bee ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, on how technological media changes in the past decade made politics more partisan.

Fast Company cited research by Antonio Damasio, the David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and professor of psychology and neurology, in a story on why New Year’s resolutions fail.

Los Angeles Times quoted Karen Sternheimer of sociology about reality TV stars.

KPCC-FM’s “Patt Morrison” interviewed Karen Sternheimer of sociology about “sexting,” in which teenagers send pornographic photographs of themselves to each other via cell phones.

 

Thursday, December 24, 2009

MSNBC interviewed Karen Sternheimer of sociology about doctors who cater to celebrities, often dispensing powerful painkillers and sedatives to some of Hollywood’s best-known entertainers.

The Nation reviewed “Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original” by Robin D.G. Kelley of American Studies and Ethnicity.

 

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Washington Times quoted Barry Glassner of sociology about how Americans are living in a culture fueled by fear.

The Oklahoman cited research by Nancy Pedersen psyschology and colleagues that correlates the aerobic fitness level of teen boys with academic success and earning potential later in life.

 

Friday, December 18, 2009

RT (Russia) featured research by Kenneth Nealson, Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and professor of earth sciences and biological sciences, and colleagues which found that Shewanella cells briefly touch an electron-accepting surface, lift off and swim furiously, and then return to the metal surface.

 

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Obama administration’s announcement that terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay would be transferred to an empty state prison in Illinois.

CBS News interviewed Richard Flory of sociology about a new poll which found that most Americans pick and choose when it comes to their religious beliefs.

National Geographic
quoted Craig Stanford of anthropology about the newly discovered coconut-carrying behavior of the veined octopus, the first animal without a backbone to be observed using tools.

Laist highlighted the role of Michael Quick, USC College executive vice dean, in organizing the science series for the Natural History Museum’s 2010 First Fridays events.

The National Law Journal reported that Mathew D. McCubbins will join the USC faculty in January as provost professor.

 

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

ABC News interviewed Julie Albright of sociology in a story about a Westlake Village, Calif., high school football team that includes the sons of former NFL quarterback Joe Montana, former NHL player Wayne Gretzky and actor Will Smith.

The Mercury-News highlighted the University of Southern California Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times Poll results, which found that 35 percent of Republican voters supported gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, 27 percent supported rival Tom Campbell and 10 percent supported Steve Poizner.

 

December 12-14, 2009

Los Angeles Times ran an obituary for Stephen Toulmin, professor emeritus of the USC College, who was the Henry R. Luce professor at the College’s Center for Multiethnic and Transnational Studies.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, who is seeking the Republican nomination to oppose Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer next year.

University World News (U.K.) featured research by Nancy Pedersen of psychology and colleagues that correlates the aerobic fitness level of teen boys with academic success and earning potential later in life.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner, California’s insurance commissioner, who announced that he will put an additional $15 million of his own money into his campaign.

 

Friday, December 11, 2009

The New York Times ran an obituary for Stephen Toulmin, professor emeritus of the USC College, who taught at the College’s Center for Multiethnic and Transnational Studies until this summer.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air” interviewed Robin D.G. Kelley of American studies and ethnicity about his book “Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original.”

St. Petersburg Times featured research by Nancy Pedersen of psychology and colleagues that correlates the aerobic fitness level of teen boys with academic success and earning potential later in life.

Los Angeles Times quoted Paul Lichterman of sociology and religion about religion in the United States.

L.A. Observed cited an article written by Dana Goodyear of Master of Professional Writing for arts and culture Web site The Millions.

 

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Los Angeles Times featured research by Nancy Pedersen of the psychology and colleagues that correlates the aerobic fitness level of teen boys with academic success and earning potential later in life.

Science highlighted research by Lynn Dodd of the USC College and a Tel Aviv University colleague.

KQED-FM’s “Capital Notes” mentioned that Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics,  took part in a discussion at the station about government and public policy in California.

 

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Los Angeles Times featured work by Nicholas Warner of physics and astronomy and mathematics and colleagues who teach video courses as part of Lost University, a multimedia experience involving the fields of study relevant to the television show “Lost.”

Science News
featured research by Kenneth Nealson, Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and professor of earth sciences and biological sciences, USC graduate student Howard Harris and colleagues which found that Shewanella cells briefly touch an electron-accepting surface, lift off and swim furiously, and then return to the metal surface, in a behavior researchers are calling electrokinesis.

St. Petersburg Times featured research by Nancy Pedersen of pscyhology and colleagues that correlates the aerobic fitness level of teen boys with academic success and earning potential later in life.

 

December 5-7, 2009

Time quoted Dan Schnur, Director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch quoted Karen Sternheimer of sociology on how drinking alcohol makes flying more stressful.

The Sacramento Bee
quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the California Franchise Tax Board’s request to extend furloughs for its workers

The News Journal
reviewed “Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original” by Robin D.G. Kelley of American Studies and ethnicity, and history.


The Times of India (India) reported that Elsi Kaiser of linguistics spoke on the nature of language processing and eye tracking at an international language and cognition conference in Allahabad, India.

 

Friday, December 4, 2009

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV featured a new earthquake forecasting method developed by Danijel Schorlemmer of earth sciences.

 

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Los Angeles Times cited the University of Southern California Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that while a narrow majority of California voters favor marriage rights for gay couples, most don’t want to revisit the same-sex marriage issue during the 2010 elections.

San Francisco Chronicle reported that Manuel Pastor of geography and American studies and ethnicity spoke at a gathering of labor leaders, who met yesterday in Sacramento to focus on California’s crumbling infrastructure and efforts to create jobs.

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Chronicle of Higher Education featured research led by Lynn Dodd of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and a Tel Aviv University colleague.

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Los Angeles Times reported that USC researchers discovered two distinct groups within the Jerusalem cricket species on Catalina Island.

Los Angeles Times
highlighted the University of Southern California Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times Poll.

USA Today quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, in an article about San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who dropped out of the California governor’s race.

San Francisco Chronicle reviewed “Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original” by Robin D.G. Kelley of American studies and ethnicity and history.