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February 2010 Media Mentions

 

February 27-March 1, 2010

Los Angeles Times quoted Mark Benthien of the USC College and the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC about the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Chile on Saturday. USA Today also quoted Benthien.

Los Angeles Times quoted Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, about the positive effects of listening to music.

Los Angeles Times quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about “Confucius,” a Chinese government-backed film.

Politico quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about politics in California.

The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politicsabout the role of the California Legislature.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s tax policy.

San Jose Mercury News
quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about TV ads launched by Meg Whitman against her opponent for the California Republican gubernatorial nomination.

Los Angeles Times reported that Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, will give a lecture on art and the conscious brain at REDCAT at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

 

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about Israel foreign policy and the California race for U.S. Senate.

Wired cited Kenneth Nealson, Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and Professor of Earth Sciences and Biological Sciences, regarding new research on deep-sea bacteria.

AOL News noted that Michael Dawson of psychology reviewed a new screening system called Future Attribute Screening Technology, which the U.S. Department of Homeland Security hopes will identify people who intend to commit terrorist acts.

Jewish Journal reported that George Sanchez, professor of American studies and ethnicity and history, gave the keynote address at a symposium of the Boyle Heights Heritage Joint Initiative.

 

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV reported that USC will establish the new Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations, using a $25 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The center will study life forms that live below the earth’s surface, as well as soils, aquifers and rocks under the ocean floor, the story noted.

The Sacramento Bee mentioned USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and institute staff including William Nelson in a story on budget cuts threatening one of Catalina Island’s two public schools. Institute officials said it might be more difficult to recruit faculty to live on the island if the school were eliminated, the story stated.

The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about efforts to confirm state Sen. Abel Maldonado as lieutenant governor.

San Jose Mercury News
quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about Republican Tom Campbell, who is running for U.S. Senate.

Truthdig quoted Hebah Farrag of the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture on the role of the perpetrator’s nationality and religion in whether a violent act is deemed terrorism.

Santa Monica Mirror quoted Manuel Pastor of geography and American studies and ethnicity about a United Way of Greater Los Angeles report on poverty in Los Angeles.

 

February 20-22, 2010

Xinhua News Agency (China) reported that USC will establish the new Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations, using a $25 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Los Angeles Times highlighted an upcoming USC Master of Professional Writing Program panel discussion, to be moderated by Brighde Mullins of the USC College.

The Chronicle of Higher Education quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about the computer science programs at Shanghai Jiaotong University.

The Washington Post quoted Barry Glassner of sociology about Americans’ relationship with food.

Los Angeles Times
quoted George Sanchez of the American studies and ethnicity, and history about the history of L.A.’s Boyle Heights neighborhood.

 

Thursday, February 18, 2010

National Public Radio’s “Tell Me More” interviewed Robin D.G. Kelley of American studies and ethnicity, and history about his book “Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression,” which documents how the Communist Party worked to secure racial, economic and political justice.

Los Angeles Times
quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics,about the upcoming California gubernatorial election.

National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation” interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, on how a change in campaign finance law could affect the midterm elections.

 

Thursday, February 18, 2010

National Public Radio’s “Tell Me More” interviewed Robin D.G. Kelley of American studies and ethnicity, and history about his book “Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression,” which documents how the Communist Party worked to secure racial, economic and political justice.

Los Angeles Times
quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics,about the upcoming California gubernatorial election.

National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation” interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, on how a change in campaign finance law could affect the midterm elections.

 

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Scientific American highlighted work by Doug Capone, William and Julie Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and professor of biological sciences. Capone and a team of USC students are studying nitrogen fixation in the Pacific Ocean, during a monthlong voyage aboard the RV Atlantis.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the upcoming California governor’s race.

The Press Democrat featured T.C. Boyle of creative writing noting that he has taught at USC since 1978.

 

February 13-16, 2010

Voice of America featured a USC conference that examined the implications of China’s rise in the international landscape. Daniel Lynch of international relations said that some Chinese scholars and officials writing in influential journals believe U.S.-China conflict is inevitable.

Science & Religion
Today featured research by Wendy Wood of psychology which found that the more devout and religious a person is, the more prejudiced and biased that person is.

Los Angeles Times quoted David Kang of international relations about “gyopo” — ethnic Koreans who are raised abroad and return to Korea to explore their heritage.

Los Angeles Times
quoted Selma Holo, director of the USC Fisher Museum of Art, about a Renoir exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Los Angeles Times quoted Karen Sternheimer of  sociology about reality television shows focusing on weddings.

San Francisco Chronicle
, in an Associated Press story, quoted Karen Sternheimer of sociology on why the Oscars often laud portrayals of villains.

 

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Inside Higher Education noted that a number of USC professors were consulted for research on the Oscar-nominated film “Avatar,” including faculty from USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies who work with facial imaging technology, Paul Frommer of the USC Marshall School who created the language Na’vi, and Nancy Lutkehaus of the USC College (anthropology) who helped with youth initiation rituals.

SoCal Minds featured research by Wendy Wood of psychology that found that the more devout and religious a person is, the more prejudiced and biased that person is.

Sciences Humaines (France) highlighted “Descartes’ Error” by Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, and “The Rise of the Network Society” by Manuel Castells of the USC Annenberg School on a list of the 20 books that have changed our view of the world.

 

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Los Angeles ran an op-ed by Bill Deverell, director of Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, about looking to the past in order to move on to the future.

Scientific American highlighted work by Doug Capone, William and Julie Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and professor of biological sciences. Capone and a team of USC students are studying nitrogen fixation in the Pacific Ocean, during a month-long voyage aboard the RV Atlantis.

LiveScience
featured research by Timothy Biblarz of sociology which found that children raised by same-sex couples appear to do as well as those raised by parents of both sexes, challenging the notion that children need male and female parents for healthy adjustment.

LA Observed announced an ambitious project called CityThink, which will be housed on the Los Angeles magazine Web site. Bill Deverell of history and M.G. Lord of the Masters of Professional Writing program will be featured.

 

February 6-8, 2010

ABC News interviewed Karen Sternheimer of sociology about the names people choose for their Wi-Fi networks.

 

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Washington Post ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics about the politics of changing the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
quoted Kenneth Nealson of the Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and professor of earth sciences and biological sciences in an obituary for scientist James H. Scott.

Forbes cited a 2005 study by Michael Messner of sociology and gender studies which found that only about 2 percent of ESPN programming over a three-week period was devoted to women’s athletics.

 

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Los Angeles Times, in an Associated Press story, quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, out-of-state donors to California gubernatorial campaigns.

KPCC-FM interviewed Karen Sternheimer of sociology about the Toyota recall.

 

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

CBC Radio’s “As It Happens” (Canada) featured research by Timothy Biblarz of sociology which found that children raised by same-sex couples appear to do as well as those raised by parents of both sexes, challenging the notion that children need male and female parents for healthy adjustment.

 

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Times (U.K.) reviewed “Golden Dreams: California in the Age of Abundance, 1950-1963” by Kevin Starr of history.

Asian News International featured research by Lisa Aziz-Zadeh of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute and USC doctoral student Tong Sheng on the parts of the brain that detect prosody, or the timing, inflection and emphasis a person puts on words and sentences.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Republican primary in the California gubernatorial race. The Sacramento Bee also quoted Schnur.

The Boston Globe quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about Massachusetts Senator-Elect Scott Brown.

 

January 30-February 1, 2010

Los Angeles Times reviewed the book “Wild Child And Other Stories” by T.C. Boyle of English.

KPCC-FM’s “Patt Morrison” featured research by Timothy Biblarz of sociology which found that children raised by same-sex couples appear to do as well as those raised by parents of both sexes, challenging the notion that children need male and female parents for healthy adjustment. The Huffington Post also featured the research.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch featured T.C. Boyle of English.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Richard Flory of sociology about televangelism.

Voice of America interviewed Nake Kamrany of economics about entrepreneurs.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette quoted Michelle Gordon of English about African American literature.

Los Angeles Daily News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about apathy among minority voters.

Los Angeles Times ran an article by Dinah Lenney of the Master of Professional Writing Program about essayist Brenda Miller.