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February 2012 Media Mentions

 

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Indian Express (India) featured a lecture that G.K. Surya Prakash, George A. and Judith A. Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry and professor of chemistry, delivered in Bangalore for National Science Day.

Twin Cities Daily Planet highlighted a lecture by David Treuer of English about his new book “Rez Life.”

The New York Times cited Stanley Rosen of political science regarding Communist Chinese figure Lei Feng.

The Salt Lake Tribune highlighted a play written by Brighde Mullins of the Master of Professional Writing Program.

CBS News Wheeling, W.Va., affiliate WTRF-TV mentioned that Yuri Gorby of biological sciences attended a discussion on the potential dangers of fracking.

 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Mitt Romney’s difficulty in talking about his wealth. Schnur wrote that though President Obama faced many of the same pitfalls during the 2008 campaign, his stance on the Iraq war took precedence over domestic issues that year. Schnur added that Romney needs to publicly admit to his shortcomings and steer the conversation back to his policy priorities.

The Dallas Morning News reviewed “Rez Life,” a new memoir by David Treuer of English. The story stated that Treuer covers his family history, American history and a kind of cultural exploration with the book. One of the unique characteristics Treuer brings to the work is his knowledge of different tribes and the many differences between them, the review noted.

KCET-TV highlighted research by Manuel Pastor of American studies and ethnicity and geography on distribution of air pollution around Los Angeles. Pastor and other researchers teamed with community organizers to identify sources of pollution in Boyle Heights and other low-income neighborhoods. They found that government data on pollution sources had identified fewer sources of pollution than their own data has.

Wheeling News-Register quoted Yuri Gorby of biological sciences about the potential dangers of fracking.

The Spectrum quoted Antoine Bechara of psychology about how learning works in the human brain.

Truthout cited Manuel Castells, University Professor, Wallis Annenberg Chair of Communication Techonology and Society and professor of communication, sociology, planning, and international relations, about people behaving in a “networked” way.

Frankfurter Allgemeine (Germany) covered research by Valter Longo of gerontology and biological sciences finding that short periods of fasting could help cancer patients better tolerate chemotherapy, and may even make treatment more effective.

 

February 25-27, 2012

The Washington Post ran an op-ed by Steven Ross of history about Hollywood’s right-leaning history. Though most people think of the entertainment industry as a bastion of liberalism, it was more conservative for much of its existence, Ross wrote.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the chances of the Republican presidential race lasting until California’s primary.

Toronto Star (Canada) mentioned research by Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, on the slowness of neural processes.

Bloomberg Businessweek mentioned that Jeb Barnes of political science participates in the Faculty Project, a collection of free online courses that allows students to interact with professors on discussion boards.

San Francisco Chronicle mentioned a history class by Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, and policy, planning and development.

Science News cited theories by Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, about the workings of the brain.

 

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Huffington Post ran an op-ed by Nicholas Warner of physics, astronomy and mathematics about author Deepak Chopra’s recent statement that “no one knows enough to be an atheist.”

North County Times featured a high school class that studied the Holocaust using footage from IWitness, a database of survivor testimony created by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education. Students created mini-documentaries using the footage, tying the experience of survivors to modern problems such as religious persecution and genocide.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV interviewed Jeffrey Nugent of economics and business about gas prices potentially reaching $5 a gallon.

Jewish Journal ran a column by Bruce Phillips of Jewish studies about how recent redistricting will affect Jewish populations in Los Angeles.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the difficulty of convincing voters to raise taxes on themselves.

 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The New York Times highlighted a study by USC Dornsife and USC Viterbi researchers, who have discovered a new method for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. They combine fumed silica — the same thickening agent that is used in milkshakes — with a polymer to form a material that catches carbon dioxide in the air, allowing it to be recycled.

Bloomberg Businessweek quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about how criticism by establishment politicians could help Rick Santorum’s outsider image.

The Huffington Post cited Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Mitt Romney’s position as Republican front-runner.

The Examiner quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Rick Santorum’s appeal among social conservatives.

The Bemidji Pioneer covered a lecture by David Treuer of English about his new book “Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life.”

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” interviewed David Treuer of English about his new book, “Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life.” The book looks at the history of Native American reservations throughout the United States. Treuer’s book was also featured by Minnesota Public Radio, Star-Tribune, Appeal-Democrat, The Spectrum, Baltimore City Paper, The Bemidji Pioneer and Brainerd Dispatch.

KCET-TV featured “The Accidental Feminist” by M.G. Lord of the Master of Professional Writing Program, a new book about the ways in which actress Elizabeth Taylor served as an early feminist icon.

USA Today quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about expectations surrounding an upcoming Republican debate.

The Boston Globe quoted Paul Lichterman of sociology and religion about Mitt Romney’s charitable contributions.

Big Think cited “Descartes’ Error” by Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute. about a patient whose cognitive brain couldn’t converse with his emotional brain.

 

February 18-21, 2012

Sudan Vision (Sudan) cited Manuel Castells, University Professor, Wallis Annenberg Chair of Communication Techonology and Society and professor of communication, sociology, planning and international relations, about an increasing interest in the study of networks.

MinnPost mentioned a lecture by David Treuer of English about his new book “Rez Life.”

 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Science News highlighted research by Kaspar Meyer of psychology on how conscious experiences are formed in the brain. Meyer found that while volunteers watched a video of someone handling a ball of yarn, their brains recreated the sensation of touch. The same was true of subjects watching silent movies — their brains would react as if they were hearing sounds matching the onscreen action.

MSN featured research by Valter Longo of biological sciences and gerontology  finding that short periods of fasting could help cancer patients better tolerate chemotherapy, and may even make treatment more effective.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about the relationship between Hollywood, the U.S. and China.

Yazhou Zhoukan (China) quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping’s visit to the U.S.

Bloomberg Businessweek quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Mitt Romney’s standing as front-runner in the Republican presidential field.

NPR Seattle affiliate KUOW-FM interviewed Judith Halberstam of English about her book “The Queer Art of Failure.”

The Gazette (Canada) cited a study by Richard Easterlin, University Professsor and professor of economics, about China’s economic growth not leading to higher life satisfaction for its citizens.

Abilene Reporter-News reported that Dallas Willard of philosophy will speak at Abilene Christian University’s Summit gathering.

LAist highlighted a literary discussion featuring Percival Everett, Distinguished Professor of English, and Brighde Mullins, director of the Master of Professional Writing Program.

 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Washington Post highlighted a teaching demonstration by Nicholas Warner of physics, atronomy and mathematics. Warner is featured in a video teaching Newton’s Third Law in a variety of creative ways — including with a makeshift "jet engine" made from a fire extinguisher and a skateboard.

Slate featured an interview with David Treuer of English about his new book, "Rez Life." The book takes a look at Treuer’s experience growing up as an Ojibwe Indian on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota.

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the selection of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to chair the Democratic National Convention.

Los Angeles Times mentioned that L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently lectured in a USC Dornsife class.

Los Angeles Times cited research on the biology of emotions by Hanna Costa Damasio and Antonio Damasio of the Brain and Creativity Institute.

 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Los Angeles Times cited "The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History" by Leo Braudy, University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature and professor of English and history, about what drives people to crave fame.

 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

San Francisco Chronicle reviewed "Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life" by David Treuer of English. The review stated that Treuer is a gifted novelist who blends journalism, history and memoir. The book centers on the life and history of the Leech Lake Reservation, but touches on many of the issues felt by Native Americans across the country, including the hardships of living on a reservation.

Press TV (Iran) featured research by Valter Longo of biological sciences and gerontology finding that short periods of fasting could help cancer patients better tolerate chemotherapy, and may even make treatment more effective. The Jerusalem Post (Israel) also featured the research.

Los Angeles Times highlighted a literary discussion featuring Percival Everett, Distinguished Professor of English, and Brighde Mullins, director of the Master of Professional Writing Program.

Los Angeles Times mentioned that, during his time as chairman of the Fair Political Practices Commission, Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, posted public notices of pending investigations on the panel’s Web site.

 

February 11-13, 2012

BBC Radio (U.K.) featured research by Valter Longo of biological sciences and gerontology finding that short periods of fasting could help cancer patients better tolerate chemotherapy, and may even make treatment more effective.

KPCC-FM’s “Off-Ramp” aired a speech and interview given at the Natural History Museum by Amy Parish of anthropology and gender studies about bonobo apes and Darwinian feminism.

 

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Wall Street Journal highlighted the $200 million naming gift from USC Trustee and alumnus David Dornsife and wife Dana Dornsife to USC Dornsife, and the $110 million gift from USC Trustee and USC Viterbi School alumnus John Mork and wife Julie to create the USC Mork Family Scholars Program.

KPCC-FM reported that this fall USC will offer Persian language courses for the first time. A $250,000 grant from the Farhang Foundation helped to establish the program. Bruce Zuckerman, Myron and Marian Casden Director and Professor of Religion and Linguistics, said he has many students interested in the Persian language, culture and region. "The Iranian region is one that has great impact on our lives today and has had great impact going back into ancient times," he said. The story noted that USC and the Farhang Foundation hope to raise more money to create an Iranian studies minor. Payvand also featured the new courses.

The Economist featured research by Valter Longo of biological sciences and gerontology finding that short periods of fasting could help cancer patients better tolerate chemotherapy, and may even make treatment more effective. The Globe and Mail (Canada) reported that cancerous tumors are essentially energy hogs. "They need to burn lots of energy just to stay alive," Longo said. The study was also covered by Irish Independent (Ireland), Magyar Tavirati Iroda (Hungary), Anadolu Ajansi (Turkey), Son Haber (Netherlands), Vietnam+ (Vietnam), Turkish Radio and Television (Turkey) and Romania Libera (Romania).

USA Today quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Mitt Romney’s negative campaign ads.

The Queanbeyan Age (Australia) cited "The Good Divorce" by Constance Ahrons, professor emerita of sociology.

LAist highlighted a lecture by Kate Flint, Provost Professor of English and Art History, on Weegee’s photography.

 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Scientific American featured research by Valter Longo of biological sciences and gerontology finding that short periods of fasting could help cancer patients better tolerate chemotherapy, and may even make treatment more effective. NPR Boston affiliate WBUR-FM reported that in an animal model, 40 percent of subjects who received no food or drink except water before and after chemotherapy were cured of cancer, compared with zero percent of subjects who only received chemo. Patients in California are now trying the fasting, Longo said. The study was also covered by BBC News (U.K.), Daily Mail (U.K.), La Repubblica (Italy), Corriere della Sera (Italy), The Scientist, Agence France-Presse, The Press Association (U.K.), AOL News, Asian News International, Indian Express (India), Press Trust of India (India), Radio Santiago (Chile), Diario Digital (Portugal), EFE (Spain), Salute 24 (Italy), ANSA (Italy), ASCA (Italy), Gaianews (Italy), Republika (Indonesia) and Ihlas Son Dakika (Turkey).

 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education mentioned USC’s $6 billion fundraising campaign. The story noted that USC had already raised $1 billion in a "quiet phase," including the $200 million naming gift from USC Trustee and alumnus David Dornsife and wife Dana Dornsife to the USC Dornsife College.

The Guardian (U.K.) highlighted two major gifts to USC in a list of the 10 biggest philanthropic benefactors in America. The list included the $200 million naming gift from USC Trustee and alumnus David Dornsife and wife Dana Dornsife to USC Dornsife, and the $110 million gift from USC Trustee and USC Viterbi School alumnus John Mork and wife Julie to create the USC Mork Family Scholars Program.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the different messages that presidential incumbents and challengers seek to communicate.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about ballot initiatives competing against Gov. Jerry Brown’s effort to raise taxes.

Mobiledia quoted Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, assistant professor of psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute, about the impact of mobile technology and social networking on teenagers.

Sugar mentioned that USC Dornsife alumnus Paul Frommer created the language Na’vi for the movie "Avatar."

 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

KPCC-FM highlighted research by Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology and Dowell Myers of the USC Price School about the development of a Latino middle class. Vallejo wrote about upwardly mobile Latinos, noting that many have grown up in poor or disadvantaged communities and retain links to those communities. Among families that are economically secure, legal status allows parents to obtain well paid jobs and have more resources to invest in education. Myers’ research shows an increase in Latino and Asian American homeownership, just as aging white Californian homeowners are looking to sell their real estate.

The Sacramento Bee included the novel "Assumption" by Percival Everett, Distinguished Professor on English, in a recommended reading list for Black History Month.

CBS News Cincinnati affiliate WKRC-TV mentioned that the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC led an earthquake preparedness drill called the Great Central U.S. Shakeout.

 

February 4-6, 2012

CNN ran an op-ed by Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute, about the nature of consciousness.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Pamela Starr of international relations about the chances of a PRI victory in the Mexican presidential election.

Inside Higher Ed quoted Kenneth Easwaran of philosophy about the usefulness of the American Philosophical Association’s jobs publication.

WND cited Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Republican establishment’s feelings toward Newt Gingrich.

 

Friday, February 3, 2012

The San Diego Union-Tribune highlighted USC’s role in a new California Department of Public Health study on health risks and climate change. USC helped to develop the methodology of the study, which found that poor, urban and minority residents are the most at risk for problems related to climate change. The story noted that Manuel Pastor of American studies and ethnicity advised the study.

Philadelphia Daily News quoted Jacob Soll of history about a proposed merger between Rutgers and Rowan Universities.

Politico quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about controversies surrounding Mitt Romney.

 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

China Review News (China) featured the USC U.S.-China Institute’s symposium on the Taiwanese elections. The story quoted Stanley Rosen of political science and Daniel Lynch of international relations. The event was also covered by the China Times (Taiwan), Central News Agency (Taiwan), Radio Taiwan International (Taiwan), Lianhe Zaobao (Singapore) and Agence France-Presse.

Current TV’s "The Young Turks" featured Ange-Marie Hancock of political science on a panel discussing the Florida Republican primary.

JoongAng Ilbo (South Korea) ran an op-ed by David Kang of international relations stating that an Arab Spring-style revolution in unlikely in North Korea. A second JoongAng Ilbo op-ed focused on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s challenges following his father’s death.

Chosun Ilbo (South Korea) interviewed David Kang of international relations about China writing its own history as it strives to be a global leader.

American Public Media’s "Marketplace" cited an interview with David Kang of international relations about the North Korean economy.

The Tampa Tribune quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Newt Gingrich’s chances of survival in February’s Republican primaries.

Burlington County Times quoted Jacob Soll of history about a merger between Rutgers and Rowan University.

KSCI-TV ran two stories (second link here) interviewing David Kang of international relations about Kim Jong Il’s death.

Star Observer (Australia) reported that Alice Echols, Barbra Streisand Professor of Contemporary Gender Studies and professor of English, gender studies and history, will speak at Melbourne’s Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

The Korea Times (South Korea) ran two stories (second link here) covering a USC Korean Studies Institute event that featured Roy Choi, founder of the Kogi Korean BBQ food trucks.

JoongAng Ilbo (South Korea) highlighted the USC Korean Studies Institute’s holiday card.