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January 2012 Media Mentions

 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Guardian (U.K.) featured the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, which has made 52,000 video testimonies by Holocaust survivors available to the University of London. Stephen Smith, executive director of the institute, said that the testimonies are more than just an archive. "This is a voice of a conscience of our age," he said. The story notes that the institute is broadening its focus and collecting testimonies from the survivors of other genocides.

Voice of America covered a symposium held by the USC U.S.-China Institute on the Taiwanese election. The event featured ideas presented by Stanley Rosen of political science, Daniel Lynch of international relations and Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute. Rosen discussed election advertising, Lynch said it wasn’t clear what China expects of Taiwanese victor Ma Ying-jeou, and Dube said that American policy toward Taiwan is unlikely to change regardless of who wins the U.S. presidential election.

Chicago Tribune quoted Lanita Jacobs of anthropology and American studies and ethnicity about black women wearing their hair short in the ’70s as a statement of pride.

NPR interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Newt Gingrich peppering his speeches with references to late writer and political organizer Saul Alinsky.

The Tampa Tribune quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Florida Republican primary and what its outcome could mean for Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the chances of the Republican candidate race lasting until California’s June primary.

The Sacramento Bee mentioned last year’s $200 million naming gift from USC Trustee and alumnus David Dornsife and wife Dana Dornsife to USC Dornsife.

The Oregonian cited a study by Michael Messner of sociology and gender studies finding that TV sports coverage dedicated to women’s athletics has barely grown since 1989.

ScienceWatch interviewed Hashem Pesaran, John Elliott Chair in Economics and professor of economics, about his paper "A Simple Panel Unit Root Test in the Presence of Cross-Section Dependence," which Essential Science Indicators from Thomson Reuters selected as the most-cited paper in economics and business.

 

January 28-30, 2012

Los Angeles Times reported that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa visited a class taught by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. "Case Studies in Modern Leadership" focuses on readings from a variety of leaders; Villaraigosa spoke about the policies that guide his own leadership and how he rose to become mayor. Schnur said that overcoming adversity is an important quality in a leader.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Republican establishment’s feelings toward Newt Gingrich.

 

Friday, January 27, 2012

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Mitt Romney and the Florida Republican debates. Before the debate, Schnur wrote that this was the most important night of Romney’s political life. A poor performance could doom his chances at winning the primaries, though a stellar performance wouldn’t guarantee the nomination would be his. The New York Times also ran a post-debate op-ed by Schnur, in which he wrote that despite some stumbles, Romney gave his best debate performance yet.

La Repubblica (Italy) ran an op-ed by Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute, about the roots of moral reasoning. Damasio wrote that moral conventions grew out of instinctual, unconscious responses that developed before humans even had the ability to reason. Conscious human reasoning refined those instincts into true moral conventions. These emotions were selected in evolution because they contributed to better management of life by solving social problems, Damasio wrote.

The Washington Post quoted Jacques Hymans of international relations about the possibility of the Japanese abandoning plans to restart idled nuclear reactors.

 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

OurAmazingPlanet featured research by Katrina Edwards of biological sciences, earth sciences and environmental studies, and Jason Sylvan of biological sciences, finding that marine life persists even after the hydrothermal sea vents it is based around go dormant. Edwards and her team found that when the vents die, the microbes that fed on a vent’s gases are supplanted by ones that feed on the iron and sulfur in the vents themselves.

Reuters quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s penchant for what rival Rick Santorum termed "grandiose ideas."

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on why Gov. Jerry Brown has continued to support California’s proposed high-speed rail plan.

Contra Costa Times quoted Ange-Marie Hancock of political science about political leanings among college freshmen.

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

London Evening Standard (U.K.) featured the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, which has made 52,000 video testimonies by Holocaust survivors available to the University of London. The collection will be accessible to academics, students and the public. The story noted that filmmaker Steven Spielberg started the institute in 1994 after making "Schindler’s List."

United Press International featured research by Katrina Edwards of biological sciences, earth sciences and environmental studies, and Jason Sylvan of biological sciences, finding that marine life persists even after the hydrothermal sea vents it is based around go dormant. Edwards and her team found that when the vents die, microbes that fed on a vent’s gases are supplanted by ones that feed on the iron and sulphur in the vents themselves. Asian News International also featured the research.

San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about a rising tide of support for Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative.

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Taipei Times (Taiwan) highlighted an article written by Daniel Lynch of international relations about the Taiwanese presidential elections and relations between Taiwan and China.

Knoxville News Sentinel featured Marianne Wiggins of English, author of “Evidence of Things Unseen,” who will speak tonight at the East Tennessee History Center. Wiggins’ book, nominated for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, is set in Knoxville and surrounding areas. Another News Sentinel story featured the book.

Los Angeles Times quoted Karen Sternheimer of sociology, author of “Celebrity Culture and the American Dream: Stardom and Social Mobility,” about the reality show “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

The Huffington Post featured the Welcoming Synagogues project, started as a pilot last year by Joel Kushner, who teaches in USC Dornsife is director of the Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation.

 

January 21-23, 2012

Financial Times (U.K.) quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s challenge in raising taxes on Californians.

Politico quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the political ramifications of Solyndra and Bain Capital history on President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, respectively.

 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that Californian voters are willing to raise taxes to increase funding for public schools, and quoted Dominic Brewer of the USC Rossier School about California education policy.

 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Huffington Post quoted Ange-Marie Hancock of political science about Newt Gingrich’s suggestion that janitorial jobs be given to poor schoolchildren.

KPCC-FM interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address.

The Dallas Morning News highlighted research by Amon Emeka and Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology showing that six percent of those with Latin American ancestry didn’t self-identify as Latino on the census.

SmartPlanet cited research by Mark Thompson of chemistry, materials science and environmental studies about the possibility of OLED screens reaching 100 percent efficiency.

La Opinion covered a survey developed by Karen Hennigan of psychology that identifies at-risk youth engaged in gang life, and quoted Hennigan.

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

CNN ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Jon Huntsman’s terminated presidential campaign. Huntsman started the campaign in a combative mode, and didn’t really seem to want to be branded a conservative, Schnur wrote.

Foreign Policy ran an op-ed co-authored by Laurie Brand, Robert Grandford Wright Professor and professor of international relations, and Fayez Y. Hammad of political science and international relations about reverberations from the Arab Spring that have been rippling through Jordan.

SmartPlanet reported that USC Dornsife and USC Viterbi researchers have discovered a new method for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using a new material. The story stated that while the ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is not new, doing it affordably on an industrial scale is very difficult, and the new research may one day allow scientists to do so. The research was conducted by Alain Goeppert, G.K. Surya Prakash and George Olah of chemistry and colleagues.

The Guardian (U.K.) quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about Chinese tour groups being instructed to stay away from campaigning during the Taiwanese presidential election.

Irish Times (Ireland) reviewed “Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics” by Steven Ross of history. The book covers 10 movie professionals — including Charlie Chaplin and Arnold Schwarzenegger — and their forays into politics.

Chicago Tribune highlighted research by Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, and scholar David Neal, who was with USC while the research was conducted, on mindless eating.

The Wichita Eagle reported that Deborah Harkness of history will discuss her novel "A Discovery of Witches" in Wichita, and quoted her about the process of writing the book.

 

January 14-17, 2012

The New York Times highlighted research by Amon Emeka and Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology showing that six percent of those with Latin American ancestry surveyed didn’t self-identify as Latino on the U.S. Census. The story noted the trend was more prevalent among those of mixed parentage who spoke only English and who identified as white, black or Asian when asked their race.

Foreign Affairs ran an op-ed by Daniel Lynch of international relations about the Taiwanese elections. It was more than just economics that drove the voters to elect Ma Ying-jeou, Lynch wrote.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the balance of power shifting from establishment Republicans to grassroots segments.

 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Los Angeles Times reviewed a Museum of Contemporary Art exhibit that is curated by Richard Meyer of art history. “Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles” features photography from the famous tabloid photojournalist.

De Groene Amsterdammer (Netherlands) interviewed Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute, about the nature of consciousness. Awareness is the phenomenal ability to have a mind with an owner, he said. The story highlighted Damasio’s work researching patients with brain abnormalities at USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about redistricting in California.

Bloomberg Businessweek quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about how Mitt Romney’s record in business could work to his advantage.

Sacramento News & Review quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s focus on passing a ballot initiative this year.

The Sun quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the retirement of U.S. Representative Jerry Lewis.

The Vancouver Sun (Canada) cited a study by Donald Miller, Firestone Professor of Religion and professor of religion and sociology, and colleagues on an increased prevalence of tattooing among young Christians.

Knoxville News Sentinel highlighted research by Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, and scholar David Neal, who was with USC while the research was conducted, on mindless eating. The story also quoted Wood.

 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

KQED-FM reported that USC Dornsife and USC Viterbi researchers have discovered a new method for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, even creating “artificial trees” that could slow down climate change. The story noted that team members G.K. Surya Prakash and George Olah of chemistry are exploring the possibility that carbon could help rather than hinder the planet. “We want to take CO2, and instead of burying it underground, use it as a raw material, and convert it with alternative energy sources back to fuels and feedstocks,” Prakash said.

National Post (Canada) quoted Steven Ross of history about silent film “The Artist” and its chances of winning an Oscar.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent ballot proposal.

 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Journal Gazette reported that USC Dornsife and USC Viterbi researchers have discovered a new method for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, even creating “artificial trees” that could slow down climate change. Using a new, affordable plastic, the researchers hope to one day absorb carbon dioxide from polluting agents like smokestacks and cars, recycling the gas; the material could also be used to create farms of artificial trees that could lower concentrations of carbon dioxide. The researchers include Nobel Prize winner George Olah, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Chair in Organic Chemistry, and G.K. Surya Prakash, George A. and Judith A. Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry and professor of chemistry.

Asian News International featured research by Katrina Edwards of biological sciences, earth sciences and environmental studies, and director of USC’s Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations, on microbial life at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Edwards and a University of Bremen colleague led an expedition to install observation devices on the sea floor. The data gathered will help scientists understand how sub-sea-floor microbes shape the Earth’s oceans and crust, the story reported.

Central News Agency (Taiwan) interviewed Stanley Rosen of political science about Taiwan’s upcoming presidential election. KSCI-TV also interviewed Rosen and Dube.

People quoted David Kang, director of the USC Korean Studies Institute, about new North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Los Angeles Times reported that USC Dornsife and USC Viterbi researchers have discovered a new method for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The researchers say that the process has the highest carbon dioxide removal capacity to date for real-world conditions. G.K. Surya Prakash, George A. and Judith A. Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry and professor of chemistry, said the method could eventually remove carbon dioxide from coal-burning power plants and cement plants. The carbon dioxide could be recycled and used to create more resources. “Everybody says CO2 is a villain,” Prakash added. “But without CO2, there won’t be life on Earth.” The material used in the process is so attractive to carbon dioxide that it can pull the molecule right out of the air, which is an important quality, Alain Goeppert in the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute told California Watch.

Los Angeles Times ran an obituary for Sidney Benson, co-director of USC’s Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, thermochemistry expert and a researcher for the Manhattan Project. Benson ran the institute with Nobel Prize winner George Olah Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Chair in Organic Chemistry. The story stated that Benson made major contributions to the study of air pollution, the ozone layer, combustion and explosions.The article noted that Benson was recruited in 1943 by Anton Burg, who in the postwar period developed USC’s chemistry department into a highly regarded source of research.

Associated Press featured a survey developed by USC Dornsife researchers that identifies at-risk youth engaged in gang life. The survey, set to be released this month through anti-gang counselors, is designed to flag young people likely to enter or leave a gang so that more outreach can be provided to them. Karen Hennigan of psychology said that the survey tests the ability to resist peer pressure.

Advertising Age featured research by Amon Emeka and Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology finding that millions of Latinos aren’t identifying themselves as such on U.S. Census forms, which has major implications for advertisers. The study found that nearly six percent of people with Hispanic/Latin American backgrounds failed to check the “Spanish/Hispanic/Latino” box.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent budget proposal.

La Opinion quoted Sheila Briggs of religion and gender studies about the Catholic Church’s policy of mandatory celibacy. A second story in La Opinion quoted Briggs.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about public perceptions of politicians’ medical problems.

The Chronicle of Higher Education mentioned research by Daniela Bleichmar of art history and history on the history of intellectual networks.

NBC News South Bend, Ind., affiliate WNDU-TV covered an earthquake safety event located in Indiana that was sponsored by the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC. Associated Press and The Indianapolis Star also mentioned the event.

The Morung Express (India) cited research by Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute, about a woman who had suffered a brain injury and began confabulating.

Jewish Telegraphic Agency mentioned a multimedia Holocaust education curriculum developed in collaboration with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.

 

January 7-9, 2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted the Joint Educational Project, a first-round winner of a MacArthur Foundation grant to use a new educational-badge platform. The online platform would allow students to detail their experiences with service-learning by earning badges in mentorship or other proposed areas.

L.A. Weekly featured research by Amon Emeka and Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology finding that millions of Latinos aren’t identifying themselves as such on U.S. Census forms. The study found that nearly six percent of people with Hispanic/Latin American backgrounds failed to check the “Spanish/Hispanic/Latino” box. Because this data is used to draw congressional district lines and decide government spending, Latinos in certain areas could be underserved.

Bloomberg News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent proposed budget, which he called “the most expensive ransom note in California political history.”

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent budget proposal for California. In a second segment, Schnur discussed the national political scene and the GOP race for the presidency.

Politico quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger attempting to redefine his legacy.

New Straits Times (Malaysia) noted that USC Dornsife alumnus Paul Frommer created the language Na’vi for the movie “Avatar.”

San Antonio Express-News highlighted “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness of history, including it in a list of the best books of 2011.

The Fresno Bee reported that the USC Sea Grant program is accepting applications until February 17.

 

Friday, January 6, 2012

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s announcement last month that he would run a positive campaign. Schnur wrote that he wished Gingrich had been able to maintain the commitment, because the chance of offering voters a successful campaign that doesn’t descend into ugly personal attacks would have been worth it.

The Christian Science Monitor featured work by G.K. Surya Prakash, George A. and Judith A. Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry and professor of chemistry, and team of researchers, which found a new material for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The project’s aim was to reuse carbon dioxide as much as possible to combat global warming, said Prakash.

The Philadelphia Inquirer highlighted research by Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, and scholar David Neal, who was with USC while the research was conducted, on mindless eating. The researchers found that people who were used to eating popcorn at the movies would eat it even if given popcorn that was stale. However, when subjects used their non-dominant hand to eat, they were able to discriminate between stale and fresh popcorn.

The Huffington Post highlighted research by Amon Emeka and Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology, which found that many Latinos do not identify ethnically as Latino as they assimilate into American society. The study found that of 44.1 million U.S. residents who declared Hispanic or Latin American ancestry in 2011, six percent didn’t identify as such on a 2006 U.S. Census survey. The research attributed this both to confusion over terms like ethnicity, ancestry and race, and to people feeling that they belonged to more than one ethnic group.

The Root quoted Manuel Pastor of American studies ethnicity, director of Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at USC, about an impending generational gap in several states between older whites and younger Latinos and African Americans.

The Washington Post ran a column by USC Dornsife students Naader Banki and Steven Gagliano on university mentorship.

Entertainment Weekly named “House of Prayer No. 2” by Mark Richard of the Masters in Professional Writing Program the No. 1 Best Nonfiction Book of 2011.

NBC News’ “NBC Nightly News” cited the USC Dornsife College/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 64 percent of Californians would pay higher taxes to benefit public schools.

 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The New York Times ran a tribute to late philosopher Michael Dummett, written by James Higginbotham, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics. In 1990, Dummett offered commentary on a paper that Higginbotham presented to the Philosophical Society. “Above all, he exemplified for me that purity of philosophical commitment and character to which I hoped to aspire,” Higginbotham wrote.

Los Angeles Times quoted Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, about the processes that govern addictive behavior.

Los Angeles Times quoted Julie Albright of sociology about depictions of marriage and fidelity on TV. A second Los Angeles Times story also quoted Albright.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the potential for change in the California legislature due to swing districts.

Reuters quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the level of scrutiny Rick Santorum will face as a presidential candidate.

The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted an article by Judith Halberstam of English, American studies and ethnicity, and gender studies about university English scholars, and quoted her on the subject.

Financial Post (Canada) cited research by Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, finding that happiness does not continually increase with a country’s average income.

NBC News Palm Springs, Calif., affiliate KMIR-TV cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll finding that 64 percent of Californians would pay higher taxes to benefit public schools.

 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education noted that two multimillion-dollar gifts received by USC were among the largest given to nonprofit organizations in 2011. The Chronicle of Philanthropy published a list of the 12 largest gifts, including the $200 million naming gift from USC Trustee and alumnus David Dornsife and wife Dana Dornsife to USC Dornsife.

The Chronicle of Higher Education featured Judith "Jack" Halberstam of English, American studies and ethnicity, and gender studies. The story stated that Halberstam has challenged the idea of gender as a static quality and has analyzed masculinity among women, a topic that has been overlooked by feminist scholars in the past. She’s also known for challenging the way academic studies are presented, often peppering presentations and writings with wry pop culture references and humor, the story noted.

Los Angeles Times quoted Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, about the condition of San Francisco’s Coit Tower.

Time quoted David Ginsburg of environmental studies about Southern California’s water crisis.

NPR interviewed Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, about behavior research in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.

Los Angeles Times highlighted the USC Dornsife course "Literature of California."

 

December 26, 2011 - January 3, 2012

The New York Times featured a Q&A with David Treuer of English, who recently wrote Rez Life, a book about growing up on a reservation in Minnesota.

The Washington Post quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Mitt Romney’s ascendance in the field of Republican presidential candidates.

Today (Singapore) cited Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute, about the neural processes governing empathy and deep thought.