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July 2011 Media Mentions

 

July 30-31, 2011

Times-Standard quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, in a story about California's redistricting.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll in an opinion article about voters’ attitudes toward taxes and the early release of low-level, non-violent offenders as a cost-saving measure.

The Sacramento Bee mentioned a recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll that found a majority of Californians favored moving the state's full-time Legislature to part-time status with part-time pay.

North County Times cited a recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll that found a plurality of all Californians oppose a new law aimed at making more out-of-state online retailers collect sales tax.

Contra Costa Times cited a recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll that found more than two-thirds of Californians support the early release of low-level, non-violent offenders as a means to reduce prison overcrowding.

 

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Huffington Post ran an op-ed by Jim Haw and David Ginsburg of environmental studies on how a proposed military buildup on Guam would accelerate the island’s already deteriorating environment.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, in a column about a proposal to allow political donations for state and local races to be sent via text message.

California Watch quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the political group Americans Elect and its push to field a presidential candidate.

Fontana Herald News quoted Juan de Lara of American studies and ethnicity in a story about an alleged lack of training and security afforded to workers at three San Bernardino County warehouses.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll that found voters were divided on new legislation that would require Internet retailers to begin collecting sales tax on online purchases. The Californian also cited the findings.

Fox & Hounds Daily cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll that measured the state legislature’s approval rating at 25 percent.

 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

L.A. Weekly quoted Richard Flory of sociology about the TOMS shoes founder’s reported links to evangelical Christianity.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found Californians are coping with hard times by cutting household expenses, skipping restaurant meals and forgoing home improvements.

The Straits Times (Singapore) ran a Q and A on the economics of happiness that cited the Easterlin paradox, the finding by Richard Easterlin of economics that an increase in income doesn't bring increased happiness when examined over a period of time.

The Washington Examiner cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that a majority of California voters supported a cap on pensions for current and future public employers.

 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

La Opinion ran an op-ed that cited a 2010 USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll showing that Latinos are greatly concerned about environmental issues, including climate change, air pollution and contamination of land and water.

The Oakland Tribune quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, as saying that Governor Brown’s nomination of Goodwin Liu to the Supreme Court was a politically wise move.

Miller-McCune mentioned research by Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute, in an article about how the human body reacts to art.

 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Germany) ran a Q&A with David Neal of psychology about research he conducted with a Duke University colleague, which found that using Botox to smooth forehead wrinkles can affect people’s ability to understand others’ emotions.

The Atlantic featured a study by Dan Simon of the USC Gould School and doctoral student Nicholas Scurich of psychology, which examined laypeople’s evaluations of judicial decision-making, with a focus on the judicial decision-making process and the judiciary’s legitimacy. They found that found that the layperson’s judgment of judicial decision-making was contingent on the outcome of the courts’ decisions, and that in some cases a judge’s decision was considered less acceptable if the judge gave a reason for it.

Indo-Asian News Service featured research by Susumu Takahashi of chemistry, and physics and astronomy, and colleagues at The University of British Columbia and UC Santa Barbara, who have made a major advance in dealing with a significant obstacle to the development of radically faster computers. The researchers found a way to deal with decoherence, the tendency of atomic-scale particles to get quickly tangled up with the larger physical world. “High magnetic fields reduce the level of the noises in the surroundings, so they can constrain the decoherence very efficiently,” Takahashi told Santa Barbara Independent. Support for the research comes partly from USC start-up funds, the story noted.

The Independent (U.K.) cited Kevin Starr of history regarding the history of secession proposals by portions of California.

Scientific American quoted John Platt of earth sciences about the information that diamonds can reveal about the planet’s tectonic history.

NPR Boston affiliate WBUR-FM's "On Point" interviewed Bill Deverell of history about the Old West and the New West of the 21st century.

Fox News’ “Fox News Watch” cited an op-ed by Ryan Linkof of history regarding tabloid newspapers.

NPR Seattle affiliate KUOW-FM interviewed Ryan Linkof of history about tabloid newspapers.

The Bay Citizen covered the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll and quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. Fox & Hounds Daily also ran two stories (second link here).

Publico (Portugal) profiled a brain injury patient who sought help from Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute.

The Desert Sun 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.

Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Manuel Pastor of American Studies and ethnicity and geography spoke at a Ford Foundation event, discussing research showing that metro areas doing better at deconcentrating poverty are growing more rapidly and sustainably over time.

The Times of India (India) ran a story highlighting the economics program in USC Dornsife College.

 

July 23-25, 2011

Los Angeles Times featured 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. It is typical for nonsmokers to support taxes on cigarettes, noted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. “People support tax increases on others,” he noted. The poll also found that many Californians are cutting back on household spending and home improvements, Los Angeles Times reported. California homeowners are likely to make big sacrifices to hold on to their houses for a variety of reasons, even when they owe far more on their mortgages than the value of their properties, said Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. The poll was also featured by two more Los Angeles Times stories (second link here), The Fresno Bee, The Hill and Fox News Sacramento, Calif., affiliate KTXL-TV.

BusinessWeek featured USC Dornsife alumnus Adam Goldston and his brother Ryan, who launched the start-up Athletic Propulsion Labs.

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

 

Friday, July 22, 2011

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, in which California voters found the budget approved by Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers last month largely distasteful. “They’re not happy with level of spending cuts, but they’re not outraged,” Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, told Los Angeles Times. “But when you ask the voters in a broader sense: ‘Is this budget fair to you and to people like you?’ by a very large margins voters feel this is an unfair budget.” Voters were evenly divided on the state’s plan to take funds away from redevelopment agencies, Los Angeles Times reported. KPCC-FM’s “Patt Morrison” interviewed Joe Domanick of the USC Annenberg School about the poll findings. The poll was also featured by Xinhua News Agency (China), National Journal, NPR San Francisco affiliate KALW-FM, Capital Public Radio and The Burbank Leader.

TechNewsWorld featured research by Susumu Takahashi of chemistry, and physics and astronomy, and colleagues at The University of British Columbia and UC Santa Barbara, who have made a major advance in dealing with a major obstacle to the development of radically faster computers.

The Florida Times-Union cited an op-ed by Ryan Linkof of history about tabloid newspapers.

Variety reported that Warner Bros. bought the feature film rights to “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness of history, which is part of a book trilogy in progress.

 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that California voters would rather ease "third-strike" penalties for some criminals than dig deeper into their pockets to relieve prison overcrowding. The poll shows a clear shift in attitude by residents forced to confront the cost of tough sentencing laws passed in recent decades, the story reported. “Californians are most willing to allow nonviolent offenders either to be paroled or at the very least to be transferred to local and county facilities,” said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, in a second Los Angeles Times story. “They seem extremely willing to allow prisoners who are extremely ill or elderly or infirm to be released from prison if it’s judged that they are no longer a threat to society.” The poll also found that a majority of Californians favored moving the state's full-time Legislature to part-time status with part-time pay, Los Angeles Times reported. The poll was also covered by Associated Press, Bloomberg News and KFI-AM’s “John and Ken.”

The Vancouver Sun (Canada) featured research by Susumu Takahashi of chemistry, and physics and astronomy, and colleagues at The University of British Columbia and UC Santa Barbara, who have made a major advance in dealing with a major obstacle to the development of radically faster computers. The researchers found a way to deal with decoherence, the tendency of atomic-scale particles to get quickly tangled up with the larger physical world. Asian News International also featured the study.

Diverse stated that Robin D.G. Kelley of American Studies and ethnicity and history left Columbia University to come to USC because he felt that Columbia’s history department didn’t consider his work to be sufficiently scholarly.

L.A. Observed reported that Leo Braudy of English and history will discuss his book "The Hollywood Sign: Fantasy and Reality of an American Icon" at a Los Angeles Central Library event.

Tulsa World reported that Richard Meyer of art history will lecture at the Philbrook Museum of Art on "Art, Sexuality and Censorship."

 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Ryan Linkof of history about tabloid newspapers.

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

NPR Seattle affiliate KUOW-FM interviewed Karen Sternheimer of sociology about parents using Facebook to spy on their children.

 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Guardian (U.K.) featured 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 story reported that the toxin may interfere with embodied cognition, the way in which facial feedback helps people perceive emotion.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Amazon and other major interests preparing to fight over whether California can force online stores to collect taxes on purchases.

Voice of San Diego quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about politicians transferring money from one campaign account to another.

The Express Tribune (Pakistan) 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.

Detroit Free Press cited research by Michael Messner of of sociology and gender studies and colleagues at USC’s Center for Feminist Research on the lack of media coverage of women’s sports.

 

July 16-18, 2011

The Boston Globe quoted James McHugh of religion about humans’ preference for certain smells, noting that for his dissertation he studied olfactory information in ancient and medieval Sanskrit texts.

Los Angeles Times reported that Bill Deverell of history will moderate a talk with authors Colleen Morton Busch and Stephen Pyne at the Los Angeles Central Library.

CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that California voters supported renewing tax increases.

The Indianapolis Star cited research by Michael Messner of sociology and gender studies and colleagues at USC’s Center for Feminist Research on the lack of media coverage of women’s sports.

 

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Huffington Post ran an op-ed co-written by Nake Kamrany of economics on how the United States can achieve energy independence.

The Washington Post quoted Michael Messner of sociology and gender studies about fan bases for women’s sports.

Los Angeles Times quoted Karen Sternheimer of sociology about the appeal of the Harry Potter series, noting that she has included Potter books in her syllabi.

NPR’s “Morning Edition” interviewed Peter Westwick of history, director of the Aerospace History Project at the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, about an upcoming Huntington exhibition he is curating, titled “Blue Sky Metropolis: The Aerospace Industry in Southern California.”

Los Angeles Review of Books ran a review by Leo Braudy of English on Christian Marclay’s film “The Clock.”

The Guardian (U.K.) ran an obituary for John Hospers, emeritus professor of philosophy, who in 1972 became the Libertarian Party’s first presidential candidate.

 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Associated Press quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Republican Craig Huey, who lost a special election to replace U.S. Representative Jane Harman.

The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown asking the Cal State board of trustees to reconsider its criteria for setting administrator salaries.

The Huffington Post cited “Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain” by Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute.

 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Korea Times (South Korea) featured an ongoing research project by David Kang of international relations, which challenges the conventional notion that there would be a mass exodus of refugees if North Korea collapsed. Working with a Columbia University colleague, Kang interviewed existing North Korean refugees.

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about a proposal by some Riverside County officials that parts of Southern California secede and form a new state.

Reuters quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about a likely flurry of California ballot propositions addressing tax issues.

Bloomberg News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Republican Craig Huey, who lost a special election to replace U.S. Representative Jane Harman.

Bloomberg News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the consequences of California’s Proposition 13, which limits taxes on real estate.

Slate quoted Susan McCabe of English about grown men who love the My Little Pony franchise, and other pop culture phenomena that have spread beyond their original intended audience.

The Times of India (India) highlighted USC’s biology course offerings.

 

 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Indo-Asian News Service featured a study by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, assistant professor of psychology at USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, who found that individuals who were told stories designed to evoke compassion and admiration for virtue sometimes reported a physical response.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Amazon seeking to have California overturn a state law requiring all companies with operations or affiliates in the state to collect sales tax.

PBS News’ “Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly” interviewed Sharon Hays of sociology and gender studies on whether it’s appropriate for the federal government to fund marriage education programs.

Bloomberg News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Republican Craig Huey, who is running in a special election to replace U.S. Representative Jane Harman.

Bloomberg News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Democrats and Republicans working to pass a debt deal.

The Washington Times quoted Steven Ross of history, author of “Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics,” about the historical relationship between politics and the entertainment industry.

The Orange County Register quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about draft maps by a citizens’ redistricting committee that cut La Habra, Calif., out of its current Orange County districts and lumps it into new districts populated with Los Angeles County cities.

The Burbank Leader quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about budget allowances for California State Assembly members.

Oakland Local quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos attending a fundraiser held by a medical marijuana group.

JoongAng Daily (South Korea) reported that David Kang of of international relations participated in the 2011 Korea Foundation Assembly in Seoul, and cited him regarding interest in Korean studies.

KPCC-FM reported that Bill Deverell of history spoke at a council meeting in defense of the La Plaza United Methodist Church, which is facing increased city fees.

 

July 9-11, 2011

Hong Kong Economic Journal (China) profiled USC, stating that the top-quality educational and research institution is one of the world’s best universities, with a 26:1 student-faculty ratio. The story stated that the university features the world renowned USC School of Cinematic Arts; the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, which houses 52,000 testimonies by genocide survivors; USC Dornsife’s highly ranked School of International Relations; a large Dead Sea Scroll collection; the Joint Educational Project, a large service learning program; Troy Camp, a charitable outreach program for children; and a strong Trojan Family alumni base, including networks within China and a dedicated alumni office for the region.

The Diplomat (Japan) ran an op-ed by Daniel Lynch of international relations on lessons China can learn from Thailand. State-society tensions are rising in China, and China’s government has become more repressive in response, Lynch wrote. This approach could cause China to go through the same cycles of demonstrations and violence that Thailand has experienced, he added. Lynch concluded that the Chinese government needs to prepare China for democratization, not intensify repression.

Asian News International featured a study by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, assistant professor of psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute, who found that individuals who were told stories designed to evoke compassion and admiration for virtue sometimes reported a physical response.

The New York Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about NASCAR working to improve fans’ home viewing experience.

USA Today quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s presidential campaign.

Los Angeles Times quoted Kevin Starr of history about the history of secession proposals by portions of California.

Bloomberg News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Democrats and Republicans working to pass a debt deal.

NBC News San Diego affiliate KNSD-TV interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the use of Twitter as a campaign tool.

Guam Business (Guam) highlighted Scientific American’s recent blog about USC Dornsife’s Problems Without Passports program in Guam, through which Jim Haw and David Ginsburg of environmental studies and USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies Safety Specialist Gerry Smith worked with USC undergraduates to measure coral reef health and biodiversity.

 

Friday, July 8, 2011

Fars News Agency (Iran) featured a study by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, assistant professor of psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute, that found that individuals who were told stories designed to evoke compassion and admiration for virtue sometimes reported a physical response. These psycho-physical “pangs” of emotion are real — they’re detectable with brain scans — and may be evidence that pro-social behavior is part of human survival, the story stated.

NY Arts Magazine cited Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute, regarding the act of perception in the mind.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown not commenting on proposed legislation to abolish the death penalty in California.

 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Jewish Journal ran an op-ed by Gina Nahai of the Master of Professional Writing program about eccentric relatives and one’s reputation within a family.

National Journal stated that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, was one of the Republican political insiders surveyed for the publication’s Political Insiders Poll.

 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Deseret News cited an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on whether Republicans are ready for a Mormon president.

San Antonio Express-News quoted Kenny Easwaran of philosophy about a controversial tweet made by a small San Antonio coffee company that many have criticized as homophobic.

The Sacramento Bee
quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the recently signed California state budget.

Business Day (South Africa) ran a review of the crime novel “Mystery” by USC Dornsife alumnus Jonathan Kellerman. Business Day also ran a short biography of Kellerman.

Daily Kos cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that California voters supported renewing tax increases.

 

July 2-5, 2011

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on whether Republicans are ready for a Mormon president, such as Mitt Romney or Jon Huntsman.

Los Angeles Times quoted Lee Epstein of political science and the USC Gould School about the ideological differences between U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and late Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Los Angeles Times quoted Kevin Starr of history about the history of the aerospace and aviation industries in Southern California.

Voice of America interviewed Donald Miller of religion and sociology about the growth of Pentecostal and charismatic churches around the world.

The Oakland Tribune quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development about Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of a “card check” bill for farm workers.

Times-Standard quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos attending a fundraiser held by a medical marijuana group.

MX (Australia) covered 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.

 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Jewish Journal ran an op-ed by Stephen Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, about the importance of broadening Holocaust studies and remembrance to include other genocides.

Oakland Local reported that Robin D.G. Kelley of history and American studies and ethnicity, author of “Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original,” gave the final keynote address at last month’s National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education.

The Times Record reported that Joseph Dane of English will give a reading of his new memoir “Dogfish Memory” at Gulf of Maine Books.