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June 2011 Media Mentions

 

Thursday, June 30, 2011

BBC News (U.K.) highlighted 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.

 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s efforts to pass a California budget.

California Watch quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the political balance of Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointees.

San Francisco Chronicle highlighted a video interview that Manuel Pastor of geography and American studies and ethnicity, co-author of “Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future,” gave to Oakland Local.

 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Conversation (Australia) ran a column by David Neal of psychology on 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 study compared patients who used Botox with those who used the non-paralyzing Restylane, and found that Botox patients were 7 percent poorer at identifying emotions. Gazeta do Povo (Brazil) featured the research.

CNN interviewed Bill Deverell of history and Dowell Myers of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development about California’s population slump over the last decade.

Time quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about efforts to pass a California budget.

The Korea Times (South Korea) quoted David Kang of international relations about recent actions by the Chinese government.

Reuters quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California Gov. Jerry Brown’s efforts to pass a budget.

Sunday Mail (Australia) covered research by psychology postdoctoral fellow Darby Saxbe and colleagues, which found that wives’ stress levels drop when their husbands are helping them with chores, while husbands’ stress levels drop when they’re relaxing but their wives are busy.

The Straits Times (Singapore) cited “The Force of Domesticity” by Rhacel Salazar Parrenas of sociology, on employers who mistreat their maids.

 

June 25-27, 2011

Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by Hagit Borer of linguistics, who wrote that she will join an effort in which passengers on several ships will try to pass through Israel’s blockade.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about presidential candidates seeking donor support in California.

San Francisco Chronicle 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 California Gov. Jerry Brown’s efforts to pass a budget.

Redlands Daily Facts quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the role of Sen. Bob Dutton in the California budget negotiations.

 

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Huffington Post ran an op-ed co-written by Nake Kamrany of economics about Colombia’s economy. The country’s “recent rapid per capita income growth of 8.8% per year points to the potential for Colombia’s convergence to the ranks of rich countries,” Kamrany and co-author wrote. “However, Colombia’s economic growth has been constrained by 40 years of a costly and ineffective drug war policy that has failed.”

Ventura County Star profiled Shelley Berman, lecturer emeritus in professional writing, who will present “Comedy and Its Reflections in History — a Seriously Funny Look at American Humor” at the Grant R. Brimhall Library. Brighde Mullins of the Master of Professional Writing Program said that Berman, who has taught humor writing in the program for 23 years, “can genuinely communicate to students his process, and that’s rare.” She added: “I think a lot of artists are kind of precious and guarded about their process. He’s really generous.” The story mentioned a 2008 event at USC that honored Berman.

Los Angeles Times quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about the political element of films produced by the Chinese government.

Los Angeles Times cited research by Michael Messner of sociology and gender studies on the lack of media coverage of women’s sports.

The Huffington Post cited the book “Descartes’ Error” by Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute.

 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Neue Zurcher Zeitung (Switzerland) featured research by Alexander Benderskii of chemistry, USC graduate student Fadel Shalhout and colleagues, who found that at the boundary between air and water, there is a layer of molecular ambiguity in which water molecules can’t decide whether to be liquid or gas. This surface is extremely thin, consisting of a single layer of molecules 0.3 nanometers thick, the story reported.

Los Angeles Times quoted Selma Holo, director of the USC Fisher Museum of Art and professor of art history, about the stipulation of the Price family that any museum that takes their art collection hire one of their daughters as curator.

Ventura County Star cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which found in March that 48 percent of respondents believed California state spending had increased over the last three years. The Sacramento Bee also cited the poll.

 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Huffington Post quoted Edwin Perkins, professor emeritus of history, about the history of financial sector regulation.

The Daily Beast quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, who was John McCain’s communications director in 2000, about a campaign ad McCain ran against George W. Bush.

Ouest France (France) reported that Alain Borer of French will give a lecture at the library of Lisieux on the Honfleur school of painting.

The Weekly Standard reported that Rhacel Salazar Parrenas of sociology participated in a panel at the conference “Driving Change, Shaping Lives: Gender in the Developing World.”

The Signal reported that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, spoke at a Valley Industry Association luncheon on candidates facing primary challenges.

 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Northwest Public Radio featured research by Dennis Hedgecock of biological sciences, who is working with oyster populations at Taylor Shellfish in Washington to enhance desirable traits. Hedgecock hopes to unlock the secret of hybrid vigor, in which interbreeding two concentrated genetic lines produces an oyster that lacks the defects often associated with inbreeding.

USA Today quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California budget woes, and the fact that a newly built Riverside high school will sit empty because the district doesn’t have funds to operate it.

Ventura County Star reported that Shelley Berman, lecturer emeritus in professional writing, will present “Comedy and Its Reflections in History — a Seriously Funny Look at American Humor” at the Grant R. Brimhall Library.

 

June 18-20, 2011

The New York Times 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. Neal said that the researchers were inspired to study the effects of Botox by a 1980s study which found that long-married men and women began to resemble each other over time.

The Californian reviewed “King of the Wild Suburb: A Memoir of Fathers, Sons and Guns” by Michael Messner of sociology and gender studies, calling it an entertaining and highly readable memoir. The story noted that Messner teaches and speaks publicly on issues of gender-based violence, the lives of men and boys, and gender and sports.

Los Angeles Times quoted John Callaghan of biological sciences about individual athletes’ response to losing games.

Los Angeles Times quoted Christian Grose of political science about Republicans’ power in the California House of Representatives.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about a Field Poll showing that a majority of California voters have a negative image of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on how Sacramento has changed since Gov. Jerry Brown’s previous term in office.

NPR’s “Weekend Edition” interviewed Stanley Rosen of political science about the Chinese government’s efforts to produce international hit films.

KPCC-FM’s “The Madeleine Brand Show” interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown vetoing a proposed California state budget.

San Gabriel Valley Tribune quoted Laurie Brand of international relations about the current economic situation in Egypt.

Redlands Daily Facts quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s efforts to close the California deficit through tax extensions.

Modern Ghana (Ghana) highlighted research by Nake Kamrany of economics and colleagues on Ghana’s economic growth.

The Kansas City Star ran an obituary for John Hospers, emeritus professor of philosophy, who in 1972 became the Libertarian Party’s first presidential candidate.

 

Friday, June 17, 2011

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the resignation of Rep. Anthony Weiner, and the scrutiny of politicians’ private lives.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Christian Grose of political science about the Republican presidential contenders who are skipping the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

Contra Costa Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on how California can pass a budget now that Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed the one approved by Democrats.

Ottawa Citizen (Canada) cited USC Dornsife alumna Tea Obreht, winner of Britain’s Orange Prize for Fiction for her book “The Tiger’s Wife,” who said that USC Dornsife ’s creative writing program was her first choice.

 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Scientific American ran three stories (additional links here and here) on USC Dornsife’s Problems Without Passports program in Guam and Palau, through which Jim Haw and David Ginsburg of environmental studies, SCUBA instructor and volunteer in the USC Scientific Diving Program Tom Carr and USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies Dive Safety Officer Gerry Smith are working with USC undergraduates to measure coral reef health and biodiversity.

Los Angeles Downtown News reported that political experts from Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC and other institutions discussed California’s impending redistricting at a Zocalo Public Square event. Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, was among the speakers, Fox & Hounds Daily noted.

Forward highlighted the survivor testimonies of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education as one of the resources available to caretakers of Holocaust memory.

 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

SonntagsZeitung (Switzerland) 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. Humans read emotions partly by mimicking facial expressions, according to Neal. He added that though cosmetic surgeons often say they haven’t observed this problem in their patients, people are notoriously bad at recognizing unconscious processes.

The Wall Street Journal ran an Associated Press obituary for John Hospers, emeritus professor of philosophy, who in 1972 became the Libertarian Party’s first presidential candidate.

Big Think cited the book “Descartes’ Error” by Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute.

 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Los Angeles Times quoted Stanley Rosen of political science, co-editor of the book “Art, Politics and Commerce in Chinese Cinema,” about the Chinese film “City of Life and Death” and censorship in China.

KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk” interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the impact of California redistricting.

Scientific American ran two stories (second link here) on USC Dornsife’s Problems Without Passports program in Guam, through which Jim Haw and David Ginsburg of environmental studies, SCUBA instructor and volunteer in the USC Scientific Diving Program Tom Carr and USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies Dive Safety Officer Gerry Smith are working with USC undergraduates to measure coral reef health and biodiversity.

MinnPost cited research by Timothy Biblarz of sociology and a New York University colleague 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.

Contra Costa Times reported that Judith Halberstam of English, American Studies and athnicity, and gender studies  will give a lecture titled “Pregnant Men, Heteroflexible Women, and the End of Gender as We Know It” as part of the QSpeak lecture series.

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.

 

June 11-13, 2011

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Republican 2012 presidential candidates.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the impact of California redistricting on Republican politicians.

Reuters quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the first major debate for the Republican 2012 presidential candidates.

 

Friday, June 10, 2011

Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Germany) featured research by Alexander Benderskii of chemistry, USC graduate student Fadel Shalhout and colleagues, who found that at the boundary between air and water, there is a layer of molecular ambiguity in which water molecules can’t decide whether to be liquid or gas. This surface is extremely thin, consisting of a single layer of molecules 0.3 nanometers thick, the story reported. The study was also featured by Die Zeit (Germany).

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the impact of mass staff resignations on Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign.

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

The Washington Independent cited research by Timothy Biblarz of sociology and a New York University colleague 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.

 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Science News featured research by Alexander Benderskii of chemistry, USC graduate student Fadel Shalhout and colleagues, who found that at the boundary between air and water, there is a layer of molecular ambiguity in which water molecules can’t decide whether to be liquid or gas. Research on the behavior of water molecules at this superthin surface layer may give scientists a better understanding of the bonding and behavior of pollutants or other compounds intermingling at the surface, the story reported. The study was also featured by ABC (Spain), Der Standard (Austria), Spektrum der Wissenschaft (Germany), Nature and RedOrbit.

Los Angeles Times reported that USC Dornsife alumna Tea Obreht has become the youngest person ever to win Britain’s Orange Prize for Fiction, for her book “The Tiger’s Wife.” The news was also covered by a Reuters story in the Los Angeles Times and The Independent (U.K.).

Scientific American ran blog posts from students and instructors from the USC Dornsife Problems Without Passports program in Guam and Palau, through which Jim Haw and David Ginsburg of enviromental studies at USC Dornsife, Tom Carr, volunteer in the USC Scientific Diving Program, and USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies Safety Specialist Gerry Smith are working with USC undergraduates to measure coral reef health and biodiversity. Additional posts from May 19, May 20, May 21, May 22, May 24, May 27, May 28, May 29, June 2, June 3, June 4, June 5 and June 7.

NPR Boston affiliate WBUR-FM’s “On Point” interviewed David Neal of psychology about a study he conducted with a Duke University colleague. The researchers found that using Botox to smooth forehead wrinkles can affect people’s ability to understand others’ emotions.

Colorado Springs Independent cited research by Timothy Biblarz of sociology and a New York University colleague 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 Sacramento Bee reported that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, will speak at a budget workshop at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club.

 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Asian News International featured a study by psychology doctoral student Jared Reser, which found that the autism spectrum might represent not disease but an ancient way of life for a minority of ancestral humans. Some of the genes that contribute to autism may have been selected and maintained because they created beneficial behaviors in a solitary environment, amounting to an autism advantage, Reser said. Individuals on the autism spectrum would have had the mental tools to be self-sufficient foragers in environments marked by diminished social contact, he added.

KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk” interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the 2012 Republican presidential field. Reuters quoted Schnur on the subject.

The Daily Beast quoted Julie Albright of sociology about online extramarital affairs.

The Atlantic quoted Richard Easterlin of economics about his finding that became known as the Easterlin paradox: that when examined over a period of time, an increase in income doesn’t bring increased happiness.

 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Moscow Times (Russia) quoted John Bowlt of Slavic languages and literatures about the avant-garde Russian art collection of Igor Savitsky, which is housed in a museum in a poor region of Uzbekistan.

 

June 4-6, 2011

Daily Record reviewed “MM — Personal,” by Lois Banner of history and gender studies, stating that Banner provides accessible and informative text on items from Marilyn Monroe’s life.

Jewish Journal reported that author Eva Fogelman consulted the genocide survivor testimonies of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education for a book on rape during the Holocaust.

 

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that USC has announced a new center called the Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab, which will be led by Mark Marino of the writing program. The project, which builds on a conference that Marino organized last year, will first produce two planned books, one analyzing a work of electronic fiction and another exploring a single line of computer code.

Asian News International featured research by Irving Biederman, Harold Dornsife Chair in Neurosciences and professor of psychology and computer science, USC doctoral student Jiye Kim and a colleague at Taiwan’s National Central University, who located the part of the brain responsible for a key survival trait: humans’ ability to comprehend a new situation in a fraction of a second.

Scientific American ran an article by students Patrick Talbott and Gabrielle Roffe, who are in Guam with fellow students and faculty as part of USC Dornsife's Problems Without Passports program, measuring coral reef health and biodiversity. The group recently met with the Koror State Government Department of Conservation and Law Enforcement to learn about local marine protected areas, the story stated.

The Washington Post cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that a majority of California voters supported Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to retain higher tax rates.

Scientific American stated that Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute, was one of the science giants who attended the World Science Festival Opening Night Gala Celebration.

Jewish Journal ran an op-ed by Gina Nahai of the Master of Professional Writing program about staying true to one’s heritage. Nahai is the author of the novel “Caspian Rain,” the story noted.

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.

Observer listed Thomas Denson, graduate of the doctoral program in psychology, and Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, assistant professor of psychology at USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute and assistant professor of education at the Rossier School of Education, as "Rising Stars" of psychological research.

 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Korea Herald (South Korea) featured David Kang, professor of international relations and business and director of the the USC Korean Studies Institute. The story reported that the institute, the only Korean studies center on the mainland with its own building, is launching a minor’s program in Korean studies.

United Press International featured research by Irving Biederman, Harold Dornsife Chair in Neurosciences and professor of psychology and computer science, USC doctoral student Jiye Kim and a colleague at Taiwan’s National Central University, who located the part of the brain responsible for a key survival trait: humans’ ability to comprehend a new situation in a fraction of a second.

 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll regarding attitudes toward public employee benefits, and quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on the subject. The Sacramento Bee also cited the poll.

Financial Times (U.K.) 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.

Athens Banner-Herald cited an op-ed by Karen Sternheimer of sociology about the appeal of celebrities as symbols of upward social mobility.