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March 2012 Media Mentions

 

March 31 to April 2, 2012

Los Angeles Daily News featured the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education and its efforts to collect testimony from survivors of the Armenian Genocide. The project is a collaboration between the Shoah Foundation Institute and the USC Institute of Armenian Studies Leadership Council. More than 400 filmed testimonies have been included in a collection that will be made available to universities around the world.

The New York Times quoted Pamela Starr of international relations about the Mexican government’s efforts to control organized crime.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press article, quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the political constraints presidents work in during an election year.

San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Mitt Romney’s need to win primaries leading up to California.

 

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Washington Post quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about how an overturn of the federal health care law could affect President Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s campaigns.

The Telegraph (U.K.) cited Manuel Pastor of American studies and ethnicity about the Trayvon Martin shooting case.

The Korea Times (South Korea) mentioned The Korea Project: Planning for the Long Term, a research initiative to study issues surrounding Korean unification undertaken by David Kang of international relations and business, and director of the USC Korean Studies Institute.

The Korea Times (South Korea) mentioned USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll results regarding approval of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed tax initiative.

PopMatters reviewed “Rez Life” by David Treuer of English, a memoir about his life growing up on a reservation as an Ojibwe Indian.

The Post-Standard mentioned a lecture by T.C. Boyle of English.

 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that Manuel Castells of sociology, international relations, communication and planning has won the 2012 Holberg International Memorial Prize. The award, bestowed by a Norwegian foundation, recognizes research in the arts and humanities, social sciences, law and theology. The prize committee cited Castells as “the leading sociologist of the city and new information and media technologies.”

The New York Times cited Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, regarding the nature of emotions.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Manuel Pastor of American studies and ethnicity about possible racial stereotyping in the Trayvon Martin shooting case. Pastor was also quoted by Fox News and International Business Times.

Bloomberg News quoted Kevin Starr of history about the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that only 32 percent of California voters favor attorney Molly Munger’s tax initiative.

 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Los Angeles Times covered the USC Dornsife/LA Times poll finding that a narrow majority of California voters support a ballot initiative to reform term limits. About 51 percent of voters favor Proposition 28, which would shorten the term limits for legislators but allow them to spend their entire tenure in one legislative house. The Orange County Register ran an editorial on the poll finding that a majority of California voters would be okay with Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative. Sixty-four percent of respondents approved of it. The poll was also covered by Associated Press (more stories here and here), UPI, Sacramento Bee, The Fresno Bee, LA Weekly and Talking Points Memo.

The Wall Street Journal cited Gina Nahai of the Master of Professional Writing program about the new TV show “Shahs of Sunset,” highlighting a column she wrote about the show.

The Washington Post, in a Bloomberg Businessweek article, quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about comments by President Obama made to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and captured on an open microphone.

PBS News Wilmington, Del. affiliate WHYY-TV interviewed Jacob Soll of history about Encyclopedia Britannica discontinuing its print publication.

 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that nearly two-thirds of California voters support Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed tax initiative. Sixty-four percent said they favored the measure, which would include a tax hike on millionaires as well as an increased sales tax. “It appears the governor has pulled off something of a political coup,” Dan Schnur, director of the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll and director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC, told KPCC-FM. Talking Points Memo reported that the poll found 57 percent of California voters would prefer President Obama, while only 36 percent would vote for Mitt Romney. The poll was also covered by Capital Public Radio and The Daily Beast.

Science News featured research by Anna Krylov of chemistry and colleagues, finding that protons don’t require hydrogen bonds to move across molecules. “For the proton, the hydrogen bond is like riding on a track that’s going between two molecules,” Krylov said. The new research found that molecules can rearrange themselves so the protons can still move.

The Korea Times (South Korea) ran a column by Kim Chan-souk, visiting fellow at the East Asian Studies Center, about South Korea as an emerging leader for peace. He noted that the country is hosting the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit, at which leaders from 53 countries and four international organizations will meet.

The New York Times quoted Richard Meyer of art history and fine arts about the artwork of Anita Steckel, and mentioned an essay about Steckel written by Meyer.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the national debate over federal health care and the role it could play in Californian politics.

The Philadelphia Inquirer cited a USC alumna who studied creative writing under Aimee Bender and T.C. Boyle of English.

 

March 24-26, 2012

The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding Mitt Romney had a 19 percentage-point lead over Rick Santorum. Los Angeles Times featured the poll, noting that 42 percent of Californian Republicans favored Romney — an uptick of 15 points since the November 2011 poll. The poll also found that nearly six in 10 voters approved of President Obama’s job performance, an increase of seven points since November. The poll found 62 percent had a favorable impression of Obama; 73 percent of Latinos had a favorable impression of him. Nearly two-thirds of voters disapproved of Obama’s handling of gas prices. “Gasoline prices would probably have to hit $20 a gallon to put Obama in serious trouble here in California,” said Dan Schnur, director of the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll and director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC. Los Angeles Times reported that 64 percent of poll respondents support Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax-hike initiative, which would raise funds through the sales tax and tax on upper-range incomes to benefit schools and balance the state budget. “These poll results illustrate that Brown was very smart to put together this initiative the way he did,” Schnur said. Los Angeles Times noted that California voters don’t blame public employees for the state’s pension problems and aren’t in a hurry to make cuts to the system. Another Los Angeles Times story reported that a narrow majority of California voters support an initiative to alter term limits.

PBS News’ “NewsHour” featured Daniel Paris, a USC Dornsife alumnus with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia, who graduated with help from USC support groups and Karen Hennigan of psychology. Hennigan helped Paris on his senior year thesis, and encouraged him to join the honors program. Paris made the USC Wall of Scholars and was awarded a $10,000 graduate scholarship.

Scientific American featured the USC Science Film Competition and one of the entries, “Yaddda Yadda Yada.” The competition teams science students with film students to create videos illustrating different scientific concepts.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about a recent gaffe by Mitt Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom.

 

Friday, March 23, 2012

The New York Times highlighted research by Andrew Curtis of American studies and ethnicity, who leads a team of students and local community members who have documented the substantial changes in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina. The interactive piece, which features Curtis’ videos documenting the changes in the area, was part of a package marking the hurricane’s fifth anniversary.

Jewish Journal featured a Q&A with USC President C. L. Max Nikias about a university delegation’s recent trip to Israel and USC’s connections to Israeli universities and Jewish students. Nikias noted USC’s close collaboration with Hebrew Union College, which led to the formation of USC’s Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life.

 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Huffington Post ran a column by Nicholas Warner of physics, astronomy and mathematics about USC students volunteering for the National Park Service in Death Valley during spring break. The students performed several days of wilderness restoration in the Eureka Dunes, one of the most remote parts of the park.

 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Philadelphia Inquirer highlighted research by Nina Eliasoph of sociology finding that community groups aren’t necessarily a gateway to political activism. Eliasoph’s book, “Avoiding Politics: How Americans Produce Apathy in Everyday Life,” found that members of citizen groups keep many of their political opinions to themselves.

The Huffington Post quoted Brie Loskota, managing director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture, about the biblical story of Esther.

 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Scientific American featured the USC Science Film Competition, created by Clifford Johnson of physics and astronomy. Johnson launched the competition to promote science literacy. Each student-made film focuses on a single scientific concept, and requires science students to work with illustrators and cinema students. The prizes are funded by the Anton Burg Foundation.

Houston Chronicle quoted Karen Sternheimer of sociology about bumper stickers as a form of self-identification.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Newt Gingrich using the Republican primaries to shape his legacy.

 

March 17-19, 2012

Los Angeles Sentinel featured the $30 million gift by USC Trustee and alumna Verna Dauterive to name the new Drs. Verna and Peter Dauterive Social Science Building, which is due to break ground in the fall.

History interviewed David Hutchins of biological sciences about red tides.

Variety quoted Steven Ross of history about comedian Jeff Foxworthy stumping for Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

Jakarta Globe (Indonesia) cited Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, regarding the nature of consciousness.

 

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Huffington Post ran a column by Nicholas Warner of physics, astronomy and mathematics about Sen. Rick Santorum’s views on university professors. Warner satirically proposed that science professors across the nation follow the lead of the Spanish Inquisition, pursuing a Scientific Inquisition that would make scientists stop questioning evolution and global warming.

Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippines) featured research by Lisa Aziz-Zadeh of neuroscience indicating that the left brain may play a role in creativity rather than just being the seat of rational thought, as was traditionally assumed. Researchers scanned the brains of architecture students while they performed creative tasks and found that both sides of the brain lit up.

CBS News interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the political battle over contraception.

Agence France-Presse quoted Gina Nahai of the Master of Professional Writing program about the new reality TV show “Shahs of Sunset.”

Contra Costa Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown continuing to pursue signature-gathering for a tax initiative.

NPR highlighted “Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain” by Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute.

The Press-Enterprise mentioned that Daniel Walker, research associate at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture, will be the keynote speaker at an education summit.

Sentinel Source mentioned research by Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, finding that emotions play a central role in social cognition and decision-making.

 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Los Angeles Times quoted Richard Flory of sociology about the Crystal Cathedral and founder Robert Schuler.

California News Service quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California’s Congress.

 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

U.S. News & World Report featured several USC schools and programs in its 2013 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.” USC Dornsife ranked No. 18 in Clinical Psychology.

Science News quoted Emily Liman of biological sciences about genetic glitches that prevent some carnivores from tasting sweetness.

Grand Forks Herald highlighted a lecture by David Treuer of English about his new book, “Rez Life.”

The Trentonian mentioned a Holocaust education curriculum created in part by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.

O.C. Weekly highlighted Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology, named one of being one of OC Metro’s “20 Women To Watch” for her research on Mexican immigrant integration.

 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Shanghai Daily (China) quoted Yong Gang Li of earth sciences about the 2011 tsunami that devastated Japan.

 

March 10-12, 2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that the archives of author T.C. Boyle of English have been acquired by The University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center. The collection includes notes, research materials and proofs for nearly every one of his published books, as well as correspondence with Woody Allen, Joyce Carol Oates and Tobias Wolff.

Los Angeles Times highlighted a colloquium organized by Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, on whether the lack of sight makes mezzo soprano Laurie Rubin different from other singers. The colloquium also included James Weiland of the Keck School of USC.

 

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Huffington Post reported that the archives of author T.C. Boyle of English have been acquired by The University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center. The collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, professional files and teaching materials. Boyle has written 22 books of fiction, including “The Tortilla Curtain” and “World’s End,” and has received the PEN/Faulkner Prize and PEN/Malamud Prize.

Bloomberg News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the unemployment rate’s effect on President Obama’s reelection campaign.

 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

KPCC-FM featured research by Lisa Aziz-Zadeh of neuroscience indicating that the left-brain may play a role in creativity rather than just being the seat of rational thought, as was traditionally assumed. Researchers scanned the brains of architecture students while they performed creative tasks and found that both sides of the brain lit up.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about complaints from City Council President Herb Wesson’s Koreatown constituency.

Los Angeles Times quoted Kevin Starr of history about the proposed Californian high-speed rail project.

ABC News’ “Nightline” quoted David Schwartz of psychology and education about why fights happen at birthday parties. The Daily Mail (U.K.) also cited Schwartz.

Minnesota Public Radio interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about what makes an effective campaign slogan.

Hispanic Business quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Rick Santorum’s chances of continuing in the Republican primary.

 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Huffington Post featured research by Lisa Aziz-Zadeh of neuroscience indicating that the left-brain may play a role in creativity rather than just being the seat of rational thought, as was traditionally assumed. A series of fMRI scans of architecture students found that the two hemispheres complement each other at different times.

The Christian Science Monitor ran a review of “Rez Life” by David Treuer of English. The book takes a detailed look at life on the Indian reservation where Treuer grew up. Treuer sets out to correct the inaccurate perceptions of what it’s like, writing that few “think of the story of rez life as a story of beauty.”

The A.V. Club reviewed a new book by Robin D.G. Kelley of American studies and ethnicity called “Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times.” The book examines the intersection of American jazz and traditional African music, focusing on two African musicians and two Americans.

Victoria Advocate featured an upcoming reading by Percival Everett of English. Everett said the topics of his books vary from Greek mythology to racial issues and westerns.

The Daily Beast quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Rush Limbaugh’s recent tirade against a Georgetown University student.

The Dallas Morning News cited Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Mitt Romney needing to focus more on the economy.

Phoenix News (China) interviewed Stanley Rosen of political science about the Zhang Yimou film “Flowers of War.”

 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

New York Daily News ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Mitt Romney's public image.

RedOrbit featured research by Lisa Aziz-Zadeh of neuroscience indicating that the left brain may play a role in creativity rather than just being the source of logic and math, as was traditionally thought. Science Codex also featured the research.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Mitt Romney not speaking out more forcefully against Rush Limbaugh’s recent controversial comments.

The Boston Globe quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on what an Ohio primary win would mean for Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum.

National Journal quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about presidential candidates owning the flaws in their personalities.

McClatchy Newspapers quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the changing public perception of gay marriage.

The Desert Sun quoted Jeb Middlebrook of sociology about people who dress up as superheroes and fight crime.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about State Treasurer Bill Lockyer’s opponents attacking him for scandals in his family.

San Francisco Chronicle highlighted a lecture and book signing by T.C. Boyle, Distinguished Professor of English and author of “When the Killing’s Done: A Novel.”

The Orange County Register highlighted an upcoming lecture by M.G. Lord of the Master of Professional Writing Program about her new book “The Accidental Feminist.”

North County Times highlighted an upcoming lecture by Dallas Willard of philosophy on “Logic, Faith and the Objectivity of Knowledge.”

LA Weekly quoted Maria-Elena Martinez of history and American studies and ethnicity about how the term “Mexican” is viewed, and how nationality and race are often conflated.

 

March 3-5, 2012

The Washington Post quoted Sharon Hays of sociology and gender studies about parenting expectations in America.

The Wall Street Journal covered the New Mexico home of Jonathan Kellerman of psychology, noting that he is a celebrated author of crime novels.

Los Angeles Times mentioned that the USC Fisher Museum of Art, under the directorship of Selma Holo of art history, has highlighted Latin American work.

The Orange County Register reported that Edwin Perkins, professor emeritus of history, will participate in a dialogue about taxes hosted by Concerned Citizens.

Wheeling News-Register mentioned that Yuri Gorby of biological sciences participated in a meeting about the potential dangers of fracking.

 

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Wall Street Journal featured 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. The study focused on a group of mice with cancer, finding that those who underwent fasting before chemotherapy had tumors that were less than half the size of those in controls.

OC Metro featured Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology in their list of 20 Women to Watch, noting that the Orange County resident has a new book coming out called “Barrios to Burbs: The Making of the Mexican-American Middle Class.”

Bloomberg Businessweek quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Obama administration’s decision to put off a decision on regulations requiring rearview cameras for cars and light trucks.

 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV interviewed Christian Grose of the USC Dornsife College about the Michigan Republican primary.