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May 2009 Media Mentions

 

Friday, May 29, 2009

NBC News’ “The Today Show” quoted Julie Albright of sociology in a story about teenage students greeting each other with hugs.

Science News quoted Craig Stanford of anthropology and biological sciences about a new finding that central African chimpanzees assemble a kit of tools to use in gathering honey.

Minnesota Public Radio’s “Midday” interviewed David Kang of international relations and business about the possibility of another war breaking out between North Korea and South Korea.

CBS News Huntington, W.Va., affiliate WOWK-TV featured College alumnus Daniel Seddiqui, whose “50 jobs in 50 states” project has taken him to West Virginia to work as a coal miner.

 

Thursday, May 28, 2009

National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation” interviewed David Kang of international relations and business about North Korea’s recent nuclear test.

The Atlantic
cited Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, in a column about Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

Los Angeles Magazine
quoted Bill Deverell of history about issues California’s governor should tackle.

 

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

CNN quoted David Kang of international relations and business about the suicide of former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun.

CNN quoted Julie Albright of sociology in a story about online dating sites that match women with “sugar daddies” who pay for companionship.

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Christian Science Monitor quoted David Kang of international relations and business about North Korea’s second nuclear test. Kang said that the international community has “an extremely thin band of options” in dealing with the threat.

Los Angeles Times noted that Nake Kamrany of economics will be a panelist at a Hammer Museum forum on Afghanistan.

The Washington Post quoted Malcolm Klein, professor emeritus of sociology, about the recent indictment of a Latino gang that was allegedly motivated by racism.

Los Angeles Times quoted David Kang of international relations and business about former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun, who committed suicide this weekend.

The Sacramento Bee ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s time in office.

The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted Christopher Boehm of anthropology and biological sciences about possible reasons for the persistence of the blushing mechanism in dark-skinned people.

The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s legacy.

 

Friday, May 21, 2009

Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the failure of this week’s California ballot measures.

 

Thursday, May 21, 2009

CNN’s “American Morning” highlighted research by Karen Hennigan of psychology and Malcolm Klein, professor emeritus of the College, aimed at identifying young people likely to join gangs.

USA Today quoted Dan Schnur of the USC College about California’s recent failed ballot measures, which were backed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

 

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


The New York Times reported that Richard Easterlin of economics was awarded a labor economics prize by the Germany-based Institute for the Study of Labor.

The Wall Street Journal featured research by Malcolm Klein, professor emeritus of sociology, aimed at identifying young people likely to join gangs.

Bloomberg News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the fallout from yesterday’s special election, in which propositions aimed at alleviating California’s budget crisis failed.

 

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


CNN highlighted the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, which is helping the nonprofit Cambodian Documentation Center as it gathers genocide testimonies for education and for evidence in ongoing war crime trials.

FastCompany featured research by Zhong-Lin Lu of psychology that demonstrates how a curveball appears to “break” at the last minute.

Los Angeles Times quoted James Dolan of earth sciences about the fault responsible for Sunday night’s earthquake.

The Sunday Times
(Australia) cited a study on the neuroscience of admiration and morality, conducted by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of the USC Rossier School, and Antonio Damasio, Hanna Costa Damasio and Andrea McColl, all of the Brain and Creativity Institute.

Politico
quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ability to convince voters to pass the ballot initiatives facing voters today.

SF Weekly cited Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about a San Francisco chapter of the Service Employees International Union voting down a complex concession deal with Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Los Angeles Times quoted Karen Tongson of English and gender studies about the two finalists on “American Idol,” whose friendship appears to bridge cultural divides.

Pasadena Star-News ran an op-ed by Leland Saito of sociology and American studies and ethnicity about the San Gabriel Valley congressional race that is pitting Asian American candidate Judy Chu against Latino candidate Gil Cedillo.

 

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Washington Post, in a widely carried Associated Press story, quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, tomorrow’s ballot initiatives, backed by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The Japan Times (Japan) reviewed the latest book by Abraham Lowenthal of international relations. “Global California: Rising to the Cosmopolitan Challenge” is a short brief for the proposition that California is almost its own nation, the story stated.

 

Friday, May 15, 2009

Associated Press quoted Karen Sternheimer of sociology about the real-life story behind the 2007 movie “Alpha Dog.”


KCRW-FM’s “Which Way, L.A.?” interviewed Abraham Lowenthal of international relations about his new book, “Global California: Rising to the Cosmopolitan Challenge.”

 

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about former Vice President Dick Cheney speaking out in numerous interviews against the Obama administration.

 

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Reuters featured research led by Kelly Young-Wolf of psychology, which found that drinking to improve mood is linked to depression and alcoholism.

 

Monday, May 11, 2009

The Scientist reviewed “Self Comes to Mind,” the musical piece by composer Bruce Adolphe, with text written by Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, and a video created from brain images of Hanna Costa Damasio of the College.

Discovery News quoted Robert Rye of earth sciences about a new study showing that ancient primitive bacteria built themselves caves to live in.

Publishers Weekly reviewed “Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge” by Dallas Willard of philosophy.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Poltics, about how skillful executive drop-bys by governors to disaster areas can bolster the mood of emergency workers and remind governors why they wanted the job in the first place.

 

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Fresno Bee quoted Dan Schnur, the director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about California Assemblyman Mike Villines resigning from his leadership position

The Huffington Post cited research by Timothy Biblarz of sociology and Judith Stacey, formerly of sociology.

 

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The New York Times quoted Barry Glassner of sociology about the American dream.

 

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The New York Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the legacy of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

 

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The New York Times reviewed “Self Comes to Mind,” a work composed in collaboration with Antonio Damasio of the Brain and Creativity Institute, and performed Sunday night by cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

CNN interviewed Julie Albright of sociology about older women undergoing plastic surgery to compete with younger women for jobs.

Miami Herald ran an op-ed by Abraham Lowenthal of international relations about President Barack Obama’s first 100 days, in relation to Latin American policy.

Jornal do Brasil (Brazil) ran an op-ed by Abraham Lowenthal of international relations about President Obama’s performance at the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago last month.

 

Monday, May 4, 2009

The New York Times highlighted the performance of “Self Comes to Mind,” a collaborative musical work by composer Bruce Adolphe and scientist Antonio Damasio of the Brain and Creativity Institute.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about polarization among California’s lawmakers.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the budget-related ballot initiatives facing California voters on May 19.

 

Friday, May 1, 2009

The New York Times highlighted an upcoming performance by Yo-Yo Ma of “Self Comes to Mind,” a work composed in collaboration with Antonio Damasio of the Brain and Creativity Institute.

Los Angeles Times featured the 2009 Chamber Day and Chamber Evening, fundraising events for the USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber at USC’s Wrigley Marine Science Center.

The Mercury News quoted Kevin Starr of history about the population of San Jose, Calif., passing the one million mark.