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May 2011 Media Mentions

 

May 28-30, 2011

ABC News (Australia) featured a lecture by Steven Ross of history, who spoke at the U.S. Studies Center in Sydney on how movie stars shape American politics.

Scientific American
ran an article by USC student Caitlin Contag, who is in Guam with fellow students and faculty as part of the USC Dornsife’s Problems Without Passports program, measuring coral reef health and biodiversity.

The New York Review of Books
reviewed “Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain” by Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute.

The Huffington Post published the speech that 2011 USC valedictorian and USC Dornsife alumna Sarrah Shahawy gave at the recent commencement baccalaureate ceremony.

Bloomberg News
quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on whether former Gov. Sarah Palin will run for president in 2012.

KPCC-FM’s “The Madeleine Brand Show” interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about former Gov. Sarah Palin and the 2012 Republican presidential field.

 

Friday, May 27, 2011

Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by Karen Sternheimer of sociology about the appeal of celebrities as symbols of upward social mobility.

Die Tageszeitung (Germany) quoted Timothy Biblarz of sociology about the father-child relationship.

KPCC-FM’s “The Madeleine Brand Show” interviewed Stanley Rosen of political science about China seeking to produce international hit movies in order to showcase its accomplishments.

Los Angeles Times noted that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and former chairman of the state Fair Political Practices Commission, backed a bill that would have prevented lobbyists from giving gifts to California lawmakers, and quoted him on the subject.

The Press-Enterprise reported that James Kincaid, Aerol Arnold Professor of English, delivered a lecture at the Redlands Shakespeare Festival about Shakespeare’s commentary on religious and racial prejudice.

 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the possibility that former Gov. Sarah Palin might run for president in 2012.

The Huffington Post ran an op-ed co-written by Nake Kamrany of economics about Ghana’s economic surge.

EFE (Spain) featured a study 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 New York Times cited Nick Rollins, research lab specialist of earth sciences, about the retrieval of sediment traps during a research expedition near Chile that USC scientists are participating in.

KCET-TV included Mark Benthien, director for communication, education and outreach at the Southern California Earthquake Center, in a live televised benefit for Japan.

LAist ran a Q&A with Aimee Bender of the USC Dornsife College about her novel The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.

 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Wall Street Journal quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s efforts to deal with California’s prison overcrowding.

The Economist cited a case study by Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute, involving a patient brain damage resulting from a series of strokes.

The Art Newspaper quoted Lynn Dodd of archeology about the Israeli-Palestinian Archaeology Working Group she organized with Ran Boytner of UCLA to craft a blueprint for the disposition of historical sites and artifacts.

Pioneer Press reported that Carol Muske-Dukes of English, California poet laureate, will read from her new poetry collection, Twin Cities, in St. Paul, Minn.

 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Los Angeles Times featured a study 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 research was also covered by KPCC-FM’s “The Madeleine Brand Show,” The Capital and BNET.

The Canberra Times (Australia) highlighted “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness of history.

Los Angeles Times reported that Katherine Schwarzenegger, a student in USC Annenberg School and in USC Dornsife minoring in gender studies, was given a GirlPower Award. As an undergrad at USC, Schwarzenegger wrote the book "Rock What You've Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty From Someone Who's Been There and Back."

 

May 21-23, 2011

Los Angeles Times ran a column by Jervey Tervalon of USC Dornsife that highlighted the role of the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative in improving area school the Foshay Learning Center.

Politico quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the bipartisan ties between former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Obama White House.

La Opinion quoted Ange-Marie Hancock of political science and gender studies about the importance of politicians having a college degree.

Times Higher Education (U.K.) cited Richard Easterlin of economics, who identified what became known as the Easterlin paradox: that when examined over a period of time, an increase in income doesn’t bring increased happiness.

 

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Chronicle of Philanthropy, in a story about a resurgence in major donations, noted that USC received two of this year’s large gifts. In March, USC Trustee and alumnus David Dornsife and wife Dana Dornsife made a $200 million donation to name USC Dornsife, and in April, USC Trustee and USC Viterbi School alumnus John Mork and his wife, Julie, donated $110 million to create the USC Mork Family Scholars Program.

L.A. Weekly featured Jane Junn of political science among its Best of L.A. People 2011.

Los Angeles Times featured a study by USC Dornsife 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.

Scientific American ran an article by Jim Haw of environmental studies, featuring USC Dornsife’s Problems Without Passports program.

Pasadena Star-News reported that the Pasadena Arts Council has presented Bill Deverell of history with a Gold Crown Award.

Investor’s Business Daily quoted Robin D.G. Kelley of American studies and ethnicity and history, author of “Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original,” about the jazz musician.

LiveScience quoted Irving Biederman of psychology about a new study on human reaction to gossip and negative information.

La Opinion quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development about scandals involving politicians’ private lives.

Whittier Daily News quoted Richard Dekmejian of political science about President Obama’s speech on U.S. foreign policy in the new Middle East.

 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Scientific American ran an article by Jim Haw of environmental studies, featuring USC Dornsife's Problems Without Passports program. Students and instructors from the course “Integrated Ecosystem Management in Micronesia” offered through Problems Without Passports will be blogging about their experiences on Scientific American's "Expeditions" blog throughout the four-week class, which runs through mid-June.

EFE (Spain) featured research by USC Dornsife 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.

National Post (Canada) quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the fact that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was able to keep his illegitimate child a secret over the course of his political career. The Sacramento Bee also quoted Schnur.

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

USA Today featured research by USC Dornsife 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 Washington Post quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the fact that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was able to keep his illegitimate child a secret over the course of his political career.

Los Angeles Times quoted S. Mark Young of the USC Marshall School and Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the impact of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s infidelity on his public image.

The Scotsman (U.K.) quoted Antoine Bechara of psychology about the psychology of successful investors.

Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the special election to replace former Rep. Jane Harman.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Leo Braudy, University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature and professor of English, about celebrities like Mel Gibson attempting to bounce back from public scandals.

Politico quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s political career.

La Opinion quoted Geneva Overholser of the USC Annenberg School and Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the revelation that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered an illegitimate child.

Los Angeles Daily News highlighted a new annual award at USC in memory of USC Dornsife alumnus and political strategist Kam Kuwata, which will be given by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC to students working on political campaigns.

 

May 17, 2011

The Huffington Post ran an op-ed by Nake Kamrany of economics about U.S.-Pakistan relations following the discovery and killing of Osama bin Laden within Pakistan.

Ventura County Star 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.

CNN interviewed Alison Dundes Renteln of political science about potential cultural sensitivities among Muslim travelers regarding individual screenings by sniffer dogs.

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, about new research finding that happiness levels are highest in countries with the most government intervention.

The Press-Enterprise quoted Jerald Jellison, retired professor of USC Dornsife, about the psychological factors involved in a recent case in which people failed to come to the aid of an abducted child.

San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about Facebook attempting to exempt its online ads from political disclaimer rules.

MinnPost quoted Matthew Hersch, postdoctoral fellow at the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, about the history of astronauts in the United States.

Daily Kos 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.

City News Service covered a new annual award at USC in memory of USC Dornsife alumnus and political strategist Kam Kuwata, which will be given by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC to students working on political campaigns.

Pasadena Star-News mentioned a recent talk at the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West by historian Lawrence Culver.

Akron Beacon Journal highlighted a blog post by USC doctoral student Jason Goldman of psychology, who studies animal cognition, on proto-teaching methods used by ants and meerkats.

 

May 14-16, 2011

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on politicians’ marriages and private lives.

Los Angeles Times ran a Q&A with Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute. Big Think cited the Q&A.

 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about major Republican politicians avoiding running for president in 2012.

The Wall Street Journal, in an Associated Press story, noted that USC has received two large gifts recently. In March, USC Trustee and alumnus David Dornsife and wife Dana Dornsife made a $200 million donation to USC Dornsife. And in April, USC Trustee and USC Viterbi School alumnus John Mork and his wife, Julie, donated $110 million to create the USC Mork Family Scholars Program.

Fox & Hounds Daily ran a column by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC, about the new award the institute will present annually in memory of USC Dornsife alumnus and political strategist Kam Kuwata.The Kam Kuwata Award will be given to a student or students who have demonstrated a strong interest in campaign politics, providing them with financial support to work on behalf of a candidate or cause.

The New York Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which showed that Gov. Jerry Brown had a 44 approval rating.

ABC News (Australia) cited research by Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, regarding the role of emotions in decision-making.

The Philadelphia Inquirer highlighted a USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education gala honoring Comcast CEO Brian Roberts.

 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The New York Times highlighted work by William Berelson of USC Dornsife and colleagues, who are working on a science ship off the coast of Chile. The team has recovered a set of sediment cores taken from the ocean floor more than 4,000 meters below the ship, using a technique called multi-coring. Berelson and his group will measure the oxygen concentration at different depths in the core, and take samples for carbon and nitrogen that will be analyzed back at USC.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s 2012 presidential run.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Maria Shriver’s role as advisor to husband Arnold Schwarzenegger while he was governor of California.

The West Australian (Australia) covered the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that two-thirds of Californians reported enjoying reading “a lot” and that 18 percent used an e-reader.

The California Majority Report covered a new annual award at USC in memory of USC Dornsife alumnus and political strategist Kam Kuwata, which will be given by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC to students working on political campaigns.

Paradise Post cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that California voters supported an election to vote on tax increases.

The Rafu Shimpo stated that the USC Dornsife’s Asian American Studies program is a sponsor of 8 + 1: A Symposium: Voice from the Asian American Literary Review.

 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

City News Service covered a new annual award at USC in memory of USC Dornsife alumnus and political strategist Kam Kuwata, which will be given by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC to students working on political campaigns. The Sacramento Bee also covered the news.

The Arizona Republic quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Republican field for the 2012 presidential race.

The Philadelphia Inquirer highlighted an upcoming USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education gala honoring Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, noting that Comcast is giving its subscribers free access to some of the institute’s genocide survivor testimonies.

CNN aired a segment about Muslims' reactions to Islamaphobia and featured Maytha "May" Alhassen, Provost's Ph.D. Fellow in American studies and ethnicity, who shared what it means to be a Muslim American woman. Her essay on the same topic will be published May 17 in the book "I Speak for Myself."

 

May 7-9, 2011

The Wall Street Journal ran a Q&A with Aimee Bender of English about her novel “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.”

Business Day (South Africa) cited Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, regarding the role of emotions in decision-making.

 

Friday, May 6, 2011

Corriere della Sera (Italy) ran an op-ed by Percival Everett of English, about Jonathan Franzen’s book “Freedom” and the title of “Great American Novel.”

LiveScience featured a research project led by former biological sciences faculty member Beth Orcutt while she was at USC.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the media’s reaction to Gov. Jerry Brown being treated for a cancerous growth on his nose.

Reuters cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll and quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the public employee pension issue.

 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Los Angeles Times 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. Reuters cited the poll and quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Dornsife College about California ballot proposals to overhaul public pensions. Education Week also cited the poll.

Pasadena Star-News quoted Richard Dekmejian of political science about possible retaliation by Islamic extremists for the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Socaltech reported that USC, Caltech and the company SFC Energy are collaborating to license direct methanol fuel cell technology developed at USC’s Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute by George Olah and G.K. Surya Prakash of chemistry, and Caltech colleagues.

 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Reuters quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about a possible presidential bid by Republican Jon Huntsman.

National Journal cited Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, regarding Republican challengers to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

The Globe and Mail (Canada) 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.

The Washington Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, regarding President Obama’s approval rating with California voters. Las Vegas Review-Journal cited the poll’s findings regarding attitudes toward state employee pensions.

 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Los Angeles Times featured the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which was held at USC for the first time this past weekend. The event drew more than 400 authors and featured nine outdoor stages devoted to topics like cooking, poetry and young adult literature, reported Xinhua News Agency (China). The festival was also covered by KPCC-FM, two L.A. Observed stories (second link here), USA Today, The Telegraph (Australia) and World Entertainment News Network.

The Sacramento Bee featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that two-thirds of Californians reported enjoying reading “a lot.” The article also mentioned the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC. L.A. Weekly also ran a story.

San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about CIA Director Leon Panetta.

Whittier Daily News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the impact of Osama bin Laden’s death on President Obama’s reelection prospects.

NBC News San Francisco affiliate KNTV-TV cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which showed that many California voters were unaware of recent state budget cuts.

 

April 30-May 2, 2011

Los Angeles Times featured the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which was held at USC for the first time this past weekend. Another Los Angeles Times article highlighted a panel with David St. John of English, one of many faculty authors participating. The festival was also covered by 15 more Los Angeles Times stories.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Republican challengers to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Associated Press quoted Selma Holo of art history, director of the USC Fisher Museum of Art, about the Museum of Contemporary Art’s street art exhibition.

The Australian (Australia) quoted USC alumna Tea Obreht, author of best-selling novel “The Tiger’s Wife,” about her experience studying writing with T.C. Boyle of English.