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May 2012 Media Mentions

 

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife College/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that 80 percent of California voters support doctor-recommended marijuana for severe illness, but only 46 percent support marijuana legalization for general or recreational use. Los Angeles Times reported that the poll found 62 percent of voters support a new tobacco tax initiative. The poll was also covered by The Washington Post in an Associated Press story, Notimex (Mexico), two Los Angeles Times blog posts (second link here), Politico, The Huffington Post and L.A. Weekly.

KPCC-FM highlighted research by Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, and colleagues, finding that despite China’s economic growth, Chinese citizens don’t report increased happiness. The story notes that Easterlin is credited with pioneering the field of “happiness economics.”

USA Today quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about “bracketing,” a way of diluting a political opponent’s message.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about a Fox News video that was critical of President Obama.

Maclean’s (Canada) quoted Gina Nahai of the Master of Professional Writing program about the reality show “Shahs of Sunset.”

McClatchy Newspapers highlighted “Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox,” a new biography about Marilyn Monroe by Lois Banner of history and gender studies.

 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that California voters still support Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax hike proposal, despite increasing wariness over how the state would use that money. The poll reported that 59 percent of those surveyed would support the hikes, and that 36 percent opposed. When voters heard arguments against the plan — such as a suggestion that the state might waste the funds — support fell to 50 percent, and opposition rose to 42 percent. The poll was also covered by Press Trust of India (India), The Daily Beast and L.A. Weekly.

The Huffington Post ran an op-ed by Ange-Marie Hancock of political science and Manuel Pastor of American studies and ethnicity about a recent vote to cut funding for the American Community Survey. They wrote that the survey “helps us fully comprehend one of the unspoken implications of becoming a ‘majority-minority’ nation — everyone will be a minority.” Hancock and Pastor direct the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration.

The Australian (Australia) quoted Daniel Lynch of international relations about China’s stimulus plan.

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Daniel Lynch of international relations about Chinese citizens becoming more familiar with foreigners.

The Sacramento Bee covered a live chat with Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Proposition 28, which would shorten the term limits of California legislators but allow them to serve their years in one house. A second story in The Sacramento Bee highlighted the chat.

Scientific American ran a column by student Edward Fischer about USC Dornsife’s Guam and Palau Maymester program. Scientific American also ran a column by student Santiago Fernandez-Barrera.

 

May 26-29, 2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education ran an op-ed by John Allen, researcher in the Brain and Creativity Istitute, excerpted from his new book, “The Omnivorous Mind: Our Evolving Relationship with Food.” Allen wrote about crispy foods and why they appeal to so many cultures. He suggested humans might have evolved to enjoy crispy “fallback” foods like insects and fresh vegetables in the ancient past. NPR’s “Science Friday” interviewed Allen about his new book.

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Ralph Wedgwood of philosophy about the differing meanings of same-sex marriage to voters.

Los Angeles Times reported on USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll results finding that President Obama has a wide lead among California voters in a broad range of demographics. The poll found him leading 56 percent to Mitt Romney’s 37 percent. The poll questioned 1,002 California voters from May 17-21 with a 3.5 percent margin of error in either direction. Obama was said to better handle the economy and jobs better than Romney (50 percent to 37 percent) the deficit (45 percent to 34 percent) and taxes (49 percent to 34 percent). Another Los Angeles Times story cited the poll, finding that Romney was losing the Latino vote to Obama 74 percent to 18 percent. The poll’s findings were also reported by CNN, Politico and RTT News.

Publishers Weekly reviewed a new biography on Marilyn Monroe by Lois Banner of history and gender studies. “Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox,” relies on new interviews with Monroe’s friends and newly available archival material. The Huffington Post ran a column by Banner about why Monroe continues to fascinate.

Los Angeles Times quoted Leo Braudy, University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature and professor of English, about the appeal of the new TV miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys.”

Chinese Radio International (China) interviewed Stanley Rosen of political science about Dalian Wanda Group’s purchase of AMC Entertainment.

Associated Press cited David Treuer of English about Indian identity.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gavin Newsom’s new political talk show.

Monga Bay covered research by Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, finding that despite China’s economic growth, Chinese citizens don’t report increased happiness.

MinnPost mentioned that Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC Dana Gioia will read from his new book of poetry, “Pity the Beautiful.”

Scientific American ran a column by students Santiago Fernandez-Barrera and Inaka Pedroarena-Leal about USC Dornsife’s Guam and Palau Maymester program.

 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Chicago Public Media station WBEZ-FM covered research by Richard Easterlin University Professor and professor of economics, finding that despite China’s economic growth, Chinese citizens don’t report increased happiness. The story highlighted the “Easterlin paradox,” the finding that happiness doesn’t continually increase along with a country’s average income.

Los Angeles Times cited James Dolan of earth science about the safety of running a subway line under Beverly Hills High School.

 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Public Radio International highlighted a project by the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and other institutions to map air pollution in different Los Angeles neighborhoods. The maps were used to determine which neighborhoods would participate in a pilot project called Clean Up Green Up, aligning environmental interests with those of local businesses.

PBS News’ “NewsHour” interviewed Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history and policy, planning and development, about the Golden Gate Bridge.

NBC News interviewed Richard Flory of sociology about the transformation of South Los Angeles community churches into “commuter churches.”

California Watch quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the potential for third-party group Americans Elect to shake up the 2012 election.

American Public Media’s “Marketplace” covered research by Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, finding that despite China’s economic growth, Chinese citizens don’t report increased happiness.

The Economist cited research by John Strauss of economics about the development of Chinese companies.

Scientific American ran a column by USC Dornsife student Dawnielle Tellez about USC Dornsife’s Guam and Palau Maymester program. Scientific American also ran a column by USC Dornsife student Nicholas Leonard.

Commonweal Magazine ran an op-ed by Ronald Osborn, doctoral student in political science and international relations, about U.S. troops in Iraq.

 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

La Repubblica (Italy) featured research by Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, and colleagues, finding that economic growth in China hasn’t led to greater life satisfaction for the majority of citizens. Easterlin is considered to be the father of happiness economics, the story stated.

Los Angeles Times quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about the Dalian Wanda Group’s acquisition of movie theater chain AMC Entertainment Inc.

PCWorld covered research by Richard Brutchey of chemistry and USC postdoctoral researcher David H. Webber, who found a way to produce stable liquid solar cells that can be printed on clear surfaces.

The Huffington Post published a commencement address by new USC Dornsife alumna Mary Ellen Jebbia.

Scientific American ran two columns (second link here) by USC Dornsife student Nathaniel Kinsey on USC Dornsife’s Guam and Palau Maymester program. Scientific American also ran a column by USC Dornsife student Kaitlin Mogentale.

 

May 19-21, 2012

Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by David Treuer of English about the portrayal of Native Americans in the media. Treuer wrote that the media tends to focus on crime and poverty within the community, but often misses the nuances of life on a reservation.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Kevin Starr,  University Professor and professor of history and policy, planning and development about the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Elle mentioned “Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox,” a book about Marilyn Monroe written by Lois Banner of history and gender studies.

 

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Wall Street Journal featured research by Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, and colleagues, finding that economic growth in China hasn’t led to greater life satisfaction for the majority of citizens. The study was also covered by La Repubblica (Italy), Magyar Tavirati Iroda (Hungary) and Voice of America.

KCRW-FM’s “Which Way, L.A.?” interviewed Peter Westwick of history about the launch of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule and the implications for Los Angeles of private space exploration.

 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

MSNBC featured research by Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, and colleagues, finding that economic growth in China hasn’t led to greater life satisfaction for the majority of citizens. The study was also covered by Global Times (China) and Vice.

The Canadian Press (Canada) highlighted Patrick James of international relations and his role as director of USC’s Center for International Studies. James has received support from an educational initiative sponsored by the Canadian government, using small grants to host events like a discussion with Canadian political scientist Keith Banting. Postmedia News (Canada) also ran a story.

L.A. Weekly profiled Dennis Hedgecock, Paxson H. Offield Professor in Fisheries Ecology and professor of biological sciences, and his work crossbreeding oysters in order to develop an enhanced food source. Hedgecock believes he can crossbreed oysters that are up to three times bigger than normal, safe to eat and healthy. Fears over aquaculture result in the U.S. importing 86 percent of its seafood.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the effects of California’s Proposition 28, concerning legislator term limits.

ABC Radio’s “The Science Show” (Australia) interviewed Katrina Edwards of biological sciences, earth sciences and environmental studies about her research on deep sea microbial colonies.

ABC Radio’s “The Science Show” (Australia) interviewed Valter Longo of gerontology and biological sciences about his research on fasting and chemotherapy recovery.

Scientific American ran a column by USC Dornsife student Emily Lu about USC Dornsife’s Guam and Palau Maymester program.

 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Wall Street Journal featured research by Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, and colleagues, finding that economic growth in China hasn’t led to greater life satisfaction for the majority of citizens. “There is no evidence of an increase in life satisfaction of the magnitude that might have been expected to result from the fourfold improvement in the level of per capita consumption,” Easterlin and colleagues wrote. The story mentioned the “Easterlin paradox,” the finding that happiness doesn’t continually increase along with a country’s average income. KPCC-FM stated that Easterlin has been talked about as a possible candidate for the Nobel Prize. The study was also covered by Time, Agenzia Giornalistica Italia (Italy) and NU (Netherlands).

Indian Country Today cited David Treuer of English regarding Native American identity.

 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Los Angeles Times featured research by Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, and colleagues, finding that economic growth in China hasn’t led to greater life satisfaction for the majority of citizens. Easterlin studied self-reported levels of satisfaction between 1990 and 2010, finding that the level of happiness among the poorest Chinese has dropped, despite a booming economy. “The clear lesson from China is how important it is for people’s happiness to have jobs and a fair amount of certainty about those jobs, as well as a social safety net,” Easterlin said. Wired noted that Easterlin is the namesake of the “Easterlin paradox,” the finding that happiness doesn’t continually increase along with a country’s average income. Easterlin’s work was also covered by Financial Times (U.K.), two Agence France-Presse stories (second link here), two Deutsche Presse-Agentur (Germany) stories (second link here), Asian News International, EFE (Spain), Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), Austria Presse Agentur (Austria), Die Presse (Austria), ORF (Austria), Kleine Zeitung (Austria), Kurier (Austria), World Journal, The Korea Times (South Korea), El Dia (Argentina) and The Daily Star (Bangladesh).

South Florida Sun-Sentinel cited David Treuer of English about Native American ancestry.

BBC News (U.K.) cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that two-thirds of California voters favor Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to raise taxes to benefit education.

Houston Chronicle mentioned that Thomas Ward of anthropology participated in a panel discussion on the connection between Central America and the Western hemisphere.

Wired mentioned neuroscience research by Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute.

Scientific American ran a column by USC Dornsife student Alyssa Dykman about the USC Dornsife’s Guam and Palau Maymester program. Scientific American also ran a column by USC Dornsife student Miller Zou.

 

May 12-14, 2012

L.A. Weekly featured research by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, assistant professor of psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute, indicating that students shouldn’t be disciplined for daydreaming. “Diminishing opportunities for young people to look inward and reflect could have negative effects on their well-being, morality and academic success,” Immordino-Yang wrote.

Fox Business’ “Varney & Co.” interviewed Steven Ross of history about a fundraiser that actor George Clooney hosted for President Obama. KPCC-FM’s “Patt Morrison” also interviewed Ross.

CNN interviewed Steven Ross of history about the actress Eva Longoria’s support for President Obama’s reelection campaign.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the term limits that Proposition 28 would place on California legislators.

Bay Area News Group quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California’s budget cuts and the potential effects they could have on Gov. Jerry Brown.

Scientific American ran a column by USC student Christina Irvin about the USC Dornsife’s Guam and Palau Maymester program.

 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Sacramento Bee ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California Proposition 28, which would change term limits for political leaders.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about a Washington Post story suggesting that Mitt Romney bullied a student during his private school days.

 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) featured research by Richard Brutchey of chemistry and USC postdoctoral researcher David H. Webber, who found a way to produce stable liquid solar cells that can be printed on clear surfaces.

Los Angeles Times quoted Steven Ross of history about the role celebrities play in shaping politics.

Scientific American ran a column by USC Dornsife student Roxi Aslan about USC Dornsife’s Guam and Palau Maymester program. Scientific American ran a second column by student Stephen Holle.

Haaretz (Israel) reported that Aimee Bender of English, author of “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake,” would appear in Jerusalem in conversation with surrealist author Etgar Keret.

 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

KPCC-FM highlighted research by Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology for her forthcoming book about Los Angeles’ Mexican American middle class. Vallejo sampled respondents with household incomes over $100,000 a year and found 70 percent said they grew up in disadvantaged communities.

 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Bloomberg Businessweek quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the effects of gas prices on voters.

Scientific American ran a column by USC Dornsife student Madison Swayne about the USC Dornsife’s Guam and Palau Maymester program and research on decompression sickness.

 

May 5-7, 2012

Folha de Sao Paolo (Brazil) ran an op-ed by Abraham Lowenthal, professor emeritus of international relations, about presidential candidate Mitt Romney's recent courting of the Republican base in the South. Lowenthal wrote that Romney must now find positions and platforms that will appeal to other regions.

Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported that the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education gave its first Inspiration Award to Arnold Spielberg, father of institute founder Steven Spielberg. The story stated that the institute has a library of 52,000 genocide survivor testimonies, and is admired for its historical and educational values and technological prowess. The award has been renamed the Arnold Spielberg Inspiration Award.

The Chronicle of Higher Education cited Jacob Soll of history and accounting about his reasons for leaving Rutgers University to come to USC.

The New York Times cited Jacques Hymans of international relations regarding North Korea’s difficulty in developing a successful nuclear program.

U.S. News & World Report cited Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology about the importance of Cinco de Mayo among Mexican Americans.

Pasadena Star-News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California state term limits.

Los Angeles Times highlighted “The Coat,” a poem by Dana Gioia, Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC.

KPCC-FM interviewed Cecil “Chip” Murray of religion about the late Rev. Eugene Williams, an advocate for the South Los Angeles poor who worked with the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture on Passing the Mantle, a program that trained some 200 pastors to become more active in their communities. The story noted that a memorial service for Williams will be held at USC.

Scientific American ran a column by USC Viterbi School student Austin Hay about the USC Dornsife’s Guam and Palau program, and the lessons he’s learned about water conservation. Scientific American also ran a column on the program by David Ginsburg of environmental studies.

 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Los Angeles Times featured “The Coat,” a poem by Dana Gioia, Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture. The story noted Gioia is the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Wired featured Yuri Gorby of biological sciences and his hometown’s experience with hydrological fracturing, or “fracking,” as a means of obtaining natural gas.

Scientific American ran a column by Gerry Smith, dive safety officer at the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, about the school’s Guam and Palau program. Smith wrote about the safety issues that divers face.

 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Los Angeles Times featured a study by Sergio Sanudo-Wilhelmy of biological sciences and earth sciences and colleagues, finding that the level of metal contaminants in Southern California’s coastal waters has dropped as much as 400-fold since the 1970s. The research was also covered by a second Los Angeles Times story, United Press International and The Atlantic.

ABC News’ “Good Morning America” featured a study by Travis Longcore of spatial sciences and colleagues, finding that 6.8 million birds are killed each year by collisions with radio towers. Yahoo! News also covered the research.

NPR’s “Tell Me More” interviewed Jane Junn of political science about her research on Asian American voters. In 2008, Junn and colleagues surveyed 5,000 Asian Americans and found that large numbers of them were independent voters. She said that between 1992 and 2008, the proportion of Asian Americans voting Democratic roughly doubled from 31 percent to 62 percent. Vietnamese Americans are more likely to vote Republican, but as a whole, “Asian-American voters today are much more Democratic,” Junn said.

The Sacramento Bee mentioned that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, will present findings from a USC Rossier School/PACE survey at a forum hosted by Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE).

Foreign Affairs ran an op-ed by Jacques Hymans of international relations about North Korea’s failed missile launch last month. Hymans wrote that nuclear proliferation has slowed down immensely in the recent past, especially in authoritarian regimes. The Faster Times cited Hymans’ op-ed.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology about Cinco de Mayo’s meaning for Mexican Americans.

The Orange County Register quoted David Caron of biological sciences about an acid found in recent water samples.

 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that USC has hired Steve Kay, dean of the UC San Diego School of Biological Sciences, to be dean of USC Dornsife. USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett wrote that while at UC San Diego, Kay led a large, dynamic academic division including nearly 6,000 undergraduate biology majors, several hundred graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, and faculty spanning four major departments. “As an academic leader, Dr. Kay has demonstrated a commitment to faculty excellence, recruiting exceptional new faculty members to the division including department chairs and center directors, members of the National Academy of Scientists, and many other distinguished and productive researchers,” Garrett wrote. Kay oversaw the creation of four significant new research centers at UC San Diego. The San Diego Union-Tribune mentioned the hiring in a second story.

The Vancouver Sun (Canada) highlighted a new book by Jacques Hymans of international relations about the ability of authoritarian states like Iran to develop nuclear weapons. Hymans writes that in regimes like Iran’s, the ability to develop nuclear weapons is hampered by the climate of coercion by which authority is maintained.

L.A. Observed ran a column on USC’s From the Ashes conference, which reexamined the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles. More than 400 people attended the event, organized by Manuel Pastor of American studies and ethnicity and his colleagues in the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, which he directs.

 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

La Stampa (Italy) featured a study by Travis Longcore of spatial sciences and colleagues finding that 6.8 million birds are killed each year by collisions with radio towers. The research was also covered by Indo-Asian News Service, Fars News Agency (Iran), El Mercurio (Chile), Canadian Online Explorer (Canada), Magyar Tavirati Iroda (Hungary), Veja (Brazil), GlobalPost and TG Daily.

L.A. Observed featured a video and blog post by Clifford Johnson of physics and astronomy about the new Expo Line. Johnson wrote that the light-rail line is “part of a major transformation for the city. … Stepping off the train today at the Expo Park/USC stop was just magical.”

The Rafu Shimpo noted that exhibitors at the 2012 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books included Kaya Press, a publisher now housed in USC Dornsife that specializes in stories from the Asian diaspora.

GalleyCat profiled David St. John of English, a National Book Award finalist who recently released a new poetry collection titled “The Auroras.”

Scientific American ran a column by Robert English of international relations and Jim Haw of environmental studies about USC Dornsife’s Guam and Palau program.

The Huffington Post ran a column by Nake Kamrany of economics and student Jessica Greenhalgh of economics and biological sciences about challenges in the U.S. health care industry.