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November 2010 Media Mentions

 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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

Los Angeles Times highlighted results from the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that while California is facing a budget deficit, voters strongly rejected tax increases yet offered few suggestions on what spending programs to cut.

United Press International featured research by Emily Liman of biological sciences which found that the taste of lemons and other sour flavors sends out a direct electrical response, in which protons released by sour-flavor acids enter directly into cells.

Central News Agency
(Taiwan) quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about the election held in Taiwan last week.

NPR’s “All Things Considered” interviewed Julie Albright of sociology about how sending a greeting card via a social network like Facebook gives the sender a social boost.

Bloomberg Businessweek quoted Michael Messner of sociology about the Lingerie Football League.

 

November 25-29, 2010

Los Angeles Times quoted Richard Flory of sociology about the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral and the need for churches to evolve with the times.

Contra Costa Times highlighted results from the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that three quarters of California voters are in favor of a policy like the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.

 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Los Angeles Times reported that Cecilia Woloch of the Masters of Professional Writing Program will receive a 2011 literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Asian News International
featured research by Samantha Butler of biological sciences, USC Research Laboratory Specialist Keith Phan and USC graduate students Virginia Hazen and Michele Frendo, which found that the rate and direction of axon growth in the spinal cord can be controlled.

NPR San Diego affiliate KPBS-FM’s “These Days” featured results from the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that while California voters know that the state is facing a budget deficit, a minority of voters favored cutting programs to reach a balanced budget.

 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Huffington Post featured an article by Nake Kamrany of economics and a UCLA colleague titled "Time to Quit Afghanistan Now."

The Oakland Tribune featured results from the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that while California is facing a budget deficit, a minority of voters favored cutting from education and welfare programs, which make up a large percentage of the budget.

RedOrbit featured research by Samantha Butler of biological sciences, USC Research Laboratory Specialist Keith Phan and USC graduate students Virginia Hazen and Michele Frendo, about axon growth in the spinal cord.

The California Majority Report
ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics and chairman of the Fair Political Practices Commission, about California’s Political Reform Act.

 

November 20-22, 2010

Los Angeles Times featured the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that California’s Asian voters are open to considering Republican candidates that many others in the state have spurned.

Reason quoted Christian Grose of political science about the potential clout of successful Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul.

Los Angeles Times
highlighted an upcoming event by USC’s Master of Professional Writing Program at the Doheny Memorial Library, featuring L.A. Times book critic David Ulin and novelist Mona Simpson.

 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Los Angeles Times featured the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll, in which nearly one in five California voters said they would never vote for a Republican.

Leo Braudy, University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature and Professor of English, was a guest on Ian Master's Daily Briefing on KPFK about Bristol Bristol Palin/Dancing with the Stars.

 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Los Angeles Times featured the new USC College/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that California voters object to increasing taxes in order to pare the state’s budget deficit, and instead favor closing the breach through spending cuts.

The New York Times cited Rep. Bob Inglis, who said that his views on climate change were shaped by his participation in a congressional delegation to Antarctica, where he met “master teacher” Donal Manahan, vice dean of students.

Los Angeles Times quoted Leo Braudy of English about competition reality show contestants who succeed as a result of public support. Asian News International cited Braudy on the subject.

Los Angeles Times reported that Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, chair of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, appointed a task force to recommend changes to the state’s Political Reform Act.

 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Huffington Post ran an op-ed by Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, about human consciousness.

The Signal quoted James Moffett of biological sciences, earth sciences and enviornmental engineering about the danger that disposable plastic bags pose to marine life.

 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Los Angeles Times featured the Electric Literature project by Aimee Bender of English.

The Sacramento Bee
ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about California as a model for how an optimistic-turned-frustrated electorate can move forward. Schnur cited the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll.

The Dallas Morning News
reviewed “Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain” by Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute.

The New York Times
quoted Steven Ross of history about a lack of movies made about working class people and their lives.

Los Angeles Times
quoted Dan Schnur of the USC College, who is chair of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, about new campaign finance rules that require producers of political ads sent by text message or placed on Web sites to include a message to voters disclosing who is behind them.

NPR’s “Talk of the Nation”
interviewed Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, about his new book, “Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain.” The story noted that Damasio is director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute.

 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

NBC News’ “Today” featured research by John McArdle of psychology and gerontology colleagues on financial literacy.

Wired
ran a Q&A with Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, about his new book, “Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain.”

Capitol Weekly highlighted the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll, reporting that this poll came the closest to predicting the results of last week’s midterm elections. La Opinion cited the poll.

 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk” interviewed Jane Junn of political science about the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll, reporting that this poll came the closest to predicting the results of last week’s midterm elections.

The Financial Express (India) featured research by John McArdle of psychology and colleagues which found that married couples in the United States who score well on a simple test of numeracy ability accumulate more wealth by middle age than couples who score poorly.

Yahoo! News quoted Leo Braudy of English about movies that depict Los Angeles in the midst of disasters.

NPR Sacramento, Calif., affiliate KXJZ-FM interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, who is chair of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, about campaign contributions in the final weeks before the midterm elections.

 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fox & Hounds Daily ran an op-ed by Jane Junn of international relations stating that the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll was the one that came closest to predicting the results of last week’s midterm elections.

Los Angeles Times reported that Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, will speak at the Zocalo Public Square discussion series about the origin of consciousness.

Tablet cited “Descartes’ Error” by Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, who stated in his book that reason is not the final arbiter of perception.

 

November 6-8, 2010

The New York Times highlighted the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll, stating that it was right on the money in projecting the outcomes of California Senate and gubernatorial races.

San Francisco Chronicle
ran an op-ed by Jane Junn of political science about why California voting patterns lean Democratic, drawing on results from the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll.

KoreAm featured David Kang of international relations, stating that he has been collaborating with Victor Cha of Columbia University despite their ideological difference.

The Times-Picayune
reported that Robin D.G. Kelley of American studies and ethnicity, and history participated in a performance at Tulane University honoring jazz musicians Thelonious Monk and Harold Battiste.

Asbarez Post
reported that the USC Institute of Armenian Studies will host an academic conference on December 4 to mark the 120th anniversary of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation.

 

Friday, November 5, 2010

L.A. Observed stated that the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll was the one that came closest to predicting the results of this week’s midterm elections. A National Journal story cited the poll and mentioned President Obama’s visit to USC. The poll was covered by two CNN stories ), two more National Journal article and La Opinion.

KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk” interviewed Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, about his new book, “Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain,” and the idea that consciousness is a biological process.

The Korea Times (South Korea) quoted David Kang of internatinal relations about the relationship between the United States and South Korea.

Long Beach Press-Telegram quoted Ann Crigler of political science about the race for California attorney general. Contra Costa Times also quoted Crigler.

Idaho Statesman reported that T.C. Boyle of creative writing will be in Boise, Idaho, for a reading and conversation series next week.

Capitol Weekly
quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, chair of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, about new funding disclosure rules for campaign mailers, and noted that he convened a task force in August to study California election reform.

 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

San Francisco Chronicle stated that the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll was the one that came closest to predicting the results of this week’s midterm elections. L.A. Weekly stated that in-person-interview surveys like those used by the USC College/Los Angeles poll tend to be the most accurate.

Los Angeles Times quoted Christian Grose of political science about redistricting and midterm election results.

Los Angeles Times
quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the difficulties of governing the state of California.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, who is chair of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, about the city of Bell’s elected-official pay scandal.

History
interviewed Tok Thompson of anthropology and Lisa Bitel of history and religion for a special on the history of Halloween.

Fox News
quoted Ange-Marie Hancock of political science and gender studies about how many celebrities opt to mail in their ballots rather than vote at the polls on Election Day.

 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Los Angeles Times stated that the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll was the one that came closest to predicting the results of yesterday’s midterm elections. The poll projected hefty wins by Democratic candidates Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer, who won by 12 points and nine points, respectively.

Los Angeles Times quoted Christian Grose of political science about how governors and state legislators control the redrawing of congressional districts that can alter the composition of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Forbes quoted Ange-Marie Hancock of political science and gender studies about the issues championed by female candidates.

South China Morning Post (China) ran an op-ed by USC College doctoral student Xiangfeng Yang about the reaction of China’s government to the awarding of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to imprisoned Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo.

 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

USA Today highlighted results from the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll regarding Proposition 23, which would freeze greenhouse gas emissions limits in California. San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News cited the poll and quoted Darry Sragow of the USC College. The poll results were also covered by Los Angeles Times, NBC News’ “NBC Nightly News,” KPCC-FM, The Sacramento Bee, three San Jose Mercury News stories (additional links here and here), Univision, Notimex (Mexico) and Ventura County Star.

Irish Times (Ireland) quoted Darry Sragow of political science and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development about the midterm elections.

People’s Daily
(China) cited Stanley Rosen of political science and Clayton Dube, associate director of the USC U.S.-China Institute, in a story about a meeting of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee.

Discover quoted Giorgio Coricelli of economics about a study on the neuroscience of strategic deception.

The Fresno Bee quoted Christian Grose of the USC College about whether a string of victories in the rest of the country could depress voter turnout in California.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics,, who is chair of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, about the idea of political candidates making their tax returns public.

 

October 30-November 1, 2010

USA Today highlighted results from the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown leads Meg Whitman 52 percent to 39 percent, and that Sen. Barbara Boxer leads opponent Carly Fiorina 50 percent to 42 percent.