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October 2011 Media Mentions

 

October 29-31, 2011

The Huffington Post ran a Q&A with Michael Messner of sociology and gender studies about guns in America. Messner spoke about his new book, “King of the Wild Suburb: A Memoir of Fathers, Sons and Guns.”

NPR New York affiliate WNYC-FM featured “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness of history. Harkness said that the novel acts as “a love letter to books and libraries,” while also answering a question about supernatural beings: “If there really are witches and vampires — what on earth do they do all day, what do they do for a living?”

Investor’s Business Daily quoted Eunice Howe of art history about the reputation and personality of Italian Renaissance painter Raphael.

Star-Tribune reviewed “Assumption” by Percival Everett, Distinguished Professor of English, stating that he is one of the lesser-known prolific, talented American novelists.

 

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Hill featured a new book by Steven Ross of history titled “Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics.” The article highlights many of Ross’ discoveries, including profiles of classic actors and their influence on politics.

LA Weekly featured a Huntington Library exhibition co-curated by Peter Westwick of history about the role the aerospace industry played in shaping Southern California’s culture and history. “Blue Sky Metropolis: The Aerospace Industry in Southern California” includes manuscripts, documents and photographs from the library’s collection.

Bloomberg Businessweek quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about how outside spending on campaign ads could be greater in this election cycle than funding by the candidates themselves, possibly causing their voices to be drowned out.

Huffington Post ran an op-ed co-authored by Nake Kamrany of economics about how Germany has been the sole savior of Europe’s financial crisis.

Bloomberg Businessweek mentioned a poll by USC Dornsife and the Los Angeles Times showing that a majority of California’s registered voters support capping pension payments to public employees in order to balance the state budget.

 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tuscaloosa News featured research by Andrew Curtis of American studies and ethnicity who recently catalogued damage throughout Tuscaloosa County in the wake of an EF4 tornado. The project replicates Curtis’ effort for the past six years to map out the damage of Hurricane Katrina in much of New Orleans. The areas hit by the tornado range widely in terms of income, allowing Curtis to map the recovery speeds of the area, as well.

USA Today quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the longevity of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the possibility that California Governor Jerry Brown is doing labor unions a favor by legislating pension reform rather than allowing it to be regulated via ballot initiative.

 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

China Daily (China) cited Stanley Rosen of political science regarding the perceptions of China’s first Communist generation.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV interviewed Ange-Marie Hancock of political science and gender studies about President Obama’s need to win back support from Latino voters after the failure to pass the Dream Act.

McClatchy Newspapers cited Manuel Pastor of American studies and ethnicity, and co-director of USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, regarding new legislation that could cause Californian small businesses to spend more than $312 million per year to comply with requirements of E-Verify, a federal database used to identify authorized workers.

CleanTechnica reported that G.K. Surya Prakash, George A. and Judith A. Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry and professor of chemistry, will speak at the upcoming India-U.S.A. Business Conference, which focuses on clean technology.

 

October 22-24, 2011

The Washington Post ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the agenda for the Occupy Wall Street protests. He noted that in their early stages, the Tea Party movement and the Vietnam War protestors hadn’t articulated specific policy goals.

Associated Press quoted Bill Deverell of history and director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, about the Twitter-like abbreviations used on the telegraph.

The New York Times ran a wedding announcement for Jay Bartroff of mathematics, noting that the officiant was Larry Goldstein of mathematics.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV cited a report co-authored by James Dolan of earth sciences, which determined that it was safer to build a subway extension under Beverly Hills High School than under Santa Monica Boulevard where an active fault zone lies.

Scientific American ran a column by Katrina Edwards of biological sciences, earth sciences and environmental studies, and director of USC’s Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations, who is on an expedition to study microbial life at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Friday, October 21, 2011

National Post (Canada) quoted Christopher Boehm of biological sciences about the motivations behind the killing of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Nature quoted Clifford Johnson of physics and astronomy about “snobbery” among string theorists who have been reluctant to tarnish the purity of their field.

Bloomberg Businessweek quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the costs of 2012 presidential election campaigns.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Republican presidential debates and how Mitt Romney has strengthened his status as a front-runner.

Capitol Weekly quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the benefits of legislators writing their own veto messages.

The Washington Post stated that actor and USC alumnus Will Ferrell developed his comedy skills in the class of the late Ronald Gottesman, then a professor in English.

BBC News (U.K.) interviewed scholar David Neal, formerly of USC Dornsife, about research he and Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, conducted on mindless eating.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Stephen Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, will lead a wrap-up discussion at a symposium on moral courage.

NPR stated that Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute, is one of the scientists who devotes time to popularizing the field.

 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

LiveScience covered the Great California ShakeOut, a statewide earthquake drill in which USC participated, and quoted Mark Benthien of earth sciences and the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC about the best ways to prepare for an earthquake.

Reason mentioned that Jesse Graham, Spassena Koleva and doctoral student Ravi Iyer, all of psychology, helped develop the Moral Foundations Theory, which is based on the concept that six clusters of moral ideas drive all political cultures and movements.

Scientific American ran a column by Katrina Edwards of biological sciences, earth sciences and environmental studies, and director of USC’s Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations, who is on an expedition to study microbial life at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Politico quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s strategy of attacking China for its trade practices.

NBC News San Diego affiliate KNSD-TV interviewed Mark Benthien of earth sciences and the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC about the need for earthquake drills.

Los Angeles Times quoted Judith Freeman of the Master of Professional Writing Program and author of "The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved" about the possiblity Chandler ever wrote while at the Writer's Room Bar, a space that once belonged to the famed Musso & Frank Grill.

 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, about California’s Proposition 13 and its effect on state revenue.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the impact that the Center for Governmental Studies had on legislators, journalists, government-reform advocates and academics.

Politico quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Mitt Romney’s assets as a presidential candidate.

Scientific American ran two columns (second link here) by Katrina Edwards of biological sciences, earth sciences and environmental studies, and director of USC’s Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations, who is on an expedition to study microbial life at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

Boing Boing cited an op-ed by Rhacel Salazar Parrenas of sociology about her research into the world of Filipina hostesses living in Japan, and why their work is different than that of traditional sex workers.

 

October 15-17, 2011

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the dangers of stereotyping Latino and Latina voters.

The Star (Malaysia) quoted Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, about the economics of happiness and how governments should shift their attention to providing life satisfaction once economic needs are met.

Bloomberg News quoted Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, about the effect California’s Proposition 13 has had on the state budget.

Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by Steven Ross of history about the role Hollywood has played in politics. Ross is the author of "Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics."

 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Bloomberg News ran an op-ed by Rhacel Salazar Parrenas of sociology about her research on Filipina hostesses in Japan, who are paid to flirt but are often misunderstood as traditional sex workers.

NPR interviewed Nina Eliasoph of sociology about the Occupy Wall Street protests and the role they play in the political process.

 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Bloomberg News ran an op-ed by Rhacel Salazar Parrenas of sociology about research she conducted on migrant Filipina hostesses working in Japan.

California Watch featured a report by Manuel Pastor of geography, and American studies and ethnicity about the evolving relationship between African American communities and immigrant communities.

Nature quoted Susan Forsburg of biological sciences about the impact that early Mac computers made on scientists’ productivity.

Associated Press quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about presidential hopeful Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan.

 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Huffington Post ran an op-ed by Manuel Pastor of geography, and American studies and ethnicity about the federal worker authorization program E-Verify.

The Huffington Post ran a column by USC alumnus Jake Bloch about his new film on interconnectedness, which includes interviews with USC Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni and Nicholas Warner of physics, astronomy and mathematics.

LAist reported that Brighde Mullins, director of the Master of Professional Writing Program, participated in a literary discussion with Irish author Anne Enright at the Los Angeles Central Library.

 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

USA Today quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Occupy Wall Street protests and the difference between an angry mob and a movement.

Kyiv Post (Ukraine) cited Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute, regarding people’s ability to internalize information before they consciously know it.

Reuters quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California’s budget.

Capital Public Radio interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s messages in the signing and vetoing of bills.

San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown signing the second part of the Dream Act.

BBC News (U.K.) highlighted a lecture at the Korean Studies Institute housed in USC Dornsife by U.S. Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Robert King on the need for food aid in North Korea.

Research (U.K.) cited research by Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute, on emotion and decision-making by brain-damaged patients.

Pasadena Star-News quoted Peter Westwick of history about “Blue Sky Metropolis: The Aerospace Industry in Southern California,” a Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens exhibit he is curating on the Southern California aerospace industry.

Los Angeles Daily News mentioned USC’s Kam Kuwata Award, which will provide stipends to students participating in political campaigns.

 

October 8-10, 2011

Los Angeles Times highlighted the book “Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics” by Steven Ross of history. The fascinating work covers how personal politics have influenced Hollywood, the story stated.

The Atlantic featured research by Giorgio Coricelli of economics and psychology, and colleagues, who monitored brain activity as test subjects won and lost lotteries. The researchers noticed more activity when the subjects beat a peer than when they won on their own; this suggests that social reasoning causes people to take more risks when in groups, and fewer when alone.

LiveScience featured the research by David Caron of of biological sciences on a rise in toxic algae. A surge in red tides has been noticed off of the Southern California coast, the cause of which is still unknown.

Financial Times (U.K.) quoted Daniel Lynch of international relations about the appointment of the president of a major China steel company as chairman of the World Steel Association.

Bloomberg News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about President Obama’s shift in approach when dealing with Republican critics.

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Nina Eliasoph of sociology about the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Los Angeles Times mentioned a conference hosted by the USC Center for Law, History and Culture, about marriage’s impact on women.

Scientific American ran a column by Katrina Edwards of biological sciences, earth sciences and environmental studies, and director of USC’s Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations, who is on an expedition to study microbial life at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Friday, October 7, 2011

San Jose Mercury News quoted Leo Braudy, University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American literature, about the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

KPCC-FM reported that Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics is a candidate for the Nobel Prize for his work in the economics of happiness. The story stated that Easterlin is a pioneer in this relatively new type of economics, having discovered what is known as “the Easterlin paradox”: the fact that when examined over a period of time, an increase in income doesn’t bring increased happiness.

Fox News interviewed Margaret Gatz, professor of psychology, gerontology and preventive medicine, about a correlation between tooth loss in old age and the development of dementia.

 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Daily Breeze featured research by David Caron of of biological sciences and colleagues on the cause of a massive fish die-off in Redondo Beach.

KPCC-FM’s “Patt Morrison” interviewed Steven Ross of history about his new book “Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics.” The book analyzes a broad swath of Hollywood celebrities, including ideologies spanning the political spectrum.

The Chronicle of Higher Education quoted Thomas Jordan, University Professor, W.M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC, about the Italian scientists standing trial on manslaughter charges for alleged miscommunication of the seismic risk associated with the L’Aquila earthquake, noting that Jordan chaired a commission formed by the Italian government in the aftermath.

Scientific American ran a Q&A with USC Dornsife graduate student Jason Goldman, who blogs for the publication. Goldman said that the Dana and David Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center, built on the USC campus while he was an undergrad, influenced him to stay at USC for his graduate work.

Variety noted that DreamWorks Studios marketing executive Martin Levy is involved in the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.

 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Scientific American featured a new film competition launched by Clifford Johnson of physics and astronomy and Anna Krylov of chemistry. The goal of the USC Science Film Contest is to encourage USC journalism and science students to collaborate on science communication. Each filmmaking team must include at least one student from the Dornsife College, the USC Viterbi School or the Keck School of USC, plus at least one student from the USC School of Cinematic Arts or the USC Annenberg School. Johnson and Krylov began the process by making films of their own, as part of an outreach program for a National Science Foundation grant.

Fox News San Diego affiliate KSWB-TV featured the Great California ShakeOut, a statewide earthquake drill in which USC is participating. Mark Benthien of the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC said that the October 20 drill will involve “schools across the state but also business, government agencies, people at home that are going to practice how to survive so they’ll be able to begin their recovery right away.”

The New York Times quoted Nina Eliasoph of sociology about the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The New York Times quoted Thomas Jordan, University Professor, W.M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC, about the Italian scientists standing trial on manslaughter charges for alleged miscommunication of the seismic risk associated with the L’Aquila earthquake, noting that Jordan chaired a commission formed by the Italian government in the aftermath.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on whether presidential candidate Rick Perry can recover from the controversy surrounding a racist name for his family’s hunting camp. The Texas Tribune cited Schnur.

The Daily Journal quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the recent outpouring of support among conservatives for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Scientific American ran a column by Katrina Edwards of biological sciences, earth sciences and environmental studies, and director of USC’s Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations, who is on an expedition to study microbial life at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

DailyFinance covered research on dental insurance affordability by scholar David Neal, conducted while he was at USC.

L.A. Observed highlighted an event at the Museum of Contemporary Art organized by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, with Zocalo Public Square.

 

October 1-3, 2011

United Press International featured a new algae monitoring method developed by David Caron of biological sciences and colleagues to predict the toxic algal blooms known as red tides. The blooms can be ingested by marine life and then consumed by human beings, leading to paralysis.

The Herald quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the personal attacks presidential candidate Mitt Romney can expect to face from opponents.

Ventura County Star quoted Ange-Marie Hancock of political science and gender studies about women in politics.

Los Angeles Times ran an obituary for pollster Andre Pineda, noting that he taught a class at USC on opinion polling and that the university has established an annual award in his name for students interested in pursuing political careers. Pineda was also a lecturer and mentor to students through the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC, Politico noted.

Xinhua News Agency (China) cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that 80 percent of California voters support realignment of prison policies.

The Guatemala Times (Guatemala) cited Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute, about the fear generated by coverage of war, violence and death on TV news.

Scientific American ran a column by Katrina Edwards of biological sciences, earth sciences and environmental studies, and director of USC’s Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations, who is on an expedition to study microbial life at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.