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September 2010 Media Mentions

 

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Wall Street Journal highlighted results from the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll, which showed that incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer has an eight-point lead over challenger Carly Fiorina. Los Angeles Times highlighted the poll and quoted Dan Schnur of the USC College. The poll was also covered by three more Los Angeles Times stories, The Guardian (U.K.), National Journal and two stories in Vida en La Valle.

The Independent (U.K.) featured research by Emily Liman of biological sciences and USC graduate students Yuanyuan Wang and Rui Chang, which found that the carbon dioxide in fizzy drinks triggers the same pain sensors as mustard and horseradish.  The research was also featured by Metro (U.K.) and Berliner Zeitung (Germany).

NPR’s “All Things Considered” interviewed David Kang of international relations about Kim Jong Un, third son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, who is expected to succeed his father. Yonhap Television News (South Korea) also interviewed Kang.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dafer Dakhil of the USC College’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture in an obituary for Islamic scholar Fathi Osman.

The Bay Citizen quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the recent debate between California gubernatorial contenders Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman.

Jewish Journal ran an op-ed by Gina Nahai of the Master of Professional Writing program about bizarre stories told by her Iranian elders.

The Sacramento Bee reported that Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, who is chair of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, served on a panel of political experts commenting on the California gubernatorial debate at UC Davis.

Santa Cruz Sentinel featured Carol Muske-Dukes of English, who is California’s poet laureate. Muske-Dukes will be reading in the second annual Maude Meehan Memorial Poetry Reading at Cabrillo College, the article stated.

 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The New York Times highlighted results from the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll, which found the race for California governor to be close, with Democrat Jerry Brown at 49 percent support among likely voters and Republican Meg Whitman at 44 percent.

Science
featured research by Emily Liman of biological sciences and USC graduate students Yuanyuan Wang and Rui Chang, which found that the carbon dioxide in fizzy drinks triggers the same pain sensors as mustard and horseradish.

 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

USA Today featured results from the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that California voters believe global warming is a significant issue, but remain closely divided on Proposition 23, a ballot measure that would suspend the state's global warming statute. Los Angeles Times reported that the poll found the race for California governor to be close, with Democrat Jerry Brown at 49 percent support among likely voters and Republican Meg Whitman at 44 percent. The poll was also covered by The New York Times, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, two Associated Press stories, Reuters, United Press International, San Francisco Chronicle, two articles in The Sacramento Bee, The Christian Science Monitor, Fox & Hounds Daily, The Bay Citizen, SFist and Fox News Fresno, Calif., affiliate KMPH-TV.

Broadway World reported that Percival Everett of English will perform in Selected Shorts, a celebration of the short story, at the Long Wharf Theatre's Mainstage in Connecticut.

 

September 25-27, 2010

The New York Times featured results from the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll, which found that 51 percent of likely voters support Sen. Barbara Boxer and 43 percent support Republican opponent Carly Fiorina.

CBC Radio’s “Quirks & Quarks” (Canada) interviewed Craig Stanford of anthropology about his book “The Last Tortoise: A Tale of Extinction in our Lifetime.”

Los Angeles Times noted that Maria-Elena Martinez of history, and American studies and ethnicity served as principal academic consultant for the documentary “When Worlds Collide” and quoted her about the film’s focus on racial mixing.

Los Angeles Times quoted Richard Flory of sociology about the effectiveness of the idea of the rapture as a tool for religious conversion.

American Public Media’s “Marketplace” interviewed Steven Ross of history about what Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may do after he leaves office.

 

 

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Art Newspaper quoted Selma Holo, professor of art history and director of the USC Fisher Museum of Art, about philanthropist Eli Broad’s plans for an art museum in downtown Los Angeles.

Daily Democrat reported that Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics and chair of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, will serve on a panel of political experts commenting on the upcoming California gubernatorial debate at UC Davis.

 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Ann Crigler of political science about a new poll which found that independent voters are currently as angry about political issues as Republicans are.

 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the political climate in California.

Santa Barbara Independent reported that Alison Wrigley Rusack, a member of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies’ advisory board, has been named chair of Laguna Blanca’s board of trustees.

 

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

USA Today featured the annual meeting of the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC, which was attended by 500 scientists. The meeting focused on how to better understand earthquakes to aid the development of early-warning systems. Thomas Jordan of geological sciences said that the Southern California Earthquake Center is collaborating with U.S. Geological Survey on developing such a system for California. The Desert Sun also featured the meeting.

Harper’s Magazine reported that Judith Halberstam of English, American studies and ethnicity, and gender studies spoke at a conference at the New School on the legacy and future of gender studies, and mentioned her book “Female Masculinity.”

Los Angeles Daily News reported that a symposium analyzing the activities of the Armenian Relief Society took place at USC as part of the society’s centennial celebration, which is sponsored in part by the USC Institute of Armenian Studies.

The Asbarez Post noted that Richard Dekmejian of political science moderated a panel at the event.

 

September 18-20, 2010

The Washington Post ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about whether the Tea Party movement will help or hurt President Obama.

The New York Times quoted Reuven Firestone, a senior fellow at the USC College’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, in an obituary for Islamic scholar Fathi Osman.

Stuff (New Zealand) cited Constance Ahrons, professor emeritus of sociology, regarding the possibility of non-combative divorce, and noted that she wrote the books “The Good Divorce” and “We’re Still Family” and coined the phrase “the binuclear family.”

Los Angeles Times cited Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, who is chair of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, about the commission’s decision to post online public notices of its investigations. Pasadena Star-News also cited Schnur.

KPFK's Here in the City interviewed Jim Haw of environmental studies about his experiences with sharks (story starts at 45:38).

 

Friday, September 17, 2010

America Economia (Chile) ran an op-ed by Abraham Lowenthal of international relations on the differences among the countries of Latin America, and their move toward North American ideals.

Capital Public Radio interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, who is chair of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, about the commission’s decision to post online public notices of its investigations. The Sacramento Bee also mentioned Schnur.

 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about Tea Party conservatives’ chances of winning elections in November.

Discovery News featured research by Thomas Jordan of geological sciences and colleagues which used the world’s fastest supercomputer to simulate how the ground would shake in Southern California and Mexico in the event of a magnitude 8.0 earthquake centered northwest of Los Angeles.

The New York Times quoted Judith Halberstam of English, American studies and ethnicity, and gender studies about the use of the term “butch” in describing art and design.

New Scientist quoted Kenneth Nealson of earth sciences and biological sciences about the Tunable Laser Spectrometer, which will fly on the next Mars rover to detect the molecule methyl mercaptan, naturally produced by microbes.

 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Sacramento Bee cited Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, who is chair of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, about the commission’s decision to post online public notices of its investigations.

 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

U.S. News & World Report featured research by Gui Xue of psychology and Zhong-Lin Lu of psychology and biomedical engineering the USC College which found that people remember specific information better if the pattern of brain activity remains consistent every time the information is studied.

Ventura County Star reported that Manuel Pastor of American studies and ethnicity spoke at the Coastal Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy’s annual community-building luncheon.

 

September 10-13, 2010

Asian News International featured research by Gui Xue of the USC College which found that people remember specific information better if the pattern of brain activity remains consistent every time the information is studied.

NPR’s “Weekend Edition”
interviewed David Kang of the USC College about the secrecy surrounding the third son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, who some believe will succeed his father.

 

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Wall Street Journal quoted Malcolm Klein, professor emeritus of the USC College, about Los Angeles’ Summer Night Lights program, which keeps the lights on until midnight at parks in high-crime neighborhoods.

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 commission’s plan to post online public notices of its investigations.

 

Thursday, September 9, 2010

L.A. Weekly quoted Tok Thompson of anthropology about the popularity of Irish vocal troupe Celtic Woman.

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 commission’s plan to post online public notices of its investigations.

 

September 4-7, 2010

The Washington Post ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about this year’s midterm elections.

Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV featured research by Andrew Curtis, professor of the practice of American Studies and ethnicity, who leads a team of students and local community members who have documented the substantial changes in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, who is chair of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, about a new commission report on voter participation and campaign spending.

North County Times stated that the Earthquake Country Alliance, which organizes the Great California ShakeOut drill, is based at the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC.

 

Friday, September 3, 2010

Aiken Standard reported that Percival Everett of English will be inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors in March.

The Hollywood Reporter reported that Stanley Rosen of political science, who directs USC’s East Asian Studies Center, will be attending the 14th Beijing Screenings film festival.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted in an obituary for a Holocaust survivor that memorial donations could be made to the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.

Jewish Standard mentioned the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, which was founded by filmmaker Steven Spielberg.

 

Thursday, September 2, 2010

National Public Radio interviewed Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, about how people use stories to gain perspective on their own lives.

 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Jewish Journal ran an op-ed by Gina Nahai of the Masters of Professional Writing Program about David Scott Milton of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, who taught creative writing to prison inmates for 13 years.

The Hill reported that Simon Wilkie of economics attended a meeting convened by the FCC on the merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, noting that he served as a representative for Earthlink and DISH Network.