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September 2011 Media Mentions

 

 

Friday, September 30, 2011

Scientific American 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 the International Commission on Earthquake Forecasting for Civil Protection formed by the Italian government in the aftermath.

Asbury Park Press quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about calls for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to enter the presidential race.

 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Washington Post quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Ranjit “Ricky” Gil, who is just shy of 25 and seeking the Republican nomination in California’s ninth district.

NPR interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about calls for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to enter the presidential race.

Forbes cited the Easterlin paradox, the finding by Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, that when examined over a period of time, an increase in income doesn’t bring increased happiness.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV stated that the California Public Interest Research Group gathered signatures from students at USC and other schools for a petition on textbook prices, and interviewed USC Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs Gene Bickers of physics and astronomy.

O.C. Weekly reported that Sherman Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and professor of religion and American studies and ethnicity, will give the keynote speech at the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Courage in Media Award gala.

 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Contra Costa Times quoted Christian Grose of political science and Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California redistricting as it relates to ethnic populations.

Glendale News-Press quoted Amon Emeka of sociology about changes in the way Armenians identify themselves on census forms.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, reported that Jeremy Zechar of earth sciences is heading a review of California earthquake prediction models, and quoted him on the subject.

Scientific American ran a column by Katrina Edwards of biological sciences, earth sciences and environmental studies, 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.

 

September 24-26, 2011

The Wall Street Journal highlighted a study by Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, and scholar David Neal, who was with USC while the research was conducted, on mindless eating. The researchers found that people who are used to eating popcorn at the movies would eat it even if given popcorn that was stale. Scripps Howard News Service also covered the study.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Obama administration barring reporters from two Silicon Valley fundraisers.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Americans Elect, a startup political organization that aims to offer voters a centrist candidate in the 2012 presidential election.

The Sacramento Bee cited Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, regarding Democratic campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee being arrested on charges of misappropriating money.

Pasadena Star-News quoted Laurie Brand, Robert Grandford Wright Professor and professor of international relations, about the Obama administration’s Middle East policy.

San Jose Mercury News cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that 80 percent of California voters support realignment of prison policies.

 

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Chronicle of Higher Education ran an op-ed by history doctoral student Mark Braude on students’ worries about finding academic positions once they earn their Ph.D.s.

Associated Press quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Democratic campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee being arrested on charges of misappropriating money.

Bloomberg News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Mitt Romney’s campaign strategy with regard to GOP front-runner Rick Perry.

Politico quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the difficulty of challenging California Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bloomberg News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Mitt Romney’s campaign strategy with regard to GOP front-runner Rick Perry.

San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about rumors that former gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman might return to working as a corporate CEO.

Hyphen cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that a majority of Asian American voters were in favor of giving local governments the authority to raise taxes on specific items with a majority vote.

 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

New Scientist ran an op-ed by Thomas Jordan, University Professor, W.M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC, about the six Italian scientists standing trial on manslaughter charges for alleged miscommunication of the seismic risk associated with the L’Aquila earthquake.

All Headline News featured a study by Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, and scholar David Neal, who was with USC while the research was conducted, on mindless eating. The researchers found that people who are used to eating popcorn at the movies would eat it even if given popcorn that was stale.

Scientific American ran a column by Katrina Edwards of biological sciences, earth sciences and environmental studies, 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.

 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

CNN featured a study by Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, and scholar David Neal, who was with USC while the research was conducted, on mindless eating. The researchers found that people who are used to eating popcorn at the movies would eat it even if given popcorn that was stale. Ventura County Star also featured the study.

Los Angeles Times quoted Toby Mintz of psychology and linguistics about the impact of using tablet computers on babies’ development.

Bloomberg News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about President Obama’s options for a tax deal.

Los Angeles Times ran an obituary for James Rosenau, a retired USC political science professor who had served on the faculty from 1973 to 1992. Daily Camera also remembered Rosenau.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll of California voters, which found that President Obama had expansive leads over the major Republican candidates.

Scientific American ran a column by Katrina Edwards of biological sciences, earth sciences and environmental studies, 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.

North County Times cited research by Andrew Smith of biological sciences and a Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory colleague, on how changes in methylation patterns can influence later changes in DNA.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ran two stories (second link here) highlighting an upcoming talk by Steven Lopez of psychology on Latino mental health care.

LAist highlighted a talk by Steven Ross of history, author of “Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics,” about Hollywood as a center of political life.

Commonweal Magazine ran an op-ed by Simon Radford, Provost's Fellow and a doctoral student in political science and international relations, about the recent riots in London.

 

September 17-19, 2011

The Wall Street Journal highlighted research by Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute, showing that neurological patients who are unable to detect changes in their own bodies, like an increased heart rate or sweaty palms, are also unable to make effective decisions.

The San Diego Union-Tribune ran an obituary for Carol Nagy, who was the first female dean of the Division of Social Sciences and Communication in USC Dornsife and a driving force in creating the university’s Gender Studies Program. “Carol was a force — creating institutions, pushing for women’s rights, building a new field of feminist psychology — and always spreading warmth to those around her with her good humor and optimism,” said Michael Messner of sociology and gender studies.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Kinde Durkee continuing to work as a campaign treasurer for Democratic lawmakers despite numerous fines and audits.

The Globe and Mail (Canada) quoted Lanita Jacobs of anthropology and American studies and ethnicity about the market for human hair.

Financial Times (U.K.) cited Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute, regarding the origins of creative impulses.

Associated Press quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the strategies of presidential candidate Rick Perry’s Republican opponents.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, highlighted research by Lee Epstein, Provost Professor of Law and Political Science, on a possible correlation between geography and voting patterns in U.S. Supreme Court cases.

Los Angeles Times highlighted a Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative event featuring artist Jenny Holzer in conversation with USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett and Alice Echols, Barbra Streisand Professor of Contemporary Gender Studies and professor of English, gender studies and history; as well as a talk between Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, and Dana Gioia, Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC.

Los Angeles Times highlighted the new book “Assumption” by Percival Everett, Distinguished Professor of English.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll of California voters, which found that President Obama had expansive leads over the major Republican candidates.

Los Angeles Times quoted Selma Holo of art history and director of the USC Fisher Museum of Art about the prospects for a fitness museum in L.A., and stated that such an institution could include a biomechanics and exercise research institute affiliated with USC or UCLA.

Daily Breeze covered a study by Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, and scholar David Neal, who was with USC while the research was conducted, on mindless eating.

J. Weekly covered an upcoming talk by Steven Ross of history, author of “Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics,” about Hollywood as a center of political life.

 

Friday, September 16, 2011

San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the influence California’s late primary might have in the 2012 presidential race.

San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about emails showing that White House aides pressured budget officials to finalize a decision on loan guarantee to solar panel maker Solyndra.

The New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) cited the book “Descartes’ Error” by Antonio Damasio, director of USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute.

 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Politico mentioned the Sept. 7 USC Dornsife/LA Times poll that indicated that President Obama’s approval ratings are down 50 percent from where they were a year ago.

Huffington Post ran an op-ed that was co-written by Nake M. Kamrany of economics. The op-ed discussed the upcoming Bonn conference on Afghanistan and calls for power to be given to those qualified Afghans who desire democracy.

The Economist quoted Thomas Jordan, University Professor, W.M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC, about manslaughter charges against Italian scientists after they failed to predict an earthquake. Jordan, who is chair of the International Commission on Earthquake Forecasting which released a report on the L'Aquila earthquake in May, said with the exception of an informal system in California, no country in the world has yet set up regular probabilistic earthquake forecasting that can be used to guide emergency actions.

San Bernadino Sun quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC, about job creation measures by Sacramento lawmakers from the Inland Empire. 

 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Nature quoted Thomas Jordan, University Professor, W.M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center about manslaughter charges against Italian scientists after they failed to predict an earthquake. Jordan, who is chair of the International Commission on Earthquake Forecasting which released a report on the L'Aquila earthquake in May, said the charges have no merit but the case will force seismologists worldwide to rethink the way they describe low probability, high-risk events.

Independent Florida Alligator featured a study by Giorgio Coricelli of economics and psychology, and colleagues, on peer pressure and how it is hardwired into your brain.

 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New York Daily News featured a study by Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, and scholar David Neal, who was with USC while the research was conducted, on mindless eating. The researchers found that people who are used to eating popcorn at the movies would eat it even if given popcorn that was stale. “People believe their eating behavior is largely activated by how food tastes. Nobody likes cold, spongy, week-old popcorn,” Wood told Asian News International. “But once we’ve formed an eating habit, we no longer care whether the food tastes good.” Agence France-Presse also featured the research.

Daily News & Analysis (India) reported that Lin Chen of biological sciences and chemistry and colleagues have produced the world’s first high-resolution images of the human neuro-receptor. The breakthrough is expected to revolutionize the engineering of drugs used to treat conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia, the story stated.

USA Today cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, and quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about young white voters’ opposition to anti-immigrant legislation. The poll was also covered by San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Pasadena Star-News and Daily Kos.

The Fresno Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about early 2012 campaign ads attacking Rep. Dan Lungren.

 

September 10-12, 2011

Los Angeles Times ran a book review by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on Dick Cheney’s “In My Time.”

Notimex (Mexico) featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll of California voters, which found President Obama holding a strong lead over GOP presidential candidates. While Californians are concerned about the president’s economic policy, they haven’t found a Republican to support, said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. The poll was also covered by two more Notimex stories (second link here), three National Journal articles (additional links here and here), three Asian News International stories (additional links here and here), San Jose Mercury News and Ventura County Star.

Asian News International featured research by Giorgio Coricelli of economics and psychology, and colleagues, indicating why people make risky decisions when their friends are watching that they wouldn’t otherwise take. The human brain places more value on winning in a social setting than it does on winning when alone, the study found.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Democrats’ position on labor issues.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted Lanita Jacobs of anthropology and American studies and ethnicity about the market for human hair.

Der Tagesspiegel (Germany) mentioned a lecture by Susan McCabe of English.

The Huffington Post ran an op-ed by USC Dornsife doctoral student Maytha Alhassen, about a bombing of her father’s car dealership by an environmental terrorist group.

 

Friday, September 9, 2011

Ventura County Star featured a panel discussion hosted by the USC Dornsife and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, about the 2012 presidential race. The story noted that the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll found Obama leading the Republican candidates among non-Tea Party voters, while Tea Party supporters favored Rick Perry or Mitt Romney. The poll was also covered by NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV, Santa Barbara Independent and Fox & Hounds Daily.

The Huffington Post ran an op-ed co-written by Nake Kamrany of economics on American economic policy.

NPR interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Amazon and the state of California reaching a deal on Internet sales taxes.

McClatchy Newspapers quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development about the Republican presidential candidates. Schnur was also quoted in two Reuters stories (second link here).

Politico quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the GOP candidate debate on Sept. 8. Schnur was also quoted by The Sacramento Bee and NPR Austin, Texas, affiliate KUT-FM.

The Fresno Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Rep. Brad Sherman lobbying the White House to appoint former Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante as U.S. ambassador to India.

 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that a majority of Californians believe the U.S. is winning the war on terrorism and has struck the right balance between security measures and civil liberties. The poll also found that Rick Perry is tied with Mitt Romney among the state’s Republican voters, KPCC-FM reported. Romney tends to do better among the party’s female candidates, while Perry’s supporters skew more male, said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. L.A. Observed highlighted the poll and mentioned news reporting projects by USC Annenberg School students. The poll was also covered by Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, KQED-FM, The Bay Citizen, Pasadena Star-News, Long Beach Press-Telegram and L.A. Weekly.

United Press International featured research by Giorgio Coricelli of economics and psychology, and colleagues, indicating why people make risky decisions when their friends are watching that they wouldn’t otherwise take. The human brain places more value on winning in a social setting than it does on winning when alone, the study found. In private environments, losing can more easily be life-threatening, Coricelli said, while in group environments rewards tend to be winner-takes-all. The research was also featured by Daily Mail (U.K.), Press Trust of India (India) and io9.

Nature quoted Yuri Gorby of biological sciences about the emerging field of electromicrobiology.

The Sun quoted Steven Ross of history about conditions for American workers.

 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

ABC News featured a study by Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, and scholar David Neal, who was with USC while the research was conducted, on mindless eating. The researchers found that people who are used to eating popcorn at the movies would eat it even if given popcorn that was stale. Those who had moderate or weak habits of eating movie popcorn ate considerably less stale popcorn than fresh. “[O]nce we’ve formed an eating habit, we no longer care whether the food tastes good. We’ll eat exactly the same amount, whether it’s fresh or stale,” Wood told Daily Mail (U.K.). The research was also featured by Press TV (Iran), Press Trust of India (India), United Press International, Postmedia News, LiveScience, O.C. Weekly and NBC News West Palm Beach, Fla., NBC affiliate WPTV-TV.

Telegraph (U.K.) covered the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll of California voters, which found President Obama holding a strong lead over GOP presidential candidates. “Californians have growing concerns about the state of the economy and the president’s performance on economic matters, but they don’t see anyone on the Republican side [whom] they are willing to support,” Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, told United Press International. The poll was also covered by Reuters, The Sacramento Bee, Los Angeles Daily News and Monsters and Critics.

QMI Agency featured research by Giorgio Coricelli of economics and psychology, and colleagues, indicating why people take stupid chances when their friends are watching that they wouldn’t otherwise take. The human brain places more value on winning in a social setting than it does on winning when alone, the study found. In private environments, losing can more easily be life-threatening, Coricelli said, while in group environments rewards tend to be winner-takes-all.

The Arizona Republic quoted Jane Junn of political science about the middle class demographic.

New York Daily News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the factors influencing President Obama’s approval rating.

McClatchy Newspapers quoted Leo Braudy, University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature, about audiences’ difficulty with movies about 9/11 and terrorism.

Diverse quoted Diana Irene Williams of history, law and gender studies, author of the forthcoming “They Call it Marriage: Race, Gender, Families,” about the history of books on racial identity and “passing.”

The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about former California Gov. Pete Wilson’s support for an effort to overturn new district boundaries.

The Daily Beast quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the upcoming debate among GOP presidential candidates. The Texas Tribune cited Schnur.

Associated Press noted that the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC is home to a worldwide project to test quake forecast methods, and highlighted a recent meeting the center co-sponsored with NASA.

 

September 3-6, 2011

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll of California voters, which found President Obama holding an expansive lead over GOP presidential candidates. Rick Perry and Mitt Romney were tied at 22 percent among Republican voters, with Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann and other candidates trailing behind. The poll found that Californians are increasingly dissatisfied with the direction of the country, and that Democratic voters want the president to stand up and fight for their priorities, Los Angeles Times reported. The poll was also covered by The Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about efforts toward a ballot proposition that would repeal California’s law requiring public schools to teach gay rights content.

CNN interviewed USC Dornsife alumna Sarrah Shahawy, who said that she observed an increase in student participation in interfaith efforts on campus.

 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Los Angeles Times featured a study by Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, and scholar David Neal, who was with USC while the research was conducted, on mindless eating. The researchers found that people who are used to eating popcorn at the movies would eat it even if given popcorn that was stale. Those who had moderate or weak habits of eating movie popcorn ate considerably less stale popcorn than fresh. Agence France-Presse, Asian News International and Indo-Asian News Service also featured the study.

New Scientist reported that Katrina Edwards of biological sciences, earth sciences, and environmental studies is collaborating on deep-sea submarine explorations with Richard Branson’s Virgin Oceanic. Edwards and her team will drop a series of landers to the bottom of Challenger Deep, equipped with analysis equipment including microscopes, DNA sequencers, and lures to attract and any creatures swimming nearby. Then, in a swim along the bottom, the project’s submersible will survey the areas around the landers, supplying sonar and video feeds of the topography. There was likely life present when such deep, pressurized trenches started to form, which Edwards said makes scientists wonder if there are lost worlds of microorganisms in the trenches.

CNN’s “American Morning” interviewed Manuel Pastor of American Studies and ethnicity, and geography, about people aged 28 to 45 doing best in the current labor market.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California Democrats’ proposal on business-related state regulations.

The Times (U.K.) noted that Emily Hodgson Anderson of English contributed to the paper’s literary supplement.

National Journal stated that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, was one of the Republican political insiders surveyed for the publication’s Political Insiders Poll.

 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Asian News International reported that Travis Williams of chemistry and colleagues have developed a robust, efficient method of storing hydrogen, bringing practical hydrogen fuel cells one step closer to reality. The scientists found a way to release hydrogen from an innocuous chemical material — a nitrogen-boron complex, ammonia borane — that can be stored as a stable solid.

The New York Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about shifts in public opinion on illegal immigration.

Contra Costa Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, and quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Amazon’s fight against the new California Internet sales tax law.

Jewish Journal ran an op-ed by Gina Nahai of the Master of Professional Writing Program about people being too honest.

La Opinion reported that Manuel Pastor of American Studies and ethnicity, and geography, spoke before Los Angeles’ mayor and business community on the importance of immigrants to the L.A. and U.S. economies.