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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Education Week featured the USC Shoah Foundation, which helped organize a professional development program for teachers attending the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp. The teachers learned to use the foundation's iWitness collection, an online instructional resource with 1,300 Holocaust testimonials and multimedia activities. Ynet covered a group of survivors who were brought together by the USC Shoah Foundation. Frontiers Media also covered the story.

Los Angeles Times quoted Stephen Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation, about the legacy of the Holocaust.

The Guardian quoted Valter Longo of gerontology and biological sciences about the impact of fasting on health.

 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Los Angeles Times mentioned that the USC Shoah Foundation helped bring Holocaust survivors to Auschwitz to commemorate the concentration camp's liberation 70 years ago. The story noted director Steven Spielberg founded the USC Shoah Foundation, which has collected video testimony from more than 53,000 Holocaust survivors. Wired reported that the USC Shoah Foundation launched an exhibition, "70 Stories of Auschwitz," featuring the recorded testimonials of Holocaust survivors. The story was also covered by VentureBeat and International Business Times.

Los Angeles Times quoted Anthony Kemp of the USC Dornsife College about the experience of taking Metrolink commuter rail to work.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KNX-AM interviewed Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the role Latino voters could play in the race for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer's seat.

The Huffington Post covered a NASA scientist invited to speak to a local Los Angeles elementary school as part of USC's ReadersPlus Program.

 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Los Angeles Times featured USC Dornsife student Ambrose Soehn and USC Marshall and USC Thornton student Alex Biniaz-Harris, who traveled to Poland with the USC Shoah Foundation to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The commemoration initially included violinist Itzhak Perlman; when he was unable to attend, organizers asked Soehn and Biniaz-Harris if they could perform a piano suite they had written instead. Variety covered the commemoration, mentioning the USC Shoah Foundation's involvement.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about potential conflicts of interest facing an L.A. City Council candidate.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about candidates running for outgoing Los Angeles City Councilman Tom Labonge's seat.

io9 cited Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, about the role emotion plays in decision-making.

Scientific American ran a column by USC Dornsife Ph.D. candidate James Askew about the use of drones to track orangutans.

Headlines & Global News featured research by Kenneth Nealson, Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and professor of earth sciences and biological sciences, and Moh El-Naggar of physics, biological sciences and chemistry on bacteria that eat and breathe electricity.

 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Inside Higher Ed featured a book co-edited by USC Dornsife emeritus professor Abe Lowenthal on how international affairs scholars and policy makers operate in different spheres. "Scholars, Policymakers & International Affairs: Finding Common Cause" contains essays on the gaps between these two practices.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the potential for former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to run for U.S. Senate.

Forbes cited an op-ed by Jacob Soll of history and accounting about Greece's lack of transparency in accounting.

 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Smithsonian cited NPR News' new podcast, "Invisibilia," which quoted Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, about a woman who is incapable of feeling fear. Damasio is one of the few researchers to have studied the woman's lack of fear. New York Daily News and Headlines & Global News also cited Damasio.

Bloomberg News quoted Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Republicans making greater efforts to address income inequality.

 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Washington Post cited NPR News' new podcast, "Invisibilia," which quoted Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, about a woman who is incapable of feeling fear. Damasio is one of the few researchers to have studied the woman's lack of fear.

The Wall Street Journal ran a column by Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about how both the Democratic and Republican parties are approaching issues of income inequality.

Los Angeles Times mentioned that Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity will advise a group researching the potential impacts of a raised minimum wage in Los Angeles.

 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Jacob Soll of history and accounting about the role of transparent accounting in Greece, and how it would address the country's economic situation.

The Washington Post quoted Steven Ross of history about the appeal of movie stars to older generations.

Voice of America quoted Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Californian voter opinion on driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants.

International Business Times quoted Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about President Obama's current policy agenda.

The Wall Street Journal mentioned that Tom Garrison of anthropology and colleagues hope to locate the burial chamber of a Mayan queen this summer.

 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Los Angeles Times featured research by postdoctoral researcher Alberto Robador and colleagues on an undersea aquifer, the exploration of which led to "the discovery of a microorganism that is unique and thriving in a place seemingly inhospitable to life." The microbes may yield insights into where and how to seek life elsewhere in our solar system. "It’s about finding signs of life never detected before; be it on Earth, Mars, Jupiter’s ice-covered moon Europa or elsewhere," said Jan Amend of the USC Dornsife College. The story was also covered by Europa Press (Spain) and Nature World News.

Smithsonian featured research by Kenneth Nealson, Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and professor of earth sciences and biological sciences, and Moh El-Naggar of physics, biological sciences and chemistry on bacteria that eat and breathe electricity. The story ran video shot by El-Naggar of bacteria transmitting electrons through special whip-like extensions known as nanowires.

The Hill cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had the highest name recognition among potential frontrunners for a U.S. Senate seat.

KPCC-FM quoted Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the mistakes made by aspiring politicians in their first race.

 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Associated Press quoted Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California State Sen. Kevin De Leon issuing a personal denial and defense of a bill that has attracted questions from the F.B.I.

Yahoo News quoted Sandra Disner of linguistics about the first words that children learn to speak.

Bay Area Newsgroup quoted Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California Attorney General Kamala Harris running for U.S. Senate.

 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that California Attorney General Kamala Harris is less well known in Los Angeles and the Southern California area than in the Bay Area.

 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The New York Times highlighted Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, in an article testing readers on how to keep their New Year's resolutions.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was found to have unfavorable ratings among California voters.

BBC quoted Jack Halberstam of American studies and ethnicity, gender studies, comparative literature, and English about media depictions of transgender characters.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announcing he will not run for Sen. Barbara Boxer's seat.

 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Popular Science featured Kenneth Nealson, Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and professor of earth sciences and biological sciences, and his research on bacteria that eat and breathe electricity. Nealson said that electric bacteria could be used to create biological fuel cells or clean up human waste. A former student recently received a grant to build a bacteria-powered sewage system. The story also featured research by Moh El-Naggar of physics, biological sciences, and chemistry, who shot video of bacteria transmitting electrons through special whip-like extensions known as nanowires.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about billionaire Tom Steyer running for the U.S. Senate seat of Barbara Boxer.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown probably never making a fourth run for president of the United States.

NBC News quoted Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity on how naturalization fees disincentivize immigrants from becoming American citizens.

Reason quoted Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown's balancing of political agendas on both the right and left.

Los Angeles Daily News quoted Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity about a drastic slowdown in the number of Mexicans illegally crossing the U.S. border, and a rise in immigrants from Central American countries.

 

Friday, January 9, 2015

The New York Times featured Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, about the psychology of habits and how to turn New Year's resolutions into actions. "Habits are only good or bad to the extent they’re consistent or inconsistent with your goals," Wood said. They become bad habits when they "start interfering with other goals you have."

Education Week featured Mary-Helen Immordino-Yang of education and psychology. She was ranked among national scholars contributing most substantially to public debates about education.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that California voters feel neither Sens. Barbara Boxer nor Dianne Feinstein should run for reelection.

CNN quoted Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about competition for the seat of Sen. Barbara Boxer. CNN quoted Schnur in another story. KPCC-FM quoted Schnur in two stories (second link here).

CNBC quoted David Kang of international relations and business about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's hold on power.

MSNBC's "The Ed Show" interviewed Bob Shrum, Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics and professor of the practice of political science, about current affairs in politics.

Fusion quoted Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity about how protests against racial profiling by police have forged alliances between different racial groups.

Voice of America quoted Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California voter opinions of issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.

Contra Costa Times quoted William Deverell of history about Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's efforts to boost the tourism industry.

The Wall Street Journal ran a column by Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on California Democrats wanting to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer.

 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa being at liberty to take unpopular positions now that he's out of office.

DiCYT (Latin America) featured research by Arie Kapteyn, professor of economics, and Emma Aguila of the USC Price School finding that extra income can significantly improve the overall health, particularly in memory and lung function, of elderly populations in developing countries.

The Advocate (Tasmania) profiled Geoff Wiseman of international relations and his career in diplomacy.

 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

KCRW-FM featured research by Arie Kapteyn, professor of economics, and Emma Aguila of the USC Price School finding that extra income can significantly improve the overall health, particularly in memory and lung function, of elderly populations in developing countries. The story was also covered by Voxxi and Indo-Asian News Service.

Visalia Times-Delta cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 60 percent of respondents support a statewide ban on plastic bags.

 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Politico ran an op-ed by Robert Shrum, Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics and professor of the practice of political science, about the legacy of Frank Mankiewicz, who served as Robert Kennedy's press secretary and George McGovern's 1972 campaign director. He also helped transform National Public Radio. "He had heart, conscience, compassion—and yes, Frank was a rapier-sharp political operative who could send his signature quips into battle."

Arirang (South Korea) featured an interview with David Kang of international relations and business about new dialogue between North and South Korea. Kang said that the outcome of the talks could involve some form of joint cultural exchange or events, but probably not an actual change in either nation's policies.

The New Yorker cited Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, about the relationship of the mind to the body.

Los Angeles Times quoted Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity and Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology about a younger generation of Latino voters coming into their own in Santa Ana.

South China Morning Press quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about Hollywood portrayals of villains after Sony's "The Interview." Voice of America quoted Rosen about the theaters that screened the film.

CTV (Canada) covered research by Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, on how to change bad habits.

 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown's low public profile. Though Brown was elected based on his prowess for behind-the-scenes governance, he has done so at the expense of talking to his citizenry, Schnur wrote.

NBC News "Nightly News" interviewed Juliette Hart of the USC Sea Grant Program about an increase in whale sightings off the California coast.

NPR News' "Shots" interviewed Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, about how to change bad habits.

The Desert Sun cited a report by the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration finding that one in seven children in the Inland Empire has at least one undocumented parent.

 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on how and why President Obama should take action to publicly support screenings of the film "The Interview."

 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Publico (Portugal) mentioned the book "The Reckoning" by Jacob Soll of history and accounting on a list of critic's book selections.

 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Financial Times quoted Pamela Starr of international relations on the challenges of police reform in Mexico.

 

Friday, December 19, 2014

NPR's The Salt featured David McKemy of biological sciences on the neurobiology of peppermint. Menthol sets off "a trigger on cold-sensing nerve fibers to send an electrical signal to the brain to let you know that you're feeling cold," said McKemy. Researchers used this reponse to better understand how our nervous system senses and responds to cold.

 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Zocalo Public Square featured William Deverell of history about L.A.'s historical role as a center for health and convalescence. Mayor Eric Garcetti recently announced an effort to reinvigorate health tourism from China. "This kind of partnership to bring people to L.A. to improve their health is historical, historic, and humane all at once," Deverell wrote.

Los Angeles Times quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about North Korea's role in a hacking attack against Sony.

Toronto Star quoted Jan Amend of earth sciences and biological science about the possibility of an underground biosphere deep in the earth's surface.

Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV interviewed David Kang of international relations and business and Michael Orosz of the USC Price School about North Korea's involvement in a hacking attack against Sony. CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCAL-TV also interviewed Orosz.

Yedioth Ahronoth (Israel) featured a memorial observance organized by the USC Shoah Foundation and the World Jewish Congress.

O.C. Weekly highlighted "Paradise Transplanted: Migration and the Making of California Gardens" by Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo of sociology.

LiveScience covered research by Carlie Pietsh, a doctoral candidate at USC Dornsife, finding that wild temperature swings may have caused life on Earth to recover in fits and starts after the planet's worst extinction.

 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gizmag featured research by Sean Curran of gerontology and biological sciences and colleagues finding a kind of "fat switch" in the human body. The MAF1 protein has been found to control levels of fat storage in a study using worms. In the future, the protein may be a target for drug treatments for obesity and weight issues. It might also be used to suppress cancer cells. The story was also covered by Asian News International.

New York Daily News quoted Robert Shrum, Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics and professor of the practice of political science, about the role political strategist David Garth played in TV news.

LA Observed mentioned "Black and Brown in Los Angeles: Beyond Conflict and Coalition" by Laura Pulido of American studies and ethnicity and Josh Kun of the USC Annenberg School.

 

Monday, December 15, 2014

South China Morning Post quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about how the film "Unbroken" will be marketed in China.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cited a study by Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity and colleagues finding that, if half of New York's legal immigrants were naturalized, it would add between $1.8 billion and $4.1 billion over 10 years to the local economy.

U-T San Diego ran a Q&A with Kevin Starr, University Professor and Professor of history, and policy, planning and development, about the future of California.

 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Scientific American featured a video produced by the USC Dornsife Office of Communication on the art and science of peppermint. The holiday-themed video explores the psychology, history and even neurobiology of peppermint. David McKemy of biological sciences explains research on a cold-activated receptor in mammals that responds to peppermint. KCET-TV also covered the video.

The Economist cited Joshua Aizenman, Robert R. and Katheryn A. Dockson Chair in Economics and International Relations and professor of international relations and economics, and a colleague about capital-control regimes in emerging markets in the first decade of the century.

Südwestrundfunk (Germany) interviewed Pierette Hondagneu-Sotelo of sociology about the relationship between garden culture and ethnicity in Los Angeles.

 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Foreign Affairs ran an op-ed by Jacques Hymans of international relations about the challenges Iran faces in secretly building a nuclear weapons program.

Fast Company cited Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, about the role emotions play in decision-making.

 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Los Angeles Times, in a story about how the National Endowment for the Humanities is funding innovative new media projects, featured a number of USC research projects including a historical book about Nazi spies in Hollywood by Steven Ross of history and a book about how Christians in the Roman Empire appropriated or destroyed artworks from the pagan past by John Pollini of history and art history.

CNN quoted Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Sen. Diane Feinstein's stable political footing and the role it played in her release of a controversial report on the C.I.A.'s interrogation methods.

The Guardian quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about the cultural influence of Chinese tycoon Wang Jianlin.

Variety quoted David Kang of international relations and business about the possibility that North Korea was behind a hacking attack on Sony Pictures.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV interviewed Thorston Becker of earth sciences about a lack of realism in the new earthquake disaster movie "San Andreas."

 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Los Angeles Times ran a story involving the USC Shoah Foundation and how its 50,000 recorded Holocaust testimonies can connect survivors to younger generations. A video testimonial by survivor Paula Lebovics inspired a young, German mother, Olga Burkhardt, to contact her. The Shoah Foundation's staff helped Burkhardt reach out to Lebovics, forming a new friendship that helps ensure the Holocaust is not forgotten. CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV also covered the story.

 

Monday, December 8, 2014

The New York Times quoted Joshua Aizenman, Robert R. and Katheryn A. Dockson Chair in Economics and International Relations and professor of international relations and economics, about the investment in gold as a political tool.

Los Angeles Times quoted the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll finding that a majority of Californians endorse a ban on plastic bags.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 73 percent of voters support some type of path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

The Nation quoted Sarah Feakins of earth sciences about the impact of climate change on the California drought. KPCC-FM quoted Feakins about what tree ring data can say about the drought.

 

Friday, December 5, 2014

NPR News San Diego affiliate KPBS-TV featured Kevin Starr, University Professor and Professor of history, and policy, planning and development, about San Diego's historical evolution. Starr discussed Balboa Park and the 1915 Panama-California Exposition as city leaders prepare for the event's centennial celebration. A UCSD lecture by Starr was also featured by U-T San Diego.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 60 percent of respondents support a ban on plastic bags.

The Desert Sun cited research by Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity and colleagues finding that undocumented immigrants represent 10 percent of California's workforce.

 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Detroit News featured research by Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, and colleagues finding that eliminating racial income gaps would boost the U.S. GDP by $2.1 trillion.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dana Gioia, Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC and former director of the National Endowment for the Arts, about the role of administrators overseeing artistic institutions. The story reported that the Huntington Library's new president is USC alumna Laura Skandera.

 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

PBS News' "Frontline" quoted David Kang of international relations and business about allegations that North Korea hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment.

National Journal quoted Dan Schnur,  executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Democratic base not turning up in large numbers during this year's midterm elections.

USA Today's "College" featured USC Dornsife student Tomik Vertanous, who devoted this past Thanksgiving to organizing mass shipments of medical supplies to rural villages in Armenia.

 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Los Angeles Times quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin looking into buying Lionsgate Entertainment Corp.

Al-Monitor quoted Hashem Pesaran, John Elliott Distinguished Chair in Economics, about the link between political stability and market stability in Iran.

Mother Jones cited a study by Christian Grose of political science and colleagues finding evidence of racial bias in the ways that the offices of congressman respond to their constituents.

Fox News covered a lecture by Darry Sragow of political science.

 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Financial Times featured a book by Mary Sarotte, professor of international relations and history and Dean's Professor of History, in its list of the Best Books of 2014: History. "The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall" examines the unpredictable factors that led to the collapse of East Germany.

The Sacramento Bee ran an op-ed by Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity and a colleague about the need to extend healthcare accessibility to unauthorized immigrants.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Gerald Davison of pyschology and gerontology about the psychological effect of childhood homes.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Joshua Aizenman, Robert R. and Katheryn A. Dockson Chair in Economics and International Relations and professor of international relations and economics, about the economic return on gold.

Los Angeles Times quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about China's stance on anti-Japanese film dramas.

CCTV quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about the success of Hollywood sequels during the holiday season.

Los Angeles Times ran a column by Carol Muske-Dukes of English about the work of poet Mark Strand.

 

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