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November 2012 Media Mentions

 

November 30, 2012

KCET-TV highlighted “Occupy the Mind: Pedagogy, ‘Capitalocentrism’ and the Arts Fantasy,” a cross-disciplinary discussion at USC on the Occupy movement. Participants in the event will include Noura Wedell and A.I. Steiner of the USC Roski School and Judith “Jack” Halberstam of American Studies and ethnicity, gender studies, and comparative literature, as well as students from USC’s American studies program, MFA program, and Art/Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere MPAS program.

The New York Times cited a study by Jefferey Sellers of political science and environmental studies identifying a global public shift to a “stronger territorial attachment” at the local level, rather than a stronger sense of global or national citizenship.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding strong support for California’s environmental laws.

China Daily (China) highlighted an upcoming lecture based on “Writing the South Seas: Postcolonial Literature and the Nanyang Imagination,” a book manuscript by Brian Bernards of East Asian languages and cultures.

 

November 29, 2012

Curbed L.A. featured USC Dornsife GIST alumnus Samuel Krueger and his award-winning thesis, “Delimiting the Postmodern Urban Center: An Analysis of Urban Amenity Clusters in Los Angeles.” Krueger created a map of Los Angeles, assigning “centrality” scores based on a variety of factors, including entertainment, full-service restaurants and hotels. The city’s core, according to the study, is what Krueger calls the Wilshire/Santa Monica Corridor.

 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Los Angeles Times quoted Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, about eating habits. The story mentioned Wood’s research, in which moviegoers given popcorn ate just as much stale popcorn as those who ate a fresh batch.

 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Curbed L.A. featured USC Dornsife alumnus Samuel Krueger and his award-winning thesis, “Delimiting the Postmodern Urban Center: An Analysis of Urban Amenity Clusters in Los Angeles.”

 

November 22 to 26, 2012

The New York Times quoted Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, and policy, planning, and development, about the historical role of newspapers in California.

 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Inside Higher Ed featured Daniel Lidar of electrical engineering systems, chemistry, and physics and astronomy, who spoke about his research on quantum computers, which could run calculations many times faster than ordinary computers. Lidar and colleagues built a quantum computer prototype in a diamond, which reduces decoherence, a common problem that prevents quantum computers from functioning properly. Inside Higher Ed ran a second story.

The Huffington Post ran a column co-written by Nake Kamrany of economics on avoiding depressions by reducing unemployment.

 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

NPR News’ “Morning Edition” interviewed Lanita Jacobs of anthropology and American studies and ethnicity  about controversy surrounding the casting of Zoe Saldana in a Nina Simone biopic. The Huffington Post cited Jacobs.

Politico quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on how demographic shifts and factored into the 2012 presidential campaign.

La Opinion covered a USC forum on the Latino vote, moderated by Ange-Marie Hancock of political science and gender studies. Telemundo Los Angeles affiliate KVEA-TV also covered the event.

Voice of San Diego cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll regarding California voters’ willingness to compromise.

ScienceDaily reported that Katrina Edwards of biological sciences, earth sciences and environmental studies will speak at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting about life beneath the sea floor.

 

November 17 to 19, 2012

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that Californians feel more upbeat about the state’s general direction. The percentage of respondents who say California is on the right track stood at 38 percent — more than double the percentage in August 2011. The percentage of voters who say the state economy is starting to improve has almost doubled since July 2011, to 43 percent. Forty-seven percent of California voters said changes to the California Environmental Quality Act would be a good idea, Los Angeles Times reported. The poll was also covered by Associated Press, KCET-TV and Ventura County Star.

The Seattle Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the demographic challenges facing the Republican Party.

Bloomberg Businessweek highlighted research by Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, finding that life satisfaction for the majority of China’s population has declined from 1990 to 2007, despite the country’s rapid economic growth.

 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, finding that Californians strongly support the state’s efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions, but are sharply divided on the state relaxing requirements for environmental reviews. Roughly 32 percent of respondents said a cap-and-trade plan to limit emissions is a “job-killing tax,” while 63 percent said that California should reward green companies. Los Angeles Times noted that Californians report suffering from a poor economy, with 35 percent saying that a job loss affected them or their families in the past year, and 47 percent saying that they or a family member delayed a major purchase.

SmartPlanet ran a Q&A with John Monterosso of psychology about the degree to which people are responsible for their actions. He discussed an experiment he conducted in which people were given examples of bad behavior, with the cause explained as being either biological or personality-based. People tend to be more forgiving if the cause is biological, Monterosso said.

NPR News interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about declines in Republican Party voter registration in California.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California budget cuts.

Voxxi quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s successful campaign to pass Proposition 30.

Los Angeles Daily News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about political robocalls.

The Sacramento Bee ran an op-ed which stated that Gov. Jerry Brown should meet with Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, to discuss the state of affairs in California.

The Orange County Register highlighted a lecture by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on the 2012 election results.

 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that California Democrats and Republican voters aren’t willing to give ground when it comes to taxes and budget cuts. The poll found that three in five voters want elected officials to compromise. But when asked what to give up, Democrats strongly opposed benefits cuts, and Republicans strongly opposed revenue hikes. “Obama said the wealthy should pay their fair share. Romney said it would kill jobs. But neither one of them told voters that balancing the budget is a lot tougher than that,” said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. The poll was covered by a second Los Angeles Times story and Star-Tribune.

Liberation (France) ran a Q&A with Steven Ross of history about his book “Hollywood Left and Right.” Ross said that, contrary to the opinion of Republicans who love to criticize “Hollywood leftism,” the right has had a presence in Hollywood for much longer than the left.

Associated Press quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California voters’ approval of various tax and bond measures this year.

 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Los Angeles Times ran an obituary for USC alumna and Democratic Party leader Carmen Warschaw, who endowed a chair at USC in 2003. Warschaw and her late husband, USC alumnus Louis Warschaw, helped create the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC in 1989 and established a lecture series that brings Jewish elected officials to speak at USC. NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV ran an obituary for Warschaw written by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School.

L.A. Weekly quoted Patrick James of international relations about Mitt Romney’s strategy during the 2012 presidential campaign, and cited USC’s Election 2012 Web site.

 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Financial Times (U.K.) quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the passage of Proposition 30.

The Hindu (India) cited “The Internet Galaxy” by Manuel Castells, University Professor, Wallis Annenberg Chair of Communication Techonology and Society and professor of communication, sociology, planning, and international relations, on how digital technology has upset political and economic orders.

Latinos Post quoted Manuel Pastor of American studies and ethnicity about ID cards that Los Angeles may soon make available to undocumented immigrants.

Yahoo! News covered research by Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, finding that despite China’s economic rise, the majority of its people say they aren’t happier.

Hispanic Business cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that a majority of Californians supported Proposition 37 in Sept. 2012. A October 2012 poll showed that support shrunk considerably.


November 10 to 12, 2012

The Wall Street Journal highlighted an upcoming Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative event featuring Steven Ross of history. Ross is the author of “Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics.”

Daily News & Analysis (India) featured “Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox” by Lois Banner of history and gender studies. The book was also covered by Salisbury Post.

Los Angeles Times quoted Leo Braudy, University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature and professor of English and history, about film and TV depictions of Abraham Lincoln.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the passage of Proposition 39.

Associated Press quoted Patrick James of international relations about Mitt Romney’s campaign strategy and why it failed.

BBC News (U.K.) mentioned research by Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, finding that while China’s wealthiest were more satisfied with their lives in 2007 than in 1990, the rest of the population was not.

 

Friday, November 9, 2012

USA Today quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about growing acceptance of same-sex marriage.

ABC News interviewed Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity about a plan for L.A. to offer ID cards to residents, regardless of immigration status.

Reuters quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about a tendency for politicians to over-interpret the mandate they’ve been given.

Minnesota Public Radio interviewed Ange-Marie Hancock of political science and gender studies about the role of changing demographics in the 2012 presidential campaign.

The Washington Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California’s Proposition 30.

L.A. Weekly cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that, if given the chance to vote on it again, a majority of California voters would turn down the high-speed rail project.

Jewish Journal reported that Cecil “Chip” Murray, John R. Tansey Chair in Christian Ethics and professor of religion, will speak at the Unity interfaith concert.

 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Economist featured research by Justin Hall, USC Dornsife doctoral student in integrated and evolutionary biology, and Michael Habib of the Keck School of USC on Microraptor gui, a four-winged dinosaur. They have proposed the dinosaur’s hind wings were used for steering, while the front wings were used for lift.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Proposition 36, which changed the “three strikes” law in California.

Bloomberg Businessweek quoted Ann Crigler of political science about local California governments lacking tax revenue.

Reuters quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the passage of Proposition 30, noting that the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll found 46 percent of California voters in support of the measure.

Los Angeles Daily News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Rep. Brad Sherman’s successful 2012 campaign.

San Francisco Chronicle cited the USC Dornsife College/Los Angeles Times Poll regarding Californian voters’ support for marijuana legalization.

 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

United Press International featured research by Justin Hall, USC Dornsife doctoral student in integrated and evolutionary biology, and Michael Habib of the Keck School of USC suggesting that the dinosaur Microraptor gui had four wings. Habib and Hall proposed that the dinosaur could have kept the limbs under its body most of the time, until needed for banking in a turn. “In terms of aerodynamics, the hind wings would have increased its rate of turn by 33 to 50 percent, compared to using only the front wings,” Habib said. “No one’s going to argue that this was the fastest animal in the ecosystem,” Hall told National Geographic. He noted that a 33-percent increase in turning speed could mean the difference between “life and death.”

Bloomberg Businessweek quoted Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, and policy, planning, and development, about Proposition 13’s impact on California’s political system.

The Desert Sun quoted Ann Crigler of political science about political character attacks as a sign of a tight race.

ProPublica quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about confusion surrounding the wording of Proposition 40.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll regarding support for Proposition 34, which would have ended the death penalty in California. L.A. Weekly also cited the poll.

 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Huffington Post ran a column by Carol Muske-Dukes of English about Los Angeles radio host Patt Morrison being let go from KPCC-FM earlier this year. FishbowlLA highlighted the column.

Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the presidential candidates’ positioning relative to their voter bases.

KPCC-FM interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about opposition to Proposition 32.

California Capital Network interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, the Republican and Democratic efforts to promote voter turnout.

Fox & Hounds Daily cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which showed President Obama ahead by 14 points in California. KQED-FM and L.A. Weekly cited the poll results regarding support for Proposition 37.

Firedoglake noted that USC American studies and ethnicity doctoral student Maytha Alhassen was one of the media correspondents participating in a third-party candidate presidential debate.

 

November 3 to 5, 2012

KPCC-FM featured research by Scott Fraser, Provost Professor of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, who is known for conducting a 1976 study on the behavior of trick-or-treaters who enter a house with two bowls: one with candy, and one with coins. The researchers found that when the owner of the house left the room, the children — especially those in large groups — would take more candy than allowed, or money, or both. The takeaway was that anonymity contributes to people violating social norms.

The New York Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the impact on Gov. Jerry Brown’s power if Proposition 30 doesn’t pass.

NPR News Stillwater, Okla., affiliate KOSU-FM interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about voting in California districts.

Pakistan Today (Pakistan) cited research by Valter Longo of gerontology and biological sciences finding that fasting can lead to the body repairing its own cells.

Santa Cruz Sentinel covered a talk by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, in which he analyzed the U.S. presidential race.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV ran a column by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about competition between Proposition 30 and Proposition 38. Jeffe cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll.

 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s efforts to pass Proposition 30. Schnur wrote that the governor’s support of California’s high-speed rail project undermines his appearance of fiscal concern. A USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll found that 60 percent of voters would oppose the rail project if they voted on it today; support of Proposition 30 has dropped nine points in the last month and almost 20 points since spring.

KPCC-FM featured research by Brie Loskota, managing director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture, and a colleague, finding that faith-based organizations represented close to two-thirds of the social service agencies involved in recovery efforts in New York after 9/11 and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

The Jerusalem Post (Israel) quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about foreign policy in the 2012 presidential race.

Agence France-Presse quoted Steven Ross of history about Hollywood actors tending to be liberal.

KPFK-FM’s “For the Record” interviewed Steven Ross of history about his book “Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics.”

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 46 percent of California voters support Proposition 30. USA Today and Jewish Journal also cited the poll.

Smithsonian cited a column by USC Dornsife psychology graduate student Jason Goldman about animal species that enjoy dancing.

 

Monday, November 1, 2012

BBC News (U.K.) featured Manuel Castells, University Professor, Wallis Annenberg Chair of Communication Techonology and Society and professor of communication, sociology, planning, and international relations, and his research on the rise of alternative economic cultures online. Castells’ latest book is “Aftermath: The Cultures of the Economic Crisis,” which he discussed before an audience at the London School of Economics. He said that consumer culture has been driven by the idea that acquiring newer, bigger and more material goods will lead to happiness; people are now reversing that assumption, but are still trapped within the old economic system.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 had fallen below 50 percent.