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November 2013 Media Mentions

 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

NPR featured research by psychology graduate student Ravi Iyer and colleagues finding that increasing numbers of people want to live among those who share their politics. Pacific Standard also covered the story, noting that the research suggests this tendency could be stoking hyper-partisanship in politics.

The New York Times quoted Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, and policy, planning and development, about the development of San Francisco.

The Daily Transcript cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that more than half of Californian voters generally approve of Gov. Jerry Brown's performance in office.

 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Entertainment Weekly reviewed "Anything That Moves" by Dana Goodyear of the Master of Professional Writing program. The book explores the fringes of America's current foodie movement.

The New York Times quoted Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, and policy, planning and development about urban planning tensions in San Francisco.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California Gov. Jerry Brown not saying whether he'll seek a fourth term.

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 an HBO show about an extended care facility.

Politico quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Governor Scott Walker's recent political wins over labor unions.

Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

 

Friday, November 22, 2013

U.S. News and World Report quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about the challenges Hollywood faces with the Chinese government.

Los Angeles Times quoted Travis Longcore of spatial sciences about the environmental impact of a proposed housing development.

U.S. News & World Report ran a selection of quotes by Syd Field of the Master of Professional Writing program, the "guru of screenwriting" who passed away last week.

 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

KPCC-FM quoted Selma Holo of art history about a new affiliation between USC and Pasadena's Pacific Asia Museum. Pasadena Now also quoted Holo.

NPR interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about what is making the state's politics less polarized.

The Washington Post ran an obituary for Syd Field of the Master of Professional Writing program, the "guru of all screenwriters" who passed away Sunday at age 77.

Variety mentioned that USC Trustee Steven Spielberg founded the USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education.

 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The New York Times ran an obituary for Syd Field of the Master of Professional Writing (MPW) program, the "guru of all screenwriters" who passed away Sunday at age 77. Field was well-known for his eight books, including "Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwritiing." The story noted the book has been a reference for James Cameron, Judd Apatow, Tina Fey and Frank Darabont. LA Weekly ran a remembrance by Brighde Mullins and Prince Gomolvilas who direct USC's MPW program, which Field taught in since 2001. The story was also covered by Los Angeles Times in three stories (additional links here and here), U.S. News & World Report, BBC (U.K.), Time, New York's "Vulture," NPR, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles, The Daily Express (U.K.), The Huffington Post, The Wrap, Deadline, The A.V. Club and Buzzfeed.

NPR featured Dana Goodyear of the Master of Professional Writing program about America's extreme food culture.

 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The New York Times featured the oldest big cat fossil ever uncovered. It was found by Jack Tseng, who was a PhD student at USC Dornsife at the time of its discovery, and Xiaoming Wang of earth sciences and biological sciences. The story was also covered by BBC (U.K.), The Week, The South China Morning Post (China), GlobalPost and The Huffington Post.

Los Angeles Times quoted Selma Holo of art history in a story on "Pecados y Milagros," a new exhibit at the USC Fisher Museum of Art, where she is director.

CNET featured research by Mark Thompson of chemistry, materials science and environmental studies, who ran a computer simulation of 205,000 organic compounds to see which could be useful for a new kind of efficient, photovoltaic cell. The simulation drew on 156,314 processor cores from Amazon Web Services for 18 hours; on a conventional computer, it would have taken 264 years. The story was covered in two stories by GigaOm (second link here).

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that fewer than a third of California voters said they planned to vote for Gov. Jerry Brown next year.

MSNBC cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that California Republicans are struggling to compete for younger and minority voters.

San Luis Obispo Tribune quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about lawmakers soliciting contributions for campaigns.

 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Financial Times (U.K.) ran a Q&A with T.C. Boyle, USC Dornsife writer in residence, who said that he hates all politics and politicians, is obsessed with his carbon footprint, and would love to own "a tiger preserve as vast as all India."

The New York Times cited an online survey on Iranian perceptions of nuclear power by Morteza Dehghani of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute.

 

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Hindu (India) featured G.K. Surya Prakash, George A. and Judith A. Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry and professor of chemistry, and Nobel laureate George Olah, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Chair in Organic Chemistry, winners of the 2013 Erica and Sheila Samson Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation. The $1 million prize recognizes researchers developing alternative fuel sources and is given out by the office of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

The Orange County Register featured USC Dornsife's Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies on Catalina Island, which was recently visited by a high school class that observed experiments being conducted by USC students. They visited a hyperbaric chamber to learn how it treats injured divers and were shown several stages of an oyster aquaculture project that's in progress.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll regarding the demographics of the California Republican Party.

Al Jazeera interviewed James Heft, Alton M. Brooks Professor of Religion, about an atheist "megachurch."

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Darry Sragow of political science on how criticism of the Affordable Care Act is affecting the Democratic Party.

 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sky News (U.K.) featured the oldest big cat fossil ever uncovered. It was found by Jack Tseng, who was a PhD student at USC Dornsife at the time of its discovery, and Xiaoming Wang of earth sciences and biological sciences. Asian News International reported the big cat, named Panthera blytheae, is related to snow leopards. The story was also covered by Agence France-Presse, Yahoo News, AOL News, International Business Times, Press Trust of India (India), Deutsche Presse-Agentur (Germany), Suddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), Voice of Russia (Russia), Agenzia Giornialistica Italia (Italy), El Informador (Mexico), Austria Presse Agentur (Austria), Yleisradio (Finland), Sabah (Turkey), HNGN, Las Vegas Guardian Express and Live Science.

 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Wall Street Journal, in an Associated Press story, featured the oldest big cat fossil ever uncovered, found by Jack Tseng, who was a PhD student at USC Dornsife at the time of its discovery. Tseng, now a post-doctoral researcher at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, worked with an international team including Xiaoming Wang of earth sciences biological sciences, who is also a curator at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. The fossil represents a newly discovered species of big cat, Panthera blytheae, which was closely related to the snow leopard and fills in a significant gap in the big cat fossil record. Los Angeles Times also covered the story. Slate ran a column by Tseng about how they found the fossil. The story was also covered by BBC (U.K.), The Daily Mail (U.K.), The Guardian (U.K.), The Independent (U.K.), Smithsonian, National Geographic in two stories (second link here), United Press International, Discovery News, New Scientist, Popular Science, Daily Mirror (U.K.), RedOrbit and LA Observed.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that California Latinos were far more likely to be Democrats than Republicans.

KPCC-FM cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that among California voters under 50, just one in five votes with the GOP.

KPCC-FM quoted Nina Eliasoph of sociology about how to check out a charity before making a donation to them.

HealthDay News featured research by psychology doctoral student Alexandra Ycaza and colleagues about how estrogen supplements after menopause may reduce memory problems associated with stress.

 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

KQED-FM's "The California Report" interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the influence of money in California politics.

San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint.

The Independent quoted David Kang of international relations and business about DVDs and USBs being smuggled into North Korea to break down central government control.

CNET mentioned that Mark Thompson of chemistry, materials science and environmental studies created a simulation to match computing jobs with Amazon's mammoth computing infrastructure

 

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Washington Post featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that more than half of Californian voters surveyed approve of Gov. Jerry Brown's job as governor – but only 32 percent are inclined to vote for him if he seeks a fourth term. Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur,  director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, who said Brown had made less effort to reach out to the public than any governor in a quarter century: "Because Brown has maintained such a relatively low profile, voters don't have strong feelings about him." The poll also found Californians have mixed feelings about the Affordable Care Act, and that there are splits between white and Latino voters over several different issues, including a law allowing immigrants without legal status to obtain driver's licenses and practice law. The poll was also covered in another story by Los Angeles Times, NPR, National Journal, Sacramento Bee, Reason, MinnPost, California Healthline, Visalia Times-Delta and LA Weekly.

USA Today highlighted a panel on creativity and the brain led by Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute. Education Week also covered the story.

The Chronicle of Higher Education quoted Jed Fuhrman, McCulloch-Crosby Chair in Marine Biology and professor of biological sciences, about more microbiologists working in collaborative groups.

 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Reason featured Jack Halberstam of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies, and Comparative Literature and his recent book, "Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender & the End of Normal." Die Zeit (Germany) also covered the story.

KPCC-FM quoted James Dolan of earth science about an earthquake fault under Hollywood.

Pasadena Star-News quoted Jennifer Hook of sociology about women being underrepresented in high-level jobs.

 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about political fundraising in the California legislature.

CNBC cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that more Californians oppose the bullet train than support it.

 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that more Californians oppose new offshore oil drilling than support it.

Variety quoted Stanley Rosen of political science on Chinese language movies receiving international success.

CBS News San Francisco affiliate KPIX-TV cited a study by USC Dornsife spatial sciences graduate student Chris Weidemann finding that 20 percent of tweets can give away a user's current location due to geotagging.

The History Channel's The Universe interviewed Clifford Johnson of physics and astronomy about the speed of light in relation to riding a bike around a track field.

 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about FBI sting operations that led to the conviction of California legislators.

The Chronicle of Higher Education cited a review by Ronald Steel, professor emeritus of international relations, about an academic turned politician.

 

Friday, November 1, 2013

MSNBC highlighted research by Juan de Lara of American studies and ethnicity on the average pay of a blue-collar warehouse job. Though companies like Amazon have argued they pay 30 percent more than most retail jobs, de Lara found the average pay of warehouse workers to be about $22,000 annually, just under the federal poverty level for a family of four.

The Economist quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about ballot measures in California.

Reuters cited research by the USC Dornsife's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration finding California is home to more than 2.6 million immigrants who lack legal status.