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October 2012 Media Mentions

 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV featured research by USC Dornsife College Dean Steve A. Kay on the body’s natural rhythms and peak times for completing certain tasks. Kay said that the best time for exercise is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., while the best time to negotiate a deal is 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Negotiating involves a particular brain region, he explained. “It requires our ability to read how another person is reacting to us, and that is best just after we get up.”

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that negative ads have eroded support for a proposition requiring labeling of genetically modified food. Los Angeles Times cited the poll and quoted John Matsusaka of USC’s Initiative and Referendum Institute about slipping support for Proposition 30. The poll was covered by another Los Angeles Times story and San Jose Mercury News.

Entertainment Weekly quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about Chinese and Korean directors seeking crossover appeal in America.

The Huffington Post cited Margaret Gatz of psychology, gerontology and preventive medicine regarding the impact of isolation on the elderly.

Quill & Quire (Canada) mentioned that Vanessa Ruth Schwartz of history is a juror for this year’s Cundill Prize in History at McGill.

Metro (U.K.) mentioned that actor Bryan Cranston visited USC Dornsife’s Department of Chemistry to prepare for his role as chemistry teacher Walter White on “Breaking Bad.”

 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Reuters highlighted the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 has dropped to 46 percent. “Jerry Brown has successfully convinced Californians that putting additional money into public schools is a good thing, but he has not yet convinced them that the state government can spend the money effectively,” said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. The poll was covered by another Reuters story, KPCC-FM, NPR News San Diego affiliate KPBS-FM and The Salinas Californian.

L.A. Observed ran a Q&A with Andrew Allport, USC Dornsife lecturer and alumnus, about his collection of poetry, “The Body | Of Space | In the Shape of the Human.”

Financial Times (U.K.) quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California’s role as a trendsetter and what that means if Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative passes.

Agence France-Presse quoted Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology about Latinos’ role in the 2012 presidential campaign.

NPR News San Diego affiliate KPBS-FM interviewed Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, and policy, planning and development, about ballot initiatives being driven wealthy private investors.

KQED-FM interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California voters’ reluctance to vote for Propositions 30 and 38.

The Hill quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about House Speaker John Boehner attending a political fundraiser.

BBC News (U.K.) ran an op-ed by USC Dornsife psychology graduate student Jason Goldman about animal species that enjoy dancing.

 

October 27 to 29, 2012

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that President Obama’s support in California has dropped since 2008. Obama’s lead in that year was 24 points over Sen. John McCain; his lead over former Gov. Mitt Romney is 14 points. In May 2012, the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll indicated that Obama’s support among “decline to state” voters was 58 percent to 34 percent. The recent poll also found that only 46 percent of California voters support Proposition 30; that 63 percent of voters support changing California’s “three strikes” law; that 46 percent of voters oppose Proposition 32, which would change California’s campaign finance system; and that the fight over Proposition 37, which would regulate labeling on genetically modified foods, was in a dead heat. Los Angeles Times also reported that the poll found only 46 percent of California voters today would support Proposition 187, a 1994 measure that would have barred illegal immigrants from public schools and hospitals. “Californians seem to be sending a message to the federal government that reasonable people ought to be able to find a solution to this problem, somewhere in between the ideological opposites of amnesty and self-deportation,” said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. The poll was also covered by Press Trust of India (India), Reuters, United Press International, The Atlantic, two San Francisco Chronicle stories (second link here), The Washington Times, The Huffington Post, The Sacramento Bee, KPCC-FM, ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, The Orange County Register, The Press-Enterprise, Hispanic Business and CBS News Santa Maria, Calif., affiliate KCOY-TV.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur,  director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about former Gov. Mitt Romney’s team of advisers.

City News Service highlighted a talk by Lois Banner of history and gender studies, author of “Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox,” about Marilyn Monroe.

 

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30, which stood at 64 percent in March, has dropped to 46 percent. Los Angeles Times ran stories about the poll’s results on Proposition 30’s waning support when compared with rival Proposition 38; on Proposition 37, a labeling initiative for genetically engineered food; and on Proposition 34 and Californians’ support for ending the death penalty. The poll found that being listed at the bottom of the ballot may not be an automatic death sentence for candidates and initiatives. The poll was covered by another Los Angeles Times story and KPCC-FM.

 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Los Angeles Times ran several stories on the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 has lost support among California voters. Support dropped among Democrats, young voters, public employees, and voters with children. Total support stands at 46 percent. The poll found that Proposition 30 has experienced opposition from both major parties.The poll also found that 44 percent of voters support Proposition 37, while 42 percent are opposed. The poll found that 66 percent of voters support a proposition modifying California’s “three strikes” law, while only 38 percent support a proposition replacing the state death penalty with life without parole. The survey found that 53 percent of voters support Sen. Diane Feinstein for reelection, while only 38 percent support Republican challenger Elizabeth Emken. The poll was featured by another Los Angeles Times story, Time, The Weekly Standard, KPCC-FM, The Fresno Bee and East Bay Express.

Wired featured research by Moh El-Naggar of physics and colleagues, finding that certain bacterial organisms are capable of linking together and channeling electrons through themselves as though they were cable wires. The Scientist reported that the bacteria, found in oxygen-starved mud, transfer the electrons through the mud to the surface, passing energy from one cell to the next along the way. The research was also covered by Smithsonian, Discover, The Press Association (U.K.), O Globo (Brazil) and RedOrbit.

NPR News Stillwater, Okla., affiliate KOSU-FM interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the role of newspaper endorsements in presidential campaigns.

Sacramento News & Review quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s acumen as a politician.

Latinos Post cited Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, about the conviction of several Italian seismologists.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel mentioned the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education’s archives include interviews with Jews who survived a daring escape from a train bound for Auschwitz.

 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Agence-France Presse highlighted Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, who was consulted by the Italian government after the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake. Jordan offered forecasting recommendations to the government, and now opposes the recent conviction of Italian earthquake experts for not providing sufficient warning to the public before the quake. The story was also covered by Time, ABC Radio (Australia), Financial Times (U.K.) and CBS News Roanoke, Va., affiliate WDBJ-TV.

Jewish Telegraphic Agency featured an upcoming event sponsored by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, covering sexual violence during the Holocaust. The event will be hosted by actress Jane Fonda, and will include a panel discussion with Stephen Smith, the institute’s executive director.

 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The New York Times highlighted Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, who after the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake led a commission to advise the Italian government on better ways to communicate earthquake risks to the public. Jordan said that the recent conviction of seven Italian scientists for not giving the public ample warning is incredible, “given that they have just convicted scientists for basically doing their job during a time of crisis.” Jordan was also highlighted by Inside Higher Ed, ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, El Mundo (Spain), International Business Times, Independent (South Africa), Tengri News (Kazakhstan), Science, NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV, L.A. Observed, LiveScience and CBS News Little Rock, Ark., affiliate KTHV-TV.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Jane Junn of political science about Asian-American voters as a demographic.

Fox News interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the challenges posed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30.

Smithsonian covered research by Valter Longo  of gerontology and biological sciences on the beneficial effects of fasting before chemotherapy.

 

October 20 to 22, 2012

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Sen. Dianne Feinstein working to cultivate an image as a centrist.

Voice of America mentioned that the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC is an organizer of the Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill.

 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Jewish Journal featured the exhibition “The Sota Project,” a video tapestry on display at the USC Fisher Museum of Art, and quoted Selma Holo of art history, the museum’s director.

KCET-TV highlighted late California poet and USC alumnus Robinson Jeffers through photos from USC Libraries and an interview with Dana Gioia, Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture.

Idaho Statesman highlighted research by Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, finding that the year of one’s birth can affect lifetime earnings. The work was explained in his book “Birth and Fortune.”

 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The New Republic ran a book review by Jacob Soll of history and accounting on “Double Entry: How the Merchants of Venice Created Modern Finance” by Jane Gleeson-White. The book is a history of “the father of accounting” Luca Pacioli.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that Proposition 32 doesn’t have enough support to pass.

 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Politico ran a commentary by Christian Grose of political science on the second presidential debate.

The Rafu Shimpo featured “The Brothers Paranormal,” a new play by Prince Gomolvilas, acting director of the Master of Professional Writing program. The play centers on two Thai-American brothers who launch a ghost-hunting business.

BBC (U.K.) ran an op-ed by USC Dornsife psychology graduate student Jason Goldman on how animals communicate and whether language is unique to humans.

L.A. Weekly covered a Friends of the USC Libraries Literary Luncheon for Aimee Bender of English, author of “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.”

The Wrap cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 44 percent of California voters oppose Proposition 32.

 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Inside Higher Ed featured David Bottjer of earth sciences, biological sciences and environmental studies in a story on global warming and mass extinctions. Bottjer’s research has focused on changes in the ocean 250 million years ago, when volcanic eruptions dumped greenhouse gases into the air. As the planet warmed, roughly 90 percent of ocean species died, along with many land animals and plants. Inside Higher Ed highlighted Bottjer in a second story.

American Public Media’s “The Story” featured Thomas Ward of anthropology and his research on the MS-13 street gang. In his new book, “Gangsters Without Borders: An Ethnography of a Salvadoran Street Gang,” Ward details the process of earning the gang members’ trust so that he could learn about them and their culture.

Agence-France Presse featured research by USC Dornsife graduate student Mona Sobhani with Lisa Aziz-Zadeh of neuroscience, USC Dornsife graduate student Glenn Foxx and Jonas Kaplan of psychology, finding that whether we like someone or not affects how our brain works. The work was also covered by Press Trust of India (India), RT (Russia) and Die Presse (Austria).

KPCC-FM featured a partnership between USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute and the L.A. Philharmonic to study the impact of music on children’s brains. “Is it, for example, something that adds to the development, that increases the ability of children to be more socially well-tuned?” said Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute. Assal Habibi of the BCI said that the study will examine music’s role in children’s emotional and social development.

Associated Press interviewed Nicholas Warner of physics and astronomy, and mathematics about the physics surrounding daredevil Felix Baumgartner’s historic freefall.

KQED-FM interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30.

The Wall Street Journal mentioned research on how workers react to images of bosses, conducted by scholar Sook-Lei Liew while a graduate student at USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute and the Ostrow School of USC.

The Huffington Post cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 44 percent of voters are apposed to Proposition 32.

MinnPost highlighted a lecture by James Kincaid, Aerol Arnold Chair in English and professor of English, titled “Great Expectations and Death.”

 

October 13 to 15, 2012

The Times (U.K.) ran an op-ed by Mohammad Hashem Pesaran, John Elliott Chair in Economics and professor of economics, about a need to develop the financial sectors of emerging economies — like those in China and India — in order to prevent another financial crash.

Voice of America quoted Varun Soni of religion and Stanley Rosen of political science in a story about increasing numbers of Chinese students studying in the United States.

KPCC-FM highlighted Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, suggesting that he would be a worthy candidate for the Nobel Prize in Economics. Easterlin is known for the “Easterlin paradox,” which suggests that as citizens of a country get richer, they don’t necessarily get happier.

Los Angeles Review of Books ran an op-ed by Aimee Bender of English about the enduring appeal of the fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast.”

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about redistricting reforms leading to competitive congressional races.

Orlando Sentinel quoted Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology about race and identity.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the possibility of a lobbyist gift ban in California.

L.A. Observed cited Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about negative advertising in California politics.

Pioneer Press cited Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, on how the year of one’s birth affects lifetime earnings.

Los Angeles Times mentioned the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that a majority of Californian voters support Proposition 30, with very strong support among voters aged 19 to 29. Reuters reported that the poll found 66 percent of voters favoring Proposition 36.

InArkansas mentioned a lecture by Manuel Pastor of of American studies and ethnicity, called “Pathways to Racial Healing and Equity in the American South: A Community Philanthropy Strategy.”

CNBC’s “Mad Money” mentioned that actor Bryan Cranston visited the USC Dornsife’s Department of Chemistry to prepare for his role as chemistry teacher Walter White on “Breaking Bad.”

 

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about dueling Propositions 30 and 38.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative has slipped.

 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

L.A. Weekly featured USC in its Best of 2012 issue. The designation Best Video Art Exhibit of 2012 was given to the Tree of Testimony, an exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust based on survivor testimonies from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education. L.A. Weekly also featured two USC classes in its Best of L.A. Education section. “Human Survival: Learning From the Past,” taught by Lynn Swartz Dodd of archaeology, teaches students to make clothes, food and tools the way prehistoric humans would. “The Art of Political Bargaining,” taught by Jeb Barnes of political science, examines what produces gridlock and new legislation during the political process. In another L.A. Weekly article from the Best of L.A. Education section Mary Immordino-Yang, assistant professor of psychology in the USC Brain and Creativity Institute, was interviewed about the role of neuroscience in education.

NBC News Houston affiliate KPRC-TV featured research by USC Dornsife graduate student Mona Sobhani with Lisa Aziz-Zadeh of neuroscience, USC Dornsife graduate student Glenn Foxx and Jonas Kaplan of psychology, finding that whether we like someone or not affects how our brain works. The research was also covered by Indo-Asian News Service (India), News12, Fox News Indianapolis affiliate WXIN-TV and ScienceDaily.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found a slim majority of California voters supporting Proposition 39. NBC News San Diego affiliate KNSD-TV cited the poll finding that 55 percent of voters support Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30.

Press TV (Iran) interviewed Ange-Marie Hancock of the political science and gender studies about partisan politics fueling allegations of voter fraud.

Ottawa Citizen (Canada) quoted Karen Sternheimer of sociology about why people watch reality shows.

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

International Business Times interviewed Mohammad Pesaran, John Elliott Chair in Economics and professor of economics, about the Eurozone crisis and Greece.

Daily Mail (U.K.) featured research by USC Dornsife graduate student Mona Sobhani with Lisa Aziz-Zadeh of neuroscience, USC Dornsife graduate student Glenn Foxx and Jonas Kaplan of psychology, finding that whether we like someone or not affects how our brain processes movement. The story was also covered by Asian News International, Europa Press (Spain) and Suddeutsche Zeitung (Germany).

Associated Press featured research by the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration underlining the growing voting power of newly naturalized citizens. The research found that there are high concentrations of these voters in swing states that could be critical to the 2012 election. CBS News Las Vegas affiliate KLAS-TV highlighted the research, noting that newly naturalized citizens represent 5.1 percent of Nevada’s total voting-age population. The research was also highlighted in another Associated Press story and Univision Indio, Calif. affiliate KVER-CA.

Los Angeles Times cited a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding levels of support between Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 and Molly Munger’s Proposition 38. East Bay Express also cited the poll, noting that Proposition 36 has wide support.

La Opinion quoted Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology about diversity on music reality shows increasing as networks target bilingual Latinos.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30.

San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Propositions 34 and 36.

The Huffington Post ran an op-ed by Javon Johnson of American studies and ethnicity about achievement in the African-American community.

 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, highlighted research by the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration on newly naturalized citizens and their impact on the 2012 election. During the past decade, this group of voters has registered at higher numbers, increasing their voting power, said CSII director Manuel Pastor. The research revealed that there are 7.8 million people of voting age who have been naturalized since 2000, or 3.6 percent of all potential voters. There are high concentrations of these voters in swing states such as Florida, Nevada, Virginia and Colorado. The Washington Post ran another Associated Press story about the study.

Pacific Standard featured “Self Comes to Mind,” a new book about consciousness by Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute. Damasio  wrote the book to lay out the framework for how and why consciousness developed in human beings.

KPCC-FM quoted Selma Holo of art history, director of the USC Fisher Museum of Art, about art curator Paul Schimmel opening his last show before leaving the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

 

October 6 to 8, 2012

Los Angeles Review of Books ran an op-ed by Jack Halberstam of American studies and ethnicity, gender studies and comparative literature about modern thinking on gender roles and his new book, “Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal.”

KPCC-FM featured research by the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration on how newly naturalized citizens could influence the 2012 election. CSII released a report and online map showing the distribution of these voters across the U.S., pointing out that there are enough of them in swing states that they could have a significant impact on the election.

PC Gamer featured “Living Will,” an interactive story by Mark Marino of the Writing Program. The story is a contender in the annual Interactive Fiction Competition. Making selections in the last will and testament of the fictional E.R. Millhouse leads the “player” to discover more about the character’s life and those around him. The story was also covered by Rock Paper Shotgun and Indie Games.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Mitt Romney having an “uphill fight.”

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 and Molly Munger’s Proposition 38.

Los Angeles Times mentioned research by Dave Hutchins of biological sciences finding that acidified waters can induce toxic algae blooms that contaminate shellfish.

 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that Proposition 39 is supported by 51 percent of registered voters. The Sacramento Bee reported that the poll found wide support for a proposition on labeling genetically modified foods. The poll was also cited by a second story in The Sacramento Bee, The Seattle Times, Advertising Age and Statesman Journal.

The Korea Times (South Korea) ran an op-ed by David Kang of international relations and business.

Reuters quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about politicians dealing with pension reform.

KQED-FM interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s rhetoric supporting Proposition 30.

 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Wall Street Journal cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that Proposition 32, which would limit political spending by unions and corporations, is trailing by eight points. KPCC-FM cited the poll, noting that support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative slipped to 54 percent.

International Business Times reported that USC graduate student Shili Xu, Nouri Neamati of the USC School of Pharmacy, Nicos Petasis of USC Dornsife, and USC graduate student Alexey Butkevich have found a new drug for ovarian cancer. The drug decreases the number of doses a patient needs and is effective for patients whose cancer has become drug-resistant. The research was also covered by RedOrbit.

Radio New Zealand (New Zealand) featured research by Yong-Gang Li of earth sciences and colleagues on the 7.1 Christchurch earthquake. Li and colleagues found that two faults are connected underground; if they had ruptured, it would have caused a 7.3 quake under the city of Christchurch. Stuff (New Zealand) also featured the work.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV featured a presidential debate viewing party at the USC Annenberg School, organized by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC. Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, said it was the most well attended debate viewing party in USC history. Several USC students were interviewed about the debate. Associated Press and CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV also covered the viewing party.

Bloomberg Businessweek quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the effect of presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s debate performance on his campaign.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about what voters will learn from the presidential debates.

The New York Times cited research by Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, finding that the life satisfaction of China’s urban population doesn’t match the country’s rapid economic growth over the last 20 years.

Associated Press mentioned that USC Trustee and alumnus David Dornsife and wife Dana Dornsife gave a $200 million naming gift last year to the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The New York Times highlighted the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that 44 percent of California voters oppose Proposition 32, an initiative affecting fundraising by unions and corporations. Another 36 percent supported it, and 19 percent were undecided. Los Angeles Times cited the poll, which found that Proposition 34 — which would end the death penalty in California — is losing 38 percent to 51 percent.

The New York Times highlighted a study by Lee Epstein, Provost Professor of Law and Political Science, and a colleague on the Supreme Court’s decisions from 1946 to 2011. They found that the John Roberts court was the most conservative one since the 1930s. The story also cited a study by Epstein and colleague on the justices’ political ideologies.

Slate highlighted “Moral Origins: The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism and Shame” by Christopher Boehm of biological sciences, and director of the Jane Goodall Research Center at USC.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Karen Tongson of English and gender studies on the evolving role of women in the James Bond series.

CBS News interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about candidate Mitt Romney’s goals for the first presidential debate. Denver Post quoted Schnur about President Obama’s strategy for the debate. NPR News also cited Schnur.

 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Los Angeles Times reported that the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll found Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative still has a majority of support among California voters, though that support is slipping. United Press International featured the poll, which found that a majority of California voters favor a change to the state’s “three strikes” sentencing law. Sixty-six percent of voters support Proposition 36, which softens the law. The poll found that only 38 percent support ending the death penalty. The poll was also covered by two stories in The Sacramento Bee (second link here) and Fox News San Diego affiliate KSWB-TV.

The New York Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s record as a centrist.

Lifehacker cited Steve Kay, dean of USC Dornsife, about the body’s natural circadian rhythms.

Bloomberg Businessweek quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about presidential candidate Mitt Romney retargeting his message toward the political center.

The Oakland Tribune quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the challenge of a wealthy candidate connecting with middle-class voters.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that Manuel Pastor of American studies and ethnicity will lecture the Clinton School.

Indian Country Today mentioned that David Treuer of English is the son of Margaret Treuer, the first female Indian attorney in Minnesota.

 

September 29 to October 1, 2012

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that a ballot measure to replace California’s death penalty with life without parole has low support among voters. Fifty-one percent opposed Proposition 34, while 38 percent favored it. Los Angeles Times reported that the poll found strong support for a measure easing California’s “three strikes” sentencing law. Proposition 36 was supported by 66 percent of voters, with 20 percent opposed and 14 percent undecided or not answering. KPCC-FM reported that support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax measure, Proposition 30, has slipped, though a majority of voters still support it. The poll was also covered by McClatchy Newspapers.

The Wall Street Journal featured a study by USC Dornsife psychology doctoral student Ravi Iyer and colleagues on the moral sensibilities of libertarians. The study surveyed 12,000 self-identified libertarians, comparing their personality surveys with those of liberals and conservatives. The study found that libertarians reacted to moral dilemmas with less emotion, reaching utilitarian conclusions.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Olu Orange of political science about the creator of an anti-Muslim video that incited protests around the world.

CNN interviewed Steve A. Kay, incoming dean of USC Dornsife, about biological clocks and the optimal time of day for people to conduct different tasks. Kay was also quoted by CommonWealth (Taiwan) and Business Insider.

Bloomberg Businessweek quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about billionaire Nicolas Berggruen, who is assembling a blue ribbon panel of experts to come up with solutions to California’s problems.

The Washington Post highlighted a lecture by Steven Ross of history on his book, “Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics.”