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October 2013 Media Mentions

 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Wrap featured George Clooney receiving the Ambassador for Humanity Award from the USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education. The story noted the institute has collected and recorded 52,000 eyewitness Holocaust testimonies on video, and has gone on to chronicle genocides in Africa and other parts of the globe.

 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

NPR News' "Weekend Edition" interviewed Tok Thompson of anthropology about the influence of ghost stories in our culture.

Los Angeles Times mentioned Hajime Hoji of linguistics and East Asian languages and clutures in a story about a commencement address on scientific accuracy.

 

Monday, October 28, 2013

The New York Times quoted Jack Halberstam of American studies and ethnicity, gender studies and comparative literature about gay couples choosing not to marry.

 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Haaretz (Israel) featured the archive of Holocaust testimonials at the USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education. The Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw has received copies of the archives' Polish testimonies. In total, the archives include testimonies from 52,000 interviewees in 57 countries, the story said. The story also noted that director Steven Spielberg founded the institute after the filming of "Schindler's List."

Los Angeles Times quoted Mark Benthien, program director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, about earthquake prediction methods developed by UCLA researcher Vladimir Keilis-Borok.

 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Vice's "Motherboard" featured research by Lisa Aziz-Zadeh of neuroscience and colleagues finding that humans empathize more with villains when they're in pain than with others.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" interviewed James Dolan of earth sciences about the benefits of an earthquake early warning system in California.

 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Los Angeles Times highlighted research by James Dolan of earth sciences on local earthquake faults. Dolan spoke about state regulators not properly mapping out fault lines, and the impact that can have on real estate development. While mapping the Santa Monica fault 20 years ago, "I was stunned to see, either right next to or on top of where I was mapping the fault, a big building in excavation," he said.

 

Monday, October 21, 2013

The New York Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about reduced partisanship in California's government. The New York Times quoted Schnur in a second story.

 

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Atlantic highlighted research by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of education and psychology and colleagues finding that when people rest, the brain is still very active and used for all kinds of essential mental processes. Mental "downtime" can be used to alleviate the stress of standardized testing. "Inadequate opportunity for children to play and for adolescents to quietly reflect and to daydream may have negative consequences—both for social-emotional well-being and for their ability to attend well to tasks," Immordino-Yang wrote. The story was also covered by Scientific American.

CBS News Washington, D.C. affiliate WNEW-TV quoted Dan Schnur,  director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the chances of a third party rising to challenge the Democratic and Republican parties.

 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

City News Service featured 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, and G.K. Surya Prakash, George A. and Judith A. Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry and professor of 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. KCRW-FM also covered the story.

io9 featured research by Lisa Aziz-Zadeh of neuroscience finding that humans empathize more with villains when they're in pain than with others.

 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Wall Street Journal featured Arieh Warshel, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, winner of this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry along with two colleagues. The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post covered the story while reporting on great academics from around the globe being attracted to the United States. NPR News Boston affiliate WBUR-FM's "Here and Now" interviewed Warshel about his research on computer modeling. Instead of reading 50 books and trying to calculate complex chemistry problems on his own, "with a computer you could go to the initial formula...and just do it," Warshel said. The story was also covered by Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (Italy) and The Bay Area News Group.

Los Angeles Times featured 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, and G.K. Surya Prakash, George A. and Judith A. Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry and professor of 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. Olah and Prakash were honored for their work on developing methanol markets, which could replace fossil fuels for ground transportation and other uses.

KPCC-FM interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about American voters being less polarized than we think.

 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The New York Times featured Arieh Warshel, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, winner of this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry along with two colleagues. The Hindu (India) covered the story, detailing how the prize winners' research has helped scientists discover new drugs to battle diseases such as cancer.

Fox and Hounds Daily covered the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll finding that most Californians support Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal on how to change water transportation in the state, but don't want to pay for it.

Fox and Hounds Daily mentioned that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, has advocated for the banning of political fundraising during California's legislative session.

 

Monday, October 14, 2013

The New York Times featured an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California's electorate being more open to independent candidates.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, featured Arieh Warshel, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, winner of this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry along with two colleagues. The prize was also covered by The Washington Post in another Associated Press story, as well as by Popular Mechanics, Tablet and Agencia Estado (Brazil).

The New York Times quoted Donald Miller, Leonard K. Firestone Professor of Religion and professor of religion and sociology, for an obituary for influential minister Chuck Smith.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Sonya Lee of art history, East Asian languages and cultures and religion about art collections including Buddhist relics.

Los Angeles Times quoted the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll finding that only 19 percent of Californians oppose a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

LA Weekly mentioned research by James Dolan of earth sciences and colleagues on a fault zone beneath Hollywood.

 

Friday, October 11, 2013

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, featured Arieh Warshel, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, winner of this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry along with two colleagues. Los Angeles Times reported that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres called to congratulate Warhsel. Haaretz (Israel) covered the prize, saying Warshel's research allowed for the development of computer models that can process complicated chemical interactions. The story was also covered by Associated Press in two stories (second link here), The Economist, Reuters in two stories (second link here), Xinhua News Agency (China), Forbes, The Hindu (India), Asian News International, Agence France-Presse, United Press International in two stories (second link here), NPR, Public Radio International, National Geographic, The Times of Israel (Israel), Haaretz (Israel) in three more stories (additional links here and here), The Jerusalem Post (Israel), Voice of America, Scientific American, The Christian Science Monitor, BoingBoing, Ars Technica, The Verge, The Daily Beast, The Register (U.K.), Deutsche Presse-Agentur (Germany), The Irish Times (Ireland), Raidió Teilifís Éireann (Ireland), Corriere della Sera (Italy), San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Herald, Parade, KPCC-FM, The Washington Times, NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV, Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV, ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, LatinosPost, The Jewish Week, NBC News San Francisco affiliate KNTV-TV, The Local (Sweden), Reno Gazette-Journal, International Business Times, Il Fatto Quotidiano (Italy), Jewish Journal, RedOrbit, LiveScience, The Scientist and CW News San Diego affiliate XETV-TV.

The Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed by 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, and USC Trustee Chris Cox about flaws in the Obama administration's approach to curbing carbon emissions. They wrote that energy cuts required to conform to carbon caps could harm the economy; a better solution would be recycling carbon dioxide into methanol, creating a market for a new transportation fuel. The USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, which Olah founded, has discovered how to make methanol directly from carbon dioxide, at a much cheaper cost than gasoline. "At the University of Southern California, we have taken this idea much further, developing the concept of a comprehensive methanol economy supported by much enabling chemistry," Olah and Cox wrote.

The Wall Street Journal mentioned that Hashem Pesaran, John Elliott Distinguished Chair in Economics and professor of economics, has been predicted to win the Nobel Prize in economics, along with two colleagues.

 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Washington Post featured Arieh Warshel, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, winner of this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry along with two colleagues. Los Angeles Times covered the story, noting that his research has helped push forward computer modeling that allows for the development of new drugs and energy production. He received a call from Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu congratulating him, and Warshel explained his research in under a minute. "Netanyahu told me that from now on he was going to force all his ministers to say whatever it was they wanted to tell him in just one minute," he said. Another Los Angeles Times story reported that USC President C. L. Max Nikias told Warshel one of the perks of having a Nobel Prize was a free, permanent parking spot on campus. The story noted this was the second Nobel Prize in chemistry for USC, the former belonging to George Olah, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Chair in Organic Chemistry.  Olah said USC has changed considerably since he and Warshel began working there: "We became a major research university which also has great interest and success in collegiate sports." The story was also covered by Inside Higher Ed, another story in The Washington Post by Associated Press, another story by Los Angeles Times, Financial Times (U.K.), another story by Associated Press, The Guardian (U.K.), Reuters, Agence France-Presse, PBS News' "NewsHour," Times News Network (India), Voice of America, The Voice of Russia (Russia), Arirang (South Korea), KQED-FMBusiness Insider, Times of Israel (Israel), Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Yahoo News, San Jose Mercury News, BostInno and Science Daily.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the changing demographics of the California electorate.

Los Angeles Times cited Darby Saxbe of psychology about stress patterns in women.

 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The New York Times featured Arieh Warshel, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, winner of this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry along with two colleagues. The Wall Street Journal ran video of the announcement. The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, reported the prize was awarded for the laying of a foundation for computer models used to understand and predict chemical processes. This has allowed programs to predict the best designs for new drugs or solar cells. "In short, what we developed is a way which requires computers to look, to take the structure of the protein and then to eventually understand how exactly it does what it does," he said. The Jersualem Post reported that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called Warshel to congratulate him on his Nobel Prize win. "We are proud of you," Netanyahu told Warshel, who is Israeli. Reuters ran a photo of Warshel speaking with Israeli President Shimon Peres. The story was also covered in another story by The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, another Los Angeles Times story by Associated Press, CNN, BBC (U.K.), ABC News in an Associated Press story, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Guardian (U.K.), Reuters, NPR, Time, The Atlantic, Scientific American, Voice of America, CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV, The Boston Globe, Huffington Post, and the U-T San Diego.

 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

KPCC-FM quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Arnold Schwarzenegger's legacy as governor.

The News Tribune mentioned that Jack Halberstam of American studies and ethnicity, gender studies, and comparative literature will be giving a lecture at the 19th annual Freedom from Discrimination Month.

 

Monday, October 7, 2013

BBC (U.K.) highlighted a new book by Steven Ross of history about Nazi spies operating in Hollywood.

The Wrap covered George Clooney receiving the Ambassador for Humanity Award from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education. The story was also covered by Us Weekly.

 

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Wall Street Journal, in an Associated Press story, featured George Clooney receiving the Ambassador for Humanity Award from the USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education, housed at USC Dornsife. The story noted the institute has collected nearly 52,000 eyewitness Holocaust testimonies on video, and is now collecting them from other genocides, including in Rwanda, Cambodia and Armenia. Jewish Telegraphic Agency covered the story, also noting the USC Shoah Foundation Initiative, a $150 million fundraising goal to keep the Visual History Archive running in perpetuity.

Los Angeles Times ran poetry collection reviews by Carol Muske-Dukes of English.

Los Angeles Times quoted Donald Miller, Leonard K. Firestone Professor of Religion and professor of religion and sociology, about Chuck Smith, pastor and founder of the Jesus People and the Calvary Chapel movement.

 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Times of Israel (Israel) featured USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education founder Steven Spielberg, noting that he will be presenting actor George Clooney with the institute’s Ambassador for Humanity Award. “His efforts around genocide awareness and prevention link closely with the mission of the USC Shoah Foundation,” Spielberg said. The story noted the institute, housed at USC Dornsife, has collected 52,000 Holocaust survivor testimonials, spanning 33 languages and 57 countries. It recently began expanding to preserve records of other genocides, including the Rwandan-Tutsi, Armenian and Cambodian genocides.

LA Weekly covered a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 70 percent of California voters want to see the high-speed rail project back on the ballot.

 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

KPCC-FM featured a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that California voters are supportive of proposals to reform the state’s water supply system. “The challenge for the governor and the legislature is to convince voters that these reforms are not helpful, but necessary,” said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.