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September 2012 Media Mentions

 

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.”

 

Friday, September 28, 2012

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, about social stability and economic growth in China. Easterlin — who is known for the “Easterlin paradox,” the finding that happiness doesn’t necessarily increase along with a country’s average income — pointed to the recent Foxconn riots as evidence that economic success isn’t always as important as having a strong social safety net or a good job.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that support for Proposition 30 has dropped to 55 percent, from 59 percent in May. Democrats still largely favor the proposition, which would raise taxes on high earners for seven years and boost the state sales tax by a quarter-cent for four years. A strong opposition campaign could sink the measure, but Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, said that the “biggest question now is whether the opposition will have the money to get their argument heard.” Additional Los Angeles Times stories reported that voters approve of Gov. Jerry Brown’s reforms to the state pension system, and a majority favor an initiative requiring special labeling for genetically modified foods. The poll was covered by another Los Angeles Times story and CBS News.

 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

L.A. Weekly reported that Jan Amend of earth sciences and biological sciences,  and colleagues, have been selected by NASA’s Astrobiology Institute to research subsurface life forms. The goal is to help detect subsurface life forms on Mars and other planets in the future.

The Orange County Register highlighted research by David Caron of biological sciences on how algae respond to nutrients along the Californian coast. This work could help scientists understand the cause of harmful algae blooms, the story reported.

U-T San Diego quoted James Fawcett of environmental studies about ports taking trade missions to encourage investment.

 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by Bill Deverell of history about the hantavirus outbreak at Yosemite National Park, and the park’s role as a place of healing in America’s history.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Steve A. Kay, incoming dean of USC Dornsife on how circadian rhythms can be linked to diabetes, depression, dementia and obesity.

 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Los Angeles Times quoted Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, and policy, planning and development  in a story on the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy’s inaugural symposium.

 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Imperial Valley Press featured an immigrant integration scorecard created by the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. The scorecard rated different counties in California using metrics like economic advancement, school performance and how welcoming the region was.

National Journal quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on what presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign needs to be successful.

Times Colonist (Canada) quoted Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, about habits.

The Jerusalem Post (Israel) mentioned the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, highlighting its dedication to preserving Holocaust survivor testimonies and making them accessible to educators and the public.

 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Record highlighted an immigrant integration scorecard created by USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration and quoted Manuel Pastor of American studies and ethnicity, and director of CSII.

Fox News Radio Laramie, Wyo., affiliate KOWB-AM highlighted research by the Southern California Earthquake Center in USC Dornsife, which is conducting a “cyber shake” with the help of University of Wyoming scholar Po Chen. The center will provide data on California to be fed into a supercomputer, which will identify areas with high-seismic hazards. The research can help communities strengthen their building codes, the story stated.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur,  director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about fundraising pressures on both President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

CNN interviewed Carol Prescott of psychology about how nature and nurture determine personality and ability to handle stress.

Science Codex highlighted a study by Sarah Greene of earth sciences finding that previously ignored carbonate deposits could hold valuable information about the acidification of the ocean’s waters.

Los Angeles Sentinel reported that Cecil “Chip” Murray, John R. Tansey Chair in Christian Ethics and professor of religion, will participate in a panel on healthy relationships.

 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Popular Science featured Moh El-Naggar of physics in its Brilliant 10 list of innovative young researchers. El-Naggar’s research focuses on bacteria that can move electrons to solid rock and create a small electrical charge. He discovered how the bacteria do this: by growing protein nanowires to move electrons to their surroundings. El-Naggar hopes to use this knowledge to develop nanostructures such as semiconductors for solar cells.

The Huffington Post ran an op-ed by Manuel Pastor of American studies and ethnicity, and director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, highlighting an immigrant integration scorecard created by CSII. The scorecard rated different counties in California using metrics like economic advancement, school performance and how welcoming the region was. Asian Journal reported that the scorecard was created by Pastor with Vanessa Carter, Rhonda Ortiz and Justin Scoggins of USC Dornsife and Anthony Perez of the Keck School of USC. KQED-FM covered the scorecard and interviewed Pastor.

The Christian Science Monitor cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that 80 percent of California voters support doctor-recommended marijuana prescriptions for severe illnesses.

 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

California Watch featured a immigrant integration scorecard created by the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration in USC Dornsife. The scorecard rated different counties in California using metrics like economic advancement, school performance and how welcoming the region was. The level of success with which immigrants integrate in California “is something in everyone’s interest,” said Manuel Pastor of American studies and ethnicity, and director of CSII. The scorecard was also covered by La Prensa Grafica (El Salvador).

MSNBC interviewed Sherman Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and professor of religion and American studies and ethnicity, about protests that have erupted throughout the Muslim world.

American Public Media’s “Marketplace” interviewed Ange-Marie Hancock of political science and gender studies about the 2012 election.

KCET-TV mentioned research by Sergio Sanudo-Wilhelmy of biological sciences and earth sciences and colleagues, finding that the 1972 Clean Water Act was effective.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel highlighted research on how Botox injections can affect emotional mimicry, conducted by scholar David Neal when he was with USC Dornsife.

 

September 15-17, 2012

The Independent (Ireland) highlighted research by Valter Longo of gerontology and biological sciences on how fasting can increase longevity.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the impact of jail problems on support for Los Angeles County Sherrif Lee Baca.

Chicago Tribune quoted Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, about the value of habits.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the role of foreign policy in the 2012 election.

 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Los Angeles Sentinel featured the groundbreaking for Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall, a new center for social science research and teaching funded by a $30 million gift from USC alumna Verna Dauterive.

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia (Italy) featured research by Valter Longo of gerontology and biological sciences and colleagues finding that fasting can improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy in brain cancer treatments. The story was also covered by RedOrbit, ABC (Spain), Science Codex and ScienceDaily.

Associated Press featured an immigrant integration scorecard created by the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, housed in USC Dornsife. The scorecard ranked 10 regions of California in terms of how well immigrants could integrate into the culture, using metrics like economic success today and over time. “The more they are integrated the more they can contribute,” said Manuel Pastor of American studies and ethnicity, and co-director of the institute. San Jose Mercury News reported that Silicon Valley and the East Bay both had especially high rankings, with Santa Clara County being a standout in the state. The research was covered by another Associated Press story, NPR News and Bay Area News Group.

NBC News’ “NBC Nightly News” interviewed Richard Dekmejian of political science and Karen North of the USC Annenberg School about a viral film that provoked protests and deaths in Libya.

 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

EFE (Spain) featured “Barrios to Burbs: The Making of the Mexican-American Middle Class” by Jody Agius-Vallejo of sociology. The Huffington Post and Hispanically Speaking News also covered the book.

The Globe and Mail (Canada) highlighted research by psychology postdoctoral fellow Darby Saxbe and colleagues, who identified a fragmentation of media consumption. The study found that only 1 percent of American households lack a TV, and more than half of households have three. In more 36 percent of observations, individuals in the household were watching TV alone.

Bloomberg News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the election impact of a census report finding median household incomes fell.

 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Inside Higher Ed highlighted research by Richard Brutchey of chemistry and postdoctoral researcher David Webber, who made a breakthrough in paint-on solar cells. Solar cells can be printed just as one prints a newspaper, Brutchey said.

Chicago Tribune quoted Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, on the value of habits.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCAL-TV interviewed Ange-Marie Hancock of political science and gender studies about the Republican and Democratic conventions.

 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Washington Post ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about political conventions’ usefulness, or lack thereof. Public interest in the conventions has flagged, Schnur wrote. He proposed that the Republican and Democratic conventions run simultaneously, which would force the parties to adjust their message and respond to criticism, giving voters a better public argument.

KPCC-FM’s “Brand & Martinez” featured “Barrios to Burbs: The Making of the Mexican-American Middle Class” by Jody Agius-Vallejo of sociology.

The New York Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative.

Daily Mirror (U.K.) mentioned research by Valter Longo of gerontology and biological sciences finding that occasional fasting could reduce one’s risk of developing cancer.

 

September 8-10, 2012

The New York Times reported that T.C. Boyle of English has a new novel coming out. Houston Chronicle reported that Boyle will read from the book, “San Miguel,” as part of the Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. The Columbus Dispatch also highlighted Boyle’s book.

The Washington Post quoted Richard Thompson of USC Dornsife about frequent health warnings desensitizing people to various dangers.

NPR News San Diego affiliate KPBS-TV ran interviews with Kevin Starr and William Deverell of history in “Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times,” a documentary about the Chandler publishing family.

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV interviewed Steven Ross of history about Hollywood mogul Louis B. Mayer, who Ross profiled in “Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics.”

C-SPAN reported that an essay by Lon Kurashige of history and American studies and ethnicity is included in the book “Colors of Confinement.”

The Boston Globe mentioned a stage adaptation of “Tortilla Curtain,” a novel by T.C. Boyle of English.

The Coloradoan mentioned that “Tortilla Curtain” by T.C. Boyle of English was among the past books featured by the Fort Collins Reads program.

 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Salon ran a Q&A with T.C. Boyle of English about his upcoming book, “San Miguel.”

 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

India Abroad noted that USC Dornsife recently established the first Hindu studies chair in the United States.

Bloomberg News covered a panel on politics and media at the Democratic National Convention, which included Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

Santa Barbara Independent highlighted research by Sarah Feakins of earth sciences on the geologic value of the Santa Ynez Valley’s Zaca Lake. Her research may determine that large flood events came after droughts or wildfires rather than during consistently wet periods, the story stated.

Reuters quoted Ange-Marie Hancock of political science and gender studies about Democrats’ strategies for appealing to white voters.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the impact of former President Bill Clinton campaigning on behalf of President Obama.

 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Los Feliz Ledger featured the groundbreaking for Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall, a new social sciences building that will be built with funds from a $30 million gift by USC alumna Verna Dauterive.

Bloomberg Businessweek reported that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke discussed research by Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, during a commencement speech. Bernanke spoke about the “Easterlin paradox,” which indicates that happiness doesn’t continually increase along with a country’s average income. World Journal featured Easterlin’s research on the happiness of urban Chinese citizens between 1990 and 2010. Easterlin found that the population showed no evidence of a marked increase in life satisfaction, despite China’s booming economic prosperity during that period. The research was covered by another World Journal story, Kaixian TV (China) and El Pais (Spain).

Houston Chronicle quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about rising political stars Julian Castro and Ted Cruz.

LAist reported that Thorsten Becker of earth sciences will lead a LACMA gallery talk on rock formations in Michael Heizer’s photographs.

 

September 1-4, 2012

Los Angeles Times reported that Dana Gioia, Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC, is heading the blue ribbon panel of poets and literary scholars that will select L.A.’s first poet laureate. He told KPCC-FM that the panel is looking for a fine writer with a true commitment to community service.

The Japan Times (Japan) featured “Illicit Flirtations: Labor, Migration and Sex Trafficking in Tokyo” by Rhacel Salazar Parrenas of sociology.

The New York Times quoted William Deverell, professor of history and director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, about the history of regulations in the mythic West.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villraigosa. Schnur was also quoted by The Sacramento Bee and L.A. Observed.

Associated Press quoted Steven Ross of history about celebrity endorsements that have backfired.

Salisbury Post quoted Dana Gioia, Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC, about poet Joseph Bathanti being named North Carolina poet laureate.