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September 2013 Media Mentions

 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found Californians value reform of the state’s water supply system, but not enough to spend billions of dollars in ratepayer and taxpayer funding. On a state water bond, prison-reform and a high-speed rail project, “voters have very clear concerns and want to see something done — until they see the price tag,” said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. Los Angeles Times also reported that 70 percent of voters want the high-speed rail project back on the ballot, up from 55 percent last year. The poll was also covered by Associated Press, ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, LAist, and KMJ-AM.

Los Angeles Times highlighted a decade-long study by Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, about the neurological development of students in the Youth Orchestra L.A. (YOLA) music program. The program is sponsored by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and develops the musical skills of teens. It has become a national leader in music education, the story said. The story also mentioned Damasio’s book “Descartes’ Error.”

The New York Times quoted Nina Eliasoph of sociology about students using social media to communicate rather than email.

Los Angeles Times quoted Thomas Jordan, University Professor, W. M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences and Professor of Earth Sciences, about the conviction of several Italian seismologists.

 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Los Angeles Times mentioned that Hashem Pesaran, John Elliott Distinguished Chair in Economics and professor of economics, and colleagues have been predicted to win the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for their research on empirical microeconomics. The prediction was mentioned in two stories by The Daily Telegraph (U.K.) (second link here) and Wired.

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to cut California’s prison population has wide public support. Fifty-eight percent of registered voters backed Brown’s plan to expand mental health and drug treatment programs. Support was stronger among Democrats, but 51 percent of Republicans were also in favor. The story was also covered by KPCC-FM.

The Christian Science Monitor cited research by 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.

 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Los Angeles Times cited a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll finding that 58 percent of California voters support a moratorium on fracking.

 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Los Angeles Times quoted James Dolan of earth sciences about earthquake faults under Century City.

KPCC-FM quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about state legislators now serving on Los Angeles City Council. KPCC-FM quoted Schnur in another story.

Scientific American ran a column by Maureen McCarthy, a doctoral student at USC Dornsife researching chimpanzees in Uganda.

 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Scientific American featured research by Caleb Finch, University Professor, ARCO/William F. Kieschnick Chair in the Neurobiology of Aging and professor of gerontology, biological sciences, anthropology and psychology, and Eileen Crimmins of the USC Davis School. The researchers are studying Peruvian mummies to learn why humans live as long as they do today.

Los Angeles Times quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about billionaire Wang Jianlin’s hopes for a Chinese version of Hollywood.

ABC News Sacramento, Calif., affiliate KXTV-TV interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about limits on legislative fundraising in California.

 

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education ran a book review by Jacob Soll of history and accounting of “The Allure of the Archives” by Arlette Farge.

 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, in a story reporting that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power can’t account for $40 million in ratepayer money.

Santa Barbara Independent cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that 58 percent of California residents favored a moratorium on fracking.

 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Los Angeles Times reported that the National Archives is honoring filmmaker Steven Spielberg for his work in creating what has become the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education. The institute works to preserve audiovisual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides. The ceremony will take place in November.

Los Angeles Times interviewed Peter Westwick of history about Boeing announcing plans to close its Long Beach plant.

Los Angeles Times quoted Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity about rising poverty in Los Angeles.

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Guardian (U.K.) ran an op-ed by Hashem Pesaran, John Elliott Distinguished Chair in Economics and professor of economics, about why the U.S. and the rest of the world should be taking new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani seriously.

Los Angeles Times quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about the ever-growing presence of Chinese businesses in Hollywood.

The Washington Post mentioned that M.G. Lord of the Master of Professional Writing program was one of the five judges in the non-fiction category of this year’s National Book Awards.

Deadline mentioned a new book by Steven Ross of history about Nazi spies operating in Los Angeles.

L.A. Weekly ran a list of popular USC professors, including Aimee Bender of English and Francesca Leardini of Italian.

Times Dispatch mentioned Darry Sragow of political science in a column about professors expressing political opinions in their classrooms.

 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Capitol Weekly quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California’s penchant to lead the way in progressive American politics.

The Huffington Post cited a study by the Center for Immigrant Integration that found income rises an average of 8-11 percent once an immigrant becomes a citizen.

Courier-Journal quoted Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity about the growing inequality between low-wage earners and the rest of American workers.

 

Monday, September 16, 2013

KCRW-FM’s “Which Way, L.A.” interviewed Steven Ross of history about his upcoming book, “Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews and Their Spies Foiled Nazi and Fascist Plots against Hollywood and America.” According to Ross, the Nazis' plans in Los Angeles were foiled by a group of undercover spies led by Leon Lewis, a Jewish communal activist and founder of the Community Committee.

Los Angeles Times quoted George Sanchez of American studies and ethnicity and history about "Latino Americans," a three-part, six-hour TV series that premieres on PBS this month.

Los Angeles Times quoted Darry Sragow of political science about recent oil drilling regulations passed in California.

 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Jewish Journal featured Steven Ross of history and his upcoming book “Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews and Their Spies Foiled Nazi and Fascist Plots against Hollywood and America.”

Philadelphia Inquirer mentioned that Steven Spielberg will mark the 20th anniversary of “Schindler’s List” with a series of screenings that will benefit the USC Shoah Foundation Institute.

 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

KABC-AM’s “The Peter Tilden Show” interviewed Patrick James of international relations about President Obama’s latest comments about Syria.

 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Education Week quoted Antonio Damasio, director of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, and Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of education, psychology and neuroscience about the mismatch between the way brains learn and the misconceptions about learning on which schools and universities are built.

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed co-authored by Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity about Mayor Eric Garcetti reinstating the Office of Immigrant Affairs and appointing Linda Lopez of USC Dornsife as its new director. The story also mentioned USC Dornsife’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, which Pastor directs, whose research has found that with 459,000 undocumented Angelenos, legalization with a path to citizenship would result in a boost in annual income between $762 million and $1.3 billion in L.A. alone.

Bloomberg News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about hyper-partisanship in politics only getting worse in the immediate future.

The Huffington Post covered a study by USC Dornsife graduate student Chris Weidemann finding that 20 percent of tweets can give away a user's current location thanks to geotagging.

Red Orbit mentioned that Julien Emile-Geay of earth sciences was part of a study that found how fluctuations in the Earth’s climate has affected rainfall in the South Pacific.

 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Scientific American ran a column by Maureen McCarthy, a doctoral student at USC Dornsife, about the ongoing struggles of chimpanzees in Uganda.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about what’s most important for California politicians to focus on in the upcoming 2014 elections.

Salon quoted Leo Braudy, University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature and professor of English and history, about how transparent government should to be when national security concerns are on the line.

 

Friday, September 6, 2013

China Daily (China) highlighted the "Easterlin Paradox" conceived by Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor of economics, which suggests happiness doesn’t necessarily increase as people or countries get richer.

Al Jazeera interviewed Manuel Pastor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity about the intersection of labor and immigration.

Al Jazeera interviewed James Fawcett, adjunct associate professor of environmental studies, about shipping and marine policy.

Fast Company covered a study by USC Dornsife graduate student Chris Weidemann finding that 20 percent of tweets can give away a user's current location thanks to geotagging.

India West (India) mentioned that Rita Sherma, Swami Vivekananda Visiting Faculty in Hindu Studies, hosted an event at the second annual International Jain Conference in Los Angeles.

 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Daily Mail (U.K.) featured a study by USC Dornsife graduate student Chris Weidemann finding that 20 percent of tweets can give away a user's current location thanks to geotagging.

KCET-TV featured the role Travis Longcore of spatial sciences played in the design process of the North Atwater L.A. River Bridge.

LAist covered USC’s partnership with Kaya Press, housed at USC Dornsife, who hosted their “Welcome Back Night” on Wednesday.

 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on results from the PACE/USC Rossier School of Education Poll.

Wired featured a study by USC Dornsife graduate student Chris Weidemann finding that 20 percent of tweets can give away a user’s current location, down to the very street they’re on at the time they’re tweeting, thanks to geotagging. Press Trust of India (India), Vice and Red Orbit also covered the story.

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the risks Republican leaders are taking by backing President Obama’s proposed actions in Syria.

Los Angeles Times cited Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the role of fundraising in politics.

KABC-AM's "The Peter Tilden Show" interviewed Patrick James of international relations about the current crisis in Syria.

The Washington Post mentioned that Teddy Davis, former director of strategic communications for Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, is currently a fellow at USC Dornsife's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. Los Angeles Times also covered the story.

Journal Star mentioned research by Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, that showed regular moviegoers are so inclined to eat popcorn at the theater that they’ll even eat it when it’s stale, purely out of habit.

 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Age (Australia) featured Lois Banner of history and gender studies, author of “Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox,” and listed a few of her favorite books.

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

CNN quoted Margaret Gatz of psychology, gerontology and preventive medicine about the occurrence of dementia in twins and whether music can protect against it.

ABC News quoted Sarah Gualtieri of history and American studies and ethnicity about how the lives of Syrians living in the U.S. have been affected by the current crisis in their home country.

The Washington Post mentioned that Teddy Davis, former director of strategic communications for Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, will become a fellow at USC Dornsife's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.