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Friday, February 26, 2016

CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV interviewed USC Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni about bias against Muslims in Los Angeles.

NPR, in a story about Kanye West's new album, cited Jack Halberstam, professor of American studies and ethnicity gender studies and comparative literature and his concept of "the queer art of failure."

 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Fast Company featured a study by Surya Prakash, George A. and Judith A. Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry, George Olah, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Chair in Organic Chemistry, and Alain Goeppert, research scientist, about their discovery of a method to convert excess carbon dioxide into methanol. The process could help businesses release fewer harmful gases into the atmosphere.

The Atlantic quoted Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, about the importance of stewardship in public investment.

CBS quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the significance of Donald Trump's primary win margins.

 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Wall Street Journal quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about a Latino voter drive.

Los Angeles Times quoted Stanley Rosen, professor of political science, about Viacom exploring a sale of a minority stake in Paramount Pictures.

Science News quoted Matthew Dean, assistant professor of biological sciences, about how a "selfish" gene can spread through a mouse population, despite evolutionary disadvantages.

Voice of America quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Asian Americans running for political office.

 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Los Angeles Times quoted Manual Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, about the disproportionate effects of extreme heat on Los Angeles' poorest neighborhoods.

KPCC interviewed Ange-Marie Hancock, associate professor of political science and gender studies, about the political landscape heading into Super Tuesday.

LA Weekly quoted Peter Westwick, assistant professor of history, on the impact surfing and tourism can have on the environment.

Curbed LA quoted Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, on the long-standing tensions and inequities surrounding pollutant-generating industries in South Los Angeles.

Washington Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on why presidential candidates share personal, non-political preferences to create personal connections with voters.

 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Live Science featured research by Jennifer Labrecque, a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Psychology, on the brain's ability to learn a new task. Deliberately planning to learn a task may be detrimental to ensuring the new activity becomes habit, according to Labrecque's findings.

Los Angeles Times quoted Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, on the long-standing tensions and inequities surrounding pollutant-generating industries in South Los Angeles.

KPCC interviewed Ange-Marie Hancock, associate professor of political science and gender studies, about the Democratic Party courting African-American voters.

Politico quoted Bob Shrum, Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics and professor of the practice of political science, about Donald Trump's chances of winning the Republican nomination.

San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the longevity of Bernie Sanders' presidential bid.

The Christian Science Monitor quoted David Chan-oong Kang, professor of international relations and business, about the feasibility of imposing sanctions on North Korea.

Out quoted Joseph Hawkins, professor of anthropology, about the historical significance of the closing of two gay pornography bookstores in Los Angeles.

Mic quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about factors that contributed to Jeb Bush's failed presidential bid.

 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Los Angeles Times quoted Stanley Rosen, professor of political science, about a Chinese company investing in films by Universal Pictures.

 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Newsweek ran an op-ed by Bob Shrum, Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics and professor of the practice of political science, on the Republican presidential candidates.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the L.A. Ethics Commission fining two nonprofits.

 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Forbes featured research by G. K. Surya Prakash, George A. and Judith A. Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry, George Olah, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Chair in Organic Chemistry, along with colleagues, on a process that would allow scientists to extract methanol from CO2. This alternative form of energy could be a vital resource as the world runs out of oil.

KPCC-FM featured Walter Thompson-Hernandez, a graduate-student researcher in the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, and his photography of Angelenos who are of mixed Latino and African-American descent. Thompson-Hernandez discussed the fluid nature of racial identity.

U.S. News & World Report quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about voter anger and the Obama administration.

Los Angeles Times cited a study by Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, and colleagues finding that there are an estimated 5.5 million U.S. citizens who are the children of unauthorized immigrants.

CNN quoted David Kang, professor of international relations and business, about North Korea's nuclear program.

The Wall Street Journal ran a column by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Justice Antonin Scalia's death and what it means for the presidential candidates. The Wall Street Journal ran a second column by Schnur about the GOP presidential contenders. The Wall Street Journal ran another story.

 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Los Angeles Times quoted Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, about Compton getting its own movie theater after decades without one.

The Huffington Post quoted Hans Bozler, professor of physics and astronomy, about the challenges in cryogenically freezing organs.

Los Angeles Times mentioned "Blaxicans of L.A.," an exhibit of photographs by Walter Thompson-Hernandez, a graduate-student researcher in the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity. His photographs depict Afro-Latin identity.

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

CBS News' "Moneywatch" featured research by Arie Kapteyn, professor (research) of economics, and colleagues finding that very few Americans are relying on reverse mortgages in retirement. Far more older Americans are using their home equity in conventional ways.

KPCC-FM quoted Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, about how Compton has changed in the last 30 years.

The Wall Street Journal ran commentary by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the New Hampshire primary results. The Wall Street Journal ran a second column by Schnur.

 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Gizmag featured research by Surya Prakash, George A. and Judith A. Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry, and colleagues on a process that could convert carbon dioxide from the air into methanol.The story was also covered by Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The Huffington Post ran a column by Carol Muske-Dukes, professor of English, about Hillary Clinton's challenges as a presidential candidate.

 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 48 percent of California Republicans support the Tea Party movement.

The Huffington Post cited research by Jonas Kaplan, assistant professor (research) of psychology, and colleagues on how the brain processes narratives.

 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Los Angeles Times quoted Stanley Rosen, professor of political science, about ESPN partnering with Tencent to cover sports in China.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Donald Trump deciding against participating in a Republican presidential debate.

The Huffington Post ran a column by Jim Burklo, associate dean of the USC Office of Religious Life, about progressive Christianity.

 

Wednesday February 3, 2016

Los Angeles Times cited a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that a majority of California voters oppose suspending environmental protections during the drought.

 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Los Angeles Times, in a story about a Boyle Heights garden that provides food for the local  community, reported that Sarah Jo Portnoy, a lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese, has been taking students to the site since 2011 as part of a course on Latino food culture. Portnoy helped the garden's managers obtain a $50,000 grant from USC to deliver produce to nearby residents.

The New York Times, in a Reuters story, quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Hillary Clinton running a close race with Bernie Sanders.

Public Radio International's Science Friday cited an op-ed by Travis Longcore, assistant professor of architecture and spatial sciences , about a standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge. High Country News also cited the op-ed.

Capital Public Radio quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Republicans campaigning in a California Senate race.

The Wall Street Journal ran commentary by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Iowa caucus results.

 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Vice quoted Jared Sanchez, a data analyst at PERE and CSII, about the Obama administration's new task force focused on helping more immigrants become U.S. citizens.

Albuquerque Journal quoted Heather James, associate professor of English and comparative literature, about artistic depictions of American bison.

The Wall Street Journal ran commentary by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, on whether voters will look beyond the drawbacks of presidential candidates from both parties. The Wall Street Journal also ran commentary by Schnur on what to watch for in the Iowa caucus results.

 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Los Angeles Times mentioned that Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, will be included on a panel of White House officials and other local leaders to discuss ways in which to encourage immigrants to become U.S. citizens.

 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Huffington Post ran a column by Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, and a colleague suggesting that a more welcoming attitude toward immigrants in the U.S. could help prevent shootings like the one that occurred in San Bernardino.

Daily Pilot mentioned that the USC Shoah Foundation helped find a Holocaust survivor to speak to Whittier Law School students.

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Los Angeles Times quoted Stanley Rosen, professor of political science, about Oriental Dreamworks, the company that created "Kung Fu Panda."

Voice of America quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Asian Americans becoming more politically engaged.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about a potential presidential run by Michael Bloomberg.

 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Shoah Foundation, which is now collecting testimony from survivors of the Nanjing massacre. It's part of an effort to expand the genocide research of the institute beyond the Holocaust; they have previously branched out to study genocides in Cambodia and Rwanda. The article quoted Karen Jungblut, the Shoah Foundation's director of research and documentation.

Reuters featured research by Adam Feldman, a political science doctoral candidate, and colleagues explaining how 66 lawyers in private practice, most working for businesses, dominate the Supreme Court's docket.

The Chronicle of Higher Education mentioned that Dani Byrd is the interim dean of the USC Dornsife College.

 

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Economist quoted Donald Miller, Leonard K. Firestone Professor of Religion, about how Pentecostal worship provides migrants with a sense of control over their lives.

South China Morning Post quoted Stanley Rosen, professor of political science, about Chinese businessman Wang Jianlin's increasing presence in Hollywood.

Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown's goals for 2016 and his singular focus on the budget.

 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Harvard Business Review ran an op-ed by Matthew Kahn, visiting professor of economics and spatial sciences, on why rising sea levels won't doom U.S. coastal cities.

Los Angeles Times quoted Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, about a decline in the number of immigrants living in the country illegally.

Sacramento Bee quoted Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, and policy, planning, and development, about the death of prominent California haberdasher Wilkes Bashford.

 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

U.S. News & World Report quoted Richard Easterlin, USC University Professor and professor of economics, about the quality of life in Denmark.

U.S. News & World Report quoted Wendy Wood of the USC Dornsife College about the formation of spending habits.

 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Pacific Standard featured research by Nicholas Jackson, a Ph.D. student in quantitative psychology, and colleagues finding that marijuana doesn't appear to reduce intelligence. A large-scale study of twins found that those who smoked marijuana in adolescence versus siblings who remained abstinent did not display higher degrees of mental decline or challenges. The study was also covered by The Philadelphia Inquirer, along with a second study on marijuana's effects by Laura Baker, professor of psychology, and colleagues.

Los Angeles Times quoted Darry Sragow, adjunct assistant professor of political science, about political leadership in the wake of the Porter Ranch gas leak.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the final Democratic presidential debate.

The Chronicle of Higher Education mentioned that the former dean of the USC Dornsife College, Steve Kay, is now president of The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla. The story noted that USC discussed a merger with the institute in the past.

 

Friday January 15, 2016

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the need for Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendant Michelle King to provide leadership.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" quoted Bill Deverell, professor of history, about Woody Guthrie's experiences in Los Angeles.

 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Variety quoted Stanley Rosen, professor of political science, about a Chinese company acquiring Legendary Entertainment

 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

NPR's "The People's Pharmacy" featured an interview with Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, about how to break bad habits. Wood discussed tips and tricks that help make good habits stick and bad habits easier to break.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about a tax bond measure that would help the homeless.

Los Angeles Times quoted Stanley Rosen, professor of political science, about Wang Jianlin boosting his influence in Hollywood by acquiring Legendary Entertainment.

NBC News interviewed Steve Ross, professor of history, about a lack of diversity in Hollywood.

Variety mentioned that Clifford Johnson, professor of physics and astronomy, is on the jury for the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize.

 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education ran commentary by Stephanie Bower of the USC Dornsife College about a writing course that brings USC students into conversation with ex-prisoners. The course is careful to position the ex-prisoners as experts in terms of their life experience rather than as subjects of charity. The story noted the course was co-created by John Murray of the USC Dornsife College.

The Washington Post cited a study by Scott Kanoski, assistant professor of biological sciences, and colleagues finding that when eating is limited, the hormone associated with feeling full plummets and leads to rats eating twice as much.

Forbes quoted Kenneth Alexander, professor of mathematics, about the odds of winning the lottery.

LA Observed quoted Clifford Johnson, professor of physics and astronomy, about scientists helping Hollywood screenwriters make their scripts more scientifically accurate.

 

Monday, January 11, 2016

International Business Times featured Tom Garrison, assistant professor (teaching) of anthropology and spatial sciences, who led a team of archaeologists to discover the tomb of a Mayan king. "You never know what's out there, and you never know what you're going to find in any given year," Garrison said. The story included a USC-produced video about the discovery.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Clifford Johnson, professor of physics and astronomy, about scientists helping Hollywood screenwriters make their scripts more scientifically accurate.

Salon ran an op-ed by John Allen of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute about how we derive a sense of security from home ownership - and how that can be exploited.

The Oregonian mentioned the Collaboratory for the Study of Earthquake Predictability is hosted at the USC Dornsife College and provides rigorous testing of earthquake prediction methods.

 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Los Angeles Times quoted Stanley Rosen, professor of political science, about the film industry remaining strong in China despite recent market turmoil.

CBS News quoted David Kang, professor of international relations and business, about Ri Chun-hee, a North Korean TV announcer used to communicate the state's propaganda.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about a non-binding resolution that Democrats hope will increase voter turnout.

KPCC-FM's "AirTalk"; interviewed David Albertson, associate professor of religion, about a Christian college which has taken steps to fire one of its teachers who has professed solidarity with Muslims.

 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll on the support of Asian voters in California for Hillary Clinton.

KPCC-FM interviewed David Kang, professor of international relations and business, about North Korea's claims to have tested a hydrogen bomb.

 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Chicago Tribune cited research by Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, and colleagues finding that by 2020, 47 percent of all jobs in the Chicago region will require an associate degree or higher.

San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about poll numbers for the Democratic presidential candidates.

 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The New York Times, in an Associated Press story, featured the USC Shoah Foundation. The Foundation has been collecting testimonies of Holocaust survivors since the '90s, and now is expanding its research into testimonies of genocide in Latin America. The first project will be the most comprehensive repository of accounts from Guatemala's civil conflict, in which about 245,000 people are estimated to have been killed or disappeared.

NPR affiliate WBUR-FM featured research by Margaret Gatz, professor of psychology, gerontology and preventive medicine, and colleagues finding a link between anxiety and an increased risk of dementia. Looking at 28 years of data from sets of twins, the researchers found that the twin who suffered from higher levels of anxiety was twice as likely to suffer from dementia later in life, Gatz said.

The New York Times quoted Stanley Rosen, professor of political science, about the Chinese company Dalian Wanda Group buying a majority stake in a Hollywood production company.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about a California ballot initiative asking voters to weigh in on the Supreme Court's Citizens United case.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, about the racial overtones in a new ad from the Donald Trump campaign.

 

Monday, January 4, 2016

PBS News' "NewsHour" featured Robin Coste Lewis, Provost's Fellow in the Creative Writing & Literature PhD Program at the USC Dornsife College, and winner of the 2015 National Book Award for poetry. Lewis discussed her debut, her readers and her influences.

Los Angeles Times quoted Steven Ross, professor of history, about the Academy Awards and representations of race.

National Geographic quoted David Caron, professor of biological sciences, about how single-celled organisms eat.

The Wall Street Journal ran a column by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the political impact of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

The Chronicle of Higher Education mentioned that Sarah Leslie of the USC Dornsife College is humanities editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books. The story highlighted the cultural impact of LARB on academics.

The Washington Post ran a column by Wendy Wood of the USC Dornsife College about why people fail to change bad habits.

The Sacramento Bee mentioned that T.C. Boyle, writer in residence and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English, is author of "The Relive Box," included in "The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy" series.

Relaxnews ran a story about sticking to New Year's resolutions by John Monterosso, associate professor of psychology.

 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

CBS News featured research presented by John Platt of USC Dornsife College to the American Geophysical Union that may explain mysterious fault lines. Platt said when two faults collide, they may merge like a zipper, instead of breaking past one another. "It may solve some long-standing and intractable problems concerning the timing and displacement on faults," he said.

EdTech wrote about a $2.7 million U.S. Department of Education grant for a digital game project by Daphna Oyserman, Dean’s Professor of Psychology and professor of psychology, education and communication. Oyserman will work with the nonprofit McREL, game developer Filament Games, and the South Centeral Colorado Board of Cooperative Education Services to build and test the game based on Oyserman's "identity-based motivation" for teens.

The Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Sen. Lindsey Graham's decision to end his presidential campaign.

 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Nation highlighted research by Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, and colleagues on the economic impact of Prop. 13 in California. If Prop. 13 was reformed so that commercial and industrial properties were taxed at market rate, the state could generate between $8.2-10.2 billion. Pastor noted that Prop. 13 affects younger Californians - who are predominantly non-white - more than older, more established residents.

Daily Mail featured research by Margaret Gatz, professor of psychology, gerontology and preventive medicine, and Andrew Petkus, a postdoctoral researcher in psychology, along with colleagues finding that long-term anxiety can increase the risk for dementia.

 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about how Los Angeles Unified School District needs to establish a clear chain of command now that the district has named an interim superintendent.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about how the Democrats are likely to nominate Hillary Clinton, but the Republicans are just starting to decide who the party will nominate.

CNN cited research by Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, and Rhonda Ortiz, mananging director at the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at USC, on American cities pursuing data-driven strategies to better integrate immigrants and refugees.

San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the role of fear in party politics.

The Conversation ran an op-ed by Donald Miller, Leonard K. Firestone Professor of Religion, about celebrating Christmas in an age of religious extremism.

The Oklahoman covered research by Matthew Sachs of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute about the psychology of sad Christmas songs.

 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Atlanta Journal Constitution quoted Jody Agius Vallejo, associate professor of sociology, about Latino social mobility.

 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Daily Mail featured research by Matthew Sachs of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute, along with colleagues, on the science of sad Christmas songs.

Yahoo News featured research by Scott Kanoski, assistant professor of biological sciences, and colleagues on hunger-related hormones that could pave the way to new weight-loss therapies. A hormone called "ghrelin" plays a key role in activating the parts of the brain related to hunger and the feeling of fullness.

The Washington Post interviewed Stanley Rosen, professor of political science, about Ali Baba Group collaborating with Disney on a new content service.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur,director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the political fallout from L.A. Unified School District closing schools due to a terrorist threat.

McClatchy News Service quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California Democrats voting to restrict resettlement of Syrian refugees.

The Guardian mentioned director Roman Polanski filmed the testimonies of Holocaust survivors collected by the USC Shoah Foundation. The Hollywood Reporter also covered the story.

 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Washington Post ran an op-ed by Ben Graham, assistant professor of international relations, and colleagues featuring their research on democracies, autocracies and war. They found that democracies are far more successful in wars, largely because they pursue values shared by coalitions of allies. Autocracies tend to act alone - a sign, Graham and his colleagues wrote, that China should not be so aggressive in the Pacific Rim.

 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Republican presidential candidates taking on Donald Trump.

NPR highlighted "The Sympathizer," a novel by Viet Nguyen, associate professor of English and American studies and ethnicity, as one of 2015's books worth reading.

 

Monday, December 14, 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education ran an analysis by Jack Halberstam, professor of American studies and ethnicity, gender Studies and comparative literature, about the male gaze and sadism.

Los Angeles Times quoted Bill Deverell, professor of history, about the perception of safety in Southern California in the wake of a San Bernardino mass shooting.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about elected leaders being notably absent in the wake of a San Bernardino mass shooting.

Los Angeles Times quoted Ange-Marie Hancock, associate professor of political science and gender studies, about the waning influence of the women's activist group NOW in California.

NBC News quoted Sherman Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and professor of religion and American studies and ethnicity, about how Donald Trump's perspective on Muslims affects African-American communities.

KPCC-FM quoted Brie Loskota, managing director of the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, about the number of Muslims in California.

The Huffington Post cited research by Arthur Stone, professor of psychology and director of the USC Dornsife Center for Self-Report Science, and Stefan Schneider, a Ph.D. research scientist in psychology, on aged differences in experiencing mixed emotions.

San Gabriel Valley Tribune quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about a reversal in the Democratic and Republican Party roles during the 2016 presidential campaign.

 

Friday, December 11, 2015

The Orange County Register featured Dana Gioia, Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC. Gioia was appointed California Poet Laureate on Friday. Gioia formerly directed the National Endowment of the Arts, where he established a national program for high schools known as Poetry Out Loud.

Forbes cited Richard Easterlin, USC University Professor and professor of economics, about the "Easterlin paradox," the idea that happiness does not necessarily rise with a country's income.

 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll on Donald Trump's appeal among his supporters in California.

 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Daily Mail featured research by Glenn Fox,  a postdoctoral researcher at the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI), and Antonio Damasio, director of the USC Brain and creativity Institute, along with colleagues, analyzing the effect of gratitude on the brain. Study subjects who experienced someone holding a door open for them were more willing to display gratitude later on.

Mashable featured research by Antoine Bechara of the USC Dornsife College, Deborah MacInnis of the USC Marshall School, and a colleague, finding that adults prefer a smaller meal with a prize inside rather than a larger meal.

 

Monday, December 7, 2015

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, featured Dana Gioia, Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC. Gioia was appointed California Poet Laureate on Friday. Gioia formerly directed the National Endowment of the Arts, where he established a national program for high schools known as Poetry Out Loud. The story was also covered by The Sacramento Bee.


KPCC-FM featured Dana Gioia, Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC. Gioia was appointed California Poet Laureate on Friday.

 

Friday, December 4, 2015

KPCC-FM quoted Brie Loskota, managing director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture, about why people turn to spirituality in times of tragedy, such as the mass shooting in San Bernardino.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown postponing a trip in order to visit San Bernardino in the wake of a mass shooting.

 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Los Angeles Times mentioned Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and his independent campaign for secretary of state.

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Denver Post highlighted research by Glenn Fox, a postdoctoral researcher at the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI), and colleagues on the neuropsychology behind gratitude. Fox had study participants listen to Holocaust survivors express gratitude after people provided live-saving food or hiding places, then scanned the participants brains for changes.

 

Monday, November 30, 2015

KPCC-FM featured research by Matt Dean, assistant professor of biological sciences, and Jim Dines of the Natural History Museum and colleagues on an evolutionary theory about mating strategies.

Fox News Latino quoted Jody Vallejo, associate professor of sociology, about birth rates among Latinas falling to an all-time low.

 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CNN quoted Steve Ross, professor of history, on increasing concern over Donald Trump.

 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NPR featured a study by Antoine Bechara, professor of psychology, Deborah MacInnis of the USC Marshall School and colleagues who found people eat less if they are offered an incentive.

 

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Houston Chronicle cited research by Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, and colleagues finding that 1.6 million relatives of immigrants will be elligible to vote in the 2016 presidential elections.

 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Los Angeles Times reviewed "Half an Inch of Water" by Percival Everett, distinguished professor of English, calling him one of the L.A.'s most decorated writers.

The Houston Chronicle featured research by Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, and colleagues finding that 1.6 million relatives of immigrants will be eligible to vote in the 2016 presidential elections.

 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics,about Inglewood City Council voting to hold meetings during the day.

Los Angeles Times quoted Nina Eliasoph, professor of sociology, about the rise of young leaders in a heavily immigrant corner of L.A. County.

 

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Orange County Register featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding a gap between the way California voters perceive the state's economy. The poll found that 81 percent of self-described Republicans were disatisfied versus 39 percent of Democrats. The article quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that Californians are more progressive in general on the issue of immigration.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Karen Sternheimer, associate professor (teaching) of sociology, on Californians lying about their excessive water use.

 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Bloomberg News cited a study by Michael Messner, professor of sociology, and colleagues on the underrepresentation of women's sports on ESPN's "SportsCenter."

 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The New York Times featured research by Jesse Graham, assistant professor of psychology, on the moral values of liberals versus conservatives. The story quoted Graham about liberals being outraged by videos of police using excessive force that have been shared on social media.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" quoted Darby Saxbe, assistant professor of psychology, about how parents struggle to balance work and their personal lives.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that Californians are more progressive in general on the issue of immigration.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Karen Sternheimer, associate professor (teaching) of sociology, on Californians lying about their excessive water use.

 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Reuters featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that most Californians are dissatisfied with the state's economy. The poll was also cited by Los Angeles Times in three more stories (additional links here and here) and by the Central Valley Business Journal.

Smithsonian Science News featured research by David Bottjer,professor of earth sciences, biological sciences and environmental studies, and colleagues on a sea urchin fossil that diversified 10 million years earlier than previously thought. The finding has impacts on how biologists understand the processes that occur during major evolutionary changes.

 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that Donald Trump and Ben Carson remain the leaders in the Republican presidential field both in California and nationally. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have moved into a solid second tier. The poll also found that inland Californians are more downbeat about the economy, and while Republicans and Democrats differ on what they worry about. International Business Times covered the poll's findings regarding immigration. Los Angeles Times covered the poll in five more stories (additional links available upon request). The poll was also covered by Bloomberg News, Politico, National Journal, KPCC-FM and CBS News San Francisco affiliate KCBS-AM.

 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Nature World News featured research by David Bottjer, professor of earth sciences, biological sciences and environmental studies, and colleagues on a sea urchin fossil that diversified 10 million years earlier than previously thought. The finding has impacts on how biologists understand the processes that occur during major evolutionary changes.

United Press International quoted David Kang, professor of international relations and business, on the cost of unifying of North and South Korea.

 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

National Journal featured research by the USC Dornsife College's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, along with partners, finding that white Americans earn more than people of color even when they have attained the same level of education. The survey found this to hold true in the vast majority of 150 major metropolitan areas across the country.

 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Variety quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the challenges of hosting this year's GOP presidential debates.

Boise State Public Radio ran an interview with Mary Sarotte, Dean's Professor of History, about the fall of the Berlin Wall.

 

Friday, October 30, 2015

The New York Times quoted Karen Sternheimer, associate professor (teaching) of sociology, about how our environment governs how we behave.

Economist cited research by Richard Easterlin, University Professor and professor or economics, that rising incomes do not necessarily make a population happier.

 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Village Voice quoted Alice Echols, Barbra Streisand Professor of Contemporary Gender Studies and professor of history and gender studies, about how the Village Voice became a mainstream music sensation in the '70s.

 

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Wall Street Journal reviewed "Citizen Sailors: Becoming American in the Age of Revolution" by Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, assistant professor of history and spatial sciences. The book looks at how the notion of citizenship evolved in the colonial age.

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

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. The poll found wide public support for California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is running to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer.

KPCC-FM quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about local ballot measures.

 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

La Opinion featured a group of USC post-doctoral students with Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Technología de Mexico. The story praised the students for their academic accomplishments: one, Socrates Muñoz, obtained his PhD in chemistry when he was just 25, and wrote his doctoral thesis in a month. The students are researching therapies for HIV, Hepatitis C and cancer.

CNET quoted Leo Braudy, University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature and professor of English and history, about online services like Netflix and Amazon taking more risks with producing shows than Hollywood.

Politico ran a column by Jacob Soll, professor of history and accounting, about the need for transparency in the federal budget.

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Daily Mail featured a study by Glenn Fox, of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute, and colleagues on how the brain processes feelings of gratitude. The USC Shoah Foundation provided testimonies of Holocaust survivors who shared stories of survival. The story was also covered by The Algemeiner.

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Washington Post featured a study by Glenn Fox, of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute, and colleagues on how the brain processes feelings of gratitude. The USC Shoah Foundation provided testimonies of Holocaust survivors who shared stories of survival. Study participants then rated the level of gratitude reflected in the story while undergoing an MRI scan. The story quoted Fox and Shoah Foundation Director Stephen Smith.

NPR featured a study by Daphna Oyserman, Dean’s Professor of Psychology and professor of psychology, education and communication, and colleagues on "left-behind" children in China who can still get ahead and have a bright future. Oyserman's study found that children who set personal goals could overcome depression and anxiety.

The Scientist quoted Frank Alber, associate professor of biological sciences, about the 3D organization of genomes.

 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Politico quoted Donna Spruijt-Metz, professor (research) of psychology and director of the USC mHealth Collaboratory, about how scientists will manage and interpret big data collected by future medical devices.

 

Friday, October 16, 2015

The New Yorker reviewed "Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems," a new collection by Robin Coste Lewis, a Provost’s Fellow in the creative writing & literature Ph.D. program. The story noted that Lewis' collection has been nominated for the 2015 National Book Award.

Inverse featured research by Daphna Oyserman, Dean’s Professor of Psychology and professor of psychology, education and communication, and colleagues on how culture shock causes us to pay attention to details.

 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

CNN en Español featured a live viewing of the first Democratic debate, organized by the Unruh Institute of Politics at the USC Dornsife College. The event was held at Wallis Annenberg Hall and included interviews with USC students, as well as panelists Cindy Montañez, former California Assemblywoman, 39th District and Tony Strickland, former California State Senator, 19th District.

The Huffington Post mentioned that James Hick, professor (research) of biological sciences, and Peter Kuhn, Dean’s Professor of Biological Sciences and professor of medicine, biomedical engineering, and aerospace & mechanical engineering, and colleagues are at the forefront of developing a liquid biopsy technology that will be used to assess risk and provide better therapies for breast cancer patients.

Inside Philanthropy mentioned that David and Dana Dornsife gave the USC Dornsife College a $200 million gift in 2011.

 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

CBS News Burlington, VT affiliate WCAX-TV interviewed Christian Grose, associate professor of political science, about how the first Democratic debate affected the campaigns of candidates.

 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Associated Press featured a poll by the USC Dornsife College, Los Angeles Times and California Community Foundation finding that county residents want to get involved in their communities but often don't know where to direct their energy. Los Angeles and The Huffington Post also covered the story.

Los Angeles Times quoted Viet Nguyen, associate professor of English and Amrican studies and ethnicity, about selections appearing in a new book, "100 Years of the Best American Short Stories."

Capital Public Radio quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about recent legislation signed or vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Los Angeles Daily News featured a poll by the USC Dornsife College, Los Angeles Times and California Community Foundation on the concerns of county residents. CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV also covered the poll, which ranked traffic and congestion as the top concern of Angelenos. The story was also covered by LAist, another story by CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV and by Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV.

The Wall Street Journal mentioned that Hashem Pesaran, director of the USC Dornsife Institute for New Economic Thinking, is often mentioned as a potential winner of the Nobel Prize in economics.

 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Los Angeles Times featured a poll by the USC Dornsife College, Los Angeles Times and California Community Foundation on the top concerns of L.A. County residents. The poll found that 55 percent of respondents are concerned most about traffic and congestion, over physical safety and making ends meet. Another Los Angeles Times story covered the poll, noting that the Foundation has pledged $1 billion to Los Angeles County nonprofits over the next decade. Los Angeles Times looked at how the concerns of county residents have changed over time. The story was also covered in another Los Angeles Times story, and by City News Service, Los Angeles Daily News, CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV, Curbed L.A.

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California laws enacted by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The Jerusalem Post mentioned that George A. Olah, distinguished professor of chemistry, chemical engineering and materials ccience 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, were awarded a $1 million prize by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2013 for their work on developing a methanol-based economy.

 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Los Angeles Times featured a poll by the USC Dornsife College, Los Angeles Times and California Community Foundation finding that the complications of urban life keep L.A. residents from getting more involved. The article quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. The poll was covered in two more Los Angeles Times stories (second link here).

Los Angeles Times quoted Travis Longcore, assistant professor of architecture and spatial sciences, about water usage in Beverly Hills.

 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Science News quoted Travis Longcore, assistant professor of architecture and spatial sciences, about how light pollution can affect the reproduction habits of wild animals.

San Diego Reader reported that Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, has expressed support for local ownership of the Los Angeles Times.

 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Guardian quoted Jack Halberstam, professor of American studies and ethnicity, son the history of hazing in the U.S. and the U.K.

 

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Speaker of the House John Boehner announcing his resignation. Schnur wrote that the next speaker will face the same challenging situation that Boehner did: either capitulating to the conservative base of the caucus or defy it and risk being deposed.

Inside Higher Ed featured the USC Dornsife College's Preceptor System, a program that retains humanities and social science PhD graduates for full-time employment for up to two years. During that time, they teach for a faculty mentor as well as a course of their own design.

Los Angeles Times quoted James Heft, Alton M. Brooks Professor of Religion, about how Pope Francis has changed the image of the Catholic Church.

Al Jazeera quoted Ange-Marie Hancock, associate professor of political science and gender studies, about the California Fair Pay Act, which would help address the gender income gap.

The Des Moines Register ran an op-ed by Jacob Soll, professor of history and accounting, about the University of Iowa hiring Bruce Harreld as president, and his stated objectives of "turning the university around."

 

Friday, September, 25, 2015

KNX-AM interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the announcement that Speaker of the House John Boehner is resigning.

The Washington Times quoted Richard Flory, of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture, about younger Americans' perception of Pope Francis.

 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Daily Mail featured research by Donna Spruijt-Metz, professor of psychology, and colleagues on the psychological stressors that fuel eating habits that lead to obesity. Her study, funded by the National Science Foundation, will use body sensors and wireless beacons to collect real-time data from participants. The story was also covered by The Washington Free-Beacon.

Los Angeles Times cited research by Matthew Kahn, visiting professor of economics and spatial sciences, finding that vehicle inspections in Illinois had lowered ozone pollution, but not carbon monoxide pollution.

KPCC-FM interviewed Joe Palacios, sociology lecturer, about the reception of Pope Francis in the U.S.

 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Daily Journal featured a writing course taught by Mark Marino of the Writing Program that looks at the selfie as a cultural artifact. The story quoted Marino and Kate Flint, also of the USC Dornsife College, about the role of the selfie in culture.

 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history, and policy, planning, and development, about how the character of downtown Los Angeles has changed.

KPCC-FM quoted Phyllis Grifman, associate director of the USC Sea Grant Program, about a sewage spill in Long Beach.

 

Monday September 21, 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted research by Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, and Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of the USC Rossier School about the relationship between the human body and emotions. "Somatic markers" within the body react to outside stimulus and can end up guiding our thoughts, reactions and decisions.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that California Attorney General Kamala Harris leads in the race to replace Senator Barbara Boxer. Los Angeles Times also cited the poll regarding support for Republican candidates for U.S. Senate. Los Angeles Times cited the poll in other stories finding that support for Carly Fiorina is building as support for Donald Trump is wavering.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur,director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about California Assemblyman Anthony Rendon succeeding Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins.

The Guardian quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about presidential candidate Carly Fiorina's choice of words, which is heavily influenced by her corporate background.

Minnesota Public Radio quoted Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, about new citizens leaning Democratic due to the political climate.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Leo Braudy, University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature and professor of English, art history and history, about three men who stopped a terrorist attack while on a French train.

The Conversation cited an op-ed by Norbert Schwarz, Provost Professor of Psychology and Marketing, and a colleague on how falsehoods about vaccines are spread through public messaging.

Los Angeles Times mentioned the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll.

The Scientist reported that Dean Steve Kay will lead the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla. The story was also covered by The Palm Beach Post.

Friday, September 18, 2015

The New York Times reviewed an exhibit of Swedish wooden toys organized by Amy Ogata, professor of art history, and a colleague. The toys range from the 17th to the early 21st Century and include factory-produced and artisan-crafted playthings.

The Huffington Post cited research by Antonio and Hannah Damasio, of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute, on how classical music can impact learning.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Dean Steve Kay will lead the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla. The story was also covered by Nature and Science.

 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Al Jazeera cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that 57 percent of California voters think climate change is a major crisis.

KQED-FM interviewed Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the second GOP debate.

 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that California voters are sharply divided over whether free or low-cost health insurance should be granted to undocumented immigrants. KPCC-FM cited the Poll, which found that Donald Trump is the leading presidential candiddate among California Republicans. The Poll was additionally covered by Los Angeles Times in two stories (second link here) and The Sacramento Bee.

The Washington Post quoted Claudia Rankine, Aerol Arnold Chair of English, about Donald Trump's political rhetoric.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics,about Donald Trump and Arnold Schwarzenegger as political celebrities.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Republicans needing to unite behind one presidential candidate. Contra Costa Times quoted Schnur about Republican policies regarding immigration.

 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Washington Post featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that Democratic voters in California are more likely to support Hillary Clinton than Bernie Sanders. Clinton drew support from minority voters by wide margins, the story noted. Fox News Latino and California Healthline also covered the poll.

 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, which found that Donald Trump is a leading presidential candidate among California voters, with Ben Carson coming in second. Los Angeles Times also reported on the Poll's findings that Rep. Loretta Lynch is establishing herself as a serious contender in the race to succeed Sen. Barbara Boxer. Another story reported that Gov. Jerry Brown's popularity has slipped, but most Californians approve of his job performance. Two more Poll stories looked at how California voters view local politics. The Poll was also covered by Politico and KFBK-AM.

Los Angeles Times mentioned philosophy courses at USC.

The Boston Globe covered a performance by James Taylor at a benefit for the USC Shoah Foundation.

 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Los Angeles Times covered the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that most California voters say the drought has had little to no effect on their lives. The poll found that 36 percent of voters said El Niño will help ease the drought a lot, while 42 percent said it would only help a little.

U.S. News & World Report, in an Associated Press story, featured a partnership between the USC Shoah Foundation and the Ford Motor Company. A $180,000 gift by Ford will help expand the Shoah Foundation's IWitness program, giving Detroit-area students access to video testimonies of the survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides. The story was also covered by Detroit Free Press.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, of the USC Dornsife College about Gov. Jerry Brown's various legislative proposals which were defeated this week.

 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Foreign Affairs highlighted commentary by Jacques Hymans, associate professor of international relations, of the USC Dornsife College on the Iran nuclear deal.

China Daily featured research by Daphna Oyserman, Dean’s Professor of Psychology, and professor of psychology, education, and communication, and colleagues on China's "left-behind children," and how they need to be given strategies for attaining their goals. Many rural Chinese children are left in the care of grandparents while their parents move to cities for work. Children who were given both positive images of their future and strategies on how to achieve those dreams scored higher on exams than those without.

 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Voice of America highlighted efforts by the USC Shoah Foundation to record testimonies of the Guatemalan genocide. The story quoted Sandra Gruner-Domic of the USC Shoah Foundation about the history of the Guatemalan genocide. The foundation has already collected 30 audio-visual statements, and hopes to have 100 by the end of the year. They will be added to the foundation's 53,000 recordings of genocide survivors, including those from the Holocaust.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur,director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about environmental protections bills being promoted for their economic impact.

Los Angeles Times quoted Stanley Rosen, professor of political science, about profits not being a primary motivator for business deals between Hollywood and China.

The Press-Enterprise cited research by Juan De Lara, assistant professor of American studies and ethnicity, on logistics industries in the Inland Empire relying largely on temporary workers.

L.A. Weekly quoted Dana Johnson, associate professor of English, about author Victoria Patterson's book "The Little Brother."

 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Los Angeles Times ran a book review by Viet Nguyen, associate professor of English and American Studies and ethnicity. Nguyen reviewed "The Making of Asian America: A History" by Erika Lee.

New Scientist highlighted research by Maureen McCarthy,  a Ph.D. student in integrative and evolutionary biology, about chimpanzees thriving in a rapidly shrinking area of forest in Uganda.

 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Washington Post research by David Hutchins, professor of marine environmental biology, and colleagues finding that climate change could cause irreversible changes to ocean-borne bacteria. When the bacteria were placed in high-acidity water, they produced more nitrogen, which drastically change the marine food web; when they were placed back into low-acidity water, their production of nitrogen was just as high. The story was also covered by The Scientist, and Agence France-Presse.

KCRW-FM's "To the Point" interviewed Jacob Soll, professor of history and accounting, about stock market volatility in China.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

CBC (Canada) covered USC's move-in day, featuring freshmen who are the first in their families to go to college. George Sanchez, vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives, spoke about the challenges faced by these students, as well as the support that USC provides.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the potential for Republican legislators in California to support tax increases.

ABC News New York affiliate WABC-TV mentioned a writing course that examines social media and selfies taught by Mark Marino of the Writing Program.

 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Buzzfeed ran a Q&A with Claudia Rankine, Aerol Arnold Chair of English, about her book "Citizen: An American Lyric," and perceptions of race in America. Rankine spoke about microaggressions, white perceptions of Serena Williams and media coverage of police violence against African-Americans.

The New York Times, in an Associated Press story, quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about professional sports teams lobbying for sports raffles.

Re/code quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Silicon Valley becoming more involved in political lobbying.

The Orange County Register quoted Bill Deverell of history about the role of groups who strive to preserve California's historical ties to the Confederacy.

RedOrbit featured research by Thorsten Becker of earth sciences finding that intraplate earthquakes, which occur far away from tectonic plate boundaries, are caused by motion in the mantle beneath the plates. Livescience also covered the story.

 

Friday, August 28, 2015

The New York Times highlighted research using linguistic software conducted by Adam Feldman, political science doctoral candidate, on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' majority opinions.

The New York Times reviewed "The Sympathizer," a novel by Viet Nguyen of English and American studies and ethnicity, about a Vietnamese Army captain living in Los angeles.

The Washington Post ran an article by Claudia Rankine, Aerol Arnold Chair of English, about Thomas Jefferson's treatment of race in his writing. The piece examines the conflicts between Jefferson's ideology and his views on slavery.

Politico ran an op-ed by Jacob Soll of history and accounting about the recent volatility of China's stock market.

Indo-Asian News Service featured research by Giorgio Coricelli of economics and psychology and colleagues on how the brain functions when someone makes a mistake. CBS News Sacramento affiliate KOVR-TV also covered the story.

The New York Times quoted Norbert Schwarz, Provost Professor of Psychology and Marketing, about a University of Virginia study on academic journals that publish suspect science. Fivethirtyeight and Reason also quoted Schwarz.

NPR Fresno affiliate KVPR-FM quoted Shana Redmond of American studies and ethnicity about African immigrants in California.

 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Daily Mail featured research by Thorsten Becker of earth sciences and colleagues finding that intraplate earthquakes, which occur far away from tectonic plate boundaries, are caused by motion in the mantle beneath the plates. The research was also covered by Der Spiegel, ABC News (Australia) and KPCC-FM.

Time, in a story about creative college courses, highlighted a writing class by Mark Marino of the Writing Program that takes a critical look at selfies and social media.

The New York Times quoted John Bowlt of Slavic languages and literatures about a collection of avant-garde Russian art.

The Wall Street Journal quoted David Schwartz of psychology about the psychological power of bullying and politics.

NPR quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the different ways that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Donald Trump used celebrity in politics.

 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Daily Mail featured research by Giorgio Coricelli of economics and psychology and colleagues on how the brain functions when someone makes a mistake.

Nature World News featured research by Maureen McCarthy, doctoral student in integrative and evolutionary biology, and colleagues on the slowly disappearing habitats of chimpanzees. Indo-Asian News Service also covered the story.

Indo-Asian News Service featured a writing class taught by Mark Marino of the Writing Program that analyzes selfies and social media. The story looked at how Marino teaches students to think critically about social media content and the images people choose to show to the world. Press Trust International also covered the story.

New York Observer quoted Nancy Lutkehaus of anthropology, gender studies and political science about the New York Metropolitan Museum's influence in highlighting primitive art.

China Daily quoted Stanley Rosen of political science about Warner Bros. planning to develop Chinese language movies.

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The New York Times ran an article by Claudia Rankine, Aerol Arnold Chair of English, titled "The Meaning of Serena Williams." The article examined celebrations of achievement by African-Americans like Williams - how she rejoices on the court, in particular - and how that's perceived by other viewers.

The Wall Street Journal featured a writing class taught by Mark Marino of Writing Program that analyzes selfies and social media. ABC News Philadelphia affiliate WPVI-TV also mentioned the course.

CNN quoted David Kang of international relations and business about an agreement between North and South Korea to end recent military tension.

 

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Wall Street Journal, in an Associated Press story, quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about the Hillary Clinton campaign's approach to an email controversy.

The Wrap quoted Diane Blaine of the Writing Program about political speech on college campuses.

Great Falls Tribune covered paleontological research by doctoral student Nathan Carroll.

 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Business Insider featured a writing class taught by Mark Marino of the Writing Program that analyzes selfies and social media.

 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Independent quoted Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, about Compton residents not being able to watch "Straight Outta Compton" due to the lack of a movie theater.

Popular Science quoted Tom Jordan, University Professor, William M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences and professor of earth sciences, how the San Andreas fault functions during massive earthquakes.

KPCC-FM's "The Frame" quoted Sikivu Hutchinson of the USC Center for Feminist Research about ties between misogyny and gangsta rap.

 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

BBC News interviewed John Allen of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute about the neurological changes that happen while eating.

Associated Press quoted Julien Emile-Geay of earth sciences about whether El Niño could end the drought.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCAL-TV quoted Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, about the city of Compton not having a movie theater.

 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Los Angeles Times quoted Norbert Schwarz, Provost Professor of Psychology and Marketing and founding co-director of the USC Dornsife Mind and Society Center, about how politicians frame public campaigns to make them seem much less risky or difficult than they are.

 

Monday, August 17, 2015

KQED-FM covered an exhibition of historical L.A. menus organized by Josh Kun of communication and American studies and ethnicity.

 

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Hollywood Reporter quoted Clifford Johnson of physics and astronomy about the science of "Fantastic Four."

Sinclair Broadcast Group quoted Patrick James, Dean's Professor of International Relations, about ISIS recruitment strategies.

Times of San Diego cited research by Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, and colleagues about income inequality and the future of San Diego's economy.

 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Los Angeles Times ran a Q&A with Josh Kun of communication and American studies and ethnicity about his research project "To Live and Dine in L.A."

The Washington Post cited research by the USC Dornsife's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and PolicyLink on the economic benefits of a lower jobless rate.

The Chronicle of Higher Education quoted George Sanchez of American studies and ethnicity and history about mentoring and support services provided to USC students from underprivileged backgrounds. The story noted that programs like USC's are rare in higher education.

Los Angeles Times cited the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding that California voters broadly support a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally.

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV interviewed Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about how presidential candidate Bernie Sanders responded to the concerns of Black Lives Matter protestors.

 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Los Angeles Times quoted Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, about political influence and the demography of Watts.

San Jose Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about a surge in appeal for presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.

Los Angeles Wave quoted Travis Longcore of spatial sciences about the impact of more coyotes appearing in the southwest region of Los Angeles.

 

Friday, August 7, 2015

London Review of Books ran an article by Jacques Hymans of international relations about the decision to bomb Hiroshima and how it fueled a nuclear arms race. Hymans wrote that physicist Niels Bohr proposed bringing the Soviet Union into discussions between the U.S. and U.K. over the use of nuclear weapons in the hopes of forestalling such a race.

 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Vice featured research by Norbert Schwarz, Provost Professor of Psychology and Marketing and founding co-director of the USC Dornsife Mind and Society Center, finding that fishy scents make people more skeptical.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV quoted Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about Donald Trump's role in the first GOP presidential debate.

 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NPR News San Diego affiliate KPBS-FM featured research by Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, and colleagues about income inequality and the future of San Diego's economy.

Los Angeles Times quoted Jody Agius Vallejo of sociology about the city of Downey epitomizing Latino upward mobility.

The Boston Globe quoted Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, about candidates in the Republican presidential primary.

 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

CityLab cited research by Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, and others on how addressing climate change can help working class communities.

 

Monday, August 3, 2015

The New York Times highlighted #SelfieClass, a writing course taught by Mark Marino of the Writing Program, and how academics are bringing new ideas to the scholarship of self-portraiture.

RT quoted Patrick James, Dean's Professor of International Relations, about the impact of U.S. sanctions against Russia.

The Boston Globe quoted Constance Ahrons, professor emerita of sociology, about cultural changes regarding child custody.

 

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