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February

February 20, 2024

Spectrum News 1 (No public link available) interviewed Patrick James of USC Dornsife on former president Donald Trump’s threats to withdraw from NATO if he is reelected.

February 15, 2024

Sacramento Bee interviewed Christian Grose of USC Dornsife and Schwarzenegger Institute of USC Price about the influence of spending by political action committees on the California Assembly race for District 6 (Sacramento area).

Newsweek interviewed Robert Shrum of USC Dornsife’s Center for the Political Future for a critical story about U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland’s leadership of the Justice Department.

Phys.org ran a story about a UC Berkeley and USC Dornsife analysis of gender bias in text and images on Google News that was published by Nature.

February 14, 2024

New York Times interviewed Robert Shrum of the USC Dornsife Center of the Political Future about a Super Bowl ad by presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

February 13, 2024

Business Insider quoted Robert English of USC Dornsife about Tucker Carlson’s recent interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Sacramento Bee interviewed Christian Grose of USC Dornsife and USC Price about the tight California U.S. Senate race. He said all candidates have the potential to sway independent voters. Modesto Bee, Fresno Bee, Yahoo News and AOL all carried the story.

February 12, 2024

Newsweek cited a tweet by Robert Shrum of the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future in reaction to a Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Super Bowl ad that he and other political experts said appears plagiarized.

Los Angeles Times interviewed Margaret Gatz, a USC Dornsife professor emerita, about the presidential candidates’ brain health.

Business Insider spoke with Christian Grose of USC Dornsife about voters’ concerns about President Joe Biden.

NBC News interviewed Professor Emerita Wendy Wood of USC Dornsife and USC Marshall about how to stay on track forming new healthy habits to fulfill your resolutions.

Women’s Health via Yahoo Life quoted Jason Buehle of USC Dornsife about how restaurant menus can prompt customers to order more food.

Wales Online noted a podcast interview from “Diary of a CEO” with David Raichlen of USC Dornsife who explained that the longer you stay seated during the day, the higher your risk of developing dementia

The Conversation published an article by David Albertson of USC Dornsife about the ancient Greeks’ complex view of love and desire. Yahoo reposted the article.

February 9, 2024

LAist interviewed Josh West of USC Dornsife about Laurel Canyon’s history of mudslides. West noted that home construction in canyons creates pathways for water to flow rather than be absorbed by the soil.

February 8, 2024

POLITICO spoke with Christian Grose of USC Dornsife about Prop 8 and its impact on voter turnout.

Phys.org ran a story about new research by Philip Maechling, a USC Dornsife researcher at the Southern California Earthquake Center, for which scientists used a supercomputer to assess earthquake hazards. The story also mentions that the work on CyberShake was made possible by Pegasus, a workflow management system designed by research director Ewa Deelman and her team at USC ISI.

Elle magazine interviewed Danzy Senna of USC Dornsife about her upcoming novel, “Colored Television,” a dark comedy about a biracial novelist struggling to publish her novel.

February 7, 2024

Los Angeles Times interviewed Rima Habre of Keck School of Medicine of USC and USC Dornsife’s Spatial Sciences Institute about research indicating that wildfires such as the massive Butte Fire impede access to drinking water.

February 6, 2024

Boston Globe interviewed Kit Myers of USC Dornsife for a story about elective egg freezing and how more people are choosing not to use the eggs. Myers, who has been studying egg freezing, suggested the trend may be about something beyond wanting to bear children.

SFGate interviewed Christian Grose of USC Dornsife and USC Price for a story about the race to fill former U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s seat in Congress. Grose explained how California’s 20th Congressional District — McCarthy’s former district representing the southern and southeastern Central Valley — became more conservative after redistricting efforts dispersed Latino voters into other districts.

The Conversation posted an article by Gregory Treverton of USC Dornsife about the U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in retaliation for three American soldiers killed in a drone strike by Iranian-backed militias. Yahoo reposted the article.

February 5, 2024

Daily Trojan and Annenberg Media have published tributes to Jan Amend, the divisional dean of life sciences for USC Dornsife.

Reuters interviewed Soeren Mattke of USC Dornsife about China’s ability to effectively roll out Alzheimer’s drugs like Leqembi, highlighting the country’s lack of a robust primary care system.

February 2, 2024

Associated Press quoted Hajar Yazdiha of USC Dornsife on presidential candidate Haley’s efforts to appeal to conservatives. Yazdiha noted that Haley will “strategically deploy her identity in one moment and not the next.” (Reposted and broadcast by 100 outlets including Washington Post)

Bon Appetit interviewed Karen Tongson of USC Dornsife for a story about the trend in higher food prices at restaurants. Yahoo also ran the story.

ProPublica referenced research led by a USC Dornsife team to evaluate the bodycam footage of LAPD officers.

February 1, 2024

New York Times, for a multimedia story about the nation’s sluggish post-COVID recovery in K-12 student achievement, interviewed Ann Owens of USC Dornsife about why students from higher-income families are recovering academically faster than poorer students. Owens said the trend is likely due to income and racial segregation, which exacerbate achievement gaps.

Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by Shannon Gibson of USC Dornsife on the reasons activists use shocking tactics, like tossing soup on Raphael’s Mona Lisa, to raise awareness about climate change

Orange County Register featured USC Dornsife alum and Yorba Linda mayor, Tara Campbell, who, when she was elected in 2016 became the nation’s youngest woman mayor in U.S. history.

January

January 31, 2024

Elle interviewed Danzy Senna of USC Dornsife about her upcoming novel, Colored Television.

January 30, 2024

The Mirror (UK), in an article sharing tips to avoid overeating, mentioned a 2011 study by Wendy Wood of USC Dornsife and USC Marshall that found moviegoers ate 30% less popcorn at the cinema when they used their non-dominant hand.

January 29, 2024

The Guardian, in a story about the health benefits of running to raise funds for charities, quoted David Raichlen of USC Dornsife about the evolution of human exercise.

Business Insider, for a story hypothesizing the potential effect of a second Trump term on Taiwan and China relations, cited a previous quote by Stanley Rosen of USC Annenberg’s US-China Institute and USC Dornsife. Rosen had said Trump is an “unreliable ally” for China.

WebMD interviewed Scott Kanoski of USC Dornsife about new research showing we have parallel fat and sugar-craving signal pathways from the gut to the brain that activate dopamine. Kanoski says that in addition to metabolism, the gut-brain connection also matters for cognitive health.

January 25, 2024

Nikkei Asia published an op-ed by Derek Grossman of USC Dornsife about the New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon’s stance on China relations.

January 24, 2024

New York Times interviewed Paulina Oliva of USC Dornsife at a national conference about the rise of economists specializing in climate change. Oliva says more women and people of color are becoming economists who focus on that area.

Washington Post quoted David Raichlen of USC Dornsife on a new study led by Washington University in St. Louis that showed exercise provides great benefits for brain health, including slowing memory loss.

CNN, in coverage of Ron DeSantis’s decision to end his campaign, interviewed Mike Murphy of the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future about Nikki Haley’s inconsistent criticism of rival Donald Trump. Political Wire interviewed Murphy for his assessment of Haley’s campaign, and MSNBC’s Katy Tur interviewed Murphy earlier this week about Trump’s legal troubles on his candidacy.

CNN also interviewed Christian Grose of USC Dornsife and USC Price’s Schwarzenegger Institute about his research showing voters in states with open primaries tend to select more moderate candidates to move ahead to the general election.

LAist ran a brief in its newsletters about the state expanding CalFresh benefits and mentioned research by USC Dornsife and the Keck School of Medicine of USC showing a rise in food insecurity among LA households.

KCRW-FM “Press Play” interviewed Karen Tongson of USC Dornsife about the popularity of “normporn” dramas like “This Is Us” and “Parenthood” and their appeal to queer viewers. (Tongson has a new book on the topic.)

CapRadio ran a CalMatters story summarizing coverage of the debate hosted by the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future, Fox 11 Los Angeles and Politico on Monday. KCRW-FM’s “Press Play” and Spectrum News 1 also summarized the debate.

January 23, 2024

CNN spoke with Natalia Molina of USC Dornsife about the cultural significance of food and restaurants in light of a Pew Research report showing nearly every U.S. county has a Mexican restaurant.

Daily Trojan quoted George Newhouse of USC Dornsife in a story about the selection of LA’s next police chief.

KTLA-TV published a National Press Club Journalism Institute item quoting Jane Junn of USC Dornsife in a news item advising journalists on best practices in analyzing poll data.

January 19, 2024

Roll Call noted next Monday’s Senate debate will be hosted by USC Dornsife’s Center for the Political Future in collaboration with FOX 11 Los Angeles and POLITICO. (This is a ticketed event and is viewable on FOX 11, as well as on livestreams hosted by the center and POLITICO. Other news outlets have RSVPed to cover it.)

Nonprofit Quarterly published a commentary co-authored by Manuel Pastor of USC Dornsife and USC Price about how nonprofits and philanthropists should collaborate more effectively and leverage shared infrastructure to better address social injustices. He and co-author Sulma Arias of People’s Action Institute and People’s Action also offered five steps for organizations and donors to empower social movements.

January 18, 2024

The Economist reported on a China Quarterly article by Brett Carter and Erin Ashely Baggott, both of USC Dornsife, that showed public support for the Chinese government is much lower than assumed.

Earth.com spoke with Melissa Guzman of USC Dornsife for an article about insect biodiversity.

The Economist cited a study by Donald Grasse about the genocide carried out by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Grasse, a visiting instructor at the University of Chicago who wrote the study as a postdoc at the USC Dornsife Center for International Studies, found most estimates undercounted the casualties in low-income areas

January 17, 2024

Business Insider interviewed Stanley Rosen of the US-China Institute at USC Annenberg and USC Dornsife about China’s reaction to the newly elected president of Taiwan and how it would react if former U.S. President Trump were re-elected. Yahoo also ran the story.

New York Times published a transcription from its podcast “Hacks on Tap” for which Frank Bruni interviewed Mike Murphy of USC Dornsife’s Center for Political Future about the significance of the Iowa caucus results. Murphy explains whether it bodes well for candidate Nikki Haley. (The full podcast is here)

Earth.com spoke with Melissa Guzman of USC Dornsife in an article about insect biodiversity.
TIME published an article by Hajar Yazdiha of USC Dornsife about how Martin Luther King Jr. has been mythologized over time.

January 16, 2024

The Telegraph interviewed Wendy Wood of USC Dornsife and USC Marshall about reviving our New Year’s resolutions by making them a habit. Yahoo News also ran the story.

The Guardian quoted Hajar Yazdiha of USC Dornsife about how politicians and celebrities have misconstrued the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. for their own ends. Yazdiha, a sociologist who researchers race and equity, noted that the new messaging is sometimes at odds with Dr. King’s original intent. AOL and Yahoo News also ran the story.

Elle mentioned USC alumni America Ferrara and Ryan Piers Williams met at the university in an article about the latter. Yahoo News Canada and Yahoo News UK republished the article.

January 12, 2024

Inside Higher Ed ran an essay, “A Script In Grief,” by Natalia Molina of USC Dornsife about navigating academic work while coping with grief.

WSJ quoted Matthew Kahn of USC Dornsife in a story about a Senate Budget Committee hearing on the risk of climate change to states’ and local governments’ credit statuses. Kahn said pension obligations and suburban flight pose a bigger risk.

The Conversation posted an article by Hajar Yazdiha of USC Dornsife about Martin Luther King Jr.’s stance on Israel and its conflicts with Palestinians, as well as his anti-war activism. Yahoo and the Caledonian Record reposted the article.

NBC affiliate KMIR-TV (Palm Springs) interviewed Steven Lopez of USC Dornsife and USC Social Work about how to help a family member with mental illness.

January 11, 2024

Los Angeles Times profiled writer and USC Dornsife alumna Venita Blackburn, noting her talent for “flash fiction” and previewing the debut of her novel, “Dead in Long Beach, California.”

January 10, 2024

KCBS-AM interviewed Christian Grose of USC Dornsife and USC Price’s Schwarzenegger Institute about the U.S. Supreme Court hearing the challenge against Colorado for its decision to leave former President Trump off the state ballot.

January 9, 2024

The Atlantic interviewed Joe Árvai of USC Dornsife’s Wrigley Institute for a story about brands’ overuse of the term “plant-based.” The story also noted how consumers are influenced by such terms based on recent research that Árvai had co-authored with colleagues at USC Price, USC Schaeffer Center, and USC Dornsife’s Center for Economic and Social Research.

January 8, 2024

Wall Street Journal quoted Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of USC Dornsife’s Brain and Creativity Institute and USC Rossier about the importance of setting aside time on the weekends so that the brain can enter “default mode” to reflect and recharge

Live Science interviewed John Vidale of USC Dornsife about a new study published in Nature indicating the Earth wobbles every 8.5 years. Space.com also ran the story.

January 5, 2024

LA Times spoke with Steve Ross of USC Dornsife about the history of antisemitism in Los Angeles.

Politico published a commentary from Jacob Soll of USC Dornsife and USC Marshall in an article featuring predictions for the upcoming year in politics.

NY Times spoke with Wendy Wood of USC Dornsife about how to set yourself up for success with Dry January.

LA Times mentioned Percival Everett of USC Dornsife and the new film adaptation of his novel, Erasure. Yahoo News reposted the article.

Huffington Post spoke with Steve Westberg of USC Dornsife about why people are obsessed with Stanley cups.

January 4, 2024

LAist spoke with David Caron of USC Dornsife about the reappearance of bioluminescent blue waves on Los Angeles-area beaches.

Los Angeles Times spoke with Karen Tongson of USC Dornsife about the pro-LGBT messages in the 2024 Rose Parade.

Variety spoke with Stanley Rosen of USC Dornsife about censorship in storytelling for Chinese filmmakers. Yahoo News reposted the article.

LAist spoke with Kyla Thomas of USC Dornsife about why people are not likely to move out of LA County. KPCC also cited the study from USC Dornsife CESR.

January 3, 2024

Quanta spoke with Matt Pennell of USC Dornsife about new findings that shed light on how quickly evolution can occur in different species.

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