In the Media

Pasadena Star News
August 28, 2014
Pasadena Star News featured Chinese students from the USC School of Social Work who recently attended an exhibit on immigration at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. The visit was arranged after the museum's interim deputy director connected with Michal Sela-Amit of the USC School of Social Work. “It was a very powerful experience,” said Sela-Amit. “We started talking about the migrating workers, but what was so interesting after the curator talked about the aspects of the work, you could see the students got it on a different level.”

U.S. News & World Report
August 26, 2014
U.S. News & World Report quoted Karen Lincoln of the USC School of Social Work and USC Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work about a Princeton study that found daughters spend significantly more time than sons helping care for their elderly parents. “But it’s even more important to set up a plan so you don’t place that burden on your kids as you age,” she said. “Things can change so fast, and you don’t want to get caught unprepared. Planning it now can save a great deal of stress later.”

U-T San Diego
August 26, 2014
U-T San Diego noted that the USC’s Building Capacity Consortium, which consists of eight military-connected San Diego school districts, was recognized by the Military Child Education Coalition for its work to improve educational environments for students from military families.

Wall Street Cheat Sheet
August 23, 12014
Wall Street Cheat Sheet featured the USC School of Social Work’s non-traditional social work program that prepares students for the corporate world in roles not typical for social workers. “We think social workers can add value in non-profits, private industry, and in corporations,” said Juan Macias of the USC School of Social Work. “One of the things we try to focus on is the social work connection. That can be how corporations engage with the community, and find the strategic intersect. At the same time, it can be where the corporation is trying to develop great relationships with their employees.” The article also quoted Carrie Lew. “A lot of companies are looking for transferable skills, and they’re looking at their employee pool to see who they are going to bring up. They want a more stable, long-term workforce,” she said.

ABC News
August 19, 2014
ABC News (WKOW-TV Madison) featured research by Eric Rice of the USC School of Social Work and colleagues finding that middle school students who engage in "sexting" are more likely to be sexually active than those who don't.

AARP Magazine
August 19, 2014
AARP Magazine mentioned William Vega of the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging will be a speaker at the “Telling Our Story” forum on caregiving, sponsored by the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, Rose Community Foundation and AARP Colorado.

Al Jazeera
August 15, 2014
Al Jazeera quoted Seth Kurzban of the USC School of Social Work about California's realignment of state corrections systems, which has shifted the burden of prison inmates to county jails and probation departments. What’s needed, Kurzban said, is a more comprehensive approach to treatment of criminal behavior and the poverty or mental illness that often leads to it. “I don’t think anyone has come up with a comprehensive plan yet,” he said. “How do we arrest fewer people? How do we prevent crime? That, unfortunately, we haven’t heard anything about.”

Daily Times
August 13, 2014
The Daily Times highlighted research by USC School of Social Work doctoral student Robin Petering on fans of the Insane Clown Posse music group, known as Juggalos. The article mentioned Petering surveyed homeless youth in Los Angeles, finding that one out of six identified with the Juggalo sub-culture and that they were twice as likely to have spent time in jail and four times as likely to have been in a recent fight. “They’re obviously a population at risk for violence and poor outcomes, so we need to think of them beyond being just weird,” she said.

Chosun Ilbo (South Korea)
August 4, 2014
The Chosun Ilbo (South Korea) featured former Arirang TV CEO Sohn Jie-ae, who is joining the USC School of Social Work as a visiting scholar. She will be part of the Network of Korean-American Leaders Fellowship Program at the school's Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership. In addition to taking courses there, she will teach a class on cultural diplomacy through media. "Many second- and third-generation Korean-Americans are active in entertainment and showbiz. I hope there is something I can do to connect them with Korean firms, maximizing their potential to tap into Korean pop culture," Sohn said.

Weekly Standard
August 4, 2014
The Weekly Standard featured Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down Across Generations by Vern Bengtson of the USC School of Social Work and colleagues. The article noted Bengtson and his fellow researchers studied the religious views of seven generations over several decades. "Religious momentum across generations" remains a reality, they concluded – close family connections influence the spiritual beliefs of much younger generations.

Mundo de Hoy (Mexico)
August 3, 2014
Mundo de Hoy (Mexico) featured the first International Workshop on Social Support for Older Adults held by the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging in collaboration with Mexico's El Instituto Nacional de Geriatría. Experts on aging from both countries came together to discuss possible assistance programs for struggling elderly persons in the United States, Mexico and China. The conference was also featured in El Occidental and Mi Morelia (Mexico), which quoted Roybal Institute Director William Vega about the need to act quickly in order to improve the standard of living for the elderly.

San Diego Free Press
August 3, 2014
San Diego Free Press featured a blog from USC School of Social Work alumna Vanessa Ceceña about unaccompanied minors at America’s borders. “The current influx of unaccompanied minors and families arriving at the U.S-Mexico border has placed the spotlight on an already vulnerable population. According to the headlines, these Central American migrants will put our public health at risk, strain our public resources, steal our jobs and eventually take away the freedom that makes us “American,”’ she wrote.

Social Work Today
July/August 2014
Social Work Today quoted Jeremy Goldbach of the USC School of Social Work about the prevalence of substance use and abuse in the LGBT community. “Prevention programs work, but they only really work if the kid feels it’s culturally relevant, and it matches them,” Goldbach says. “When we do tailor an intervention, where kids see people and things in those programs that are similar to them, they’re more engaged, and the engagement leads to more skills development, which leads to less drug use.”

Virginia Gazette
July 22, 2014
The Virginia Gazette quoted USC School of Social Work student Abigail Gellene-Beaudoin in a story about college interns helping non-profit organizations with their heavy workloads this summer in exchange for an on-the-job education. “People come in, and a lot of them are in a state of crisis, so I’m getting a lot of real-world experience,” said Gellene-Beaudoin, who is interning with the United Way Community Resource Center as a case worker.

NBC News
July 22, 2014
NBC News (WRCB-TV Chattanooga) reported the USC School of Social Work is a platinum sponsor of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) national conference in Washington, D.C. Yahoo News also carried the story.

San Mateo Daily Journal
July 21, 2014
San Mateo Daily Journal quoted Eric Rice of the USC School of Social Work about San Mateo county health officials luring gay men through popular apps to expand HIV and hepatitis C testing. “You can have one guy on Grindr and reaching dozens of people in an hour, versus standing on a street corner even in a dominant gay neighborhood won’t reach nearly as much,” Rice said, adding that the traditional ways of fliering at clinics is dated as more people get their information for testing on the web.

NBC News and USA Today
July 18, 2014
NBC News and USA Today featured research by Sherrie Wilcox of the USC School of Social Work finding elevated reports of erectile dysfunction among military personnel aged 40 and younger. Wilcox said that the higher numbers of young troops reporting sexual dysfunction is likely linked to the intense stress in training, relocations, deployment and combat exposure. The story was also covered by Air Force Times, Army Times, Bayou Buzz, Battle Creek Enquirer, Business Insider, Coshocton Tribune, Daily Health Headlines, Daily Mail UK, Daily Post, Des Moines Register, Detroit Free Press, First Coast News, Fox News, Guam Pacific Daily News, Hattiesburg American, Health Monitor, Indo Asian News Service, International Business Times, Irish Sun, Ithaca Journal, Jackson Sun, Journal News, KHOU-TV Houston, KUSA-TV Denver, Lafayette Journal & Courier, Lancaster Eagle Gazette, Leaf Chronicle, Live Science, Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, Mansfield News Journal, Marine Corps Times, Marion Star, Marshallfield News Herald, Medical News Media Source, Men’s Health Issues, Military Times, MSN.com, Navy Times, News Leader, News-Messenger, News-Press, News UK 24, Observer and Eccentric, Pensacola News Journal, Pharmacy News, Port Clinton News Herald, Press-Citizen, Press-Connects, St. Cloud Times, Salon, Shreveport Times, Statesman Journal, Sun Times, Times Herald, The Town Talk, U.S. News & World Report, Wasau Daily Herald, WBIR-TV Knoxville, WCSH-TV Portland, Weekly MD, WFMY News Greensboro, Winnipeg Free Press, Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, WKYC-TV Cleveland, WLBZ-TV Bangor, WRCB-TV Chattanooga, WSMV-TV Nashville, WTSP-TV Tampa Bay, WVEC-TV Norfolk, WXIA-TV Atlanta, Yahoo News, and Zanesville Times Recorder.

USA Today
July 17, 2014
USA Today featured research by Carl Castro and Sara Kintzle of the USC School of Social Work finding that the record suicides among soldiers during and after their deployments in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is indirectly linked between deployment, combat and self-destructive urges. “A sense of hopelessness and being a burden, plus the loss or straining of relationships can occur during crucial life transitions,” the authors say, “such as returning from combat, leaving the military or growing old.” AirForce Times, Argus Leader, Army Times, Battle Creek Enquirer, Chillicothe Gazette, Coloradoan, Coshocton Tribune, Courier Post, Daily World, Delaware Online, Democrat & Chronicle, Great Falls Tribune, Lancaster Eagle Gazette, Livingston Daily, Mansfield Journal, Marine Corps Times, Marion Star, Military Times, Navy Times, Newark Advocate, News Military, News Star, Observer & Eccentric Hometown Weeklies, Press-Citizen, Star Press, Stars and Stripes, Times Herald, The Town Talk, and Zanesville Times Recorder also carried the story.

Los Angeles Daily News
July 15, 2014
Los Angeles Daily News quoted Karen Lincoln of the USC School of Social Work about a law that allows court-ordered outpatient care for those with severe mental illnesses—known as Laura’s Law. “Before the law is implemented, several issues need to be addressed, including specialized training of police officers and expanded services, which already are stretched thin,” she said. “We can probably expect workforce shortages, wait lists and overcrowding. I know it’s going to be complicated.” The San Gabriel Valley Tribune also carried the story.

Boston Globe
July 13, 2014
The Boston Globe cited research by Emily Putnam-Hornstein of the USC School of Social Work finding that California children with a history of abuse or neglect were three times more likely to suffer sudden infant death than the general infant population. “The public pays attention when there is a sensational headline because a child dies from abuse,” she said. “We don’t pay enough attention to many other types of death that are more common for this population.”

Los Angeles Daily News
July 1, 2014
Los Angeles Daily News quoted Ralph Fertig of the USC School of Social Work about the long-lasting impact of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. “It totally changed America,” he said. “Before the Civil Rights Act, employers were free to advertise positions saying ‘No Negroes need apply’ or ‘Whites only,’ and the prospect of having interracial gatherings in many of the states in the South was impossible.”