Author: USC Admin

Should We Punish Inside Traders?

LARRY HARRIS, professor of finance and business economics: “Most people believe that insider trading is simply unfair. … But what seems cut and dried to the public is a more nuanced issue to market experts, economists and legal scholars. Their…

Where Bohemians Come From

ELIZABETH CURRID-HALKETT, assistant professor of urban planning: “The idea that art can be an economic engine is hardly new, and a walk through SoHo, Venice Beach or Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood shows it can work. The N.E.A.’s promotional material makes clear…

Obama, Take a Page From Reagan

STEVEN J. ROSS, professor of history: “Once upon a time, Barack Obama understood the power of a good story. His campaign mantras — “Yes we can” and “Change we can believe in” — inspired voters, especially young people, blacks and…

The Night Anita Hill Changed America

CINNY KENNARD, senior fellow, Annenberg Center at USC: “After Clarence Thomas was narrowly confirmed, I knocked on the door again. Anita Hill finally opened it and came outside. I begged her to say something. America’s women, I said, wanted to…

Steve Jobs and The Rise of Social Media

KAREN NORTH, director, USC Annenberg Program on Online Communities: “Steve Jobs saw around corners, over the horizon and into the future, changing forever our daily lives through technology. He taught us to download music. He made computers approachable through his…

Are Oil Pipelines Safer Now?

NAJMEDIN MESHKATI, professor of civil and environmental engineering: “Almost all major oil and gas pipeline systems are run by operators who use computer-based workstations in control rooms. According to a major study of pipeline accidents and spills conducted by the…

How Biosensors Are Changing Sports

LESLIE SAXON, executive director of USC’s Center for Body Computing and chief of the division of cardiology at USC Keck School of Medicine: “When I watched the “Moneyball” trailer, it made me think about how far sports analytics have come…