USC Price School of Public Policy


Planning alumni contribute to LA’s improvement through diverse roles at Mayor’s Office

November 23, 2015

Three USC Price Master of Planning alumni are helping make the City of Los Angeles a safer, more vibrant, beautiful and equitable place. Marissa Aho ’06, Ashley Atkinson ’07 and Nat Gale ’11 are showing that there are many ways for a planner to make an impact working for the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti. Aho is the Chief Resilience Officer in charge of coordinating and implementing improvements and programs to help the city withstand disasters, Atkinson helps develop planning and housing policy in the office of economic development, and Gale runs the Great Streets Initiative for the office of transportation.

Southers explains ‘Why planes remain a terrorist target’ in CNN op-ed

November 20, 2015

CNN ran an op-ed by Erroll Southers of the USC Price School about planes being targeted by terrorists. “We should be cautious that we do not inadvertently give terrorists what they want by wildly increasing spending in pursuit of the ever elusive 100% security and changing our plans based on fear,” Southers wrote. “While we can reduce risk, there is no perfect security solution, a reality we should continue to stress.”

Collaboration among freight stakeholders emerges as key issue at METRANS conference

November 18, 2015

The METRANS Transportation Center brought researchers and practitioners from 18 countries together for the International Urban Freight Conference, a three-day gathering in Long Beach packed with presentations, panels, expert speakers, and a site visit to the Port of Long Beach Middle Harbor to demonstrate new technology designed to improve the movement of goods.

Study highlights benefits, limitations of Expo Line on L.A. transit

November 18, 2015

A USC study of the Expo Line has finally proven what transportation planners have long theorized about urban rail projects: even the most effective ones are unlikely to reduce traffic congestion. The study, published in the Journal of Planning Education and Research, was authored by Professor Genevieve Giuliano, and PhD alumni Sandip Chakrabarti and Mohja Rhoads.

New Price program sends students to ‘boot camp’ to launch careers

November 17, 2015

Two hundred students from the USC Price School of Public Policy are enrolled in boot camp — but not the kind that requires pushups, burpees and jumping jacks. Instead, this extracurricular boot camp inspires students to realize their professional aspirations, and serves as a rite of passage into the Career Development Program, or CDP.

Price health administration students nationwide gather to celebrate USC homecoming

November 17, 2015

Partnering with the MHA student organization, the USC Student Health Council, Executive MHA students arranged a special homecoming tailgate on Nov. 7. More than 100 EMHA students, alumni and family members from across the country made the trip. More than 75 on-campus MHA students joined the celebration that afternoon.

Rose quoted in Washington Post on economic consequences of terrorism in relation to Paris attacks

November 17, 2015

The Washington Post quoted USC Price School of Public Policy Research Professor Adam Rose, and cited one of his journal articles, in relation to the resilience he found in the recovery to the 2001 World Trade Center attacks. He was also quoted on the potential impacts of the attacks on tourism in Paris and how this would differ significantly from devastating economic impacts that have befallen an area highly dependent on tourism, such as Bali, Indonesia, following 2 sets of terrorist attacks near the beginning of the last decade. He also pointed out that “Fear does have a cost.” Rose and his research team at the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) at USC have performed numerous studies of the economic consequences of actual and simulated terrorism attacks, as well as natural disasters. They have pioneered research on economic implications of resilience and behavioral responses.

Price student starts urbanism nonprofit, presents on sustainability at UN

November 12, 2015

USC Price Master of Planning student Germano Johansson could have easily spent his summer on a beach in his native country of Brazil or current home of California. Instead, he dedicated his time to improving the quality of life for people across the globe through his nonprofit COURB ( in Brazil and by giving an address at the United Nations High-level Political Forum on sustainable development in New York.

Price prepares students for industry leadership with launch of BS in Real Estate Development

November 10, 2015

Los Angeles Business Journal featured the USC Price School’s new Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Development. The new undergraduate program currently has 80 students enrolled. “With this degree, our goal is to produce students who understand the changing landscape of real estate and who are prepared to make an immediate contribution on their first day in the workforce,” said USC Price School Dean Jack Knott. The story also quoted Sonia Savoulian of the USC Price School. L.A. Biz also covered the story.

Bostic focuses on equality, family issues in housing policy at NYC alumni talk

November 5, 2015

New York is a city where real estate is a hot topic — particularly for the USC Price School of Public Policy alumni who live there, working in the public and private sectors to influence policy and shape the urban environment. These influential alums gathered on Oct. 22 to network and hear Professor Raphael Bostic, director of the Bedrosian Center, discuss how housing policy, housing finance and politics affect quality of life for families in New York and beyond.