USC Price School of Public Policy


The David and Lee Hayutin NROTC Scholarship Fund: Honoring a Legacy of Service, Loyalty, and Character

October 22, 2014

The USC Price School of Public Policy recently received a gift of approximately $2 million from the estate of David and Lee Hayutin to provide scholarships for Naval ROTC students at USC. Through this scholarship fund — created in honor of the program’s former academic coordinator, Anna Hawley Searles — USC will further expand its capacity to educate and train highly qualified young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the nation’s armed services. This is the largest gift in the program’s history, which dates back to 1940.

Erroll Southers, director of research deployment for CREATE (Photo by David Scavone)

Southers dissects emerging domestic, global terror threats

October 22, 2014

USC Price School of Public Policy Adjunct Professor Erroll Southers, a widely recognized international terrorism expert and author, explained that the ISIL terrorist organization in Iraq and Syria has a message that is resonating with “frightening” success both globally and in the United States. Southers is director of transition and research deployment for the USC CREATE Homeland Security.

LA Councilman Jose Huizar at USC (Photo by Deirdre Flanagan)

LA Councilman shares insights on downtown’s transformation with Price students

October 20, 2014

Los Angeles City Council member Jose Huizar described the developments going on in downtown L.A. as building a city within a city during an Oct. 7 discussion with students at the USC Price School of Public Policy. The featured speaker in USC Price’s weekly Urban Growth Seminar series, Huizar laid out his plans to continue the revitalization of downtown and discussed the challenges he faces as chair of the city’s planning and land use management committee.

Jeffe assesses Obama’s response to Ebola crisis

October 17, 2014

The San Francisco Chronicle quoted USC Price Professor Sherry Bebitch Jeffe on how the public’s perceptions of President Obama’s response to the Ebola crisis are as significant as the actions themselves.

Julie Zissimopoulos says medical advances would best improve quality of life and lower medical costs if they focused on delaying the rate of aging rather than on treating specific diseases. (Photo by Dana Maxson) 
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Zissimopoulos joins USC Global Conversation on ‘Defining Future Reality’

October 15, 2014

Over the last century, new medical innovations have ushered in two profound changes: life expectancy increased by almost a quarter, and the U.S. now spends more per capita on health care than any other nation. At the USC Global Conversation in New York on Oct. 15, USC Price School of Public Policy Assistant Professor Julie Zissimopoulos addressed the difficult question of which medical innovations are worth their price tags.

Lusk report: LA County vacancy rates plunged since last year

October 14, 2014

Curbed L.A. covered the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate’s 2014 Casden Multifamily Forecast, surveying the Southern Californian housing market. The story noted that the vacancy rate in Los Angeles County has actually plummeted since last year, despite more new housing units opening than at any other time in the last four years. “Though the economy and employment have improved, renters’ incomes are stagnant,” said Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate.

Kim’s study spotlights lives of Beijing’s underground residents

October 10, 2014

io9 featured a study by Associate Professor Annette Kim, director of USC Price’s Spatial Analysis Lab (SLAB), about the lives of Beijing’s underground residents. Kim found that many landlords rent illegal basement units originally constructed in the 1950s to double as air-raid shelters. Though small and windowless, Kim found that the units are generally bigger than the average worker dormitory housing, which is 6.2 square meters. They’re also often near public transportation and have some amenities like Internet access.

Heimpel comments on city’s new Office of Child Protection

October 9, 2014

L.A. Weekly ran an article by USC Price adjunct faculty member Daniel Heimpel about L.A.’s new Office of Child Protection, a body intended to make country agencies better identify children living in risky situations. The story said Judge Michael Nash, an outspoken reformer of child protective services and the juvenile court system, was interested in heading the office.

USC Lusk Casden Forecast: SoCal rents expected to spike

October 7, 2014

The Los Angeles Times featured the 2014 USC Casden Multifamily Forecast from the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. The annual report found that L.A. County rents are expected to rise 8.2 percent by mid-2016, to an average of $1,856 a month. “Though the economy and employment have improved, renters’ incomes are stagnant,” said Richard Green, USC Price professor and director of the Lusk Center. KPCC-FM also covered the report, finding that the vacancy rate for L.A. County dropped 10.8 percent, to 3.3 percent. In the Inland Empire, vacancy dropped 30 percent, to 3.8 percent. The story was also covered in a second Los Angeles Times article, the LAist, Los Angeles Business, CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV, CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCAL-TV, ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KGTV-TV, L.A. Weekly, Curbed L.A. and San Diego Daily Transcript.

Goldman addresses myths about cancer care

October 6, 2014

Forbes ran an article co-authored by Dana Goldman, USC Price professor and director of the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, on cancer care myths that are prevalent in America. “As we address the need to contain costs, we must do so in a responsible way that both adjusts coverage policies to take undue financial burden off of cancer patients and allows innovation to flourish,” they wrote.

Chen: US infant mortality rate higher for poor, minority women than other countries

October 3, 2014

The Washington Post featured research by Alice Chen of the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and colleagues on the U.S. infant mortality rate, which is much higher for poor, minority women than women of comparable status in other countries. The Atlantic reported that after the first month of life, the American infant mortality rate begins a steep rise. Vox ran charts from the study, noting that the gap in infant mortality between the U.S. and other countries “is driven almost exclusively by excess inequality in the U.S.” The story was also covered by CBS News,Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, FiveThirtyEight, Chicago and Los Angeles Wave.

Giuliano discusses challenges of freight ship movement

October 2, 2014

The Atlantic‘s “Citylab” quoted USC Price Senior Associate Dean Genevieve Giuliano about the challenges of moving goods via freight ships. “Every port wants to be the next LA/Long Beach, because ports have such a large economic effect,” Giuliano said. “They all think they’re going to get these big ships, but they’re just not.” Giuliano is director of the METRANS Transportation Center, the story noted.

Dowell Myers delivers a keynote address in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of Bipartisan Policy Center)

Myers lifts the hood on housing market’s ‘demographic engine’

September 25, 2014

Predicting the future of the housing market isn’t easy, but someone has to do it. Dowell Myers, professor of urban planning and demography at the USC Price School of Public Policy, took on this challenge during his bold keynote address Sept. 15 at a national housing summit hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC. Myers’ presentation was part of the center’s New Directions for National Policy: 2014 Housing Summit, which drew more than 1,000 leaders in housing policy and real estate finance from across the country.