USC Price School of Public Policy


MHA alum Crystal Diaz (center left), assistant administrator 
of the Edward R. Roybal Comprehensive Health Center, 
leads a site visit with Professor LaVonna Lewis (center right) 
and students. (Photo by Deirdre Flanagan)

Summer program seeks to promote diversity among healthcare leaders

August 31, 2015

Young people interested in a career helping others often gravitate to the healthcare field, where clinical positions are usually the most common roles that come to mind. With the USC Diversity in Healthcare Leadership Initiative 2015 Summer Enrichment Program, USC Price School of Public Policy Professor LaVonna Lewis aims to show students the professional possibilities they typically don’t see.

CNN national security analyst and bestselling author 
Peter Bergen (Photo by Stephen Gee)

CNN analyst, author Bergen sheds new light on radicalization of Americans

August 28, 2015

CNN national security analyst and bestselling author Peter Bergen previewed takeaways from a new book he is writing on Americans fighting for militant Islam during an Aug. 18 event as part of the USC Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) Executive Program in Counter-Terrorism and the newly launched Safe Communities Institute at the USC Price School of Public Policy.

MPA student Maria de la Luz Garcia, who is the
 newly appointed Long Beach City Clerk

MPA student ready to make impact as Long Beach City Clerk

August 28, 2015

Maria de la Luz Garcia is beginning new phases of her career both professionally and academically, starting her job as Long Beach City Clerk on Aug. 31, a week after returning to the classroom to pursue her MPA degree at the USC Price School of Public Policy. As Long Beach City Clerk, she will oversee an office that is responsible for conducting the city’s municipal elections, keeping records for the city and ensuring their accessibility, informing the public of council and commission meetings, and administering civil marriages.


Detlof von Winterfeldt named new director of USC CREATE Homeland Security Center

August 28, 2015

Dr. Detlof von Winterfeldt has been named the new director of the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), the nation’s first U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence. CREATE is jointly housed in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Dr. von Winterfeldt has served CREATE previously, as its co-founding director from 2004 to 2008.


Schweitzer among USC experts to examine future of driverless cars

August 27, 2015

Driverless cars have the potential to change everything: transportation, health, the economy and the entire look of the urban landscape. Experts predict these vehicles could be ready for consumers in as little as five years, but big challenges must be faced before they hit the road. Driverless cars will be “an absolute game-changer” for transportation, said USC Price School of Public Policy Associate Professor Lisa Schweitzer.


LA Times Q&A with Lewis focuses on food’s role in community health

August 22, 2015

The Los Angeles Times, as part of its “Chat & Selfie” series, interviewed USC Price School of Public Policy Professor LaVonna Lewis about her research on the role of food in community health and her work pushing liquor stores to sell vegetables and farmers markets to take food stamps. “A food desert creates hostile living conditions. If you believe that we eat just to keep our stomachs from growling, then having fast food readily available would be OK. If, however, you believe food is a critical resource for a long, high-quality life, not having healthy food options means your chances for living longer just went down,” Lewis explained.


Esparza named USC Price’s new director of nonprofit graduate programs

August 17, 2015

Assistant Professor Nicole Esparza has been appointed the new Director of Graduate Programs in Nonprofit Leadership and Management (NLM) at the USC Price School of Public Policy, Dean Jack H. Knott announced. Dr. Esparza conducts research on the influence of networks and collaborations on the performance, innovation and management in nonprofit organizations.

From Rio to the Rhine, USC Price teaches local lessons with global relevance

August 14, 2015

This summer, 50 students from the USC Price School of Public Policy went abroad as part of three annual international labs held in China, Brazil, Italy and a new opportunity called “USC Price on the Rhine” held in Germany. Through these experiences, the students tackled local issues with global relevance — ranging from droughts to elder care.

As Social Security turns 80, what does its future hold?

August 14, 2015

President Franklin D. Roosevelt 80 years ago signed into law the Social Security Act, creating a public retirement system for millions of Americans. Experts – including Paul Ginsburg and Julie Zissimopoulos USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics – share their thoughts on whether the program is need of an overhaul and whether Social Security fulfilling its mission.

Pisano drafts letter to state legislators in support of transportation investment

August 11, 2015

The California Economic Summit published a letter co-written by USC Price Professor Mark Pisano, who co-leads the summit’s Infrastructure action team, to promote regional transportation investment. “As a champion of sustainable regional economic growth, the California Economic Summit supports the Legislature’s efforts in the new special session to increase resources for transportation projects,” Pisano wrote. “Investments in roads, highways, and transit—made across the state’s regional economies with the goal of simultaneously growing the economy, improving environmental quality, and increasing opportunity for all—are vital to the state’s long-term prosperity.”

Ramcharan named research director of USC Lusk Center for Real Estate

August 10, 2015

The MReport highlighted the appointment of Rodney Ramcharan as research director of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. Ramcharan is also associate professor of real estate and public policy at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, the story noted. The appointment was also mentioned in National Mortgage News.

Price student Mylinh Ngo Huang with Dr. Nghia Van Hoang 
and Dr. Thai Duc Cao at a workshop on climate change 
held at the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics 
and Public Administration last year

Price student earns Fulbright grant to study climate change adaptation in Vietnam

August 7, 2015

USC Price School of Public Policy doctoral student Mylinh Ngo Huang earned a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Vietnam in urban development and planning for the 2015-2016 academic year. Beginning January 2016, Huang will spend 10 months conducting field research on urban adaptation to climate change in Can Tho City, the largest city in the Mekong River Delta of Vietnam.