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Former Executive Director for Port of LA Knatz joins USC Price, Viterbi

August 16, 2014

Dr. Geraldine Knatz, former executive director for the Port of Los Angeles, has been appointed as Professor of the Practice of Policy and Engineering at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Knatz was the first woman to serve as the executive director for the Port of Los Angeles, the top port by container volume in the United States. Serving from 2006 to 2013, she made many improvements to the port, including implementing the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, the Green Port Policy, and the Truck Trip Reduction Program.


Abbas to lead CREATE, Department of Homeland Security research center at USC

August 16, 2014

Dr. Ali E. Abbas has been named the new director of USC’s National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), the nation’s first U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Research Center of Excellence starting August 16, 2014. CREATE is jointly housed in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Dana Goldman conducts influential health economics research. (Photo/Dave Scavone)

Are state Medicaid policies sentencing people with mental illness to prison?

July 22, 2014

Researchers from the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics have linked tighter Medicaid policies governing antipsychotic drugs with increased incarceration rates for schizophrenic individuals. The study, published July 22 in The American Journal of Managed Care, comes amid media scrutiny over whether cutbacks in mental health actually save money, when other costs are taken into account.

Former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff (Photo by Tom Queally)

CREATE celebrates decade of homeland security research

May 2, 2014

Department of Homeland Security officials, counterterrorism leaders, current and former members of Congress, and the most famous pirate survivor of this generation gathered to help the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special event on April 24. The day-long agenda featured congratulatory remarks, panel discussions, research exhibits, descriptions of CREATE’s accomplishments in its first decade and analysis of the role that the center will play in the future.


Painter co-authors study focusing on high-tech immigrant entrepreneurs

April 16, 2014

An open and culturally diverse environment helps promote high-tech entrepreneurship among both immigrants and the U.S.-born, according to a new research report co-authored by USC Price School of Public Policy Professor Gary Painter. The study, released on March 25 by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, shows that immigrant-owned businesses are more likely to be located in ethnically diverse metro areas that have high foreign-born populations — an important implication for metro areas seeking to attract and retain such businesses.

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