The New York Times Magazine published an essay by historian Rick Perlstein in July titled, “What’s the Matter With College.” The online essay touched on why college as America used to understand it was coming to an end, and then invited college students to respond.
Out of some 600 responses, Max Lance, a USC student, is one of four runner-ups. Lance is a 23-year-old freshman at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts majoring in writing for film and television. Congrats, Max!
UCLA PART OF MOMENTOUS STUDY OF CHILD HEALTH
The National Children’s Study will utilize 22 new study centers, including the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, to launch a nationwide project to assess the various factors on children’s health in the United States.
The study will follow a representative sample of 100,000 children from before birth to age 21, looking for information that will help prevent and treat health problems such as autism, diabetes, birth defects, heart disease and obesity.
USC ANNENBERG: WHERE PICTURES TELL STORY
The USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy have teamed up with Venice Arts to launch the Institute for Photographic Empowerment, a partnership that supports participant-produced documentary projects in photography, film and digital media.
The USC Annenberg School will offer its first class on the subject of images and issues in the Spring 2008 semester with a course titled, “Visual Communication and Social Change.”
CALTECH LINKS SCHIZOPHRENIA, AUTISM & FLU
Through recent studies, a team of California Institute of Technology researchers have found an unexpected link that ties schizophrenia and autism to something as common as the flu.
The team’s findings suggest that if a woman suffers even one respiratory infection during her second trimester, her child’s risk of schizophrenia goes up by three to seven times. It is believed that as many as 21 percent of known schizophrenia cases may have been triggered this way.
LMU PROF AMONG THE 50 GREATEST CLASSICAL RECORDINGS
Gramophone Magazine has chosen a recording by part-time Loyola Marymount faculty member Wojciech Kocyan, professor of piano, to include in their list of the 50 greatest classical recordings ever made.
The magazine’s critics have praised Kocyan’s work for its “world class artistry,” comparing it to the level of musicians such as Arthur Rubenstein, Leonard Bernstein and Sergei Rachmaninoff.