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Research suggests mixed-income housing near rail hubs will boost equity and sustainability
A study co-led by Professor Marlon Boarnet shows that wealthier people reduce their driving the most when living near a rail hub. However, the research also recommends including housing for a variety of income levels in transit-oriented developments. Read more >
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PhD candidate’s journey from foster care to academia inspires his research on improving local travel

Zakhary Mallett was raised in the foster system and depended on public transit to get around. Now a PhD candidate at USC Price, he is hoping to improve the transportation systems he once relied on. Read more >
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USC Price alum and his former professor find success as real estate entrepreneurs
When James Walters was starting his business as an undergraduate student at USC Price, he was inspired by his professor and fellow entrepreneur, Oscar Graham. Now, they are both running their own Southern California-based companies. Read the full story >
Expertise in Action
Faculty Advancing Change Through Research
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New research examines how growing income inequality impacts charitable donations

Income inequality is at an all-time high in the U.S., and recent research co-authored by USC Price Associate Professor Nicolas Duquette shows the disparity could be impacting how much money charitable organizations receive. Duquette conducted a basic but revealing experiment with college students to evaluate how wealth gaps impact their generosity. Read more >
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USC Price at COP26: Professor Bruine de Bruin presents on climate change jargon

World leaders recently concluded climate change talks at COP26, and USC Price Provost Professor Wändi Bruine de Bruin was part of the conversation. She spoke on a panel discussing climate change communications. Read More >
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The parallel between space travel and the exploration of early America

USC Price and the Fred W. Smith National Library at Mount Vernon hosted the 8th George Washington Leadership Lecture in Virginia. NASA Chief Scientist James Green spoke on the remarkable similarities between modern Space discovery and exploration of the American West. Read more >
On a Mission
Students and Alumni Making a Difference
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USC Price student conducts in-depth research with practical applications for police reform, homelessness 

Corran Bellman (MPP ‘22) is working alongside faculty researchers at two USC Price research centers – the Safe Communities Institute and the Homelessness Policy Research Institute – to provide solutions for society’s most vulnerable communities. Read the full story > 
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Price alum invents ‘Hydro Gummy’ to help keep older adults like her grandmother hydrated

Lanie Yeung (MPA ‘20) invented an innovative way to help her grandmother hydrate: a gummy. She says the simple solution could help all kinds of patients who struggle to drink water. Learn more >
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First in her family to attend college, USC Price alum lands job at Irvine Company
Ally Sanchez (BRED ‘21) didn’t know where to start her job search. Thankfully, USC Price Career Advisor Russ Sommer was there to help. Now, Sanchez is a construction coordinator at one of California’s biggest development firms. Read more >
Awards and Recognition
MPA alumna Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson was nominated by President Joe Biden to lead the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dr. Paul Ginsburg, director of public policy at the USC Schaeffer Center and director of the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy, was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.  

MPP alumna Radin Rahimzadeh was listed in Forbes’ “30 under 30” list for Manufacturing and Industry. Her company Fore focuses on finding sustainable ways to move goods and people.

Stacy Richardson (MPA ‘18) was appointed as the Chief of Staff for the National League of Cities.

Maheen Ahmed (MPA ‘20) was appointed Deputy Director of the Office of Community Awareness, Response, and Engagement (CARE) as part of California Attorney General Rob Bonta’s team.

Jeannine Grinnell (Online MHA ‘19) became the first female CEO of Valley Medical Center, the oldest and largest public medical district in Washington state.
PhD student Aisling O’Reilly received the WTS-LA Myra Frank $10,000 scholarship, which is awarded to outstanding women in the transportation industry.

Huê-Tâm Jamme received the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning’s Barclay Gibbs Award for her dissertation examining Ho Chi Minh City’s street life, traffic flows and how a new 2030 policy will transform residents’ lives.
USC Price in the News
The New York Times quoted Neeraj Sood about at-home COVID-19 testing.

The Los Angeles Times quoted Antonio Bento on carbon emission taxes.

The Los Angeles Times quoted Richard Green and cited the Lusk Center for Real Estate in a story about Los Angeles' luxury apartment complexes.

The Atlantic featured an op-ed co-authored by Dowell Myers about changing demographic data revealed by the 2020 Census.

The Atlantic cited Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy research in an article about floating wind farms.

The Guardian quoted Geoff Boeing on why cities need to focus on infrastructure issues before turning their attention to “air taxis.”

Vox spoke with Neeraj Sood in a “The Weeds” podcast about COVID-19 testing failures in the U.S.

NBC News quoted Gary Painter on the challenges facing the large-scale implementation of a basic-income pilot program.
NBC News quoted Bryan Tysinger about the U.S. federal government’s handling of the pandemic.

The San Francisco Chronicle featured Center for Social Innovation research about safe-parking sites for homeless individuals.

MarketWatch published an op-ed co-authored by Karen Van Nuys and Neeraj Sood about how middlemen are increasing insulin prices and Congress’ lack of action on the issue.

FiveThirtyEight cited Christian Grose’s research on independent redistricting commissions.

CalMatters quoted Adam Rose about the economic cost of wildfires.

ABC7 Los Angeles published a story about the Lusk Center for Real Estate’s Casden Real Estate Economic Forecast, which projects large rent increases in Southern California.

KPBS/CalMatters cited Christian Grose’s research about independent redistricting commissions.

WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show interviewed Wändi Bruine de Bruin about climate change communications.

STAT featured an op-ed co-authored by Darius Lakdawalla about the years of life lost among young people who died from COVID-19.

LAist quoted Erroll Southers on why the California attorney general should investigate Riverside Sheriff Chad Bianco’s one-time membership in and ongoing defense of the Oath Keepers, a far-right group.

Smart Cities Dive quoted LaVonna Lewis and David Sloane on how the pandemic forced cities to reassess their priorities.

This represents only a portion of recent USC Price faculty media.
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