Stories by Eliza Gallo:
What we think about death and funerals is changing
Dying inspires USC Price Professor David Sloane, a planner who comes from a long line of cemetery superintendents.
Kale chips and gluten-free are the Prada handbag of the new elite
“Aspirational class” moves away from material goods, toward prudent decisions about health and kids, says USC professor.
USC Price professor focuses on equality in housing policy at NYC alumni talk
Raphael Bostic addresses issues that graduates contend with at a national level.
California Social Welfare Archives launches fundraising campaign
The effort will establish an endowment aimed at providing a stable future for the archive housed at Doheny Library.
A commitment to giving back — year after year
Master of Social Work alumna Christina Stoney has made a gift to USC nearly every year since graduation.
Disabled student scholarship inspired by alumna
The Helen Phillips Levin Dean’s Leadership Scholarship will help students follow the remarkable example of Helen Phillips Levin MSW ’81.
Hospital Perks and the Patient Experience
With offerings like hotel-style room service, massage therapy and magnificent views, hospitals are increasingly touting their luxury services in a bid to gain market share. How important is the patient experience? Should our health care system pay for these amenities? New research addresses the pampered patient.
Decision 2012: What Did We Learn?
On November 6, President Obama was reelected with roughly 100 electoral votes more than challenger Mitt Romney. What went wrong for Romney? Are there lessons the Republican Party should take away from the presidential and congressional outcomes?
Support has dropped for a California proposition requiring labeling of genetically modified food, finds the USC Dornsife/L.A. Times Poll.
Obama Leads in Calif.
President Obama maintains a commanding lead over Mitt Romney with California voters, finds the new USC Dornsife/L.A. Times Poll.
Death Penalty: Divided
With the Nov. election looming, the fight to repeal the death penalty in California has gotten a lot closer, per new USC Dornsife/L.A. Times Poll.
Fact Sheet: The Candidates on Education
From teacher pay to No Child Left Behind, a new chart from the USC Rossier School of Education compares the positions of President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney on the most important education issues.
Taxes & Pensions
Golden State voters show slipping support for Gov. Brown’s tax initiative, but favor pension reforms, finds USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll.
Social Media & Debates
As the millennial generation becomes old enough to vote, we should expect to see the impact of the TV debate change in significant ways.
On the Ballot: Marijuana, Gay Marriage
“The presidential election gets most of the attention, but it’s going to be a very interesting year at state level, with voters potentially passing a host of far-reaching new laws,” says John Matsusaka of USC’s Initiative & Referendum Institute. Pot legalization is a hot topic this year, as are same-sex marriage, health care, tax increases and public employee unions.
In 2012, Twitter has a force that it didn’t have during the 2008 election. What is its impact on political discourse, and does it motivate voters?
After the conventions, polling bounce for Romney and Obama is negligible. Are bounces declining, and do they even matter by November?
Brown’s Tax Initiative
Just a slim majority of Californian voters favor Prop. 30, which would raise taxes to avoid further spending cuts in education and public safety.
Brown Tax Initiative
Voter support for Gov. Brown’s tax initiative is slipping, as California budget shortfall grows. But most voters favor his plan to reduce state worker hours.
Seventy-five percent of Californians say gay marriage won’t be a major issue or will be just one of many factors they consider at the ballot box.
Mitt: The Anti-Obama
Poll shows California’s Romney supporters
are motivated by opposition to Obama more than enthusiasm for their own candidate. Video
Iran’s Nuclear Weakness
The Iranian nuclear program could play a significant role in the final battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, with both candidates taking a tough stance on the issue. But they may not need to. In his new book, USC’s Jacques Hymans says that Iran’s nuclear program is likely to fail on its own, without Western involvement.
California for Obama, Despite Gas Prices
The USC Dornsife/L.A. Times Poll finds President Obama’s job performance rating at its highest among California voters since 2010.
Californians Willing To Raise Taxes
Voters favor raising sales taxes and taxes on the wealthy if the money goes to public schools, community colleges and public safety, poll finds.