USC in the News

USC In the News 4/7/2017

The New York Times published an op-ed by Abraham F. Lowenthal of the USC Dornsife College about whether Venezuelans should ask the United States and other countries to impose sanctions on its authoritarian regime. "Some of those in Venezuela who are seeking help from outside have tended to expect too much too soon from abroad, however," wrote Lowenthal. "Some have been pushing the United States to impose punitive sanctions to force Caracas to heel, but experienced United States officials have emphasized the risks and the likelihood that heavy-handed interventionism will be counterproductive."

The San Diego Union-Tribune published an op-ed by retired Gen. David Petraeus of the USC Price School about how technology has changed warfare while the causes of war have remained constant. "While technology promises to disrupt the conduct of war, it is equally important to recognize what it will not alter: the causes of war, which lie in the character of humanity," Petraeus wrote. "As Thucydides documented more than two millennia ago, it is the elemental forces of fear, honor, and interest that are the wellsprings of conflict, and it is often the choices of individuals that determine how conflicts develop."

Voice of America highlighted research from Alicia McDonough and Jang Youn of Keck Medicine of USC showing that potassium-rich foods such as sweet potatoes, avocados, spinach, beans, bananas and coffees can lower blood pressure. "When dietary potassium is high, kidneys excrete more salt and water, which increases potassium excretion," McDonough said. "Eating a high potassium diet is like taking a diuretic." Nature World News, The Daily Mail, Asian Age and Deccan Herald also featured the research.

Polygon featured a SXSW Interactive Festival presentation by Todd Richmond and Albert "Skip" Rizzo of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies focusing on the potential positive and negative impacts of virtual reality. Richmond discussed "VR gaslighting," or secretly manipulating the environment to trigger someone into mental distress, and Rizzo discussed how those same environments have been good educational and therapeutic tools. “We're seeing all kinds of popular penetration of VR. Some over-hyped things, some scary things. There's excitement and energy even at the top levels of government," said Rizzo.

The Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School about a recently pulled legislative bill that would have expanded rent controls in California cities.  

The Los Angeles Times quoted Gabe Kahn of the USC Annenberg School on L.A. billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong's recent efforts to buy the Times' parent company, Tronc.

Minnesota Public Radio quoted David Kang of the USC Dornsife College about U.S. foreign policy toward China, South Korea, Syria, and North Korea.

The Los Angeles Times noted that a publisher based at the USC Dornsife College, Kaya Press, is a partner for a recently opened Boyle Heights bookstore, Other Books.

The Courier-Tribune quoted Eileen Crimmins of the USC Davis School about the rising suicide rates of poor white men.