USC in the News

USC in the News 4/19/2017

The Washington Post published an op-ed by Mike Chinoy of the USC Annenberg School's U.S.-China Institute on how a hard-line foreign policy strategy towards North Korea during President George W. Bush's administration contributed to the current state of affairs. "The idea that the failure of diplomacy was entirely Pyongyang’s fault obscures a much more complex reality, in which U.S. actions also contributed to the crisis the world confronts today," he wrote.

Chicago Tribune published a review of a new book by Jonathan Taplin of the USC Annenberg School on how the largest digital companies are undermining democratic institutions. Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy also points to the named companies and others for the rise of oligarchy in America and diminishing cultural and economic opportunities. "This is not a prophecy but a warning — without changes to legislation, corporate behavior and consumer values, the oligarchic dreams of a few billionaires could reshape the country even more than they already have," the reviewer wrote. New York Post published a Q&A with Taplin during a reception for his book and Forbes ran a review.

Univision Noticias Los Angeles affiliate KMEX-TV featured the USC La Clave program, developed by Steven Lopez of the USC Dornsife College and colleagues. La Clave is a pilot campaign that helps families learn how to identify the signs of mental illness and how to receive services.

Rolling Stone featured work by Albert "Skip" Rizzo of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies to use virtual reality as a form of exposure therapy to treat PTSD. Rizzo found that veterans often preferred not to talk about their experience and the technology allows them to face their traumatic experiences head on. "There's no question this is hard medicine for hard problems," Rizzo said.

The Telegraph (UK) and The Times (UK) highlighted research by Shrikanth Narayanan of the USC Viterbi School's Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory, Adela Timmons of the USC Dornsife College's Family Studies Project and colleagues that created an algorithm that can detect if a couple has had an argument. The Couple Mobile Sensing Project can identify conflict based on raised heart rate and other metrics gathered from wearables and mobile phones.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" interviewed Laura Davis of the USC Annenberg School about what steps Facebook should take after a suspect posted a video of murder on the platform.

Financial Times quoted Pamela Starr of the USC Dornsife College about the incidence of corruption in Mexican politics.

Buzzfeed News quoted Jonathan Taplin of the USC Annenberg School about the decline of gossip and tabloid magazines alongside the rise of social media.

Ian Masters’ “Background Briefing” interviewed Edward Kleinbard of the USC Gould School about President Donald Trump's proposed tax reforms.

Quartz quoted Kyung Moon Hwang of the USC Dornsife College about the accuracy of President Donald Trump's remark that the Korean peninsula used to be part of China.

The Orange County Register quoted Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about how companies should handle racial profiling by their employees because of the long-term effects it can have on the targeted party.

Marketwatch quoted Raj Dasgupta of Keck Medicine of USC on how to maintain good sleep hygiene.

Los Angeles Times, in a story about Glendale-area hospital safety ratings, mentioned the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.

BBC cited research by the USC Dornsife College's Center for Religion and Civic Culture on the size of the Muslim population in Fresno, Calif.

The Hill mentioned Raphael Bostic of the USC Price School will be the new president of the Atlanta Federal Bank.

International Business Times, in a story about tax breaks for higher education institutions, mentioned USC’s endowment.

Variety reported Erroll Southers of the USC Price School is presented for entertainment projects by Buffalo 8.

Variety cited research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative and colleagues on the underrepresentation of women in the entertainment industry.

Teen Vogue cited research by Kristen Zaleski of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and colleagues that found 25 percent of comments on articles about rape included some form of victim blaming.

Odessa American published an op-ed by Susan Estrich of the USC Gould School on why Sean Spicer should no longer be the White House Press Secretary.