USC in the News

USC In the News 10/19/2017

The Washington Post published commentary by Angus Deaton of the USC Dornsife College and a colleague on the true causes of the opioid crisis in America. According to Deaton, improving Medicaid, focusing solely on opioids and concentrating on rural America will not solve the problem, which has impacted women and men equally. "The long-run solution is much harder to attain. We need higher wages and better jobs for working people," Deaton wrote.

The Washington Post published analysis by Brian Rathbun of the USC Dornsife College and colleagues that evaluated the modern roots of populism. According to the survey created by the authors, 17 percent of Americans can be considered "populist." "Class-based judgments are more important than perceptions of the country as a whole, which have little bearing on whether a person is a populist. Populism seems to be driven by a sense that the disparity between different social classes is increasing," they wrote. They found that modern populists are more concerned that the rich are continuing to flourish while the working class struggles.

Los Angeles Sentinel featured the groundbreaking ceremony for the USC Iovine Young Academy. The event featured Andre "Dr. Dre" Young and Jimmy Iovine, who donated $70 million in 2013 to fund the academy. "Today, the Iovine and Young Academy begins a new chapter — breaking ground on the kind of home that its spectacular students deserve," said USC President C. L. Max Nikias at the event. The new building, which will house 3D printing and scanning, media labs, workshops and studios for students, will open in 2019.

Voice of America highlighted research by Todd Richmond, Adam Reilly, David Nelson and colleagues at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies aimed at better preparing military troops and keeping them mentally and physically healthy in the long term. Richmond, Reilly, Nelson and others use a combination of virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality to create projects that can better train military personnel for hostile environments and mitigating sexual harassment and assault. Heavy mentioned research from the USC Institute for Creative Technologies that used virtual reality to train soldiers and treat military service personnel with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Fox News (in a Washington Examiner story) highlighted a paper by Abby Wood of the USC Gould School and colleagues proposing government regulation of "fake news" on the internet. Wood and colleagues argue that sharing an item that has been flagged as "untrue" may make an individual liable under libel laws.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) quoted Caroline Cicero of the USC Leonard Davis School about evacuation plans for older adults and how this group will cope with traumatic losses due to the wildfires in Northern California.

U.S. News & World Report quoted USC Dean of Admission Timothy Brunold about higher education and professional opportunities for undocumented Americans.

The Atlantic quoted Julie Albright of the USC Dornsife College on why catfishing - the act of creating a fake social media profile for the purpose of making romantic connections - can be addictive.

NPR Phoenix affiliate KJZZ-FM interviewed Clayton Dube of the USC Annenberg School's U.S.-China Institute about the possible developments that will come out of China's 19th National Congress.

International Business Times quoted Alec Levenson of the USC Marshall School's Center for Effective Organizations on why millennials are less private about certain information, like salaries, compared to previous generations.

Fox News quoted Robert Shrum of the USC Dornsife College's Unruh Institute on the unlikelihood that a Republican challenger will be successful in unseating incumbent Representative Maxine Waters.

Fast Company quoted Carolann Peterson of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School on why domestic abuse victims are often tied financially to their abusers.

The Arizona Republic quoted Darren Ruddell of the USC Dornsife College's Spatial Sciences Institute on how low-income, minority and elderly Phoenix residents are exposed to greater amounts of heat stress compared to other groups.

The Washington Post mentioned the former dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Carmen Puliafito. Los Angeles Times published a follow-up story on Puliafito. The Washington Post's "Daily 202" newsletter, Los Angeles Times' "Essential California" and "Essential Education" newsletters, CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV and CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV mentioned Puliafito.

Los Angeles Times mentioned USC hosts the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books each year in a largely immigrant community.

Los Angeles Times cited comments by Nicholas Warner of the USC Dornsife College about the discoveries that have been made at the Mt. Wilson Observatory.

Newsweek reported on a project by USC Shoah Foundation and the USC Institute for Creative Technologies to preserve interactive Holocaust survivor testimonies.

Dallas Morning News published a map produced by Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration on the potential economic loss for each congressional district if Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients are removed from the workforce.

Inquisitr cited comments by Sara Twogood of the Keck School of Medicine of USC about the side effects of hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition that impacts about three percent of pregnant women.

Entrepreneur cited an op-ed by Noam Wasserman of the USC Marshall School's Greif Center on why so few founders remain in charge of companies as they grow.

The Post and Courier reported on the USC Southern California Earthquake Center and its Great ShakeOut drill planned for Oct. 19 at 10:19 a.m.