USC in the News

USC In the News 2/28/2018

The Washington Post published an analysis by David Kang of the USC Dornsife College's Korean Studies Institute on why floating the idea of an military attack on North Korea is irresponsible and dangerous. "There are exactly zero examples of a time North Korea caved in to pressure. To think that this time it would not fight back is wishful thinking based on no evidence and weak logic," Kang wrote. He argues that continued deterrence is the best strategy to bring the North Korean government to the negotiating table.

PBS' "Newshour" highlighted research by Adam Badawy, Emilio Ferrara and Kristina Lerman of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute that found conservatives retweeted Russian trolls about 31 times more often than liberals and produced 36 times more tweets. "There is going to be a lot of content that we’re not sure of anymore, and this problem opens up more room for doubt in American politics and politics around the world," Badawy said.

KCET-TV highlighted work by Trudi Sandmeier of the USC School of Architecture's Heritage Conservation Programs to conserve and maintain the Freeman House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. USC has spent $1.4 million to stabilize the house since the Northridge Earthquake and it serves as a incubator for conservation ideas for USC School of Architecture students and faculty. "Whenever you experiment, you don't know how to predict how these materials are going to react, both in the moment and over time; great ideas don't always make great architecture," Sandmeier said.

Slate published an op-ed by Darby Saxbe of the USC Dornsife College and a colleague on the improvements federal and state governments can make to mental health services. Saxbe argues that investing early in mental health resources for children and their families, focusing on treatment over punishment, making mental health treatment affordable and accessible, supporting and funding mental health research, and combating social stigma of mental illness are key to improving the well-being of citizens.

The Wall Street Journal's "The Future of Everything" podcast interviewed Daniel Lidar of the USC Viterbi School about the race to develop the world's first universal quantum computer.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Orin Kerr of the USC Gould School about how the U.S. Supreme Court has defined privacy rights in the digital age.

The Washington Post quoted Gabriel Kahn of the USC Annenberg School on why CNN and Fox conspicuously differentiate themselves by talking about the other’s reporting style.

NPR quoted Doe Mayer of the USC School of Cinematic Arts about actress Mary Pickford's iconic curls.

CBS News interviewed Jessica Barrington-Trimis of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on why the normalization of e-cigarette products is problematic.

The Economist quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Dornsife College on how Senator Dianne Feinstein was unable to secure the endorsement from the California Democratic Party.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Dowell Myers of the USC Price School on how each subsequent generation changes its housing preferences.

Futurism quoted Gillian Hadfield of the USC Gould School about a study that pitted artificial intelligence against actual lawyers in efficiently evaluating non-disclosure agreements. Popular Mechanics also noted Hadfield's involvement in preparing the evaluation.

Los Angeles Times published an editorial by Mike Gatto, a legislator in residence at the USC Dornsife College's Unruh Institute, about what gun control questions constituents should ask their representatives.

NPR noted research by Stacy Smith, Marc Choueiti and Kate Pieper of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative that tracked the gender and race of performers, writers and producers across the pop music charts and the Grammy Awards.

CNN noted results from a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll that measured President Donald Trump's disapproval rating among voters.

KCET-TV published an analysis produced by the USC Price School's Center for Social Innovation with data produced by the Neighborhood Data for Social Change platform about the number of "opportunity youth" in Los Angeles and and how the city can better support this demographic.

San Francisco Chronicle published commentary originally from The Conversation by Leo Braudy of the USC Dornsife College and colleagues about the film industry's biggest innovation flops, like Smell-O-Vision.

Forbes cited research by Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration about the number of undocumented workers in California by industry.

Deadline Hollywood cited comments by Stanley Rosen of the USC Dornsife College about Hollywood's self-censorship in order to access the Chinese market.

Laconia Daily Sun published commentary by Susan Estrich of the USC Gould School about the intelligence of President Donald Trump.