Category: Los Angeles Times

‘Superfood’ trend combines fresh foods, common-sense choices

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, Joan Salge Blake, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, Sargent College 0 comments

Joan-Salge-Blake1Los Angeles Times
Joan Salge Blake, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

Practically every celebrity, TV show and magazine related to food or health has come out with a list of “superfoods” we all should be eating. These lists began to appear a few years ago, highlighting common foods that pack a nutritional punch, like sweet potatoes and blueberries. Now, we’re told we should be buying things like beet juice, acai berries, kale, quinoa, and chia seeds…

Expert quote:

“All produce is good for you. To ask which one is the best and brightest is like asking a mother which one of her kids she loves the most.”

View full article

Luis Suarez gets nine-game suspension for biting

June 27th, 2014 in 2014, Adam Naylor, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, School of Education 0 comments

v_NaylorLos Angeles Times
Adam Naylor, School of Education

After leaning over and biting an opponent on the shoulder during a World Cup game this week, Uruguayan soccer star Luis Suarez offered a simple explanation…

Expert quote:

“We tend to forget it’s about emotion, not intellect. Decisions get made much too quickly under stress.”

View full article

Can Obama pull a Nixon with the Iraq crisis?

June 14th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

bacevich11-150x150Los Angeles Times
By Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

For the United States, the Iraq war ranks as the most consequential foreign policy failure since Vietnam. In neither instance did U.S. forces succumb to outright defeat, of course. In both, with victory proving elusive, Americans wearied of the fight and simply walked away, abandoning the people for whom their troops had ostensibly fought…

View full article by expert Andrew Bacevich

British are ready to rule U.S. TV sets this summer

June 12th, 2014 in 2014, Arianne Chernock, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

CHERNOCKLos Angeles Times
Arianne Chernock, College of Arts & Sciences

Paul Revere said they were coming, but he probably didn’t think they would keep coming and coming. Yet another British invasion, this time of the TV order, is setting in on America this summer…

Expert quote:

“There is a long history and we sometimes have cultural amnesia about it. Americans have always had this strange fascination with the British monarchy. Even though America severed ties with Britain, that was one aspect we marveled at from afar..and with our distance from it, we can have a less complicated relationship to it. It becomes a fantasy.”

View full article

Airbnb uses FIFA World Cup to bring sharing economy to Brazil

June 11th, 2014 in 2014, Georgios Zervas, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

zervasLos Angeles Times
Georgios Zervas, School of Management

As online room-sharing service Airbnb Inc. battles authorities in the U.S., the company is using the upcoming FIFA World Cup to slide relatively comfortably into one of the world’s major markets…

Expert quote:

“Because there’s a lot of demand, maybe you stick your room on Airbnb. These events where you catch a lot of money for your room might motivate you to enter the sharing economy.”

View full article

Honda ratchets back prime-time ads to launch concerts, music channel

June 11th, 2014 in 2014, Chris Cakebread, College of Communication, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

cakebread_chrisLos Angeles Times
Chris Cakebread, College of Communication

American Honda Motor Co. plans to pull money from prime time and other television advertising to launch its own music-streaming channel and sponsor dozens of high-profile concerts and music tours…

Expert quote:

“Advertisers for years have seen declines in viewership in prime time and at the same time have seen the cost of buying that advertising rise. That doesn’t make sense.”

View full article

Putin’s actions in Ukraine sow fear across former Soviet empire

June 4th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Igor Lukes, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

Igor LukesLos Angeles Times
Igor Lukes, College of Arts & Sciences

President Obama’s pledge to defend allies in the former communist states of Eastern Europe and to seek $1 billion from Congress to bolster regional defenses might be Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nightmare come to life…

Expert quote:

“It seems Mr. Putin has decided to test the stability of the international system in a surprisingly resolute manner. I think hisanschluss of Crimea, which appears to be a fait accompli that no one seems to think about reversing, was a serious defeat for international stability and the notion that borders cannot be changed by force.”

View full article

Cholera cure or basketball: What’s the best way to spend $2 billion?

June 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Kevin Outterson, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

Kevin-Outterson-260x300Los Angeles Times
Kevin Outterson, School of Law

Kevin Outterson of Boston University’s School of Public Health raises the question, a little mischievously, of whether Steve Ballmer’s $2 billion is really being put to the greatest possible social use…

Expert quote:

“Cholera is a disease of poverty, linked to poor sanitation and a lack of potable water. Establishment of an adequate sanitation and potable-water system is the most definitive way to prevent and limit its spread.”

View full article

Dish’s move to accept bitcoin seen as effective marketing maneuver

May 30th, 2014 in 2014, Bitcoin, Los Angeles Times, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

MarkWilliams1Los Angeles Times
Mark Williams, School of Management

Add Dish satellite TV subscriptions to the growing list of products and services that can be bought with bitcoin, joining Tesla cars, Zynga video games and goods on Overstock.com….

Expert quote:

“I’m not sure there was a lot of risk-management analysis that went into this. I expect this was driven more from their marketing department.”

View full article

AT&T deal for DirecTV driven by desire to pare programming costs

May 20th, 2014 in 2014, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, Samina Karim, School of Management 0 comments

KarimSaminaLos Angeles Times
Samina Karim, School of Management

For anyone wondering what’s driving AT&T Inc.’s nearly $50-billion deal to buy satellite broadcaster DirecTV, look no further than a new report issued by the Federal Communications Commission on cable TV rates…

Expert quote:

“Consumers want everything everywhere and faster. That’s really where we are going.”

View full article