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May 5th, 2015

Congrats NAI Grads: Headed to Penn, Middlebury and USC

USC’s Neighborhood Academic Initiative graduates 61 South Los Angeles students, all enrolling in higher education; 11 will attend USC on full-tuition scholarships **This year’s NAI graduates will be honored on Thursday, May 7 at 5:30 p.m. in USC’s Town and Gown Ballroom. The students will reveal which university or college they will attend. USC Trustee Joan […]

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May 5th, 2015

USC #SelfieClass Examines Online Photos as Cultural Artifacts

Scholars around globe analyze gender, sexuality and race portrayed in social media Download the audio slide show • Download the transcript Contact: Tanya Abrams at tanyaabr@usc.edu or (213) 740-6973; or Andrew Good at gooda@usc.edu or (213) 740-8606 Selfies have become the cultural artifacts of our time, the digital mosaic that reveals how society views gender, […]

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May 4th, 2015

USC Announces Commencement Speakers for Baccalaureate and Satellite Ceremonies

Finance executive Mellody Hobson will deliver main commencement speech; Pete Carroll among honorary degree recipients Contact: Tanya Abrams at (213) 740-6973 or tanyaabr@usc.edu More than 51,000 members of the Trojan Family will unite on the University Park Campus for USC’s 132nd commencement ceremony on May 15. Mellody Hobson, president of the Chicago-based money management firm […]

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April 30th, 2015

The Future Is Now: Reining in Procrastination

Thinking of deadlines in terms of days, not months or years, jump-starts motivation Emily Gersema (213) 740-0252 or gersema@usc.edu Procrastination is the thief of time that derails New Year’s resolutions and delays saving for college or retirement, but researchers have found a way to collar it. The trick? Think of the future as now. “The […]

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April 27th, 2015

SOURCE ALERT: USC legal expert on Supreme Court oral arguments regarding same-sex marriage

Legal scholar will be in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, 4/28 to hear oral arguments. Contact: Gilien Silsby at (213) 740-9690/(213) 500-8673 or gsilsby@usc.edu.   “One of the great civil rights issues of our time” “The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on one of the great civil rights issues of our time.  If the Supreme Court ultimately […]

April 23rd, 2015

Zeroing in on a Silent Killer

An X-ray laser uncovers the mechanics behind a major regulator of blood pressure – and offers drug manufacturers a blueprint to tune it Contact: Robert Perkins at (213) 740-9226 or perkinsr@usc.edu. One in three Americans has high blood pressure, a long-term constriction of arteries that can lead to coronary heart disease, heart failure and stroke. […]

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April 23rd, 2015

Live webcast of USC Schwarzenegger Institute/PPIC Forum on Calif. Emergency Drought Measures

Gov. Schwarzenegger, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute and Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) Water Policy Center to host “The New Reality: Addressing California’s Water Challenge,” an informative forum that will explore how California leaders, agencies and residents are coping with the current drought and planning to meet the challenge of water resources in the future. […]

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April 22nd, 2015

82nd Annual USC Alumni Awards

Top-Ranked Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Mark Stevens, Former NFL Wide Receiver Curtis Conway and LGPA Professional Golfer Lizette Salas Among Prominent Trojans To Be Honored at 82nd Annual USC Alumni Awards Contact: Denise Lopez at (213) 740-0904 or denise.lopez@usc.edu or Eddie North-Hager at (213) 740-2215 or uscnews@usc.edu The USC Alumni Association will honor: Mark Stevens, recipient […]

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April 22nd, 2015

Stem Cells that Prevent Birth Defect Also Repair Facial Injuries

April 22, 2015 Contact: Emily Gersema, 213/740-0252 gersema@usc.edu Researchers have pinpointed a primary cause of a rare skull disorder in infants, and the discovery could help wounded soldiers, car-wreck victims and other patients recover from disfiguring facial injuries. “This has a lot more implication than what we initially thought,” said Yang Chai, a lead researcher […]

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April 22nd, 2015

DNA of Bacteria Crucial to Ecosystem Defies Explanation

Contact: Robert Perkins at (213) 740-9226 or perkinsr@usc.edu Scientists have found something they can’t quite explain in one of the most barren environments on Earth: a bacterium whose DNA sequence contains elements usually only found in a much higher organism. Trichodesmium is a type of bacteria known as an oligotroph, meaning that it can survive in […]

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