News Releases

July 6th, 2015

Why Don’t Men Live as Long as Women?

A new USC-led study reveals that vulnerability to heart disease is the biggest culprit behind a surge in higher death rates for men versus women during the 20th century. CONTACT: Emily Gersema, (213) 740-0252 or; or Elizabeth Newcomb, (213) 740-0821 or Across the entire world, women can expect to live longer than men. But why does […]

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July 2nd, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY: Does Depression Dampen Memories?

Largest imaging study of its kind finds distinctive signature of depression: a smaller memory center in the brain   Contact: Robert Perkins, (213) 220-0017 or WHAT: The largest study to date of depression with brain imaging. Online at Findings include: Brain differences are greatest in the hippocampus, a key brain region associated with memory […]

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June 29th, 2015

A Fishy Stink Heightens Critical Thinking

Contact: Emily Gersema (213) 361-6730 or A nose-wrinkling fishy smell does more than tell humans to keep a safe distance: It makes them better thinkers. In a study of metaphor and reasoning, researchers found that people exposed to the slightest whiff of spoiling fish are more likely to detect misleading information. “If I’m distrustful, then […]

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June 29th, 2015

SOURCE ALERT: Space Flight and Business Experts Available to Discuss SpaceX Rocket Explosion

Contact: Robert Perkins at (213) 220-0017 or; or Amy Blumenthal at (917) 710-1897 or This morning, an unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station exploded shortly after launch.  Experts from USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering and Marshall School of Business are available to provide context and commentary.   “That SpaceX has had […]

June 26th, 2015

SOURCE ALERT: Legal experts available to discuss Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage

Contact: Andrew Good at (213) 740-8606 or “Today is a historic day. Once again the Supreme Court recognized the Constitution’s protection of the basic equality and dignity of lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons, of same-sex couples, and of the families headed by same-sex couples.” David Cruz, professor of law at the USC Gould School, […]

June 25th, 2015

Tracking the Genetic Arms Race Between Humans and Mosquitoes

Scientists sequencing the genomes of mosquito populations demonstrate that strong evolutionary pressure drives the pests to adapt quickly to human influences on their local environment Contact: Robert Perkins at (213) 740-9226 or Every time you put on bug spray this summer, you’re launching a strike in the ongoing war between humans and mosquitoes — one […]

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June 23rd, 2015

Teen Turnoff and the Cycle of Family Aggression

Teens whose parents are very aggressive mute their emotional brains in response and are at risk of perpetuating a cycle of family violence, a USC study finds.  Contact: Emily Gersema (213) 740-0252 or Parents’ yelling is a turnoff for teens, but don’t mistake their emotional shutdown as a sign of ennui. It may be a […]

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June 18th, 2015

SOURCE ALERT: US Supreme Court Healthcare Decision

What would happen if the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision on King v. Burwell that ends health care subsidies for millions of residents? How would a decision that reinforced the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act shift politics and affect coverage?  Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 740-0252 or The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a […]

June 18th, 2015

Diet that mimics fasting appears to slow aging

Benefits demonstrated in mice and yeast; piloted in humans Contact: Robert Perkins at (213) 740-9226 or Want to lose abdominal fat, get smarter and live longer? New research led by USC’s Valter Longo shows that periodically adopting a diet that mimics the effects of fasting may yield a wide range of health benefits. In a […]

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June 17th, 2015

SOURCE ALERT: E3 and the future of virtual reality

Scholars are watching developments at this year’s E3 and can discuss what’s next in VR. Contact: Andrew Good at (213) 740-8606 or The “surreal” future of virtual reality content “I’m interested in how the content is going to evolve. I believe the answers will be found through our students in the School of Cinematic […]