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February 5th, 2018

Why nerve cells die in ALS and frontotemporal dementia

USC researchers discover a cellular mechanism responsible for at least 10 percent each of ALS and frontotemporal dementia cases.  Contact: Zen Vuong, (213) 300-1381 or zvuong@usc.edu Scientists have for the first time discovered a mechanism that limits the number of “cellular janitors” in the nervous system, leading to increased risk for two neurodegenerative diseases: amyotrophic […]

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February 5th, 2018

Half of all dementias start with damaged ‘gatekeeper cells’

Once the cells are compromised, the brain’s protective fort becomes leaky and allows blood toxins to trespass into the brain, damaging critical connections between brain areas, USC researchers say. Contact: Zen Vuong, (213) 300-1381 or zvuong@usc.edu USC research sheds new light on how a breakdown in the brain’s vascular system predates the accumulation of toxic plaques […]

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February 5th, 2018

Reducing the footprint of a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide

Scientists at USC have found a new catalyst that more efficiently converts methane to olefins. Contact: Ian Chaffee, (213) 810-8554 or ichaffee@usc.edu Image: The greenhouse gas methane is found in both our ground and air, with atmospheric emissions significantly escalating over the last 10 years. (Photo/Martin Shields) USC scientists have unlocked a new, more efficient pathway for […]

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January 29th, 2018

The Bot Invasion

Just this week, U.S. lawmakers called their continued attempts to manipulate political discourse on Twitter and Facebook an “ongoing attack by the Russian government.” Some think they may have helped tilt the 2016 presidential election. Regularly cited USC research has shown that they make up as much as 15 percent of the accounts on Twitter. USC experts […]

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January 29th, 2018

A win for Los Angeles: United Airlines comes to the Coliseum

United Airlines Memorial Coliseum will be a restored historic stadium with 21st century amenities Contact: Ron Mackovich at rmackovi@usc.edu or (213) 810-8583 United Airlines and the University of Southern California have announced a naming rights agreement to help sustain and renovate the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, one of the sports world’s most beloved historical landmarks […]

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January 24th, 2018

MEDIA ADVISORY: USC breaks ground on $270 million Coliseum renovation

  USC kicks off a game-changing renovation that honors the Coliseum’s rich history, while adding amenities to vastly enhance the visitor experience. Improvements include new seating, more legroom, a new concourse and press box, new and upgraded concession stands, and LED lighting. Wi-Fi is being improved throughout the venue. Construction of the Scholarship Club Tower on the […]

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