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April 11th, 2018

USC announces honorary degree recipients for 2018 commencement

Recipients include a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a visionary law enforcement leader, a member of the Astronaut Hall of Fame, a groundbreaking biochemist and an Academy Award-winning actor. Contact: Ron Mackovich, (213) 740-6156 or rmackovi@usc.edu USC will recognize five honorary degree candidates for their work as philanthropic, academic, scientific, arts, civic and military leaders as part […]

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April 11th, 2018

USC announces philanthropist and entrepreneur Tina Knowles Lawson as baccalaureate speaker

Nonprofit founder has dedicated herself to community service and the empowerment of young women Contact: Ron Mackovich at (213) 740-6156 or rmackovi@usc.edu Inspirational philanthropist and fashion designer Tina Knowles Lawson will deliver the 2018 baccalaureate ceremony keynote for USC degree candidates and families. The nondenominational interfaith celebration will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, […]

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April 11th, 2018

It’s not your fitness tracker — it’s you

An international study reveals that people, regardless of where they live and their age, poorly guess how physically active they actually are. Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 361-6730 or gersema@usc.edu, or Jim Key, (213) 821-2992 or jameskey@usc.edu An American, a Brit and a Dutch guy go for a walk. That may sound like the beginning of […]

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April 5th, 2018

Rise of fintech challenges banking industry

Technology tops location, location, location as U.S. banking customers’ priorities shift. Study by the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future finds large percentage of Americans willing to move their money to companies with no experience in financial services. Contact: Eddie North-Hager at (213) 740-9335 or edwardnh@usc.edu; Harlan Lebo at (310) 871-4744 or hjlebo@gmail.com Would Americans […]

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April 5th, 2018

New study shows hope for hearing loss

Scientists develop method to repair damaged structures deep inside the ear Contact: Gary Polakovic (213) 740-9226, polakovi@usc.edu Researchers have developed a new approach to repair cells deep inside the ear – a potential remedy that could restore hearing for millions of elderly people and others who suffer hearing loss. The lab study, conducted by scientists […]

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April 5th, 2018

High-deductible health plans raise risk of financial ruin for vulnerable Americans, study finds

Low-income and chronically ill consumers on high-deductible health plans face a significantly greater likelihood of financial trouble and spend more out-of-pocket for health care than people on traditional health insurance plans, study finds. (Illustration: Alamy) Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 361-6730 orgersema@usc.edu High-deductible health plans are touted for their money-saving potential, but a new USC study finds […]

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March 29th, 2018

PRESS ADVISORY: Self-driving cars, net neutrality, social media and elections prompt ethics questions

A pedestrian fatality involving an Uber autonomous car and use of Facebook account information by the political firm Cambridge Analytica are just a few of the headlines lately stoking discussions about ethics. On Friday, March 30, the Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making will host a day-long conference, “Next Generation Ethics,” focused on […]

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March 29th, 2018

Risk factors for heart disease, stroke decrease for older men and women

A study of 20-year trends shows a decrease in risk factors, as well as gender and age differences, for adults over 50. Researchers say medications, plus a decline in smoking, play a major role.  Contact: Emily Gersema, gersema@usc.edu or (213) 361-6730 Both men and women over 50 reduced their risk factors for heart disease and […]

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March 26th, 2018

A year like no other: USC releases fall admission stats

  Contact: Ron Mackovich at (213) 740-6156 or rmackovi@usc.edu An unprecedented surge in applications has made 2018 a historic year for USC admissions. A record 64,000 students applied, a 14 percent increase from the year before and the biggest jump in two decades. “We’ve never had a harder time selecting which applicants to put in […]

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March 26th, 2018

Accomplished business leader Oscar Munoz joins USC Board of Trustees

The USC alumnus has held strategic and leadership roles with some of the world’s most recognized brands, including United Airlines, AT&T, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. Contact: Eddie North-Hager at 213-740-9335 or edwardnh@usc.edu Oscar Munoz ’83, CEO of United Airlines, has been elected to the USC Board of Trustees. A visionary corporate executive, Munoz has built a […]

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