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June 21st, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY: A tiny house to help L.A.’s homeless

USC architecture students are building a tiny house in just four days at Dwell on Design, the annual Los Angeles exposition for modern design. These movable, flexible micro houses can be part of the solution to homelessness. The house will be raffled to benefit homeless women. *RSVP to Ron Mackovich at (213) 810-8583 or […]

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June 19th, 2017

Tiny fossils reveal backstory of the most mysterious amphibian alive

The two fossils from the Triassic Period are a cross between salamanders and wormlike ‘caecilians’ — their discovery fills a significant gap in the evolutionary history of frogs, toads and other amphibians Contact: Zen Vuong, (213) 300-1381 or Researchers have determined that the fossils of an extinct species from the Triassic Period are the […]

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June 16th, 2017

Blocking gene expression to combat deadly fungal infection

Deadly fungal infections are becoming resistant to common treatments, but a team of researchers from USC and from France have found a potential innovative solution. Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 740-0252 or Each year, invasive fungal infections sicken an estimated 2 million people worldwide and kill nearly 800,000 – but a team of international scientists […]

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June 14th, 2017

iPhone’s 10th birthday: Pros and cons of screen time addiction

Apple released its first iPhone on June 29, 2007 — forever changing how people interact with each other and the world. A decade later, smartphones are seemingly welded into hands, leaving people feeling vulnerable when they forget the device at home. USC researchers discuss the pros and cons of how smartphones have transformed our daily […]

June 13th, 2017

USC President C. L. Max Nikias named chair of Pac-12 CEO Group

Nikias officially begins term as chair July 1. Contact: Eddie North-Hager at (213) 740-9335 or USC President C. L. Max Nikias has been named as chair of the Pac-12 CEO Group, the conference’s governing body consisting of all 12 university presidents and chancellors. Nikias will officially begin his term as chair on July 1, 2017. […]

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June 13th, 2017

Researchers discover what may be earliest stage of Alzheimer’s disease

Clusters of a sticky protein — amyloid plaque — found in the brain signal mental decline years before symptoms appear, a new study finds Contact: Zen Vuong, (213) 300-1381 or Older adults with elevated levels of brain-clogging plaques — but otherwise normal cognition — experience faster mental decline suggestive of Alzheimer’s disease, according to […]

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June 12th, 2017

Poor diet, plus Alzheimer’s gene, may fuel disease

Could a healthy diet spare people who have an Alzheimer’s gene from developing the disease? USC researchers suggest the issue deserves further study since they found mice carrying a genetic risk factor for the disease quickly developed brain plaques after 12 weeks on a poor diet. Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 361-6730 or A diet […]

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June 9th, 2017

Your smile can determine your future win or loss

Smiling during victory could hurt future chances of cooperation, USC researchers find Contact: Ian Chaffee at (213) 810-8554 or Smile and the whole world smiles with you? Well, not necessarily. In a winning scenario, smiling can decrease your odds of success against the same opponent in subsequent matches, according to new research presented by […]

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June 8th, 2017

Overweight children are excluded from friendships, study finds

Negative social interactions can increase the kids’ risk of loneliness, depression, poor eating habits and illness Contact: Zen Vuong at (213) 300-1381 or Overweight children have more unreciprocated friendships and frenemies than their thinner counterparts, a Keck School of Medicine of USC study finds. In a survey of 504 preteens in the Netherlands, researchers […]

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