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November 19th, 2020

Five lessons we’ve learned about COVID-19 since the pandemic began

Less than a year since the pandemic began, two potential vaccine candidates are on the horizon. Even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues its deadly march, one thing is clear: Scientific understanding of the new coronavirus and advances in fighting it have progressed with stunning speed. Here are five key things we’ve learned about COVID-19 since […]

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November 19th, 2020

A USC study reveals many workers feel underappreciated by bosses and would like a ‘thank you’ more often

The study also showed that most workers — regardless of age, gender or other demographic — would prefer to receive written thank-you’s and find them more meaningful than public praise. Contact: Jenesse Miller; or 213-810-8554 A new USC study finds many workers across various job sectors feel underappreciated, especially by their bosses, and roughly […]

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November 18th, 2020

Does air pollution increase women’s risk of dementia? Study finds high levels associated with brain shrinkage

The findings suggest that further tightening of air quality standards could potentially reduce the risk of dementia in older populations. Contact: Leigh Hopper, (310) 308-0405 or Older women who live in locations with high levels of air pollution may have more Alzheimer’s-like brain shrinkage than women who live in places with cleaner air, according […]

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November 10th, 2020

Don’t be fooled by pretty food, new USC research warns

Contact: Gary Polakovic (323) 527-7770 or As the holiday season nears, thoughts of pumpkin pies, roasted chestnuts and turkey dinners fill our dreams and our grocery shopping lists. While visions of holiday food may be pleasing to the eyes and tantalizing to the palate, it would be a mistake to conclude that pretty food is healthier […]

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November 6th, 2020

California voters want a ‘fresh and new voice’ in the Senate, new USC poll shows

The USC Schwarzenegger Institute’s latest statewide poll also finds almost half of California voters want someone with no experience in Washington, D.C. or Sacramento to fill the U.S. Senate vacancy if Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris becomes vice president. Contact: Jenesse Miller, or (213) 810-8554 As Americans remain transfixed by media coverage of the presidential […]

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November 3rd, 2020

USC experts available during #Election2020

Election Day stress. Who shows up to vote, and who doesn’t. How the media will cover the election results. Whether the results will be contested. USC experts are available to answer questions on these election-related issues. Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or USC Dornsife Daybreak Poll revealed a stable race “The race remains remarkably stable and if […]

November 2nd, 2020

Final USC Dornsife Daybreak Poll reveals consistently stable presidential race, with Biden leading Trump by 10 points

6 out of 10 women voters say they will vote for Biden and voters without a college degree are split between Biden and Trump. Trump has lost ground among these groups, and others, since 2016. Contact: Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 or or Jim Key, (619) 253-1077 or The final USC Dornsife Daybreak Poll […]

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October 29th, 2020

Voting in an uncertain age: staying safe and feeling counted

Like all things 2020, in-person voting will be different this year. Never before have U.S. voters navigated a pandemic and the potentially disruptive forces of a heated and divided political climate. While early and mail-in voting have reached unprecedented levels, many will show up at polling locations to cast ballots in the traditional way on […]