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February 25th, 2021

Education is now a bigger factor than race in desire for COVID-19 vaccine

Results from a new USC Dornsife study show that U.S. adults with higher education are significantly more likely to get a COVID-19 vaccination and to believe in the vaccine’s safety and efficacy. Contact: Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 or or Jim Key, (619) 253-1077 or New findings from the Understanding Coronavirus in America Study […]

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February 24th, 2021

Bay Area’s Classical KDFC Radio names renowned pianist, storyteller and arts advocate Lara Downes as evening radio host & resident artist

Contact: USC Media Relations,, or (213) 740-2215 Classical KDFC is excited to announce that Billboard Chart-topping pianist and cultural visionary Lara Downes is joining the station’s team.  Downes, a California native who has forged a path as a storyteller, thought leader and performer, will bring her unique perspective and vast musical knowledge to KDFC […]

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February 17th, 2021

USC ups sustainability commitment with new fossil fuel-free investment strategy

The university will freeze dedicated investments in fossil fuels and liquidate existing holdings Contact: USC Media Relations at or (213) 740-2215 The Investment Committee of the USC Board of Trustees voted on February 4 to freeze making new investments in fossil fuels and to liquidate current fossil fuel investments over the next several years. These investments are […]

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February 9th, 2021

Kyle Henley Named USC Senior Vice President of Communications

Contact: USC Media Relations, or (213) 740-2215 Kyle Henley, a veteran communications leader with decades of academic and corporate experience, has been named USC senior vice president of communications. Henley will report directly to USC President Carol L. Folt and serve as part of her senior leadership team, effective March 15. He will provide […]

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February 8th, 2021

USC Announces First Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer

Contact: USC Media Relations (213) 740-2215 Christopher Manning, an experienced leader and advocate for diversity in higher education, has been named USC’s first Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer (CIDO), President Carol L. Folt announced Monday. He will report directly to the president and begin his new role on March 1. Manning joins USC after serving as both […]

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February 8th, 2021

Artificial intelligence yields new ways to combat coronavirus

USC computer scientists used AI to create a new tool that rapidly identifies potential solutions to coronavirus mutations and screens vaccines much faster to give humans an advantage over the contagion.   Contact: Gary Polakovic (323) 527-7770 or USC researchers have developed a new method to counter emergent mutations of the coronavirus and hasten vaccine development to stop […]

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January 29th, 2021

Exploring the role of the Black family during Black History Month

The national theme of Black History Month this February is the Black family — an area of study in disciplines as varied as history, anthropology, literature, sociology and the arts. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, which decides the theme each year, says the Black family has been “reverenced, stereotyped, and […]

January 21st, 2021

Half of U.S. adults, 3 out of 10 Angelenos don’t wear masks when in close contact with non-household members

Though a large majority of Americans believe wearing a mask is an effective way to protect themselves from COVID-19, many are still non-compliant — even while engaging in higher risk activities — according to new findings from the USC Dornsife Understanding Coronavirus in America Study. Contact: Jim Key, (619) 253-1077 or or Jenesse Miller, […]

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January 20th, 2021

See how they run: ‘Exercise protein’ doubles running capacity, restores function and extends healthy lifespans in older mice

Animal and human data reveal new target for reversing age-related decline, according to USC study Contact: Jenesse Miller, or (213) 810-8554 or Orli Belman, or (310) 709-4156 A new study shows that humans express a powerful hormone during exercise and that treating mice with the hormone improves physical performance, capacity and fitness. Researchers […]

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January 15th, 2021

Honoring MLK Jr. during a moment of racial reckoning

Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or The holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy will take place on Monday, Jan. 18th and is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” USC experts offer their thoughts on the civil rights leader’s legacy […]