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August 4th, 2020

Study: pandemic may delay graduation for students of color

Overall, the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on fall semester registration is minimal, but it’s affecting about 1 out of 10 students’ ability to finish their program on time. CONTACT: Leigh Hopper, 310-308-0405 or lhopper@usc.edu; Jim Key, 619-253-1077 or jameskey@usc.edu The COVID-19 pandemic is having a striking, paradoxical impact on low-income and minority college students. At least 30% […]

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August 3rd, 2020

Wave of housing and economic consequences loom as eviction bans expire

Contact: Ron Mackovich, rmackovi@usc.edu Evictions were widely prohibited during the early part of the pandemic. Now, federal, state and local moratoriums that keep non-paying renters from being kicked out are expiring. Their future is uncertain. In California, where a housing crisis predated the pandemic, the situation is now critical. More than 60% of L.A. County […]

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July 30th, 2020

As coronavirus spreads, health officials weigh pooled testing

Contact: Leigh Hopper, lhopper@usc.edu, (310) 308-0405 or Stephanie Hedt, hedt@usc.edu, (213) 821-4555 The United States is testing more than 750,000 people for COVID-19 every day, with demand even higher across states like Arizona, California, Florida and Texas due to a spike in infections. One possible solution is pooled testing in which health officials test small groups — or “pools”– of people for the coronavirus with […]

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July 30th, 2020

Investment, health policy changes would clear the way for new Alzheimer’s treatments

Two new USC reports released an international conference describe a challenging obstacle course for patients to access Alzheimer’s disease treatments once they become available. Contact: Emily Gersema, gersema@usc.edu or (213) 712-3168 or The first disease-modifying Alzheimer’s disease treatments are on the horizon, but health systems in the United States and Europe would have to take […]

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July 28th, 2020

Impressive gains against ‘undermatching’

Yearlong comprehensive program for high-achieving, lower-income students leads underrepresented groups to top-ranked colleges and universities. Contact: Ron Mackovich, rmackovi@usc.edu They are extremely motivated and accomplished, yet economic disadvantages keep them from aiming as high as they should. It’s a problem known as “undermatching” among some high school students applying for college, and research shows it can make […]

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July 27th, 2020

USC Marshall, Wharton Researchers Team with Entrepreneurs and Policy Makers to Help Reopen Greek Economy

Contact: Emily Gersema, gersema@usc.edu or (213) 712-3168; or Matthew Simmons, matthew.simmons@marshall.usc.edu or (202) 277-4890 A multi-disciplinary team of researchers, entrepreneurs, and policy makers announced an AI-based project, nicknamed “Eva,” that uses data to support decision-making by the Greek government as it reopens the tourist industry vital to its economy amid the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Kimon […]

July 21st, 2020

Studies suggest a fasting diet could boost breast cancer therapy

A USC-led team of international scientists found that a one-two punch of a fasting diet with hormone therapy may enhance the effects of breast cancer treatment in small clinical trials and mouse studies. Contact: Jenesse Miller (213) 810-8554 or jenessem@usc.edu A USC-led team of scientists has found that a fasting-mimicking diet combined with hormone therapy […]

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July 21st, 2020

USC teams up with community groups for Red Cross blood drive

Contact: Ron Mackovich, rmackovi@usc.edu or (213) 740-2215 USC and a team of community partners are coming together with the American Red Cross for Heroes United, a blood drive to meet the urgent need for donations in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. All donor slots are full. USC Heroes United will help ensure blood products are readily available […]

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