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November 30th, 2021

Aided by stem cells, a lizard regenerates a perfect tail for the first time in 250 million years

  The USC-led experiment has implications for improvements in human wound-healing. CONTACT: Leigh Hopper,; or Cristy Lytal, Lizards can regrow severed tails, making them the closest relative to humans that can regenerate a lost appendage. But in lieu of the original tail, which includes a spinal column and nerves, the replacement structure is […]

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November 4th, 2021

Inaugural USC Polarization Index reveals political divide remains wide after 1 year; immigration is the most divisive issue

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, with collaborators Golin and Zignal Labs, reveals industry’s first data-based Polarization Index to provide a roadmap for business leaders to navigate controversial issues Contact: Emily Gersema at or (213) 712-3168; Zignal Labs at and Brittany Sullivan for Golin at A new measure for polarization from USC Annenberg, developed […]

October 20th, 2021

MEDIA ADVISORY: USC practices the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on Oct. 21

The 2021 Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill will take place on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, at 10:21 a.m. Contact: Emily Gersema, WHAT Each year since 2008, the University of Southern California has participated in the Great California ShakeOut. This earthquake drill at USC is meant to prepare students, faculty and staff to know what […]

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October 13th, 2021

Food insecurity returns to pre-pandemic levels, but more than 1 in 10 Angelenos still struggle to get enough food

  Nearly 1 million Los Angeles County residents are still food insecure, according to a new report spearheaded by USC Dornsife’s Public Exchange. The study found low-income adults, women, Latinos and people aged 18-40 years old are most likely to be food insecure. Data from Yelp and helped inform the findings. Contact: Jenesse Miller, […]

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October 11th, 2021

$25 million cumulative gift to transform industrial and systems engineering at USC

Contact: USC Media Relations, or (213) 740-2215 A new gift to the USC Viterbi School of Engineering totaling $14 million will significantly grow recruitment of expert faculty members in industrial and systems engineering (ISE), with a focus on interdisciplinary areas such as computational systems, machine learning and artificial intelligence. The gift will also catalyze the modernization of the facilities […]

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October 7th, 2021

Are Women Worse Than Men at Salary Negotiation?

USC researchers who studied how women and men fare in salary negotiations found they are equally bad at it. What’s more, they believe that negotiations are influenced by human biases Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 712-3168 or; or Amy Blumenthal (917) 710-1897 or A team of USC researchers who have long employed virtual humans to understand […]

October 5th, 2021

USC experts assess damage, impact from Huntington Beach oil spill

A smell both unfamiliar and unwanted hangs over the northern Orange County coast, as oil fouls the irreplaceable air, water and marshlands. A spill estimated at 126,000 gallons has closed beaches and shaken Californians already reeling from the combined environmental impacts of drought and wildfires. USC experts are ready to talk about the spill’s impact and […]

September 22nd, 2021

A computer algorithm called ‘Eva’ may have saved lives in Greece

USC and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business researchers collaborated with Greek researchers and a private company CEO to help Greece do more with less and curb COVID-19’s spread when the country reopened, a study shows. It’s one of the latest examples of how USC researchers deploy artificial intelligence for public good. Contact: Emily Gersema, […]

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September 16th, 2021

Opioid-related deaths increased among less-educated whites following stay-at-home orders

Many communities were already struggling to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic when the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the country in the spring of 2020. Contact: Leigh Hopper at, or Stephanie Hedt at A new study led by researchers at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and the L.A. County Medical […]

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September 9th, 2021

Want less pandemic stress? Consider getting vaccinated

A USC Dornsife study finds that people who received a COVID-19 vaccine shot experienced a decrease in mental distress such as anxiety and depression. Contact: Jenesse Miller, 213-810-8554 or COVID-19 vaccines are more than just a way to reduce infection from coronavirus. New results from an ongoing USC study show the shot in the arm brings […]

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