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June 4th, 2020

Anxiety and depression associated with COVID-19 peaked in early April – but then declined

New results from USC Dornsife’s Understanding Coronavirus in America Study show even those who lost jobs experienced a steady decrease in mental distress throughout May. L.A. County residents reported higher levels of anxiety and depression than the rest of the country. Feelings of loneliness have increased and are highest among young adults and those who […]

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May 29th, 2020

African Americans and racial violence in the time of COVID-19

Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or jenessem@usc.edu High profile acts of violence against African American men have been recorded and broadcast widely in recent weeks, including the death of a Minneapolis man, George Floyd. USC experts share their expertise on how racial violence and recordings of these episodes intersect with history, law and health outcomes in […]

May 21st, 2020

Unemployment benefits help some, but COVID-19 hits the disadvantaged hard

USC Dornsife’s Understanding Coronavirus in America Study also reveals that financially, residents of Los Angeles have fared worse than the national average. Contact: Jim Key, (619) 253-1077 or jameskey@dornsife.usc.edu or Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 or jenessem@usc.edu A new analysis of data from USC Dornsife’s Understanding Coronavirus in America Study reveals that while economic insecurity has […]

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May 18th, 2020

Antibody study shows coronavirus infection more widespread in L.A. County than previously thought

The seroprevalence study indicates that despite higher than expected numbers of infections, L.A. County is still far away from reaching herd immunity or the end of the epidemic.  Contact: Leigh Hopper, (310) 308-0405 or lhopper@usc.edu Results from the first phase of a COVID-19 antibody study in Los Angeles County have been published today in JAMA, the Journal of the […]

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May 13th, 2020

Top-two and open primary elections produce less extreme lawmakers, USC study finds

New USC research shows that lawmakers elected in states with top-two primaries are less likely to cast extreme ideological votes on legislation. “Advocates for reform argue that top-two primary creates incentives for legislators to be less extreme than those elected in closed primary systems, as they must appeal to same-party, different-party, and independent voters,” said […]

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May 13th, 2020

Trojan Family celebrates the Class of 2020 like never before

Contact: USC Media Relations, uscnews@usc.edu or (213) 740-2215 USC will host an unprecedented online event Friday, May 15, to toast the Class of 2020. The virtual festivities kick off at 9 a.m. PDT when President Carol L. Folt and Provost Charles F. Zukoski begin the conferring of degrees. Celebrations hosted by each school will follow. The broadcast […]

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May 12th, 2020

A combo of fasting plus vitamin C is effective for hard-to-treat cancers, USC study shows

Researchers say their findings suggest a fasting-mimicking diet plus vitamin C has the potential to replace more toxic treatments for cancer. Contact: Jenesse Miller, jenessem@usc.edu or 213-810-8554 Scientists from USC and the IFOM Cancer Institute in Milan have found that a fasting-mimicking diet could be more effective at treating some types of cancer when combined […]

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April 30th, 2020

MEDIA ADVISORY: Decision day for college-bound students from East Area and South LA

Using Zoom to celebrate this milestone while still practicing social distancing, nearly 100 high school students from the Los Angeles East Area and South L.A. will reveal their college choice. The Neighborhood Academic Initiative’s extension into the East Area has led to higher education for 41 graduating seniors, joining 53 from South LA.  Almost half […]

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April 30th, 2020

Social isolationism is hard. Blame the culture of California, or of America, or plain old human nature.

USC experts explain some of the underlying factors of why it is so hard to stay at home even when your health may be impacted. Contact: Gary Polakovic (323) 527-7770 or polakovi@usc.edu   Evolution explains why humans need social bonds Craig Stanford, chairman of the anthropology department at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and […]

April 30th, 2020

USC announces test-optional policy for 2021-2022 academic year

Contact: Ron Mackovich, rmackovi@usc.edu, (213) 810-8583 Standardized test scores will be optional for undergraduate students applying for the 2021-2022 academic year, USC officials announced. “We recognize that this is a stressful and uncertain time for students who will soon be starting the application process,” said Timothy Brunold, Dean of Admission. “In an effort to alleviate […]

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