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January 22nd, 2020

USC experts score the cultural mania, science of Super Bowl

  Super Bowl LIV kicks off on Sunday, Feb. 2, as the Kansas City Chiefs face the San Francisco 49ers in Miami. USC ties to the big game – a Trojan has appeared in all but six of the 54 Super Bowls – continues as professors examine the spectacle, athleticism and cultural mania surrounding the game. Contact: Gary […]

January 3rd, 2020

U.S. and Iran: Was the killing of Qassem Soleimani risky or justified?

In an overnight strike, President Donald Trump ordered the killing of one of Iran’s most powerful generals, Qassem Soleimani. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned of “a harsh retaliation.” Many Democratic U.S. officials expressed strong concerns that the killing of Soleimani puts the United States one step closer to war with Iran. In contrast, […]

December 20th, 2019

Can New Year’s resolutions lead to better health and wealth?

New Year’s resolutions: Everyone makes them, and many of us break them. Quitting smoking, exercising more frequently or committing to better financial decisions? Sticking to your New Year’s resolutions is easier with expert help and USC scholars have research on their side. Contact: Jenesse Miller (213) 810-8554 or Forget everything you know about habits […]

December 16th, 2019

Short days and long traditions, courtesy of the winter solstice

USC experts examine how the solstice phenomenon — a peculiarity of the Earth’s axis — manifests in space, time and holiday traditions. Winter solstice is Dec. 21.  Contact: Gary Polakovic (213) 740-1927 or   A tilted planet explains seasons and solstice Vahe Peroomian, associate professor of physics and astronomy, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. […]

December 12th, 2019

USC study finds teacher bias against math ability of girls, students of color

The study found that teachers assumed that girls—and especially girls of color—had lower mathematics ability than boys and white boys. Contact: Jenesse Miller at (213) 810-8554 or or Ross Brenneman at (213) 740-2327 or New research into how teachers evaluate the mathematical ability of students suggests that White teachers and teachers of color […]

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December 9th, 2019

USC marine scientists show evolutionary principle at work off the Southern California coast

Contact: Gary Polakovic (213-740-1927) or In the waves offshore of Southern California, germ warfare occurs in a struggle as old as life itself. It’s where USC marine biologists completed a comprehensive new study that shows the tactics bacteria and viruses employ to gain advantages against each other. What they found is that an unlikely standoff occurs, […]

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December 9th, 2019

Will impeachment hurt or help Trump?

USC faculty are using the impeachment hearings to teach students about history, constitutional law, policy and political communications. They’re available to discuss these lessons, including how impeachment could work for or against President Trump, the GOP and Democratic rivals. Contact: Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 or What does history tell us about impeachment and reelection? “Some […]

November 27th, 2019

USC research shows how feathers powered birds through time

An analysis of the form and function of feathers of 21 bird species by USC scientists and colleagues showed key molecular and structural differences to explain avian diversity and evolution as well as potential applications for modern technology. Contact: Gary Polakovic (213-740-1927) or Birds of a feather may flock together, but the feathers of birds differ altogether. […]

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