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June 17th, 2021

Science denial, partisanship on social media indicate where COVID-19 strikes next

  USC researchers found political discourse on Twitter helped predict where the next COVID-19 outbreaks could occur, offering a new tool for health officials to thwart pandemic. Contact: Gary Polakovic at uscnews@usc.edu or polakovi@usc.edu In the realm of social media, anti-science views about COVID-19 align so closely with political ideology — especially among conservatives — that its predictability offers […]

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June 17th, 2021

Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery and the continuing struggle for liberty and justice

Contact: Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 or jenessem@usc.edu As America grapples with racism and extremism, the Juneteenth celebration of the end of slavery has taken on new significance. This week, Congress established June 19 as a federal holiday commemorating the abolition of slavery 156 years ago. USC experts are available to discuss the significance of Juneteenth […]

June 10th, 2021

Media Advisory: USC access program celebrates college-bound students

For nearly three decades, the USC Leslie and William McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative, or NAI, has prepared students from South Los Angeles and the city’s Eastside for college success. NAI will celebrate its 24th graduation with 83 students, their families and the people who’ve made NAI a nationally recognized, free college preparatory program.   Contact: Ron Mackovich, ronald.mackovich@usc.edu or (213) […]

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June 10th, 2021

Business leader Steve Keck named to the USC Board of Trustees

The USC alumnus has long served as an overseer at the university’s medical school. Contact: USC Media Relations, uscnews@usc.edu or (213) 740-2215 USC alumnus Steve Keck, a financial analyst and co-president of the W.M. Keck Foundation, was elected to the USC Board of Trustees on June 9. “It’s my great honor to welcome Steve Keck […]

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June 7th, 2021

FDA approves the first new Alzheimer’s medication in nearly 20 years

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the use of the drug aducanumab for early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Aducanumab is the first new Alzheimer’s medication to receive approval since 2003. About six million people in the U.S. and an estimated 30 million worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. USC experts are available to discuss […]

June 2nd, 2021

LABarometer: Though More Angelenos Plan to Leave L.A. County, Consumer Confidence Among Residents is Rising

The second annual USC Dornsife-Union Bank LABarometer livability survey also reveals that while Angelenos continue to be less satisfied with their quality of life compared to all California residents and people throughout the country, they perceive less crime, vandalism, and drug and alcohol use in their neighborhoods than they did in 2019. Contact: Jim Key, […]

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May 26th, 2021

Amazon indigenous group’s lifestyle may hold a key to slowing down aging

A new study shows that the Tsimane people in Bolivia are unique for their healthy brains that age more slowly. Contact: Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 or jenessem@usc.edu A team of international researchers has found that the Tsimane indigenous people of the Bolivian Amazon experience less brain atrophy than their American and European peers. The decrease […]

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May 20th, 2021

New Pandemic Misery Index: 80% of U.S. adults had a serious pandemic hardship

USC Dornsife’s Understanding Coronavirus in America Study reveals Latinos, Blacks were most likely to experience a serious hardship during the pandemic and that the prevalence of serious hardships has dropped significantly since April 2020. Contact: Jim Key, (619) 253-1077 or jameskey@usc.edu or Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 or jenessem@usc.edu To measure the serious hardships people have […]

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May 15th, 2021

Commencement at the Coliseum: Media RSVP Guidelines

The following media guidelines are for journalists who wish to attend any of the USC Commencement ceremonies from Saturday, May 15 through Thursday, May 20 Contact: USC Media Relations, uscnews@usc.edu or (213) 740-2215 To celebrate the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021, USC is hosting ceremonies twice a day for a week, at 8:30 a.m. […]

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May 7th, 2021

USC Commencement: Once in a lifetime, 14 times

For social distancing, and to honor both the classes of 2020 and 2021, it was necessary to hold two celebrations a day for seven days. Ceremonies are at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the first time in 70 years. Opening event Friday, May 14, 6 a.m. call time. Special media access guidelines below Contact […]

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