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July 23rd, 2021

The 2020 Olympic Games take center stage

Contact: Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 or After a one-year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Olympics kicked off today in Tokyo. USC experts are available to discuss how athletes trained during the pandemic, what measures have been taken to reduce exposures and security risks, and controversies surrounding the games. In addition, USC […]

July 14th, 2021

Dana Goldman takes on deanship at USC Price School of Public Policy

Long a leader at USC Price, Goldman has served as interim dean since last year. He’ll head the school as rapid change creates pressing demands for public policy research and scholars. Dana Goldman, a Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Pharmacy, and Economics, has been appointed dean of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. He will hold the C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Dean’s Chair. “Dana Goldman has led the […]

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July 13th, 2021

USC study warns of dire impacts downstream of new Nile River dam

The new study describes potentially drastic water supply and economic impacts for Egypt under rapid-filling scenarios for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Nile River. The USC analysis also offers solutions to help break deadlocked negotiations as the dispute goes to the United Nations Security Council amid threats of a water war in arid […]

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July 12th, 2021

ICE violated internal medical standards, potentially contributing to deaths of mostly healthy men

Analysis finds many of the deaths were preceded by delayed or inappropriate care and inadequate responses to clearly abnormal vital signs. Contact: Leigh Hopper at (310) 308-0405 or A USC analysis of deaths among individuals in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody found that ICE violated its own internal medical care standards in 78% of […]

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July 8th, 2021

Thanassis Rikakis, educational innovator, named dean of USC Iovine and Young Academy

A classically trained musician known for transformational leadership and transdisciplinary curriculum, Rikakis will begin conducting the academy August 23. Contact: USC News, or (213) 740-2215 Thanassis Rikakis, an educator and researcher who has devoted his career to removing barriers between academic disciplines, has been selected as the new dean of the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young […]

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June 22nd, 2021

USC researchers share their discoveries on Alzheimer’s disease, discuss a new drug and other potential therapies

USC remains among the top private institutions in federal funding for Alzheimer’s research, and its fleet of dedicated researchers continue to lead the way on understanding the disease. Now, during Alzheimer’s and Brain Health Awareness month, USC scientists are covering new ground, revealing cultural barriers to reaching people who need support with care, learning why […]

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 or 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 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 […]