News Releases

October 28th, 2019

Halloween, Day of the Dead and the science of fear: USC experts dig in

This week two different celebrations take place, with shared themes of recognizing and celebrating otherwise taboo topics surrounding death and dying. USC experts explore the origins of the traditions, dig into death rituals and explain why we love all things scary. Contact: Jenesse Miller (213) 810-8554 or Day of the Dead celebration has indigenous […]

October 24th, 2019

Trump’s Turkish call: a decision changing maps and minds

Contact: USC Media Relations, or (213) 740-2215 With unprecedented speed, President Donald Trump unleashed a Turkish military incursion that shattered a fragile order in the Middle East. As American troops leave former Kurdish allies behind, an edgy uncertainty is being felt from northern Syria to Washington, D.C., while the conflict stirs Russia and NATO. USC experts are […]

October 22nd, 2019

New study examines how diet contributes to toxic exposure for pregnant women and children

Researchers found that the higher the fish consumption, the higher the levels of toxic chemicals in both pregnant women and their children. They also found consumption of non-organic fruits and vegetables is a major source of exposure to pesticides. Contact: Jenesse Miller at (213) 810-8554 or Which foods are the healthiest, and which cause […]

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October 22nd, 2019

Research reveals why breast cancer spreads to the brain

USC researchers have determined how cancer cells target certain organs, which could help develop treatments to slow or stop the disease from spreading. Contact: Leigh Hopper, or (310) 308-0405 Most cancers kill because tumor cells spread beyond the primary site to invade other organs. Now, a USC study of brain-invading breast cancer cells circulating […]

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October 18th, 2019

Young people treated in general emergency departments more likely to be prescribed opioids

Researchers say young people seen in a general emergency department are three times more likely to be given an opioid prescription compared with similar young people treated in pediatric emergency departments. Contact: Stephanie Hedt at (213) 821-4555 or or Jenesse Miller at (213) 810-8554 or Children, adolescents and young adults treated in pediatric […]

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October 11th, 2019

USC experts share expertise about wildfires

Wildfires are burning throughout California and thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate their homes as firefighters battle blazes near Los Angeles. Earlier this week, the state’s largest power utility, PG&E, intentionally shut off electricity to hundreds of thousands of customers in an effort to avoid sparking more deadly wildfires. USC experts are available […]

October 8th, 2019

Researchers investigate why certain brains are more vulnerable to addiction

Study authors say advancements in brain science can help identify vulnerable individuals before they’re exposed to addictive substances like opioids.  Contact: Jenesse Miller at (213) 810-8554 or In a report published today, researchers in neuroscience, addiction and behavioral health laid out the latest research into what makes individuals vulnerable to substance abuse and dependency, […]

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October 4th, 2019

First look at USC Class of 2023: Diverse, hard-working and high-achieving

University better than ever at inviting those who say ‘yes’ More than 3,000 first-year students are on their way toward a USC degree, representing a new level of achievement, diversity and connection between the university and its first-year students. Those offered admission accepted at a higher rate than any previous cohort — indicating an exceptionally […]

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September 26th, 2019

MEDIA ADVISORY: USC opens Iovine and Young Hall at the intersection of innovation and entrepreneurship

Contact: USC Media Relations, or (213) 740-2215 WHO: Jimmy Iovine, co-founder of USC Iovine and Young Academy and Beats Electronics, music producer and visionary Andre “Dr. Dre” Young, co-founder of USC Iovine and Young Academy and Beats Electronics, CEO of Aftermath Entertainment Carol L. Folt, USC president Erica Muhl, dean and founding executive director of USC Iovine […]

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September 24th, 2019

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry of President Trump

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced today that the U.S. House of Representatives will begin a formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump. The announcement is in response to allegations that President Trump pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden’s son. USC experts can speak to the events that have prompted […]