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October 28th, 2020

Election 2020 chatter on Twitter busy with bots and conspiracy theorists

USC scientists find right-leaning bot accounts outnumber left-leaning ones 4-to-1. A combination of right-leaning bots and users were responsible for millions of election-related tweets in the runup to Nov. 3. Besides Russia, foreign interference also has come from Nigeria and Ghana. Contact: Emily Gersema, or (213) 712-3168 Bots and conspiracy theorists have infested the […]

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October 27th, 2020

Los Angeles city and county officials join USC Schaeffer to launch COVID-19 rapid testing pilot

Project will explore use of rapid testing among first responders and school-aged children CONTACT: Leigh Hopper, or (310) 308-0405 *TV producers and assignment editors may email Andrea Garcia,, to receive video footage and photos after the event.  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 27, 2020 LOS ANGELES — Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) Schaeffer Center for Health […]

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October 26th, 2020

Metal deposits from Chinese coal plants end up in the Pacific Ocean, with uncertain consequences, USC research shows

Contact: Gary Polakovic (323) 527-7770 or Emissions from coal-fired power plants in China are fertilizing the North Pacific Ocean with a metal nutrient important for marine life, according to new findings from a USC-led research team. The researchers believe these metals could change the ocean ecosystem, though it’s unclear whether it would be for better […]

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October 21st, 2020

USC experts examine Proposition 14, the stem cell ballot measure

California’s state-funded stem cell research program hangs in the balance as voters will decide Proposition 14, the $5.5 billion bond measure to fund education and research – including projects at USC. The ballot proposition is a continuation of a similar measure, Proposition. 71 in 2004, to support the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), which funds […]

October 21st, 2020

Don’t cancel Halloween! Get creative to celebrate safely

WHAT: Media availability via Zoom with a USC expert in childhood trauma and public health responses to disasters. WHY: Holidays represent normalcy for children during uncertain times. With Halloween around the corner, as well as other fall celebrations, what can we do differently, so we don’t spread, or catch, COVID-19? WHO: Rita V. Burke, Assistant Professor […]

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October 21st, 2020

Survey: Low-income families strain to keep up with distance learning

Lack of technological proficiency contributes to pandemic-related challenges for low-income families, but multigenerational efforts can help overcome barriers. Contact: USC Media Relations, or (213) 740-2215 or Ross Brenneman, When the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools across the country in March, districts turned to emergency online instruction, distributing tens of thousands of internet hot spots and […]

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October 20th, 2020

Rent control gets another chance

The pandemic has raised new fears about evictions in a high-rent state. A ballot initiative will let Californians decide whether new rent control would help. Voters rejected a statewide expansion of rent control two years ago. Proposition 21 takes a lighter approach to loosening restrictions on rent control by allowing cities to cap rents, including […]

October 19th, 2020

COVID-19 and health care at the top of voters’ agenda in #Election2020

Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or With or without the COVID-19 pandemic, health care was destined to be a top voter issue for the 2020 presidential election. President Donald Trump and his rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, have debated issues of health care access and affordability, with the coronavirus crisis often used to illustrate […]

October 16th, 2020

Restricted blood flow in the brain could be tied to Alzheimer’s

USC study reveals one-two punch of symptoms that exacerbate Alzheimer’s Contact: Leigh Hopper, or (310) 308-0405 A new Alzheimer’s study found that impaired blood flow in the brain is correlated with the buildup of tau tangles, a hallmark indicator of cognitive decline. The work, published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests that treatments targeting vascular health […]

October 15th, 2020

Most USC students were still vulnerable to COVID-19 in May, antibody study shows

A positive test was most associated with loss of smell and taste, not respiratory symptoms CONTACT: Leigh Hopper, or (310) 308-0405 In the early days of the pandemic, USC student health physicians wanted to find out what percentage of USC’s student body already had been exposed to the coronavirus and carried potentially protective antibodies. […]

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