News Releases

April 8th, 2021

As many as 43,000 U.S. children have lost a parent to COVID-19, USC study finds

Researchers say Black children have suffered disproportionately from parental bereavement due to the pandemic. CONTACT: Jenesse Miller at or 213-810-8554 Between 37,000 and 43,000 children in the United States have lost at least one parent to COVID-19, a “staggering” 20% increase in parental loss over a typical year, new USC research shows. The scope of deaths “is […]

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April 7th, 2021

Rapid COVID tests used twice weekly could detect most contagious kids, making school reopenings safer

Easy-to-use screening tool showed promise in comparison with ‘gold-standard’ PCR test, USC study shows CONTACT: Leigh Hopper at or (310) 308-0405 Last year, the U.S. government purchased 150 million BinaxNOW rapid antigen COVID-19 tests and began distributing them. One of the goals was to safely reopen schools. However, little data was available on how […]

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April 6th, 2021

Music videos provide far-reaching, under-the-radar advertising for vaping products

Models and celebrities exhaling clouds of e-cig smoke in music videos promote vaping to young adults in unregulated product placements, USC studies show  CONTACT: Leigh Hopper at or (310) 308-0405 Vaping device companies are getting billions of eyeballs on their products and potentially influencing young adults with unrestricted advertising in music videos, an unregulated […]

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April 5th, 2021

Working-age Hispanic immigrants at highest risk of dying from COVID-19

The study of California death certificates shows young, foreign-born Latino adults – the backbone of the state’s agricultural and service industries — faced a significantly high risk of dying from COVID compared to others CONTACT: Leigh Hopper at or (310) 308-0405 Hispanic immigrants of working age — 20 to 54 years old — are […]

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April 2nd, 2021

USC research shows sugary diet early in life could mean memory trouble later

The study by a team of researchers at USC, UCLA and the University of Georgia finds a direct connection between particular bacteria in the gut and impaired brain function. Contacts: Gary Polakovic (323) 527-7770 or; or Jim Key New research shows how drinking sugary beverages early in life may lead to impaired memory in adulthood. The […]

March 30th, 2021

California surpasses 90% internet connectivity, USC-CETF survey finds

Contact: Ron Mackovich,, (213) 810-8583 Amid the pandemic, many low-income households remain offline at a time when they need it most, based on the latest Statewide Survey on Broadband Adoption by USC and the California Emerging Technology Fund. The results released today are the first in a series of three. More findings are slated for release […]

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March 29th, 2021

USC, CETF release results of statewide survey on the digital divide

MEDIA ADVISORY: USC, CETF release results of statewide survey on the digital divide An examination of access to devices and broadband shows California passing a milestone, though some households remain offline at a critical time. USC experts and California Emerging Technology Fund leaders will hold an online press conference Tuesday to discuss the statewide survey […]

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March 25th, 2021

Former Patients of George Tyndall Agree to an $852 Million Global Settlement with USC

Contact: USC Media Relations:, 213-740-2215. USC and the 710 women who filed civil cases in Los Angeles Superior Court involving George Tyndall have reached a global agreement that is fair and reasonable. The $852 million settlement will end this litigation in state court. The USC Board of Trustees has ratified the settlement. This resolution […]

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March 24th, 2021

USC experts show how L.A. can obtain a fossil fuel-free future

USC researchers partner with the U.S. Energy Department and city of Los Angeles to help chart a course to a zero-emissions future for the city — one of the biggest studies of its kind by the federal government. Contact: Gary Polakovic (323) 527-7770 or or Amy Blumenthal Powering Los Angeles entirely with renewable energy can be accomplished […]

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March 24th, 2021

News media keeps pressing the mute button on women’s sports

A 30-year study of coverage finds that television news and ESPN’s SportsCenter continue to ignore women’s sports — and online media coverage isn’t much better. Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or The talented athletes are there. The cheering fans are there. But the media? It’s nowhere to be found. This is the reality of women’s […]

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