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August 31st, 2020

1 in 5 Tenants in LA Has Struggled with Rent During Pandemic, Study Finds

A UCLA-USC study of census data shows thousands of L.A. renters are at risk of eviction when the California eviction moratorium expires on Tuesday, Sept. 1; tens of thousands more are in deep financial trouble.  Contact: Emily Gersema, or (213) 712-3168; Julie Labich, or (323) 219-4464 Twenty-two percent of Los Angeles County tenants paid rent late at […]

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August 21st, 2020

USC experts respond to wildfires scorching California

As wildfires rage in California, USC experts are ready to help explain the story, including damage to structures, health effects from smoke inhalation, environmental impacts, public policy and climate change.  Contacts: Gary Polakovic (323) 527-7770 or; USC Media Relations (213) 740-2215 or Ed Avol, professor of clinical medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC. He’s […]

August 21st, 2020

USPS and vote-by-mail scrutinized during #Election2020

Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or The U.S. Postal Service, normally a low-profile agency, has become a political football during the 2020 presidential election. President Trump has claimed voting by mail is rife with fraud at a time when some states are expanding the practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, alarms have been raised about a number of controversial […]

August 19th, 2020

USC Dornsife Launches 2020 Election Tracking Poll; Biden Leads by 11 Points

The new version of USC’s groundbreaking “Daybreak Poll” will provide three ways to estimate how Americans may vote in the 2020 presidential election. Results will be posted on the poll’s daily tracking website in the coming weeks. Contact: Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 or or Jim Key, (213) 821-2992 or Two centers at the […]

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August 14th, 2020

With COVID-19, political conventions take an unconventional turn

The Democratic and Republican national conventions are nearly here, with the Democratic National Convention taking place from Aug. 17 – 20 and the Republican National Convention kicking off on Monday, Aug. 24. Historically, the conventions have been colorful spectacles culminating with a speech by the presidential nominee, but plans for both conventions have changed significantly […]

August 13th, 2020

USC scientists find the likely order of COVID-19 symptoms

  The scientists at USC Michelson Center see gastrointestinal issues may set the coronavirus apart from other illnesses like influenza, helping doctors to diagnose it. Contact: Emily Gersema, [] or (213) 712-3168 USC researchers have found the likely order in which COVID-19 symptoms first appear: fever, then cough and muscle pain, followed by nausea, and/or […]

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August 4th, 2020

Study: pandemic may delay graduation for students of color

Overall, the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on fall semester registration is minimal, but it’s affecting about 1 out of 10 students’ ability to finish their program on time. CONTACT: Leigh Hopper, 310-308-0405 or; Jim Key, 619-253-1077 or The COVID-19 pandemic is having a striking, paradoxical impact on low-income and minority college students. At least 30% […]

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