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May 26th, 2020

AI can help a growing online workforce, USC research shows

USC research shows that gig workers and contractors need more autonomy and purpose in online tasks to perform at a high level – advantages that artificial intelligence assistance offers. The findings are significant for an economy changed by the coronavirus pandemic. Contacts: Emily Gersema (213) 712-3168 or gersema@usc.edu; or Sara Preto, preto@ict.usc.edu Many businesses turned to remote workers to continue […]

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May 21st, 2020

Unemployment benefits help some, but COVID-19 hits the disadvantaged hard

USC Dornsife’s Understanding Coronavirus in America Study also reveals that financially, residents of Los Angeles have fared worse than the national average. Contact: Jim Key, (619) 253-1077 or jameskey@dornsife.usc.edu or Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 or jenessem@usc.edu A new analysis of data from USC Dornsife’s Understanding Coronavirus in America Study reveals that while economic insecurity has […]

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May 19th, 2020

Urban heat waves imperil L.A.’s most vulnerable communities

As heat waves intensify, low-income and disadvantaged communities across southern Los Angeles are most at risk, USC researchers say. Disruptions such as climate change and coronavirus underscore threats to vulnerable populations and the need for solutions. Contact: Gary Polakovic (323) 527-7770 or polakovi@usc.edu People living in low-income, disadvantaged communities across much of urban Los Angeles lack the […]

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May 18th, 2020

Antibody study shows coronavirus infection more widespread in L.A. County than previously thought

The seroprevalence study indicates that despite higher than expected numbers of infections, L.A. County is still far away from reaching herd immunity or the end of the epidemic.  Contact: Leigh Hopper, (310) 308-0405 or lhopper@usc.edu Results from the first phase of a COVID-19 antibody study in Los Angeles County have been published today in JAMA, the Journal of the […]

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May 13th, 2020

Top-two and open primary elections produce less extreme lawmakers, USC study finds

New USC research shows that lawmakers elected in states with top-two primaries are less likely to cast extreme ideological votes on legislation. “Advocates for reform argue that top-two primary creates incentives for legislators to be less extreme than those elected in closed primary systems, as they must appeal to same-party, different-party, and independent voters,” said […]

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May 13th, 2020

Trojan Family celebrates the Class of 2020 like never before

Contact: USC Media Relations, uscnews@usc.edu or (213) 740-2215 USC will host an unprecedented online event Friday, May 15, to toast the Class of 2020. The virtual festivities kick off at 9 a.m. PDT when President Carol L. Folt and Provost Charles F. Zukoski begin the conferring of degrees. Celebrations hosted by each school will follow. The broadcast […]

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May 12th, 2020

A combo of fasting plus vitamin C is effective for hard-to-treat cancers, USC study shows

Researchers say their findings suggest a fasting-mimicking diet plus vitamin C has the potential to replace more toxic treatments for cancer. Contact: Jenesse Miller, jenessem@usc.edu or 213-810-8554 Scientists from USC and the IFOM Cancer Institute in Milan have found that a fasting-mimicking diet could be more effective at treating some types of cancer when combined […]

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April 30th, 2020

MEDIA ADVISORY: Decision day for college-bound students from East Area and South LA

Using Zoom to celebrate this milestone while still practicing social distancing, nearly 100 high school students from the Los Angeles East Area and South L.A. will reveal their college choice. The Neighborhood Academic Initiative’s extension into the East Area has led to higher education for 41 graduating seniors, joining 53 from South LA.  Almost half […]

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April 30th, 2020

Social isolationism is hard. Blame the culture of California, or of America, or plain old human nature.

USC experts explain some of the underlying factors of why it is so hard to stay at home even when your health may be impacted. Contact: Gary Polakovic (323) 527-7770 or polakovi@usc.edu   Evolution explains why humans need social bonds Craig Stanford, chairman of the anthropology department at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and […]

April 30th, 2020

USC announces test-optional policy for 2021-2022 academic year

Contact: Ron Mackovich, rmackovi@usc.edu, (213) 810-8583 Standardized test scores will be optional for undergraduate students applying for the 2021-2022 academic year, USC officials announced. “We recognize that this is a stressful and uncertain time for students who will soon be starting the application process,” said Timothy Brunold, Dean of Admission. “In an effort to alleviate […]

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