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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 […]

September 19th, 2019

USC researchers hone in on the elusive receptor for sour taste

Contact: Gary Polakovic (213) 740-9226 or Sour is the taste of summer, a taste that evokes lemonade stands and vine-ripe tomatoes. Among the five basic tastes — the others being bitter, sweet, salty and umami — it is arguably the most subtle. In small amounts, it adds a critical tang to an otherwise bland dish. At […]

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September 18th, 2019

Trump’s rollback of California pollution rules expected

Making good on a campaign promise to reverse pollution rules, the Trump Administration is expected to announce a rollback of California’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles. The expected announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency would come just weeks after California officials signed a deal with four automakers to produce cleaner cars. […]

September 17th, 2019

USC launches new public transit subsidy program for employees

50% subsidy on cost of bus and rail passes restores and improves upon previous benefit; transportation management program kicks off sustainability planning Contact: USC News at (213) 740-2215 or After a four-year hiatus, employees at the University of Southern California are once again given an incentive to take the bus or rail to work. […]

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September 16th, 2019

Hope for coral recovery may depend on good parenting

USC scientists and colleagues in Australia proved coral equip their offspring with beneficial algae colonies to help them cope with warming oceans. The discovery marks the first time this transfer has been observed between adult and offspring, but how coral do it is a mystery. Contact: Gary Polakovic (213) 740-9226 or The fate of the world’s […]

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September 12th, 2019

USC scientists surmount big obstacle to reprogram cells

The researchers found a way to repurpose cells more reliably than current methods by untangling DNA, clearing a roadblock to regenerative medicine. The technique skips use of stem cells to  expand opportunities for disease treatment.   Contact: Gary Polakovic (213) 740-9226 or USC scientists have surmounted a big roadblock in regenerative medicine that has so far constrained […]

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September 12th, 2019

MEDIA ADVISORY: Inauguration celebration for USC and President Carol L. Folt

Contact and RSVP: USC Media Relations, (213) 740-2215 or WHAT: Tens of thousands celebrate the inauguration of Carol L. Folt as USC’s 12th president. The pageantry and splendor of ceremonies and traditions dating back to the 19th century come to life as the Trojan Family welcomes its first female president. WHEN: Friday, September 20 at 10 a.m. WHERE: Alumni […]

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