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April 29th, 2021

Bina Venkataraman named 2021 USC commencement speaker

A journalist and author whose outlook unites science, compassion and optimism, Venkataraman will look ahead to an age where courage can prevent catastrophe. Contact: Ron Mackovich, Journalist and author Bina Venkataraman will share a message of courage amid crisis when she addresses USC’s 137th and 138th commencement ceremony May 14. Taking the long view of our individual lives […]

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April 28th, 2021

Despite advances in distance learning, homework gap persists among California families

Many California K-12 students have adapted to online learning, especially those whose parents can help with homework and engage with teachers. Other families have struggled due to a lack of devices and reliable high-speed internet connections, especially Hispanics who primarily speak Spanish. Contact: Ron Mackovich, or (213) 810-8583   News conference and panel discussion available for viewing […]

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April 26th, 2021

Emily Roxworthy, champion of diversity and interactive theater, named dean of USC School of Dramatic Arts

Currently the associate dean of the University of California San Diego’s Graduate Division, Roxworthy joins USC in July</em Contact: USC Media Relations, or (213) 740-2215 USC leaders have selected noted scholar and artist Emily Roxworthy as the dean of the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Roxworthy, a champion of diversity and interactive theater, is currently associate […]

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April 20th, 2021

Little Foot fossil shows how early human ancestor used its arms

  The Little Foot fossil provides the oldest, most intact example of the shoulder assembly of a human ancestor ever found. The bones provide telltale clues of how the individual moved. Contact: Gary Polakovic (323) 527-7770 or A long-awaited, high-tech analysis of the upper body of famed fossil “Little Foot” opens a window to a pivotal […]

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April 19th, 2021

Pandemic pushes California into new age of telehealth and telecommuting

For many, habits developed during the COVID lockdown are likely to continue, leading to reduced vehicle trips to work and medical appointments — and the potential for carbon emission reductions. But changes in habits and benefits vary by race/ethnicity, age and income. CETF leaders and USC researchers held a Zoom discussion with media about these […]

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April 15th, 2021

L.A.’s legacy of oil drilling impacts lung function, may contribute to health disparities, in residents living near wells

CONTACT: Leigh Hopper at or (310) 308-0405 A new USC study links living by urban oil wells with wheezing and reduced lung function, symptoms disproportionately borne by people of color in Los Angeles. In some cases, the respiratory harm rivals that of daily exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke or living beside highways spewing auto […]

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April 14th, 2021

As the climate crisis begins, USC experts see ways to respond

Climate change is civilization’s stress test, so government and businesses scramble for solutions. The Biden administration proposes $2 trillion for infrastructure and clean energy while the city of Los Angeles is preparing for a zero-emissions future – topic of an April 19 USC Facebook Live event. Ahead of Earth Day, USC experts examine how society is bracing for global […]

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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