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August 20th, 2019

L.A.’s summer smog siege concerns USC health scientists

As a smog siege grips the Los Angeles region this summer — notching 57 straight days of unhealthy air — air quality officials urge some residents to avoid strenuous activity or stay indoors. Late summer is a bad time of year for air pollution due to hot temperatures, slack winds and high emissions. L.A.’s infamous brown haze has […]

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August 19th, 2019

MEDIA ADVISORY: Massive Move-in at USC

Contact: Ron Mackovich, USC Media Relations, or (213) 810-8583 Moving takes on a new meaning when more than 3,000 students bring tons of belongings to campus to unpack and start college life. In a few hours, a dormant campus becomes a city packed with young scholars. After decades of practice with this massive movement […]

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August 15th, 2019

As students head back to school, experts share wellness tips

As students from kindergarten to college head back to school, they and their families typically experience a mixture of excitement and anxiety. USC experts share strategies for staying physically, mentally and even spiritually healthy. Contact: Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 or What’s the biggest challenge faced by today’s college students? “What I have noticed in my […]

August 14th, 2019

MEDIA ADVISORY: Introducing United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Contact: USC Media Relations, or (213) 740-2215 WHAT: A celebration of L.A.’s crown jewel venue, restored to its full glory and ready for its second century. With a $315 million renovation, USC and United Airlines have rejuvenated the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum; a venue unlike any other in the world. Every seat is brand new. The seven-story Scholarship […]

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August 12th, 2019

Study finds older adults less distracted by negative information

A new USC study finds that the way our attention is distracted by emotion differs between younger and older adults. Contact: Jenesse Miller (213) 810-8554 or A new study shows that compared to younger adults, older adults are less distracted by negative information — even in the earliest stages of attention. USC researchers looked […]

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August 8th, 2019

A tiny marine microbe could play a big role in climate change

USC research shows sun-snatching bacteria are more ubiquitous than thought and could alter how oceans respond to global warming. Contact: Gary Polakovic (213) 740-9226 or A USC-led research team has found that marine microbes with a special metabolism are ubiquitous and could play an important role in how Earth regulates climate. The study finds bacteria containing […]

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August 5th, 2019

American gun violence: Communities mourn and debate

Mass shootings and gun violence are dominating the headlines after back-to-back incidents in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Is the problem getting worse? Who or what is to blame? What can be done to stop this violence and help communities heal? USC scholars offer their expertise. Contact: Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 or Can Americans […]

August 1st, 2019

American epidemic: USC experts discuss the opioid crisis

The American opioid epidemic killed nearly 400,000 people from 1999 to 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against drug companies; a recent investigation revealed they distributed 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006 through 2012. What caused America’s deadliest drug crisis and what […]

July 31st, 2019

USC appoints Winston Crisp as new head of Student Affairs

Veteran university administrator Winston B. Crisp has been named USC vice president for student affairs, USC President Carol L. Folt announced Wednesday. An expert in student development, Crisp formerly served as vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He will join USC on Aug. 16. “I am excited […]

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July 29th, 2019

Poll: Biden leads the Democratic field ahead of debates, but many are undecided

The latest USC Dornsife/LA Times national poll also shows it’s early in the race as many Democratic primary voters are switching candidates. Also, today: Tune in for a Facebook Live with USC political experts (Monday, July 29) at 11:30 a.m. PST as they discuss the 2020 Election.  Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 361-6730 or; or Jenesse […]

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