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March 22nd, 2021

Human fondness, faith in machines grows during pandemic

  USC researchers report that people affected by COVID-19 show more goodwill to humans and to human-like autonomous machines. The findings suggest that the coronavirus crisis helped close the gap between people and technology. Contact: Gary Polakovic (323) 527-7770 or People are not very nice to machines. The disdain goes beyond the slot machine […]

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March 22nd, 2021

USC, California Emerging Technology Fund form new partnership to close the digital divide

The research partnership will determine just how far California has to go to close critical gaps in internet access, an issue exacerbated by the pandemic. Contact: Ronald Mackovich, or (213) 810-8583 During a pandemic that has magnified inequities for Americans, USC and the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) have partnered to measure internet access in the state based on […]

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March 19th, 2021

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a wave of anti-Asian violence

Contact: Jenesse Miller, 213-810-8554 or or Jim Key, (619) 253-1077 or The COVID-19 pandemic has been associated with rising reports of crimes targeting Asian Americans. This week, a white man was charged with killing eight people, including six women of Asian descent, at Atlanta-area spas. While the mass killing and possible motives continue […]

March 10th, 2021

New USC-L.A. County collaboration to track COVID-19’s impact on residents, inform public health strategy

Antibody testing and survey answers collected from volunteers — adults and children — will deepen understanding of the pandemic in one of America’s hardest hit regions. Contact: Leigh Hopper, or (310) 308-0405, or Cristine Hall,, (949) 444-3222 USC and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health are launching a study that will follow up […]

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March 8th, 2021

USC/Princeton Study: Adult Life Expectancy Falling for Those Without a Four-year College Degree

Before COVID-19 took a toll on overall life expectancy, adult life expectancy had already declined among the two-thirds of Americans who lack a bachelor’s degree. Researchers say those with a college degree increasingly live longer and more prosperous lives while those without face rising mortality and declining prospects. Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or American […]

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March 5th, 2021

One year of pandemic: Moms, kids struggle to recover

Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or When the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools and childcare centers to close in March 2020, many working parents — especially working mothers — were thrust into new roles as teachers and daycare providers as schools switched to distance learning. Now, a year later, experts at the USC Dornsife Center for the Changing Family and the USC Rossier School of Education reflect on […]

March 4th, 2021

Beyond pandemic: one year since the coronavirus crisis

One year since the worst disease outbreak in a century, the coronavirus crisis has ravaged health, economies and governments. More than 115 million people have been infected and 2.6 million have died — including about 515,000 in the United States. The pandemic exposed the frailty of the global economy, inequities in healthcare and fault lines in […]

March 2nd, 2021

USC study shows promising potential for marine biofuel

A device called the “kelp elevator” tested on the Southern California coast grows the energy-rich algae four times faster than nature, proving the potential for mass-produced seaweed to power vehicles with biofuel harvested from the ocean. Contact: Gary Polakovic (323) 527-7770 or For several years now, the biofuels that power cars, jet airplanes, ships and big […]

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February 25th, 2021

Education is now a bigger factor than race in desire for COVID-19 vaccine

Results from a new USC Dornsife study show that U.S. adults with higher education are significantly more likely to get a COVID-19 vaccination and to believe in the vaccine’s safety and efficacy. Contact: Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 or or Jim Key, (619) 253-1077 or New findings from the Understanding Coronavirus in America Study […]

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February 24th, 2021

Bay Area’s Classical KDFC Radio names renowned pianist, storyteller and arts advocate Lara Downes as evening radio host & resident artist

Contact: USC Media Relations,, or (213) 740-2215 Classical KDFC is excited to announce that Billboard Chart-topping pianist and cultural visionary Lara Downes is joining the station’s team.  Downes, a California native who has forged a path as a storyteller, thought leader and performer, will bring her unique perspective and vast musical knowledge to KDFC […]

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