News Releases

November 18th, 2020

Does air pollution increase women’s risk of dementia? Study finds high levels associated with brain shrinkage

The findings suggest that further tightening of air quality standards could potentially reduce the risk of dementia in older populations. Contact: Leigh Hopper, (310) 308-0405 or Older women who live in locations with high levels of air pollution may have more Alzheimer’s-like brain shrinkage than women who live in places with cleaner air, according […]

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November 10th, 2020

Don’t be fooled by pretty food, new USC research warns

Contact: Gary Polakovic (323) 527-7770 or As the holiday season nears, thoughts of pumpkin pies, roasted chestnuts and turkey dinners fill our dreams and our grocery shopping lists. While visions of holiday food may be pleasing to the eyes and tantalizing to the palate, it would be a mistake to conclude that pretty food is healthier […]

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November 6th, 2020

California voters want a ‘fresh and new voice’ in the Senate, new USC poll shows

The USC Schwarzenegger Institute’s latest statewide poll also finds almost half of California voters want someone with no experience in Washington, D.C. or Sacramento to fill the U.S. Senate vacancy if Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris becomes vice president. Contact: Jenesse Miller, or (213) 810-8554 As Americans remain transfixed by media coverage of the presidential […]

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November 3rd, 2020

USC experts available during #Election2020

Election Day stress. Who shows up to vote, and who doesn’t. How the media will cover the election results. Whether the results will be contested. USC experts are available to answer questions on these election-related issues. Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or USC Dornsife Daybreak Poll revealed a stable race “The race remains remarkably stable and if […]

November 2nd, 2020

Final USC Dornsife Daybreak Poll reveals consistently stable presidential race, with Biden leading Trump by 10 points

6 out of 10 women voters say they will vote for Biden and voters without a college degree are split between Biden and Trump. Trump has lost ground among these groups, and others, since 2016. Contact: Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 or or Jim Key, (619) 253-1077 or The final USC Dornsife Daybreak Poll […]

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October 29th, 2020

Voting in an uncertain age: staying safe and feeling counted

Like all things 2020, in-person voting will be different this year. Never before have U.S. voters navigated a pandemic and the potentially disruptive forces of a heated and divided political climate. While early and mail-in voting have reached unprecedented levels, many will show up at polling locations to cast ballots in the traditional way on […]

October 28th, 2020

Election 2020 chatter on Twitter busy with bots and conspiracy theorists

USC scientists find right-leaning bot accounts outnumber left-leaning ones 4-to-1. A combination of right-leaning bots and users were responsible for millions of election-related tweets in the runup to Nov. 3. Besides Russia, foreign interference also has come from Nigeria and Ghana. Contact: Emily Gersema, or (213) 712-3168 Bots and conspiracy theorists have infested the […]

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October 27th, 2020

Los Angeles city and county officials join USC Schaeffer to launch COVID-19 rapid testing pilot

Project will explore use of rapid testing among first responders and school-aged children CONTACT: Leigh Hopper, or (310) 308-0405 *TV producers and assignment editors may email Andrea Garcia,, to receive video footage and photos after the event.  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 27, 2020 LOS ANGELES — Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) Schaeffer Center for Health […]

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October 26th, 2020

Metal deposits from Chinese coal plants end up in the Pacific Ocean, with uncertain consequences, USC research shows

Contact: Gary Polakovic (323) 527-7770 or Emissions from coal-fired power plants in China are fertilizing the North Pacific Ocean with a metal nutrient important for marine life, according to new findings from a USC-led research team. The researchers believe these metals could change the ocean ecosystem, though it’s unclear whether it would be for better […]

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