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September 25th, 2018

USC receives $17.8 million grant for more research on tobacco-related health risks

FDA funding will support studies to assess and prevent harm from tobacco products   Contact: Gary Polakovic (213-740-9226) or A new, $17.8 million grant will ensure USC remains at the forefront of research to protect people from tobacco-related health risks. The money will be used to promote biomedical and behavioral research to build the […]

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September 25th, 2018

Millennials and midterms: will they vote and will it matter?

Millennials are an unpredictable voting bloc. Young voters could have an outsized influence on a number of important races in the upcoming midterm elections, but experts are split on whether this will be a watershed year for millennial turnout. Today is National Voter Registration Day, when civic groups hope to inspire millennials and other targeted […]

September 21st, 2018

New research reveals a mitochondrial gene that protects against Alzheimer’s disease

USC researchers find humanin levels play an important function in the aging process Contact: Orli Belman (213-821-9852) or New research from USC has uncovered a previously unknown genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The study provides insights on how these conditions, and other diseases of aging, might one day be treated and prevented. […]

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September 21st, 2018

Air pollution affects thyroid development in fetuses, USC research finds

Particle pollution is the culprit, raising concern about health impacts later in life Contact: Gary Polakovic (213-740-9226) or Soot and dust alters thyroid development in fetuses before they are born in smoggy cities, raising concern about health impacts later in life, new USC research shows. It means before a doctor cuts the umbilical cord or a […]

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September 21st, 2018

Ford-Kavanaugh assault allegations: Who do you believe?

Professor Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has thrown his confirmation process into question. The response to the accusation by pundits, politicos and the public reveals an intensifying gender divide, all against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement. Contact: Ron Mackovich or (213) 810-8583 The strategy of intimidation […]

September 19th, 2018

Freshman class at USC continues to set records for diversity, academic achievement

More students say yes than ever before; 1 in 4 have perfect GPA and 17 percent are first-generation Contact: Ron Mackovich, or (213) 810-8583 Even as fewer students are offered admission to USC, more of the highest-achieving students are saying yes. The university is more selective than ever, offering admission to a record low 13 percent of […]

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September 14th, 2018

Hurricane Florence advances: lessons from Puerto Rico

As North Carolina and South Carolina endure Hurricane Florence, Puerto Rico marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria. President Trump called the FEMA response to Puerto Rico “an unsung success” and dismissed findings that nearly 3,000 people died as a result of the hurricane. USC experts are available to talk about disaster preparedness, the role […]

September 12th, 2018

Trump’s disruptive foreign policy style around the world

In his first public address since joining the Trump administration, National Security Advisor John Bolton threatened U.S. sanctions against the International Criminal Court and announced the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization offices in Washington D.C. Meanwhile, the United Nations has sounded the alarm about an expected attack and resulting “bloodbath” in Idlib, the last rebel-held […]

September 8th, 2018

Obama campaigns for blue wave in midterm elections

As politicos predict a blue wave, hurdles include apathy, doubt and strong economy President Barack Obama is kicking off his campaign for Democratic candidates, and the party is counting on minority voters and strong turnout – both stoked by scandals encircling the White House  – to take control of the House. A strong economy and a […]

September 6th, 2018

Scientists develop new way to identify breast cancer tumors

  Potentially life-saving breakthrough for women devised by USC-led research team takes big step forward from biopsies and microscopes Contact: Gary Polakovic (213) 740-9226 or A research team led by USC scientists has developed a new way to identify molecular markers of breast cancer tumors, a potentially life-saving breakthrough that could lead to better treatment for […]

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