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April 30th, 2020

National Survey: School Engagement Surprisingly High, Despite Concerns about the Future

USC Dornsife’s “Understanding Coronavirus in America” study reveals that school-age children in nearly 9-in-10 households are engaged in educational activities provided by their school. While the study shows parents in nearly 8-in-10 households are satisfied with school communication, there are signs of challenges on the horizon. Contact: Jim Key, (619) 253-1077 or or Jenesse […]

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April 27th, 2020

Prominent sociologist Pedro Noguera named as USC Rossier School of Education dean

One of the nation’s top experts in urban education and social inequality leaves UCLA to lead USC’s school of education starting July 1. Contact: Eddie North-Hager, or (213) 220-1806 USC leaders have selected renowned education expert Pedro Noguera as dean of the USC Rossier School of Education. A sociologist, education researcher and former public […]

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April 27th, 2020

COVID-19 poses challenges for democracy and Election 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has upended the 2020 presidential race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. It’s unlikely that things will be back to normal this summer, prompting postponement of state primaries and changes in plans for the Democratic and Republican conventions.  USC experts discuss how the coronavirus crisis is disrupting democratic […]

April 20th, 2020

Preliminary results of USC-LA County COVID-19 study released

USC-LA County Study: Early Results of Antibody Testing Suggest Number of COVID-19 Infections Far Exceeds Number of Confirmed Cases in Los Angeles County Watch highlights from the L.A. County Department of Public Health’s presentation of preliminary results on YouTube. Learn more about the initial findings from the study in this video of a Q&A with […]

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April 20th, 2020

COVID-19 crisis widens student achievement gap in Los Angeles County

USC research shows a widening distance learning gap in Los Angeles County by ethnicity, income and location. The gap leaves students of color behind as they struggle to complete schoolwork without the necessary resources. About 250,000 families are affected. Contact: Ron Mackovich, When schools moved from classrooms to computers at the onset of the […]

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April 17th, 2020

National Survey Reveals Extent of Coronavirus-Related Job Loss and Outsized Impact on Blacks, Latinos

USC Dornsife’s Understanding Coronavirus in America Study tracks changes in perceptions and experiences of Americans related to coronavirus and how its impacting lives. Daily updated data is made available to researchers and the public. Contact: Jim Key, (619) 253-1077 or or Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 or New findings from one of the few […]

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April 16th, 2020

What a USC-LA County antibody study can teach us about COVID-19

Neeraj Sood of the USC Price School describes his partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Contact: Leigh Hopper, or (310) 308-0405 A USC researcher is leading a study with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health that is testing thousands of Angelenos for antibodies to the virus that causes […]

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April 10th, 2020

Religion and COVID-19: How are we keeping the faith?

Many religious groups are responding to the coronavirus pandemic with virtual services and calls to help the most vulnerable, while others are defying orders not to congregate and calling the outbreak God’s judgment. As people around the world celebrate Passover and Easter, USC experts explore how religious and spiritual institutions are adapting during the COVID-19 […]

April 9th, 2020

COVID-19 propels alcohol sales and new risks, USC experts say

Alcoholic beverage sales rose by 55% last month due to COVID-19, while pre-mixed cocktail sales jumped 75% and online alcohol sales more than doubled over last year, the Associated Press reports. But the bottoms-up binge comes with a social cost as USC experts explore the potential for substance abuse and ways to manage drinking during pandemic. […]