News Releases

February 14th, 2022

Source alert: Marking the 80th anniversary of the WWII executive order exiling Japanese Americans to detention, USC experts bring past injustices into the present 

On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. Though no reference to Japanese Americans appears in the order, an estimated 120,000 of them and their families — most of whom were citizens — were, in effect, incarcerated in detention centers across the western United States. USC experts can discuss the mass incarceration with […]

February 8th, 2022

USC Dornsife Chemistry Department Wins Prestigious Award to Explore New Methods to Evaluate STEM Teaching

With better evaluations, faculty could more accurately refine their undergraduate teaching methods  Contact: Paul McQuiston,, 323.527.7770 American Association of Universities gives chemistry department $100,000 to explore better ways to evaluate classroom teaching Findings could improve STEM education and increase number and diversity of STEM grads USC Dornsife’s chemistry department is one of only five […]

February 3rd, 2022

Allyson Felix named USC’s 2022 commencement speaker

The Trojan Olympian — winner of seven Olympic gold medals and the most decorated U.S. track and field athlete in history — brings a message of empowerment and perseverance. Contact: Ron Mackovich, or (213) 810-8583 USC’s 139th commencement ceremony will take on a victorious spirit when Allyson Felix, Trojan alumna and renowned athlete and activist, delivers the keynote address […]

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February 2nd, 2022

MEDIA ADVISORY: How to bring low-income Americans online? Lessons from the Emergency Broadband Benefit

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is issuing a new policy brief assessing the impact of the Emergency Broadband Benefit program put into place during COVID-19. Contact: Ron Mackovich, or (213) 740-2215 The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program began in May 2021 to help close the digital divide and boost broadband adoption among […]

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January 24th, 2022

With a $50 Million Gift, USC and UC San Diego Join Forces in Alzheimer’s Research

A transformative donation from the Epstein Family Foundation will accelerate Alzheimer’s research at the two universities in a push to find better treatments and a cure  CONTACTS: Leigh Hopper at or 310-308-0405; or Jade Griffin at or 858-761-5456 A joint gift to the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California […]

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January 20th, 2022

More than 7 in 10 Los Angeles County adults were vaccinated or had COVID antibodies before delta and omicron surges

USC study suggests herd immunity is unlikely; path forward will rely on access to COVID treatments, vaccination and supporting hospital capacity CONTACT: Leigh Hopper at or 310-308-0405 Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, people hoped that the pandemic would end through ”herd immunity,” a scenario in which most people have antibodies from vaccination or prior infection and the […]

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January 12th, 2022

Omicron Causing Chaotic Opening to 2022

The COVID-19 omicron variant’s rapid spread caused tumult for holiday travel and back to work preparations for many Americans. Confusion over masking recommendations, vaccinations, boosters and safety protocols caused additional frustrations. USC faculty and researchers provide their expert opinions on the novelty of omicron, how it is affecting all sectors of the population and the […]