News Releases

December 10th, 2018

E-scooter companies should consider road safety on social media, USC study finds

Contact: Leigh Hopper, (310) 308-0405, Are electric scooters promoted on social media with safety in mind? A USC study of one company’s Instagram feed suggests not. Posts to the Instagram account of Bird, a leader in the e-scooter market, rarely show e-scooter users with helmets or other protective gear, potentially normalizing unsafe behavior, according to new […]

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December 7th, 2018

Governor Jerry Brown’s California dream

Jerry Brown served as governor of California from 1975 to 1983 and again from 2011 to the present — the only California governor to be elected four times. He is known for championing the state’s cap-and-trade program to combat climate change, his support of education and arts funding, his opposition to the death penalty and […]

December 6th, 2018

Rules to boost fuel economy for passenger vehicles will do more good than harm, new study shows

  Findings by USC and other universities contradict claims by the Trump administration, which aims to roll back fuel economy standards   Contact: Gary Polakovic (323) 527-7770 or; Jenesse Miller (213) 810-8554 or Scholars from USC and other leading universities conclude that rules on the books to increase fuel economy for passenger vehicles […]

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November 30th, 2018

Kathryn Carrico named vice president for USC Health Sciences Advancement

Contact: USC News, (213) 740-2215 or LOS ANGELES — After a national search, Kathryn “Kat” Carrico, an accomplished advancement professional with experience at several top academic medical centers, has been named vice president for USC Health Sciences Advancement, effective January 1, 2019. In this role, Carrico will lead efforts to generate support for the academic, research, […]

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November 29th, 2018

USC scientists find a way to enhance the performance of quantum computers

Dynamical decoupling technique proves effective at fixing weaknesses that bedevil the next-generation super computers Contacts: Gary Polakovic, (213) 740-9226 or or Amy Blumenthal (917) 710-1897 or USC scientists have demonstrated a theoretical method to enhance the performance of quantum computers, an important step to scale a technology with potential to solve some of society’s biggest challenges. The […]

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November 27th, 2018

USC researchers design a freeze-dried polio vaccine that doesn’t require refrigeration

Contact: Leigh Hopper, 310-308-0405 or USC researchers have developed a polio vaccine that doesn’t require refrigeration, meaning it could someday be used all over the world to deliver the final blow to this longtime foe. The injectable vaccine, which was freeze-dried into a powder, kept at room temperature for four weeks and then rehydrated, […]

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November 16th, 2018

USC experts available for interviews about wildfires

USC experts are available for news media interviews to discuss wildfire-related issues, including environmental impacts, smoke and health, urban land use and climate and drought. Contact: Gary Polakovic w-(213) 740-9226, or Also, USC media relations (213) 740-2215. Ed Avol, professor of clinical medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC. He’s […]

November 8th, 2018

USC experts suss the ouster of the U.S. attorney general

President Trump ousted U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replaced him with a political loyalist, one day after the midterm elections wrested control of the House of Representatives from Republicans — but strengthened their position in the Senate. The move wasn’t unexpected, but raises questions about the integrity of the U.S. Justice Department, ongoing probe by […]

November 8th, 2018

Is the Fourteenth Amendment in peril?

The President recently announced that he plans to sign an executive order that would remove the right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens born in the United States, thereby nullifying the Fourteenth Amendment.  USC Constitutional experts from both a legal and historical perspective weigh in on the legality and possibility of such an executive order.  Contact: Jeremy Pepper, (213) […]