News Releases

October 14th, 2020

USC study underscores the gut-brain connection, shows hunger hormone impacts memory

A close study of the hunger hormone ghrelin shows that it affects how frequently animals eat. Without it, they may forget when they last ate. Contact: Emily Gersema, or (213) 712-3168 A hormone that influences when and how frequently animals eat also appears to affect memory, USC scientists have found. Animals and humans have the hormone […]

October 14th, 2020

Voter Confidence in Trump’s Mental/Physical Fitness Drops After First Debate While Confidence in Biden Grows

USC Dornsife Daybreak Poll reveals a staggering two-thirds of voters plan to vote before election day and that the method people will use to cast their vote is associated with their political leaning. Contact: Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 or or Jim Key, (619) 253-1077 or Could President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign be better […]

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October 11th, 2020

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine announcement sparks hope and questions about next steps

This week, drugmaker Pfizer announced that its COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective as it shared preliminary data from a late-stage clinical trial. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, called the results “extraordinary.” USC experts are available to discuss the company’s and its competitors’ vaccine technologies, potential […]

October 8th, 2020

Housing challenges remain despite strong economic recovery after the Great Recession, according to new USC report

New analysis of the years after the recession points to an incomplete recovery in the areas of rental and homeownership affordability, overcrowding and declining homeownership rates. Contact: Jenesse Miller, or (213) 810-8554 A new USC analysis of a wide range of housing and economic measures provides evidence of a weaker recovery in Los Angeles […]

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October 7th, 2020

Study: L.A. communities of color rely on police yet are stopped and arrested at higher rates

Findings about civilian and police interactions were shared during a community engagement process to better understand how law enforcement and community representatives think about public safety and use data in their work. Contact: Jenesse Miller, or (213) 810-8554 A new USC report that combines Los Angeles community members’ feedback with public safety data on […]

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October 5th, 2020

USC’s Bay Area station KDFC names new broadcast home and kicks off fundraising campaign

Classical KDFC’s new home, The Batishwa Miner Broadcast Center, leads public phase of $5 million campaign with $500,000 challenge. Contact: USC Media Relations, (213) 740-2215 or Bill Lueth, President, KDFC, KDFC-FM, the Bay Area’s USC-owned classical music radio station, has announced that its new home will be named the Batishwa Miner Broadcast Center in honor […]

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September 30th, 2020

USC, Google, and other partners aim to help get election info to voters

Leaders from government, technology and academia have launched a voter outreach effort to amplify accurate election information ahead of Election Day on Nov. 3. Contact: Emily Gersema, or (213) 712-3168 USC has allied with Google, elected officials, and nonprofit leaders on a mission to help provide voters with important information about where, when, and how to […]

September 29th, 2020

In a Year Like No Other, the USC Class of 2024 Stands Out

First-gen students lead USC class with record numbers. LAUSD’s Foshay Learning Center sends more students to USC than any other high school. A leader in transfers, community college and military-connect students. After expanding to east Los Angeles, USC NAI sent its largest cohort in 30 years to USC. Contact: Ron Mackovich, or USC Media Relations Students from […]

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September 29th, 2020

2020 debates — substantive or circus-like? USC experts predict a spectacle, with moments of truth

The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace, is scheduled to take place Sept. 29, with two more set for Oct. 15 and 22. The debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) is slated for Oct. 7. Here’s […]

September 25th, 2020

Fight over Justice Ginsburg’s Supreme Court replacement begins

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has renewed the fight over who will determine the ideological future of the nation’s highest court just ahead of Election 2020. Democrats have accused Republican senators of hypocrisy, noting that in 2016 several GOP senators cited that year’s presidential election as a reason for declining to […]