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October 5th, 2021

USC experts assess damage, impact from Huntington Beach oil spill

A smell both unfamiliar and unwanted hangs over the northern Orange County coast, as oil fouls the irreplaceable air, water and marshlands. A spill estimated at 126,000 gallons has closed beaches and shaken Californians already reeling from the combined environmental impacts of drought and wildfires. USC experts are ready to talk about the spill’s impact and […]

August 25th, 2021

Back to school: Educators and families confront learning losses and mental health challenges

Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or Are the kids alright? The answer is complicated. The usual chaotic back-to-school period is now unusual — marked by a COVID-19 delta variant surge and continued vaccine hesitancy in some parts of the country. While limiting children’s exposure to the virus, school administrators, staff and families must also manage educational setbacks […]

August 16th, 2021

With the clock ticking on climate disaster, USC experts see ways to respond

Climate change is a dire threat and we should immediately pivot away from fossil fuels that are warming the planet. That’s the scientific advice in a recent landmark report by the world’s scientific authority on climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report details how humans have fueled climate change at an […]

July 23rd, 2021

The 2020 Olympic Games take center stage

Contact: Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 or After a one-year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Olympics kicked off today in Tokyo. USC experts are available to discuss how athletes trained during the pandemic, what measures have been taken to reduce exposures and security risks, and controversies surrounding the games. In addition, USC […]

June 7th, 2021

FDA approves the first new Alzheimer’s medication in nearly 20 years

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the use of the drug aducanumab for early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Aducanumab is the first new Alzheimer’s medication to receive approval since 2003. About six million people in the U.S. and an estimated 30 million worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. USC experts are available to discuss […]

May 6th, 2021

Pandemic and child loss are among challenges for mothers around the world

Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or As Mother’s Day approaches, USC experts describe challenges to mothers at home and in the workplace due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other global health challenges.   Pregnancy, childbirth and isolation during the pandemic Associate professor of psychology Darby Saxbe studies couples expecting a baby, from pregnancy to postpartum, and measures […]

April 20th, 2021

A seminal trial in American history

The jury’s verdict in the trial of Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin — guilty on all counts — brings relief and pain. There is a sense of much remaining to be done with continued police shootings of Black men and women, a growing #BlackLivesMatter movement, and a rise in white extremism and domestic terrorism. USC […]

April 14th, 2021

As the climate crisis begins, USC experts see ways to respond

Climate change is civilization’s stress test, so government and businesses scramble for solutions. The Biden administration proposes $2 trillion for infrastructure and clean energy while the city of Los Angeles is preparing for a zero-emissions future – topic of an April 19 USC Facebook Live event. Ahead of Earth Day, USC experts examine how society is bracing for global […]

April 2nd, 2021

USC research shows sugary diet early in life could mean memory trouble later

The study by a team of researchers at USC, UCLA and the University of Georgia finds a direct connection between particular bacteria in the gut and impaired brain function. Contacts: Gary Polakovic (323) 527-7770 or; or Jim Key New research shows how drinking sugary beverages early in life may lead to impaired memory in adulthood. The […]