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January 22nd, 2020

USC experts score the cultural mania, science of Super Bowl

  Super Bowl LIV kicks off on Sunday, Feb. 2, as the Kansas City Chiefs face the San Francisco 49ers in Miami. USC ties to the big game – a Trojan has appeared in all but six of the 54 Super Bowls – continues as professors examine the spectacle, athleticism and cultural mania surrounding the game. Contact: Gary […]

January 3rd, 2020

U.S. and Iran: Was the killing of Qassem Soleimani risky or justified?

In an overnight strike, President Donald Trump ordered the killing of one of Iran’s most powerful generals, Qassem Soleimani. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned of “a harsh retaliation.” Many Democratic U.S. officials expressed strong concerns that the killing of Soleimani puts the United States one step closer to war with Iran. In contrast, […]

December 20th, 2019

Can New Year’s resolutions lead to better health and wealth?

New Year’s resolutions: Everyone makes them, and many of us break them. Quitting smoking, exercising more frequently or committing to better financial decisions? Sticking to your New Year’s resolutions is easier with expert help and USC scholars have research on their side. Contact: Jenesse Miller (213) 810-8554 or Forget everything you know about habits […]

December 16th, 2019

Short days and long traditions, courtesy of the winter solstice

USC experts examine how the solstice phenomenon — a peculiarity of the Earth’s axis — manifests in space, time and holiday traditions. Winter solstice is Dec. 21.  Contact: Gary Polakovic (213) 740-1927 or   A tilted planet explains seasons and solstice Vahe Peroomian, associate professor of physics and astronomy, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. […]

December 9th, 2019

Will impeachment hurt or help Trump?

USC faculty are using the impeachment hearings to teach students about history, constitutional law, policy and political communications. They’re available to discuss these lessons, including how impeachment could work for or against President Trump, the GOP and Democratic rivals. Contact: Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 or What does history tell us about impeachment and reelection? “Some […]

November 6th, 2019

Veterans Day: experts talk about life after military service

Contact: Ron Mackovich, or (213) 810-8583 There are over 18 million veterans in the United States, a population that’s becoming more diverse and increasingly female. USC experts offer insight into issues facing service members returning to civilian life and celebrate the vast numbers of veterans succeeding in business and higher education. With more than a thousand veterans […]

October 28th, 2019

Halloween, Day of the Dead and the science of fear: USC experts dig in

This week two different celebrations take place, with shared themes of recognizing and celebrating otherwise taboo topics surrounding death and dying. USC experts explore the origins of the traditions, dig into death rituals and explain why we love all things scary. Contact: Jenesse Miller (213) 810-8554 or Day of the Dead celebration has indigenous […]

October 24th, 2019

Trump’s Turkish call: a decision changing maps and minds

Contact: USC Media Relations, or (213) 740-2215 With unprecedented speed, President Donald Trump unleashed a Turkish military incursion that shattered a fragile order in the Middle East. As American troops leave former Kurdish allies behind, an edgy uncertainty is being felt from northern Syria to Washington, D.C., while the conflict stirs Russia and NATO. USC experts are […]

October 11th, 2019

USC experts share expertise about wildfires

Wildfires are burning throughout California and thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate their homes as firefighters battle blazes near Los Angeles. Earlier this week, the state’s largest power utility, PG&E, intentionally shut off electricity to hundreds of thousands of customers in an effort to avoid sparking more deadly wildfires. USC experts are available […]

October 1st, 2019

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: USC experts share the latest research

Each year, about 245,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women and about 2,200 in men. In addition, 41,000 women and 460 men in the U.S. die each year from breast cancer. While deaths from breast cancer have declined over time, it remains the second-leading cause of cancer death among women. USC experts are […]