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June 18th, 2020

A win for ‘Dreamers’: US Supreme Court decision blocks dismantling of DACA

Contact: USC Media Relations at or (213) 740-2215. The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed to remain in effect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy that protects undocumented immigrants whose families brought them into the country as children. The decision is a reprieve for about 700,000 “dreamers,” many of whom have closely monitored the Trump Administration’s  […]

June 17th, 2020

Coronavirus vaccines are coming, but when will they arrive?

Coronavirus vaccines are coming, perhaps as soon as the end of the year, offering hope for a world rocked by pandemic. So, what’s involved in making a new vaccine? How is the science progressing? And how soon will vaccines be available? Leading universities, biotech firms, government labs and big pharma — Pfizer’s CEO aims for […]

June 17th, 2020

Juneteenth 2020: Presidential politics in a year of reckoning

With 2020 unfolding as a year of reckoning for institutional racism, the Juneteenth holiday rises to new significance. President Donald Trump has rescheduled for this weekend a campaign rally originally set for June 19 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where a century ago, hundreds of Black Americans were killed and thousands were injured in a massacre that […]

June 15th, 2020

SCOTUS rules civil rights law protects LGBT workers

The Supreme Court ruled today that a landmark civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment. The court decided that a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 encompasses bias against LGBT workers. USC experts are available to discuss the decision. Contact: Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 or Decision could extend […]

May 29th, 2020

African Americans and racial violence in the time of COVID-19

Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or High profile acts of violence against African American men have been recorded and broadcast widely in recent weeks, including the death of a Minneapolis man, George Floyd. USC experts share their expertise on how racial violence and recordings of these episodes intersect with history, law and health outcomes in […]

April 30th, 2020

Social isolationism is hard. Blame the culture of California, or of America, or plain old human nature.

USC experts explain some of the underlying factors of why it is so hard to stay at home even when your health may be impacted. Contact: Gary Polakovic (323) 527-7770 or   Evolution explains why humans need social bonds Craig Stanford, chairman of the anthropology department at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and […]

April 27th, 2020

COVID-19 poses challenges for democracy and Election 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has upended the 2020 presidential race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. It’s unlikely that things will be back to normal this summer, prompting postponement of state primaries and changes in plans for the Democratic and Republican conventions.  USC experts discuss how the coronavirus crisis is disrupting democratic […]

April 10th, 2020

Religion and COVID-19: How are we keeping the faith?

Many religious groups are responding to the coronavirus pandemic with virtual services and calls to help the most vulnerable, while others are defying orders not to congregate and calling the outbreak God’s judgment. As people around the world celebrate Passover and Easter, USC experts explore how religious and spiritual institutions are adapting during the COVID-19 […]

April 9th, 2020

COVID-19 propels alcohol sales and new risks, USC experts say

Alcoholic beverage sales rose by 55% last month due to COVID-19, while pre-mixed cocktail sales jumped 75% and online alcohol sales more than doubled over last year, the Associated Press reports. But the bottoms-up binge comes with a social cost as USC experts explore the potential for substance abuse and ways to manage drinking during pandemic. […]

March 30th, 2020

Do you have the blues? USC experts offer advice for coping during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 is the ultimate disruptor, reshaping people’s work, family and finances. No one knows how long it will last. No one knows who’s contagious. So many issues at once can cause emotional and psychological instability, affecting careers and relationships. USC experts understand the problem and share expertise to help people navigate the dislocation. Contact: Gary Polakovic […]