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December 15th, 2014

SOURCE ALERT: The Science of Peppermint, New Year’s Resolutions That Stick and Ugly Sweaters as Big Business

Contact: USC Media Relations at (213) 740-2215 or or The science of peppermint From ancient Greece to modern-day neurobiology, this video breaks down the art, science, history and psychology of the ubiquitous holiday flavor. It includes David McKemy, an associate professor of neurobiology at USC Dornsife, who used peppermint to identify receptors in […]

November 19th, 2014

SOURCE ALERT: USC Experts Available to Discuss President Obama’s Immigration Reforms

Contact: Andrew Good at (213) 740-8606 or Manuel Pastor Co-Director of USC’s Center for Immigrant Integration Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences Manuel Pastor is an expert on sustainable urban development and social justice. He can discuss American immigration policy and how […]

November 5th, 2014

SOURCE ALERT: The 25th Anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s collapse

Sunday, Nov. 9 marks the 25th anniversary of the iconic event Contact: Andrew Good at (213) 740-8606 or or Merrill Balassone at (213) 740-6156 or MARY ELISE SAROTTE, Dean’s Professor of History at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, wrote the new book The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the […]

August 15th, 2014

SOURCE ALERT: Ferguson Protests Prompt Questions about Race Relations in America and Police Militarization

Contact: Andrew Good at (213) 740-8606 or 1954 Mississippi or 2014 America? Ange-Marie Hancock, Associate Professor of Political Science at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, is an expert on political psychology and African-American politics. She can discuss how incidents like the Michael Brown shooting start long before a confrontational moment, […]

July 22nd, 2014

SOURCE ALERT: U.S. Court of Appeals upholds challenge to Affordable Care Act health insurance subsidies

How will the ruling affect younger insurance buyers? How will it impact state exchanges? Contact: Sadena Thevarajah at (443) 621-4231 or Dana Goldman, Director of the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, is an expert in health care reform, health economics and the Affordable Care Act. He can discuss how ACA health […]

July 17th, 2014

Source Alert: Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine

Contact: Andrew Good at (213) 740-8606 or How will the downed plane affect Ukraine’s political crisis? Robert English, Director of the USC School of International Relations, is an expert on Ukraine and the politics of Russia and former Soviet states. He can comment on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, Russia’s stance toward the west, […]

July 14th, 2014

SOURCE ALERT: USC experts on the border crisis

Does increased border security really make a difference? What kicked off the crisis? What are the longterm psychological effects of migrating as a child? Contact: Andrew Good at 213-740-8606 or Strong border security isn’t enough Emily Ryo, Assistant Professor of Law & Sociology at the USC Gould School of Law, is an expert in […]

July 1st, 2014

SOURCE ALERT: The questionable ethics (and conclusions) of Facebook’s emotion manipulation study

Experts can comment on the challenges of doing research in the digital age, as well as raising questions about the conclusions of Facebook’s study. Contact: Andrew Good at (213) 740-8606 or Conclusions go “way beyond the data” Karen North, Director of the USC Annenberg School’s Program on Online Communities, is an expert in social […]