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February 2nd, 2015

SOURCE ALERT: USC Experts on the Oscars

Why are indie-style movies the big performers at this year’s Oscars? What could Hollywood learn from the TV industry? Hollywood by the numbers: how are women and minorities portrayed in film? Contact: Andrew Good at (213) 740-8606 or Indie-style productions continue to engage audiences “Many of the key nominations this year are independent-style movies, […]

January 15th, 2015

SOURCE ALERT: Obama’s Plan for Community Colleges

On Tuesday, President Obama will discuss his community college proposal during the State of the Union address. USC accepts a high number of transfer students from community colleges and supports the community college system as an essential path to college access. Interested in attending a live viewing of the State of the Union address on […]

December 19th, 2014

SOURCE ALERT: Expert from USC Tsunami Research Center Available to Discuss 10th Anniversary of 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami

Contact: Robert Perkins at (213) 740-9226 or On Dec. 26, 2004, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake struck Sumatra, Indonesia, triggering a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in 14 countries. Jose Borrero, adjunct assistant research professor at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Tsunami Research Center, flew to the damaged zone less than two weeks after […]

December 17th, 2014

SOURCE ALERT: Obama’s Announcement Normalizing Diplomatic Relations with Cuba

USC experts are available to discuss business opportunities for California, the historic import of the announcement and how Congress will react. Opportunities for California agriculture Carl Voigt, professor of clinical management and organization at the USC Marshall School of Business, is leading a field research trip to Cuba next week. Forty USC students will be […]

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, […]