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October 21st, 2020

USC experts examine Proposition 14, the stem cell ballot measure

California’s state-funded stem cell research program hangs in the balance as voters will decide Proposition 14, the $5.5 billion bond measure to fund education and research – including projects at USC. The ballot proposition is a continuation of a similar measure, Proposition. 71 in 2004, to support the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), which funds […]

October 20th, 2020

Rent control gets another chance

The pandemic has raised new fears about evictions in a high-rent state. A ballot initiative will let Californians decide whether new rent control would help. Voters rejected a statewide expansion of rent control two years ago. Proposition 21 takes a lighter approach to loosening restrictions on rent control by allowing cities to cap rents, including […]

October 19th, 2020

COVID-19 and health care at the top of voters’ agenda in #Election2020

Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or With or without the COVID-19 pandemic, health care was destined to be a top voter issue for the 2020 presidential election. President Donald Trump and his rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, have debated issues of health care access and affordability, with the coronavirus crisis often used to illustrate […]

October 16th, 2020

Restricted blood flow in the brain could be tied to Alzheimer’s

USC study reveals one-two punch of symptoms that exacerbate Alzheimer’s Contact: Leigh Hopper, or (310) 308-0405 A new Alzheimer’s study found that impaired blood flow in the brain is correlated with the buildup of tau tangles, a hallmark indicator of cognitive decline. The work, published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests that treatments targeting vascular health […]

October 14th, 2020

USC study underscores the gut-brain connection, shows hunger hormone impacts memory

A close study of the hunger hormone ghrelin shows that it affects how frequently animals eat. Without it, they may forget when they last ate. Contact: Emily Gersema, or (213) 712-3168 A hormone that influences when and how frequently animals eat also appears to affect memory, USC scientists have found. Animals and humans have the hormone […]

October 11th, 2020

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine announcement sparks hope and questions about next steps

This week, drugmaker Pfizer announced that its COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective as it shared preliminary data from a late-stage clinical trial. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, called the results “extraordinary.” USC experts are available to discuss the company’s and its competitors’ vaccine technologies, potential […]

September 30th, 2020

USC, Google, and other partners aim to help get election info to voters

Leaders from government, technology and academia have launched a voter outreach effort to amplify accurate election information ahead of Election Day on Nov. 3. Contact: Emily Gersema, or (213) 712-3168 USC has allied with Google, elected officials, and nonprofit leaders on a mission to help provide voters with important information about where, when, and how to […]

September 29th, 2020

2020 debates — substantive or circus-like? USC experts predict a spectacle, with moments of truth

The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace, is scheduled to take place Sept. 29, with two more set for Oct. 15 and 22. The debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) is slated for Oct. 7. Here’s […]

September 25th, 2020

Fight over Justice Ginsburg’s Supreme Court replacement begins

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has renewed the fight over who will determine the ideological future of the nation’s highest court just ahead of Election 2020. Democrats have accused Republican senators of hypocrisy, noting that in 2016 several GOP senators cited that year’s presidential election as a reason for declining to […]

September 23rd, 2020

Spirituality in a pandemic: a test of faith for believers and organizations

The COVID-19 pandemic is both a crisis and an opportunity for communities of faith. While in-person worship remains risky, some congregations are reimagining their communities online. Religious and community organizations are also addressing the many social issues exacerbated by the pandemic, from hunger to racial justice. USC experts address the intersections of religion and the […]