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December 2nd, 2020

California winter forecast is warm and dry, say USC experts

A rainless winter seems apropos for a year beset by upset. Indeed, forecast models predict 90% likelihood of La Niña conditions this winter — and that means a mostly dry and warm season ahead for California and the Southwest. A few big storms might reach the Golden State – a potential risk for mudslides in scorched areas […]

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November 23rd, 2020

Time to prepare for a difficult holiday season, USC experts say

Winter holiday season will be challenging for many Americans. The coronavirus pandemic is surging – California is approaching 1 million cases – as quarantine fatigue grows, short and cold days are coming, holiday celebrations increase exposure risk, and post-election shock waves rock the nation. USC experts examine the coming winter of discontent and how to […]

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November 3rd, 2020

USC experts available during #Election2020

Election Day stress. Who shows up to vote, and who doesn’t. How the media will cover the election results. Whether the results will be contested. USC experts are available to answer questions on these election-related issues. Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or USC Dornsife Daybreak Poll revealed a stable race “The race remains remarkably stable and if […]

October 29th, 2020

Voting in an uncertain age: staying safe and feeling counted

Like all things 2020, in-person voting will be different this year. Never before have U.S. voters navigated a pandemic and the potentially disruptive forces of a heated and divided political climate. While early and mail-in voting have reached unprecedented levels, many will show up at polling locations to cast ballots in the traditional way on […]

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 […]