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September 10th, 2020

As fires rage, climate change is back on the election agenda

Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or jenessem@usc.edu This was supposed to be the year when climate change finally became a priority for U.S. voters. And then the world, and the 2020 election, was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dealing with climate change took a backseat to facing down a new existential threat. Now, as wildfires rage unchecked across California and […]

September 3rd, 2020

Election 2020: How racial justice protests could influence the vote

Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or jenessem@usc.edu Protests have erupted in U.S. cities and towns against high-profile police killings and shootings of Black people, including George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn. and Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. President Donald Trump has elevated the civil unrest as a major election issue, describing the protesters as “left-wing mobs” and […]

August 21st, 2020

USC experts respond to wildfires scorching California

As wildfires rage in California, USC experts are ready to help explain the story, including damage to structures, health effects from smoke inhalation, environmental impacts, public policy and climate change.  Contacts: Gary Polakovic (323) 527-7770 or polakovi@usc.edu; USC Media Relations (213) 740-2215 or uscnews@usc.edu. Ed Avol, professor of clinical medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC. He’s […]

August 21st, 2020

USPS and vote-by-mail scrutinized during #Election2020

Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or jenessem@usc.edu The U.S. Postal Service, normally a low-profile agency, has become a political football during the 2020 presidential election. President Trump has claimed voting by mail is rife with fraud at a time when some states are expanding the practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, alarms have been raised about a number of controversial […]

August 14th, 2020

With COVID-19, political conventions take an unconventional turn

The Democratic and Republican national conventions are nearly here, with the Democratic National Convention taking place from Aug. 17 – 20 and the Republican National Convention kicking off on Monday, Aug. 24. Historically, the conventions have been colorful spectacles culminating with a speech by the presidential nominee, but plans for both conventions have changed significantly […]

July 23rd, 2020

USC experts expect big things from the Mars mission

Experts at USC and the California Science Center say the long-awaited launch of the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover promises great discoveries about potential ancient life and the possibility of a human mission to the red planet. The rocket and its robot rover laboratory are scheduled for liftoff on July 30. The Mars rover will bore deeper into […]

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July 23rd, 2020

USC experts expect big things from the Mars mission

Experts at USC and the California Science Center say the long-awaited launch of the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover promises great discoveries about potential ancient life and the possibility of a human mission to the red planet. The rocket and its robot rover laboratory are scheduled for liftoff on July 30. Contact: Gary Polakovic (323) 527-7770 or polakovi@usc.edu […]

June 18th, 2020

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

Contact: USC Media Relations at uscnews@usc.edu 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 […]