Emily Gersema is a senior communications specialist with the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Before joining USC, she worked as a media strategy and social media consultant, and was an investigative journalist.
Stories by Emily Gersema:
Scientists find the secret to DNA repair
USC study tracks “walking molecules” that haul away damaged strands.
‘Gut instinct’ may have been the GPS of human ancestors
Food is the key: Our predecessors needed to remember where they found it, so they could go back for more.
Your brain is multitasking, using a hunger peptide that tells you when to eat
It’s one of several jobs of the cerebral plumbing system, which uses its fluid in some surprising ways.
Most concussion patients get no care after leaving hospital
Only 44 percent saw a physician or other provider within three months of their injury, a critical period for care, national study finds.
Social media posts may signal whether a protest will become violent
USC study also finds that people are more likely to condone using violence to defend their beliefs when they think others share their moral values.
Searching for a nursing home and don’t know where to turn?
Yelp reviews, which focus on staff attitudes, responsiveness and the physical facility, could help consumers.
The quality of audio influences whether you believe what you hear
The findings are significant amid the recent rise of fake news and public distrust in science, says USC’s Norbert Schwarz.
Education can hold off dementia, new USC-led study finds
Related study shows the importance of discovering how to delay the onset of dementia; otherwise, more people will end up living longer with the debilitating condition.
Fitbits reveal the truth: We’re not as active as we claim to be
International study shows that people, regardless of their age and where they live, poorly guess how physically active they actually are.
High-deductible health plans raise risk of financial ruin for vulnerable Americans, study finds
Seemingly affordable plans with lower premiums could hurt low-income consumers or those who are chronically ill.
Scientists launch global effort to find the next diabetes drug
USC researchers issue a call to scientists to help them create the first comprehensive model of a cell that is central to diabetes, the pancreatic beta cell.
Is this the beginning of the end for Facebook?
In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and a #DeleteFacebook movement, USC experts look at how this week’s events might impact the social network.
After Trump’s tariff move, will a trade war follow?
USC experts weigh in on what may come next and what was behind the controversial decision.
Metal-detection technique inspires USC cancer researchers
USC Michelson Center scientists use metal-tagged markers and a patient’s blood sample, aiming for precise treatments of cancerous cells that spread to other organs.
White House advisers cite USC research as basis for potential drug price reforms
Some of the recommendations result from work by the USC Leonard Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics.
Where you live may influence whether you are overweight, study finds
People who move to an area with a high obesity rate are likely to become overweight or obese themselves.
USC Dornsife/L.A. Times poll reveals troubling numbers for GOP in 2018 midterm elections
More than half of respondents in nationwide poll said they’d vote for a Democratic candidate in their local congressional district race.
Where patients get prescription opioids: It’s not where you might think
A new study is a hard look in the mirror for how providers have contributed to the addiction epidemic.
A nonaddictive opioid painkiller with no side effects? USC researchers think it’s possible
USC Michelson Center scientists are part of an international team developing new alternatives to easing pain in the midst of a national crisis.
Money-saving health plans do little to curb spending on unnecessary medical services
High-deductible plans are falling short of their promises of significant savings for consumers, study finds.
Yelp reviewers take a dimmer view of nursing homes than the feds
One possible explanation: Research indicates that some nursing homes listed on the federal website are gaming their ratings.
USC poll — the one that said Trump could win — looks beyond politics
Pundits and polling experts praise the Understanding America Study for an unusual move — providing publicly available data.
Music training can change children’s brain structure and boost decision-making network
A new study by the Brain and Creativity Institute at USC is the latest in a series examining how music learning may enhance their emotional and intellectual development.
Hormone replacement therapy may protect memory, USC-led study finds
The findings suggest that estrogen treatment after menopause protects the memory needed for short-term cognitive tasks.