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Los Angeles Times

No place to study, hunger and inadequate computers hurt Eastside and South L.A. kids

About three-quarters of families surveyed by researchers from USC and the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools had experienced a pandemic-related loss of income and food insecurity. Yet 1 in 3 families made investments to support online learning, including paying for internet access. “This isn’t a trivial amount of money for our families,” USC Rossier’s Stephen Aguilar says.


Health
Alzheimer's drug USC
In this image taken from tissue of an Alzheimer’s patient, the large pink-and-blue plaque on the lower right contains the abnormal protein amyloid. Also seen are several neurofibrillary tangles (smaller blue areas). Both of these abnormalities disrupt the normal working of the brain. (Image/Simon Fraser, Science Source)

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

A USC research team has found strong evidence that keeping blood vessels healthy can help prevent cognitive decline.

Health
epigenetics and child abuse
USC researchers are studying the mental health symptoms of young adults who were abused or neglected as children as it relates to their genetic expression dealing with current stressors, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. (Illustration/iStock)

A new approach to determining whether child abuse magnifies COVID mental health risk

The result could increase understanding of who is at greater risk in the context of the pandemic and who may benefit most from enhanced and targeted interventions.

University
Jean Wade Rindlaub
Jean Wade Rindlaub devoted her advertising talents convincing women that they should prioritize domesticity over a career — until her views underwent a radical shift. (Photo/ Courtesy of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University)

Exploring the evolution — and contradictions — of an early female ad exec

USC’s Ellen Wayland-Smith chronicles the life of Jean Wade Rindlaub, who used her influential career on Madison Avenue to advocate that women stay in the kitchen.

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COVID-19
An illustration from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals the basic form of the virus blamed for the outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (Illustration/Alissa Eckert and Dan Higgins, CDC)

Fall 2020 and spring 2021 updates: Fall grading policy adjustment, new info on spring classes

The university extends the fall Pass/No Pass deadline and provides spring updates, including slight calendar changes and the majority of classes remaining online.

Policy/Law
Daybreak Poll USC Trump debate performance
After the presidential debate, performance ratings show that neither candidate met the relatively low expectations of voters overall, but President Donald Trump significantly underperformed. (Photo/iStock)

Voter confidence in Trump’s mental and physical fitness dropped after first debate

USC Dornsife’s Daybreak Poll also reveals a staggering two-thirds of voters plan to vote before Election Day and the way people will cast their vote is associated with their political leaning.