Emily Gersema is Associate Director of Communications for 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:
Study links racism to chronic inflammation among African Americans
USC researchers have found that racism can trigger heightened inflammatory responses among African Americans, which could lead to heart attacks, neurodegenerative diseases and metastatic cancer.
Hit-and-run survivor will make dreams come true by graduating from USC
In March 2018, Kimberly Cuellar was struck by a car and broke her nose; her concussion symptoms lasted for weeks. Now, after recovering and completing her studies without pause, she’s about to make history for her family.
Unlocking melatonin’s role in the biological clock may mean more than a good night’s sleep
An international team of scientists — including researchers at USC — have created 3D models of melatonin receptors, opening the door to new drugs for health issues beyond sleep.
USC Dornsife/L.A. Times poll shows Joe Biden leading the 2020 Democratic field
The former vice president leads by 10 points among potential 2020 Democratic candidates for president, with Sen. Bernie Sanders in second place. The poll also found lukewarm praise for President Donald Trump’s tax cuts.
Untreated diabetes raises risk of Alzheimer’s disease, study finds
The USC Dornsife research underscores the importance of detecting diabetes and other metabolic diseases in adults as early as possible.
Trojans learn of their own families’ historical struggles to come to the U.S.
USC’s Nathan Perl-Rosenthal encourages students to examine the history of U.S. immigration and citizenship policies through their own relatives’ experiences.
Scientists’ discovery could mean less-expensive smartphones, TVs
Iridium has been generating light and color for screens on smartphones and TVs, but it’s the rarest metal on Earth. USC scientists found a way to make copper work.
New drug may slow cancer’s circadian clock, halts its spread
USC scientists know that disrupting sleep and other elements of humans’ circadian rhythm can harm health. The same may be true for the circadian clock of cells themselves.
Rain’s no relief to fire-ravaged regions, but why?
USC Earth sciences expert Joshua West explains why weeks of wet weather across the state could double the trouble for residents in the steep hills and mountainsides scorched by the recent wildfires.
Better drug to save mothers’ lives during childbirth may be on the way
Scientists at the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience and Stanford University take first step toward a safer drug for reducing postpartum bleeding.
How to survive holiday gatherings in these divisive times
Sitting down with family and friends may be more stressful than it used to be; USC experts offer sage advice.
Anita Hill has unanswered questions for Brett Kavanaugh
At USC event, Hill speaks on how sexual assault and harassment issues have shifted amid #MeToo, and what she would say to former Vice President Joe Biden.
What is the line between cultural appropriation and appreciation?
A panel of experts, including MacArthur “Genius Grant” awardees Viet Thanh Nguyen and Josh Kun, explains the history of cultural appropriation and growing awareness in the digital era.
Democrats gain in generic congressional race amid shifts in GOP base support
The latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll indicates significant shifts among women and older voters are steering support toward Democrats ahead of the midterm election.
Another year of high school contributes to weight loss despite genetics
Genes and years of education can influence whether someone becomes obese, according to USC Dornsife research.
Channel Island foxes make a comeback
Researchers at USC Dornsife’s Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies learn more about the survival of the dwarf species.
Only 19 percent trust Trump to tell the truth, USC Dornsife/L.A. Times Poll shows
The poll finds Democrats have an edge over Republicans in a generic House matchup — and they say news coverage of the president motivates them to vote.
USC Dornsife launches center to bridge the partisan divide
Led by political veterans Robert Shrum and Michael Murphy, the Center for the Political Future opens just as the 2018 midterm elections are heating up.
Who wins when a prescription copay exceeds the drug price? Not the patient
USC study sheds lights on a practice that occurs more often than we think.
Stories from the Truly Free spotlights former inmates’ writing
Eight men mark a milestone — the publishing of their work crafted with help from mentors at USC’s Writing Program.
Is your level of education determined by genes?
International study examines the influence of genetics on human behavior, well-being and social science-related outcomes through details on human genomes.
USC researcher on quest to create cancer mapping tool for treating the disease
The goal: a navigation tool for oncology teams to select the best treatment options for patients based on the genetic characteristics of their cancer and their own health profile.
What is the meaning of life? Depends on your politics
Researchers find that conservatives, more so than liberals, find their lives are meaningful or have purpose.
Scientists find the secret to DNA repair
USC study tracks “walking molecules” that haul away damaged strands.