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:
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.
‘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.