Emily Gersema is the assistant director of media relations at USC University Communications. Before joining USC, she worked as a media strategy and social media consultant, and was an investigative journalist.
Stories by Emily Gersema:
USC research reinforces music’s impact on the developing brain
A $450,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health will help USC Dornsife’s Assal Habibi advance her studies into how musical training boosts childhood brain development.
Can’t stop putting your hand in the candy dish? Scientists may have found why
A USC-led team of scientists have zeroed in on the brain circuit that regulates impulsive behavior, which could advance scientific understanding of behavioral issues from obesity to drug abuse.
High cost of living dampens L.A. County residents’ attitudes
The new LABarometer from USC Dornsife’s Center for Economic and Social Research finds county residents less satisfied with their lives and less optimistic about the economy than people living elsewhere in the country.
Poll: Democratic voters want a Medicare-like program, gun restrictions
The latest USC Dornsife/L.A. Times national poll also shows Joe Biden holding a steady lead ahead of the third Democratic primary debate, though many voters remain undecided.
1 billion tons of lava spark algae bloom in North Pacific Ocean
Not only did the Kīlauea volcano pour tons upon tons of lava into the ocean last year, but its eruption set off an unusual effect: an algae super bloom. USC Dornsife researchers found out why.
How the Center for the Political Future aims to unite a divided nation
How can a deeply polarized America be put back together? Experts at USC Dornsife’s Center for the Political Future are preparing the next generation of political leaders to listen, learn and respect the truth.
With 2020 looming, will ‘electability’ decide the next president?
What do pundits mean when they buzz about presidential candidates being “electable”? USC polling experts assess how we attempt to measure the unmeasurable.
Poll: Though many Democratic primary voters are switching candidates, Biden still leads
The latest USC Dornsife/L.A. Times poll shows Joe Biden in the lead, followed by a virtual three-way tie between Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.
The 20th century was Earth’s hottest period in nearly 2,000 years
Two global warming studies from an international network of scientists indicate that the greatest increase in the Earth’s temperatures began after the Industrial Revolution.
Amid a time of cultural upheaval, the moon landing united millions
Fifty years after the first moon landing, USC professors reflect on how the Apollo 11 mission invigorated a tumultuous nation.
USC scientists shift goals in Alzheimer’s research to focus on prevention
Amid mounting discoveries about Alzheimer’s complex list of triggers, USC Dornsife researchers turn their attention to preventive measures.
Unshaken: After an earthquake, USC scientists race to its epicenter
Seismologists and engineers unite after a quake to quickly gather information and share it through a statewide clearinghouse that is critical for improving simulations and emergency preparedness.
Stopping the spread of fake news, one class at a time
A USC Dornsife expert on climate change teaches mathematical and scientific fundamentals to help his students see through the growing cloud of misinformation.
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.