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:
Election 2020 chatter on Twitter busy with bots and conspiracy theorists
A new USC study finds that — just as in 2016 — automated accounts and foreign interference are infesting social media conversations about the upcoming election.
Study underscores the gut-brain connection and shows hunger hormone impacts memory
USC researchers tested the ghrelin hormone in rats and found that impairing their memory led to an increased frequency of eating.
USC, Google and other partners aim to help get election info to voters
The nonpartisan Voter Communications Task Force focuses on identifying and helping others implement the best ways to communicate reliable election information to already registered voters.
As election nears, USC-led cybersecurity initiative pivots to voter education and access
The Google-funded USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative has held workshops for officials around the country, bracing them for cyberthreats. Now, they are channeling their efforts into helping voters.
Long after 9/11, Americans still willing to pay more for increased security at venues
A USC study shows that Americans are more inclined to attend events at arenas and convention centers with counterterrorism or anti-crime security measures despite convenience and privacy sacrifices.
USC experts reflect on 100 years of women’s suffrage
With the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification approaching, USC professors share their thoughts on the state of voting rights in 2020.
USC scientists identify the order of COVID-19’s symptoms
Knowing which symptoms appear first will help doctors identify COVID-19 patients sooner and make better treatment decisions.
New Alzheimer’s treatments won’t be widely accessible without changes to national health systems
USC research shows how several major countries could prepare their health systems to ensure patients can get Alzheimer’s treatments once they hit the market.
Better obesity treatments may lie ahead after discovery of key protein structure
An international team of scientists, led by Raymond Stevens of USC’s Bridge Institute, is investigating a protein in the brain that will likely be the target of improved obesity therapies.
NBA star Steph Curry ‘Zoombombs’ USC class during COVID-19 charitable pitches
The Golden State Warriors point guard surprised a Zoom class at the USC Iovine and Young Academy as they pitched ideas for how his foundation could help amid the pandemic.
Small business advice amid COVID-19 pandemic, courtesy of USC Marshall
With many businesses now closed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, their owners are wondering what resources are available to help them survive. USC Marshall experts are offering assistance.
Squatting and kneeling may be better for your health than sitting
A new USC study of human evolution finds that spending more time in a position where your muscles are somewhat active could reduce the health risks of sedentary behavior.
USC 2019 | The USC News headlines you had to share
✌ Year in review: Your favorite stories of the year run the gamut, from a profile of the Class of 2023 to a clue as to why women and men disagree on how warm the office should be.
USC 2019 | Research that makes a difference in health, the environment and more
✌ Year in review: USC scientists are serious about changing the world. Take a look at some of this year’s discoveries that are already positively affecting people’s lives.
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.