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:
Yelp reviewers take a dimmer view of nursing homes than the feds
One possible explanation: Research indicates that some nursing homes listed on the federal website are gaming their ratings.
USC poll — the one that said Trump could win — looks beyond politics
Pundits and polling experts praise the Understanding America Study for an unusual move — providing publicly available data.
Music training can change children’s brain structure and boost decision-making network
A new study by the Brain and Creativity Institute at USC is the latest in a series examining how music learning may enhance their emotional and intellectual development.
Hormone replacement therapy may protect memory, USC-led study finds
The findings suggest that estrogen treatment after menopause protects the memory needed for short-term cognitive tasks.
USC’s Michelson Hall, a hub for biotech research, is ready to change the world
The largest building on the University Park Campus brings together top engineers and scientists in shared spaces designed to encourage collaborative research.
Doctors need a nudge to reduce antibiotic prescriptions
Findings indicate that low-cost interventions could continue to work if adopted long term.
Nobel Prize-winning discovery on gravitational waves came about with contributions from USC scientists
A computer program developed by USC researchers augments work on waves that could distort the shape of the cosmos.
Scientists discover 8 autism-related mutations in a gene, suggesting potential root of disorders
The gene mutations disrupt connections between brain cells.
Odds for weight loss are stacked against children who are obese early on
Most children who are obese before they start kindergarten remain so through adolescence, which raises the risk of health problems in adulthood, study finds.
Two huge storms in two weeks — but are they entirely ‘natural disasters’?
People didn’t cause Harvey or Irma directly, but where and how we live affects the level of devastation left behind.
Postpartum depression can be common for mothers — but what about fathers?
Researchers find that a drop in testosterone levels can signal the condition in dads, and a spike may be a sign of aggression.
Which genetic marker is the ring leader in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease?
Researchers look at two genes involved in our ability to remember things as we age.
USC joins alliance to shape SoCal into the next global tech hub
Technology entrepreneur Steve Poizner will lead the Alliance for Southern California Innovation, a new group of universities, companies and venture capitalists.
Wax on: How wheat plants shield themselves during drought
As water supplies decline in major agricultural states, scientists explore how to generate plants that are more drought-resistant.
Are U.S. and North Korea in a stalemate or on the cusp of confrontation?
USC experts react to the week’s escalating war of words from President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Why didn’t Macron leaks carry more clout in the French presidential election?
USC researcher finds disinformation campaign was spread and consumed on social media mostly by English-speaking audiences.
U.S. ranks highly in new index showing how societies are adapting to aging
Tool that gauges the health and well-being of aging populations is created by USC and Columbia University researchers.
Shuttered businesses linked to a rise in property crimes
USC-led study finds that when foot traffic is down, crime goes up — even when the closed businesses were marijuana dispensaries thought to be crime magnets.
Scientists have more data to back their findings: The Earth is getting warmer
An international group upgrades global database that tracks global shifts in temperatures.
Medicare, Medicare Advantage physician rates nearly equal
USC researchers compare physician reimbursement by Medicare Advantage plans to traditional Medicare rates. Until now, experts knew little about the differences.
Why dementia-causing plaques become trapped in the brain
USC researchers plan to explore whether constricted vessels could be targeted by existing drugs that were approved for treating other health conditions.
Patient visits inspire USC scientist’s lab work toward curing rare disease
The development of a crystal structure gives molecular biologist a clear view of how myasthenia graves behaves.
Looking at the blurred lines between political news, reality TV and fake news
USC experts explain how political events become a highly watched spectacle influenced by pop culture and entertainment.
International team uncovers new approach to combat deadly fungal infection
Researchers from USC and France identify a gene-regulating protein that is critical for the survival of a pathogenic fungus.