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:
High-deductible health plans raise risk of financial ruin for vulnerable Americans, study finds
Seemingly affordable plans with lower premiums could hurt low-income consumers or those who are chronically ill.
Scientists launch global effort to find the next diabetes drug
USC researchers issue a call to scientists to help them create the first comprehensive model of a cell that is central to diabetes, the pancreatic beta cell.
Is this the beginning of the end for Facebook?
In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and a #DeleteFacebook movement, USC experts look at how this week’s events might impact the social network.
After Trump’s tariff move, will a trade war follow?
USC experts weigh in on what may come next and what was behind the controversial decision.
Metal-detection technique inspires USC cancer researchers
USC Michelson Center scientists use metal-tagged markers and a patient’s blood sample, aiming for precise treatments of cancerous cells that spread to other organs.
White House advisers cite USC research as basis for potential drug price reforms
Some of the recommendations result from work by the USC Leonard Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics.
Where you live may influence whether you are overweight, study finds
People who move to an area with a high obesity rate are likely to become overweight or obese themselves.
USC Dornsife/L.A. Times poll reveals troubling numbers for GOP in 2018 midterm elections
More than half of respondents in nationwide poll said they’d vote for a Democratic candidate in their local congressional district race.
Where patients get prescription opioids: It’s not where you might think
A new study is a hard look in the mirror for how providers have contributed to the addiction epidemic.
A nonaddictive opioid painkiller with no side effects? USC researchers think it’s possible
USC Michelson Center scientists are part of an international team developing new alternatives to easing pain in the midst of a national crisis.
Money-saving health plans do little to curb spending on unnecessary medical services
High-deductible plans are falling short of their promises of significant savings for consumers, study finds.
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.