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Located in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international trade, the University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

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Pooling samples means one test can screen multiple people. Tetra Images via Getty Images

Group testing for coronavirus – called pooled testing – could be the fastest and cheapest way to increase screening nationwide

Screening multiple samples with a single test gets more people diagnosed using fewer supplies. Two health policy researchers explain how it works and how it could help the U.S.
K-pop band BTS and their company, Big Hit, have donated money to Black Lives Matter. Most bands and companies in the industry have not made any sort of statements. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

Rethinking the K-pop industry’s silence during the Black Lives Matter movement

Few of those in the K-pop industry have donated or even spoken out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Justice Neil Gorsuch, a Trump appointee, surprised many court watchers by authoring the decision to expand the Civil Rights Act. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

When Supreme Court justices defy expectations

Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the Supreme Court as a conservative. But his ruling in a major civil rights case is part of a pattern of justices setting aside ideology to address historic injustices.
In Minneapolis, the memorial near the spot where George Floyd died while in police custody. Getty Images / Kerem Yucel

Coronavirus deaths and those of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery have something in common: Racism

Racism – and the chronic stress it causes – leads to poor health among African Americans. It may change the way genes are expressed, leading to increased levels of dangerous stress hormones.
Des fleurs et des photos déposées sur un mémorial aux victimes de la violence policière lors d'une manifestation à New York, le 29 mai 2020. Spencer Platt/Getty Images North America/Getty Images via AFP

Mort de George Floyd : des images traumatisantes de sinistre mémoire

Depuis des siècles, des Noirs sont tués impunément aux États-Unis. Les images de cette violence témoignent d’un manque de respect vis-à-vis des morts et risquent de traumatiser ceux qui les regardent.
There have already been at least 100 instances of journalists being assaulted or harassed while covering recent protests. Nick Lehr/The Conversation

It can’t happen here – and then it did

For almost a century, American popular culture has perpetuated the idea that only journalists working in foreign countries could be in danger.
Workers leave Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant on May 20, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty

With the coronavirus, where government stumbles, litigation will step in

American ambivalence about government has left the courts to play an outsized role responding to public health crises like lead poisoning, asbestos-related illnesses and now, the coronavirus pandemic.
Ahmaud Arbery’s best friend, right, and his sister speak at a memorial event for Arbery on May 9, 2020. Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Why cellphone videos of black people’s deaths should be considered sacred, like lynching photographs

The US has a centuries-old tradition of killing black people without repercussion – and of publicly viewing the violence. Spreading those images can disrespect the dead and traumatize viewers.
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Seeing is believing: how media mythbusting can actually make false beliefs stronger

Instead of debunking false claims, psychology shows promoting the facts is a more effective way to fight the spread of misinformation.
New research hints at why Germany’s death toll from COVID-19 was relatively low while Italy’s and America’s spiked. Piero Cruciatti/AFP/Getty Images

Fast-acting countries cut their coronavirus death rates while US delays cost thousands of lives

Over the first 100 days of the pandemic, countries that quickly implemented strong policies successfully lowered their death rates faster. There were also some surprises in the successes and failures.
It takes roughly 90 years for the living memory of an event to disappear. Anurag Papolu/The Conversation via AP Images

As collective memory fades, so will our ability to prepare for the next pandemic

A global pandemic might be at the forefront of everyone's minds. But we can't assume that future threats will get the attention they deserve from people living in an information-saturated world.
Students without computers are having a rougher time with the new normal. damircudic/Getty Images

Not all kids have computers – and they’re being left behind with schools closed by the coronavirus

This real-time snapshot of the digital divide illustrates why education experts are concerned that school closures could increase achievement gaps.
Mary-Lou McCullagh, 83, inside her Ventura, California home, in isolation because of COVID-19. She and her husband Bob, 84, greet the little boy who lives across the street. Getty Images / Brent Stirton

Out with the old: Coronavirus highlights why we need new names for aging

What's in a word? Plenty, when it comes to the choices we use to describe people over 60. Stigma against older people that has been evident during the COVID-19 pandemic shows why it's time to change.
Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, right, has his temperature taken as he arrives at Ruhenda airport in Butembo in eastern Congo, June 15, 2019. AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro

Why the WHO, often under fire, has a tough balance to strike in its efforts to address health emergencies

The World Health Organization is not a disease police force but more of a diplomatic group, aiming to bring countries together to stop disease. Still, it comes under fierce attack.

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