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Dr. Neeraj Sood on Fox 11
Early Antibody Testing Suggests COVID-19 Infections Exceed Confirmed Cases in L.A. County
Professor Neeraj Sood, vice dean of research and faculty affairs and senior fellow of the USC Schaeffer Center spoke at a news conference hosted by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to release preliminary results from a collaborative scientific study. The results suggest infections from the new coronavirus are far more widespread, and the fatality rate much lower, in L.A. County than previously thought. The second phase of testing resumes this week. The USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy also contributed to this study.
USC Price Ranked #3 Among 275 Schools Nationwide
We are proud to maintain our rank of No. 3 among 275 public affairs schools. We also continue to have several programs rated within the top five with representation in nearly all categories.  
Price Talks: Policy in a Pandemic
USC Price faculty share their expert perspective on the critical policy issues that are important to us all during a virtual series examining policy challenges around the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dean Jack Knott Announces Departure
Dean Jack Knott is stepping down after 15 years to become Dean at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Professor Dana Goldman has been named Interim Dean, effective July 1.  
Knowledge in Action

To reopen safely, employers need to identify workers who have active COVID-19 infections and do so at reasonable cost. USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics research director and Price professor Darius Lakdawalla and colleagues suggest pooled testing for the coronavirus is an effective, scalable tool for doing so.
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To help our community better understand where cases of COVID-19 exist within L.A. County, as well as the underlying vulnerabilities faced by residents, the USC Price Center for Social Innovation has created the NDSC COVID-19 Map within the Neighborhood Data for Social Change platform.
According to a new survey conducted by researchers at the USC Schaeffer Center and others, many people in the U.S. are changing their behavior amid the rise of the coronavirus pandemic.
In April, we commemorated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, which gave a voice to the emerging public consciousness about the state of our planet. USC Price faculty carry on this message through research and practical work related to climate change and environmental policies.
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, three USC researchers at the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), a USC Price research center, have embarked on a study of the virus’ economic consequences.
Certain combinations of cardiovascular drugs may reduce risk for Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study led by USC Price Professor Julie Zissimopoulos. The findings suggest that treatments already in use for controlling high blood pressure and cholesterol could reduce the number of people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
A poll by USC Price and the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy found that “likely California voters appear conflicted about their compassion to help those experiencing homelessness and their desire to keep homeless encampments out of public areas.” The study was referenced during CA Governor Gavin Newsom's State of the State address in February.
The USC Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy hosted a roundtable of 40 executives from financial institutions, foundations and nonprofits to discuss Opportunity Zones, a community investment provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that provides tax advantages to long-term investments in designated, low-income areas.
Student & Alumni News
Sanitation in India
USC Price Ph.D. Students Pen Washington Post Op-Ed on How COVID-19 is a Wake-Up Call For India’s Cities

Gregory F. Randolph, a USC Price Ph.D. candidate in urban planning and Sahil Gandhi, a postdoctoral scholar at the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate write about India’s needed improvements in sanitation and planning. ( Photo by Adnan Abidi/Reuters)
Congratulations to Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore on being named provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at Cal Poly SLO. Dr. Jackson-Elmoore received her doctorate and master's degree in public administration from USC Price.
The 11th annual student-run Bay Area Policy Forum took place at the SPUR Urban Center in the Yerba Buena district of San Francisco on March 6. The forum provided USC Price School graduate students with the opportunity to hear from policy leaders during structured colloquies around salient public policy issues.
Marisa Turesky, a Ph.D. student at USC Price, co-authors journal article on the influence of gender, management, and organizational characteristics on planners’ perceptions of workplace culture and benefits.
Master of Public Policy Class of 2021 Raises Money for Los Angeles Regional Food Bank  
Thanks to the generosity of our MPP community, the Class of 2021 has raised enough funds to supply the food bank with over 1,300 meals.
Awards and Announcements
Three USC Price Professors Promoted with Tenure  
Professors Emma Aguila , Alice Chen , and Nicolas Duquette have all been promoted to Associate Professor, with tenure. “These three faculty members have worked incredibly hard to reach this point and I am so proud of what they have achieved. I know they will continue to advance their respective fields and our shared mission to improve the lives of people and their communities,” said USC Price Dean Jack Knott.
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy recognized Dr. Kim and Andrew Eisenlohr’s study, “The viability of community land trusts in high-priced urban land markets: the case of Rolland Curtis Gardens in Los Angeles.”
USC Price in the News

New York Times (via Reuters ): USC Price and Los Angeles County share early results of antibody testing. Additional coverage was found in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Associated Press, ABC News, MSNBC, CNBC, USA Today, NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV, NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV, CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV, Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV, CNN, La Opinión, Yahoo News, LAist, The Hill, Bloomberg, the Los Angeles Sentinel, The Hollywood Reporter, Quartz and The Daily Mail.

This section represents a small sample of recent USC Price faculty media and op-eds.