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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, April 30, 2020

Join Us on Tuesday, May 5, for the Understanding COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall

The Office of the Vice President for Research will host a virtual town hall on Understanding COVID-19 on Tuesday, May 5, at 6:00 p.m. The one-hour virtual town hall event will feature faculty experts from the University of South Carolina presenting information on various aspects of COVID-19 as they pertain to the Palmetto State, followed by an audience Q&A. Presenters will be Vice President for Research Prakash Nagarkatti, Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Prisma Health Midlands/University of South Carolina and Heyward Gibbes Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine, Helmut Albrecht and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Melissa Nolan. Visit the Office of the Vice President for Research website for additional details and to sign up to receive an email reminder about the Understanding COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall on the day of the event.


How new hiring policies affect future research faculty/personnel hires

In the April 24: Memo to President’s Executive Council of Academic Deans, President Caslen announced a freeze on employee hiring, with some exceptions. Below are important exceptions as related to research:  

  • Faculty and personnel/staff funded through research grant positions
  • Undergraduate and graduate students whose positions are funded by internal (such as Magellan, SPARC, and the like) and external grant awards.

Please note that all undergraduate and graduate student hires should take into consideration the current COVID-19 regulations at UofSC. 


COVID-19 Research Initiative recipients announced

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the recipients of our special internal funding initiative to support research and scholarship related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The office will provide $877,732 in funding to support 42 projects involving 82 faculty members from five campuses, eight colleges/schools and 29 different departments across the University of South Carolina. This special funding initiative will enable faculty members to begin impactful new research projects and generate preliminary results that could be developed on a larger scale to secure extramural funding to pursue more comprehensive studies.


Sign up for the NSF ERA Forum Webinar, broadcasting on Thursday, May 14

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will host the next Electronic Research Administration (ERA) Forum Webinar on Thursday, May 14, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. To sign up to receive the registration link for this webinar, send a blank email to to be automatically enrolled in the distribution. The NSF encourages participants to send questions ahead of the May 14 webinar to Webinar topics will cover:

  • the new requirement beginning June 1, 2020, to use an NSF-approved format for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of NSF proposals
  • the new Award Notice
  • a demo on separately submitted collaborative proposals from multiple organizations


Mining data during a pandemic

The Artificial Intelligence Institute is soliciting research on social media pandemic surveillance using advanced data analytics. The institute is working with academic and corporate partners to organize a workshop on "Knowledge-infused Mining and Learning" at the 26th ACM SIGKDD Conference, an international forum for data mining researchers. Visit the conference website for details. 

30 April 2020

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