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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, May 21, 2020

Phased return to UofSC campus to begin over the summer

UofSC Human Resources recently released the COVID-19: Return to Work Plan, which details the phased approach the university will take to having faculty and staff return to campus over the summer. During Phase I, which begins on Monday, June 1, the plan states that “departments/units will bring not more than 30% of their workforce back to campus. Only employees deemed essential to support academic, research and extra-curricular activities should be scheduled to return to campus during this time period. A gradual approach to resuming increased research activities will also be implemented using additional research-specific guidelines. The university will use Phase I to test the institution’s ability to exercise systems and procedures, care for our workers, and protect our community.” Research-specific guidelines to resuming increased campus activity will be published soon on the COVID-19: Return to Work Plan web page. The Office of the Vice President for Research will also disseminate that information, and other research-relevant plans and requirements, through this newsletter.


Purchasing department announces plan for dispersing PPE supplies for return to work during COVID-19

The UofSC Purchasing Department recently announced a plan to disperse personal protection equipment (PPE) for faculty and staff returning to campus in the coming weeks and months. The plan includes an initial delivery of hand sanitizer, wipes, disinfectant spray, nitrile gloves and disposable masks for all departments by their official return dates, and preliminary information on how departments may order additional supplies moving forward. It also includes information on an order of washable, reusable cloth masks for distribution to faculty and staff members.


Introduction to GIS workshop offered Tuesday, June 9

Geographic information system, or GIS, is a framework for gathering, managing and analyzing spatial data, and organizing layers of information into visualizations using maps and 3D scenes. ​With this unique capability, GIS reveals deeper insights into data, such as patterns, relationships and situations. Curious about how use of GIS could enhance your research? Sign up today for the Basic GIS Mapping workshop, broadcast through Zoom on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.


Get to know University Libraries’ online research databases

University Libraries are closed right now, but many of their research resources are still available for faculty and students across the UofSC system. And, with nearly 500 databases on topics ranging from advertising to zoology, chances are every researcher will find something relevant to their project. Search by subject, content type and provider, or browse their alphabetical listing, and see what’s out there. Visit the University Libraries website to get started.


21 May 2020

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