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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, June 11, 2020

National Science Foundation looks to the future in new Vision 2030 report

The National Science Board, which governs the National Science Foundation, recently released a report called Vision 2030, which charts a course of action for the U.S. to maintain leadership across science and engineering fields over the next decade amid a rapidly changing global research landscape. The report recommends NSF and other stakeholders prioritize efforts that deliver social and economic benefits from NSF-funded research, develop a more diverse and multifaceted STEM workforce, expand research infrastructure across the country, and foster international research partnerships. It also outlines a number of more specific steps for the board itself to undertake, such as reassessing the organizational structure of NSF, including the idea of adding a new directorate focused on translating research into applications. Read the report (pdf).


Nominate outstanding faculty or student scientists for national recognition

Nomination periods are now open for two American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) awards, with deadlines approaching later this summer.

  • The Mani L. Bhaumik Award for Public Engagement with Science recognizes early-career scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellence not only in their research careers but also in promoting meaningful dialogue between science and society. Nominations are due Tuesday, June 30.
  • The Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists is awarded annually to one young scientist for outstanding life science research for which the scholar was awarded a doctoral degree in the previous two years. The topic of the entrant's thesis research must be in one of the following categories: cell and molecular biology; genomics, proteomics and systems biology approaches; ecology and​ environment; molecular medicine. Nominations are due Wednesday, July 15.


UofSC faculty and staff: Get the latest return-to-work and COVID-19 related updates

The University of South Carolina’s official COVID-19 website has been growing in recent weeks as faculty, staff and students look ahead and prepare to return to campus. The site now features one central page with detailed information on COVID-19 employee policies and procedures. The page, which is updated regularly, links employees to detailed information on the Return to Work Plan, Future Planning Group efforts to contain costs, support resources for remote teaching and research, leave and other relevant issues. Visit the COVID-19 Employee Policies and Procedures page for more.

11 June 2020

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