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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, August 6, 2020

Racial Justice and Equity Research Fund now accepting applications

The University of South Carolina is committed to ending racial injustice, racism and discrimination while promoting racial equity and racial justice throughout society. To help UofSC faculty make new strides in this vital area of need, The Office of the Vice President for Research, working in collaboration with the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, recently launched the Racial Justice and Equity Research Fund, to support research that centers on race, racial justice and racial equity through ASPIRE program funds.

This competitive research funding initiative is now open to all faculty in all disciplines across the UofSC system. We encourage faculty members with research interests related to racial justice and equity to apply. Awards of $10,000 to $15,000 will be made on a rolling basis for applications submitted through Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Larger infrastructure awards will be considered, contingent upon available funding. View complete program details and download the Request for Proposals on the Office of the Vice President for Research website.


New resources and COVID-19 testing opportunities now available for UofSC faculty and staff

UofSC Human Resources recently updated its website, adding a variety of tips and resources for employees who are transitioning back to campus, and for those employees who are continuing to work from home. To protect the health and well-being of the campus community, returning faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to have a COVID-19 diagnostic test.


Major scientific journals highlight the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on researchers around the globe

The novel coronavirus has affected virtually every aspect of life for people around the globe. As impacts of the virus continue over months, scientific journals have begun to zoom in on how they affect different demographics within the research community. The American Academy for the Advancement of Science magazine, Science, recently published an article detailing how researchers who are parents have been faring amid the pandemic. The journal Nature also has a new article out exploring how the COVID-19 crisis threatens progress toward greater diversity in science. Both articles suggest steps for improvement moving forward, as does a piece released in July by The National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine, which examines where research universities are today, and how they might move forward.


6 August 2020

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