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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, August 27, 2020

Oak Ridge National Laboratory issues call for proposals from researchers wishing to use their resources

With the continuing spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences neutron sources will provide remote rapid access to support research into the COVID-19 virus and the search for effective diagnostics and therapies. Beamlines that will be made available at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory include neutron macromolecular crystallography, small angle scattering, reflectometry, spectroscopy and imaging beamlines.

SNS and HFIR beamlines are supported by staff with expertise in neutron structural biology, biophysics, chemistry and nanoscale materials science and engineering, and could be used to help to develop physical, chemical and environmental controls to virus transmission, infection and replication, and guide in the development of new diagnostics and therapeutics of disease.

Researchers who would like to use these resources should submit a short rapid access proposal, outlining experiment aims and scope. Complete details are available at the application website.


Graduate students: Register for next week’s Graduate Students’ Guide to Library Research web event

This online event will introduce graduate students to researching with the library. With multiple breakout sessions throughout the day, graduate students will learn strategies to effectively search databases related to their discipline with subject specialist librarians, and learn about various citation management software and digital research services available to graduate students. This web-based information event will be held on Thursday, September 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Register here.


Register for Women in Science and Medicine webinar

The UofSC School of Medicine’s Women in Science and Medicine committee will host Dr. Marjorie Jenkins, Dean of the UofSC School of Medicine Greenville and Chief Academic Officer for Prisma Health-Upstate, for a Webex Webinar on Friday, September 18, at noon. As one of only 27 women deans across U.S. medical schools, Dr. Jenkins will share her expertise on topics such as fighting impostor syndrome, navigating difficult conversations and achieving a work-life balance. Attendees will be inspired by her experiences and leave with practical advice that will help them in “Building the career you want: Now is the time.”


NSF Center for Science and Engineering Statistics seeking interns and participants in a wide variety of fields

The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) — part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) — is seeking interns and participants from a wide variety of fields including bioinformatics, biophysics, business management, communications and graphic design, computer sciences, computational biology, demography, economics, engineering, epidemiology, finance, GIS, marketing, mathematics and statistics, neurosciences, physics and public policy. Read more about the opportunities:


27 August 2020

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