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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, January 28, 2021

Registration is now open for Discover UofSC 2021

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to open registration for Discover UofSC 2021. All undergraduate and graduate students, medical and postdoctoral scholars are eligible to present their research, scholarship, leadership and creative projects in a safe, virtual format at Discover UofSC 2021 on Friday, April 23. Event organizers are recruiting faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students to review Discover UofSC presentations virtually on April 23. We are also seeking faculty- and staff-sponsored organizations from the UofSC and Prisma Health communities to host virtual outreach exhibit pages during Discover UofSC 2021. Registration for presenters, reviewers and outreach exhibitors is now open. Registration deadlines vary by role, so register today.


Mike Matthews to join Office of Research as Associate Vice President for Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Mike Matthews as the Associate Vice President for Research (AVP). Dr. Matthews will continue in his role as Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering and Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs in the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC), while taking on responsibilities for the Office of the Vice President for Research part-time. Dr. Matthews’ primary responsibilities as AVP will include assisting Vice President for Research Prakash Nagarkatti with special projects such as the recently funded $3.8 billion contract with Battelle on the management and operations of Savannah River National Laboratory, and new initiatives involving funding opportunities from DOD, DOE, NSF and the like. The Office of the Vice President for Research is excited to welcome Dr. Matthews in this role.


DOJ Considers Amnesty for Foreign Funding Disclosures

Officials at the Department of Justice are considering a proposed amnesty program through which academics could disclose past foreign funding without fear of punishment, The Wall Street Journal reported. Discussion of such an amnesty program comes in the context of a crackdown on researchers accused of hiding funding or affiliations involving Chinese sources.


American Institute of Physics details 10 research-related issues to watch in 2021

Although science policy often moves slowly, the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic last year demonstrated how the landscape can be upended almost overnight. As 2021 gets underway, the pandemic recovery and the changeover in presidential administrations are promising to make for an eventful year, even apart from whatever new surprises may be in store. Read the AIP’s 10 Stories to Watch.


28 January 2021

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