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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, March 11, 2021

Get involved: Become a Discover UofSC 2021 reviewer

With nearly 900 presentations registered for Discover UofSC 2021, event organizers are seeking faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students to serve as virtual reviewers on Friday, April 23. Discover UofSC 2021 reviewers will virtually assess iPoster and/or three-minute thesis presentations, interact with presenters using text or video chat and submit scores seamlessly online, using the iPosterSessions platform. Register by Friday, March 26 to serve as a reviewer.


University Libraries Research and Educational Dataset Procurement Pilot extended

University Libraries is pleased to announce a program to purchase datasets needed for research or teaching. This pilot aims to fund several small requests in the $1,000 - $5,000 range. University of South Carolina – Columbia affiliated researchers and instructors (faculty, staff, and graduate students) who would like for the libraries to purchase a dataset for research or teaching can visit the program’s website to learn more and apply. The deadline to apply has been extended to March 31, 2021.


National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to host virtual workshop on Science Diplomacy to Promote and Strengthen Basic Research and International Cooperation

This free, multi-day workshop will discuss the role of the Global Research Council in science diplomacy to promote and strengthen basic research and international collaboration. Learn more about the workshop goals, read up on planned sessions and panelists and view the full agenda at the National Academies website. Registration is now open for the workshop, which will be held on Friday, March 12, Monday, March 15, and Tuesday, March 16.


NIH will invest $1 billion to investigate ‘long COVID’

The United States has announced that it will spend big on research into long COVID, the long-lasting health effects of a SARS-CoV-2 infection. The funding comes as the scientific community is just starting to recognize the impact of the condition and unravel why it occurs. Last month, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced an initiative worth $1.15 billion over four years to fund investigations of the condition, and listed some first priorities. Read more in the journal Nature.


Science magazine editorial examines 2020’s scientific breakthroughs and breakdowns

The year 2020 saw a reusable rocket launch two astronauts into space, multiple COVID-19 vaccines developed in record time and a robot that could write a persuasive op-ed. In the United States, the year also saw public distrust of science contribute to the worst health crisis in modern history. This contrast highlights a sharp dichotomy in the role of science in American public life: breathtaking discovery and innovation alongside growing distrust of scientific evidence and recommendations. How can the country reconcile this dissociation? An editorial in Science magazine examines these questions.


11 March 2021

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