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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, June 3, 2021

Final Reminder: SMART applications due next Wednesday

The Office of the Vice President for Research encourages faculty members who plan to mentor under-represented minority students this summer to apply for SMART funding. Through this program, UofSC faculty (all campuses, all disciplines) who mentor under-represented minority students during the summer receive a supplement of $1,000 per student, for up to two students. SMART applications for summer 2021 are due by Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Read more and get the application on the Office of the Vice President for Research website.


Starting Next Week: Virtual summer workshop series for undergraduate researchers

Beginning Wednesday, June 9, the Office of the Vice President for Research will host a series of virtual professional development workshops for undergraduate students conducting research on UofSC campuses over the summer. We invite all interested student researchers to participate in these virtual workshops on Wednesday afternoons, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., via MS Teams. Workshop topics and additional details are available on the Office of the Vice President for Research website.


NSF Funding Choice: Move forward or fall behind

According to an opinion piece on The Hill by Jason Owen-Smith, a sociology professor at the University of Michigan, federal research investments should be judged neither by the titles, nor by the immediate economic returns of individual grants. Instead, we should ask how our national portfolio of research funding enables people — from students and professional staff to entrepreneurs and the employees of established companies — to contribute to a growing, innovative economy that benefits us all.


Global higher education collaboration to share cyberthreat intelligence

A new cybersecurity threat intelligence sharing system that will help research and education organizations prevent and mitigate cyberattacks was announced on May 25. Higher education information technology and cybersecurity organizations in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and Australia will collaborate to share intelligence on malware attacks using a platform called MISP. Read more on Inside Higher Ed.


Proposed ARPA-H research agency elicits support and questions

Those closely following the White House plan to create a new agency to fund cutting-edge, transformative health projects welcomed the release this week of new details about the ambitious proposal. But for some research advocates, concerns remain that the new agency won’t be significantly different from the rest of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where it would be housed. Read more about questions and next steps for the proposed agency in Science Magazine.


3 June 2021

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