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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, September 29, 2022

What is Artificial Intelligence? Dr. Forest Agostinelli can help with that.

At the upcoming event, Artificial Intelligence: Game Changer or Game Over?, a panel of diverse, deep-thinking UofSC faculty members from a wide variety of disciplines will discuss questions around the ethical and societal implications of artificial intelligence. But, what is artificial intelligence, exactly? The term is used frequently in many different contexts, but it is rarely explained in a clear and comprehensive way.

Fortunately, we have Dr. Forest Agostinelli in the UofSC College of Engineering and Computing to help us gain a deeper and broader understanding of what artificial intelligence actually is, how it is used in daily life and the amazing potential it holds as a helpful collaborator for the advancement of humanity. Get Dr. Agostinelli’s take on all this, and learn more about his work at the USC Artificial Intelligence Institute, in UofSC’s video, “Ask the Expert: Artificial Intelligence with Forest Agostinelli.”

Join us for Artificial Intelligence: Game Changer or Game Over?
Thursday, October 6, 2022
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Darla Moore School of Business
W.W. Hootie Johnson Hall
1014 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208
Register here


Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.: Don’t miss out on an upcoming NIH virtual visit to campus

University Libraries and Research Computing invite the UofSC research community to a special National Institutes of Health (NIH) virtual visit offered via MS Teams Event on Friday, September 30, at 11:00 a.m. During the session, presenters from the NIH Scientific Data Sharing Policy Division and UofSC will provide information and answer questions for UofSC researchers about the agency’s new Data Sharing Policy and resources available on our campus for compliance. The session will begin at this MS Teams link on Friday, September 30, at 11:00 a.m. RSVP here to receive event updates and reminders. (Registration is not required but is strongly recommended to ensure you receive session reminders and updates.)


Register now for the highly anticipated virtual PCORI grant workshop

The Office of the Vice President for Research will sponsor a workshop to answer faculty questions about navigating a submission to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The virtual PCORI workshop will be offered at noon on Wednesday, October 19. Based on survey responses collected over several months, PCORI is among the top four federal funding agencies that faculty have expressed interest in learning more about, so please don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity. During the session USC faculty who have received PCORI funding will share their insights about this unique funder. We encourage interested faculty to register here. The Office of the VPR will host more workshops in the coming months, so please use this form to submit your preferences of agencies to highlight during this series.


Faculty: Encourage your undergraduate students to apply for Magellan Scholar

The Office of Undergraduate Research is now accepting Magellan Scholar grant applications. Magellan Scholar proposals are due in USCeRA by Wednesday, October 19, at 5:00 p.m. This program is open to all UofSC undergrads studying all disciplines on all campuses with minimum institutional GPA of 3.300. Magellan Scholars receive up to $3,000 to help fund a faculty-mentored research project. Students compete for this award by submitting a research, scholarship or creative project proposal. Students are required to review the application video prior to preparing the project description. For more information and to register for access to the application video, please see the Magellan Scholar web page. Please contact the OUR with questions at or 803-777-1141.


Apply Now: Two new funding programs for faculty research

The Office of the Vice President for Research recently announced two new funding programs for USC faculty scholars. Both programs have application deadlines coming up on Tuesday, November 15, so we encourage faculty to learn more and apply soon.

  • Excel: Excel will provide funding to support faculty research and scholarship in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
  • Research Institutes Funding Program: The RIFP aims to invest an unprecedented $10 million in five promising new collaborative research institutes.


29 September 2022

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