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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, February 9, 2023

Faculty Event: Town hall meeting with Lewis-Burke Associates

The University of South Carolina has retained the services of Lewis-Burke Associates, a leading full-service government relations firm that specializes in advocating for the public policy interests of higher education institutions. Lewis-Burke will offer the university a variety of services like helping to match faculty with federal funding opportunities, and the agency has a broad portfolio ranging from STEM and health sciences to the liberal arts and humanities. The Office of the Vice President for Research is excited to invite faculty members from all system campuses to join us for an introductory town hall meeting with representatives from Lewis-Burke. This initial meeting will be held next Thursday, February 16, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, in Lumpkin Auditorium (and livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person). The meeting will be geared toward USC faculty, and will consist of a presentation by representatives from Lewis-Burke Associates, followed by time for Q&A. All USC faculty (all campuses) are invited to register with a valid USC email address, and join us in person or virtually for this introductory town hall. Read more.


Faculty Spotlight: Research Publication Success

This week, the Office of the Vice President of Research is proud to share the notable achievements of two USC researchers. The Medieval Academy of America recently awarded Professor Holly Crocker, Ph.D., the Jerome E. Singerman Prize for her research titled The Matter of Virtue: Women’s Ethical Action from Chaucer to Shakespeare. Further USC research success came from Hospitality Management Ph.D. student, Ali Iskender, as the World Health Organization (WHO) included his research in their Covid-19 Research Database. The Office of Research congratulates these two accomplished scholars on their impressive research success.


2023 ASPIRE deadline coming up next week

Applications for Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence (ASPIRE) 2023 funding are due on Thursday, February 16, by 5:00 p.m. ASPIRE funds meritorious research projects across disciplines to support research by USC faculty at all levels, across all campuses. For the 2023 funding cycle, ASPIRE will emphasize support for early-career faculty who intend to pursue subsequent extramural funding. For complete details, please check out the ASPIRE program page on the Office of the VPR website.


University Libraries: Love Data Week 2023

Join University Libraries in celebrating Love Data Week 2023 next week from February 13-17. Love Data Week is an international, themed week of data-related learning opportunities. Read more about events happening at USC and register on the University Libraries Love Data Week page. Please contact Stacy Winchester, research data librarian, at with any questions.


Countdown to Discover USC 2023, coming up on Friday, April 21

Discover USC, hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Research, showcases research, scholarship, leadership and creative projects by undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and medical scholars representing the entire USC System. Registration is now open for presenters, volunteers and reviewers, with sign up deadlines in March. We encourage everyone across the USC system to get involved with Discover USC and be a part of the biggest research event at the university!


Researchers at USC: Sign up for ResearchMatch

The Office of the Vice President for Research is excited to announce USC’s new partnership with ResearchMatch. ResearchMatch brings together people who are trying to find research studies and researchers who are looking for people to participate in their health-related studies. The program makes it easy for researchers to connect with volunteers and further their research projects. USC faculty/researchers from all campuses, including both School of Medicine campuses, are eligible to use ResearchMatch for recruitment of volunteers. Visit the ResearchMatch website to find more information and register for the service.


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