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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, February 1, 2024

Long-term collaborative partnership is at the “heart” of a thriving cardiovascular research lab at USC

Research partners Camilla Wenceslau and Cameron McCarthy’s Cam Squared Labs produce cutting-edge cardiovascular research. By leveraging their complementary skills and interests, their partnership forms the heart of this thriving pair of labs. At USC, the couple has found an incredible opportunity to grow their research and reputation at a crucial stage in their careers—boosting the reputation and reach of the university, along with their individual authority in the field. Read their story here

USC cardiovascular researchers Camilla Wenceslau (left) and Cameron McCarthy (right) pose, smiling, for a photo in their laboratory. They are flanked on both sides by research equipment on black lab tables.

McCarthy's team focuses on translational modification of proteins while Wenceslau's team works on hypertension and vascular dysfunction, specifically seeking to develop an understanding of the regenerative properties in cells. Learn more about their joint lab here.


Excel Funding Program announces 2024 faculty recipients in the liberal arts, humanities and social sciences

This year, the Office of the Vice President for Research is excited to fund 23 Excel projects by faculty from 17 different departments across the USC Columbia and Palmetto College campuses. The Excel Funding Program was founded in 2022 to help faculty in these fields pursue top-quality research, scholarly and creative projects. Take a look at the recipients and project list here, and join us in congratulating the 2024 Excel funding recipients. 


Discover USC 2024: Registration is open now!

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, Discover USC showcases innovative projects produced by students, postdoctoral and medical scholars from across the USC system. Work presented at Discover USC spans disciplines to represent the diversity of scholarship at South Carolina’s flagship university. This year, Discover USC will be held on Friday, April 19, 2024, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The USC community is invited to attend Discover USC and learn firsthand about current research and scholarship from hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students, medical scholars and postdocs. Registration is now open. Please follow the links below to register:


The Controller’s Office offers refresher training for Principal Investigators

These trainings help Principal Investigators on research grants and sponsored awards across the USC research community stay up to date on responsibilities and policies relating to their duties. The USC Controller’s Office will offer two training sessions focusing on different elements of the role. Both sessions are offered virtually over Teams. Please register for the individual sessions below:


2024 Arnold Aging Lecture hosted by the Arnold School of Public Health

The 2024 Arnold Aging Lecture will be presented by Dr. Crystal M. Glover on "Equitable Study Design in Aging and Dementia Research: Purpose, Process, and Outcomes." Dr. Glover is an applied social psychologist, mixed methodologist, and health equity and aging researcher at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (and) Neurological Sciences in Rush Medical College. The lecture will take place on Thursday, March 14 at 10 a.m. at the Pastides Alumni Center, in the Presidential Dining Room. Please register ahead of time for this free event here.


Faculty: Encourage your undergraduate students to apply for Magellan grant funding

Now is the time for undergraduates and faculty mentors to review available grants to determine eligibility. Application deadlines for grant funding through the Office of Undergraduate Research are coming up in February. Magellan Scholar proposals are due in USCeRA by Wednesday, February 7, at 5:00 p.m. Magellan Mini-Grant applications, and several others connected to Living-Learning Communities, are due by Tuesday, February 13, at 5:00 p.m. Encourage your students to contact OUR to discuss eligibility and application questions: or 803-777-1141. 


REDCap, a secure online survey and database tool, now available 

The Office of the Vice President for Research is excited to provide no-cost access for USC faculty, staff, students and postdocs to a web-based application called REDCap. REDCap is a self-service tool for building online surveys and databases quickly and securely through an internet browser. It also supports data acquisition, capture and management. Read more about REDCap.



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