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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, May 9, 2024

Research News Highlights – 

In the past month alone, our research faculty have made the news for their outstanding work and the honors they have received for the major contributions to their fields. The Office of the Vice President for Research is proud to highlight Dr. Carol Harrison and Dr. Susan Cutter from the College of Arts and Sciences this week.

Harrison was awarded both the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. This dual accomplishment speaks to the quality of her research and the reputation in the field of historical inquiry into women in the Catholic church. Harrison will be journeying to Rome for the next year to complete her current book project onsite—read more about her work here.

Cutter is a Distinguished Professor of geography in the College of Arts and Sciences at USC. In April, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the National Academy of Sciences. Her work focuses on understanding resilience in the wake of natural disaster, and seeks to develop methods for measuring vulnerability and resilience in disaster situations. Click here to learn more about Cutter’s highly prestigious achievements and the research legacy that lead to them. 


Join the USC College of Pharmacy tomorrow for a special talk

Dr. Ethan Dmitrovsky will be visiting campus on Friday, May 10, 2024. Dmitrovsky is the Director of the Frederick national Laboratory for Cancer Research, the President of Leidos Biomedical Research and an American Cancer Society Professor. Please plan to attend his seminar talk “New Cell Cycle Inhibitors Eradicate Aneuploid Cancers” on Friday, May 10 at 4:00 p.m. in Coker College room 211. There is no need to RSVP prior to the event. If you want to learn more about the resources provided by the Frederick National Laboratory, you can explore the website here


The 2024-2025 Propel program is now accepting applications

The Office of the Vice President for Research is now accepting 2024-2025 Propel applications. Complete application packages are due by Monday, July 1, 2024. The Propel Research Mentorship Program is designed to support faculty members who are new to the federal grants application process or have had success in securing relatively small grant awards, and are ready to apply for an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or a relatively large grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Program activities for the 2024-2025 Propel class will run from August 23, 2024 through May 2, 2025, and participants will submit their proposals no later than June 2025. 

Click here to read more and apply for Propel.


Generative AI workshop series through the University Libraries

USC Libraries will offer an introductory series of workshops on generative AI in May. The goal of these workshops is to provide a starting point for students, faculty, researchers and staff to learn about AI, find out what's happening with AI on campus and discover AI-related resources that are available through the University Libraries. Please go to the library workshops page to see more details and register for one or more of the upcoming Gen AI Series Workshops: 

  • Terms and Concepts: Monday, May 13
  • Prompt Engineering: Tuesday, May 14
  • Chatbots and Content Generators: Wednesday, May 15
  • Building a Research Process Toolkit – Part I: Thursday, May 16
  • Building a Research Process Toolkit – Part II: Friday, May 10 and Friday, May 17


Anticipate changes to the NIH and NSF grant process in 2024

Application and peer review processes for NIH and NSF grant funding will be implementing anticipated changes soon. To ensure researchers are well prepared for these changes, the Office of the Vice President for Research will be offering Q&A sessions and further information in the coming weeks. Researchers are encouraged to check out the NSF website (some changes taking effect now) and the NIH blog (changes to policy occur in January 2025) for more information. 



9 May 2024

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