June 5, 2019
MADE in SC faculty (especially junior faculty) and graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to attend this workshop!

SC EPSCoR has teamed up with SC INBRE to present a FREE day and a half Academic Leadership and Career Development Workshop for faculty and students with emphasis on STEM disciplines. The workshop is less than TWO WEEKS AWAY –Monday and Tuesday, June 17 and 18 in Columbia. There will be sessions for students on graduate and medical school, communication skills, etc. Faculty sessions include proposal preparation, a panel of NSF CAREER award recipients, the proposal review process and much more. Registration is nearing the target numbers. Don’t miss out – sign up as soon as possible! Registration ends at 5 pm, THIS FRIDAY, June 7.
For faculty interested in the NIH grant writing sessions, you may submit Specific Aims pages for expert review. These will be returned with feedback at the Workshop. Email them to SC INBRE no later than THIS Friday, June 7

Some institutional travel reimbursement is available. Certain restrictions apply. Contact Denise White, SC EPSCoR Financial Manager, for more details.
Current techniques of neurodegenerative disease detection involve lysing cell populations or analyzing post-mortem tissue; these techniques create a significant bottleneck in obtaining information about cellular characteristics of neurodegeneration because they do not adequately preserve information on disease progression. Although, all neurodegenerative disorders involve lysosomal dysfunction and storage products, the pathway by which accumulation leads to neurodegeneration can vary patient to patient. Therefore, we are filling a critical need to perform mechanistic studies into the temporospatial behavior of neurodegenerative pathways in live cells, with the goal of correlating known cellular changes in neurodegeneration to identifiable and measurable increases in lysosomal hydrolase activity in real time to allow for personalized disease analysis. 

Larsen, Clemson, is a member of both MADE in SC Thrust 2: Stimuli Responsive Polymeric Materials and Thrust 3: Interactive Biomaterials and PI on a GEAR Program project entitled, “Stimuli responsive polymeric nanoparticles as a tool for probing neurodegeneration in situ.”
Below is a follow up from Dr. Eric Davis from Clemson University who was an April 2018 Scientific Advocate Network (SAN) Program Award Recipient: 

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the Clemson University Student Chapter of NOBCChE (National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers) hosted a Q&A panel discussion in April 2019 entitled, How We Got Here: Finding Your Path After College. The panel represented a wide range of career paths spanning academia and industry, including an Associate Professor in Chemistry at Boston University (Malika Jeffries-EL, PhD), a Senior Manager at Home Depot (Njeri Gachago), a Manager of Research and Technology at the Boeing Corporation (Brandon Booth, PhD), a Technical Consultant at Mastercard (Eddie Walton), and the President of the National Chapter of NOBCChE and Associate Dean in the College of Science at the University of Alabama - Huntsville (Emanuel Waddell, PhD). During the event, undergraduate and graduate students were given the opportunity to ask panelists questions and have open and interactive dialogue about how they each got to where they are in their careers, challenges they experienced along the way, and insights they've derived from their experiences. The event was made possible through
funding from the Scientific Advocate Network (SAN) Program, which is supported by the NSF Award #OIA-1655740 (MADE in SC).
The biennial 26th NSF EPSCoR National Conference will be held right here in our own backyard at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on October 27-30. The theme is Science and Partnerships Across Disciplinary Boundaries. Conference programming will explore this theme in the areas of transdisciplinary research, public-private partnerships, STEM partnerships, big data and conveying the importance of transdisciplinary research to a broader audience.
Early bird registration is now open. We encourage all attendees to register as early as possible to take advantage of the reduced early registration rate available from June 1 through July 15, 2019. Registration will close on Friday, September 20.

The 26th NSF EPSCoR National Conference welcomes faculty, researchers, students and staff from EPSCoR jurisdictions around the country. Join us Sunday, October 27 through Wednesday October 30 for enriching speakers, engaging breakout sessions and bustling student poster presentations in the heart of the Palmetto State’s capital city.

Important Dates for 26th NSF EPSCoR National Conference For questions, contact Lauren Clark, PhD, Research Program Manager, UofSC Office of the Vice President for Research, at (803) 777-5458 or EPSCoR19@sc.edu.

News, Opportunities and Deadlines

Two positions currently available in Charleston, SC: 
Coastal Economics Program Specialist – will provide the applied economic research and outreach expertise necessary to expand the program’s capabilities, broaden their reach, and provide a wider range of services to the many constituencies which are requesting objective, economics-based information and technical assistance.
Marine Education Program Assistant – will assist the agency’s Marine Educator with marine science-related classroom and field trip programs, teacher workshops, and community-based stewardship events. 
The Midlands Astronomy Club (MAC) and UofSC Department of Physics and Astronomy invite all to attend a public lecture presented by US Astronaut (retired) Clay Anderson on THIS Thursday, June 6, 7 pm at the Darla Moore School of Business (Room #101). There will be a book signing immediately following the event; Anderson’s books will be available for purchase. Event is free and open to the public. Content will be presented at a level accessible to a broad general audience. No reservations are required; seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Further details can be found on the Midlands Astronomy Club’s Facebook event page or contact MAC via emailFor more info on Clay Anderson, visit his website.
Please share with SC high school science teachers: Winthrop Materials Science Workshop for High School Science Teachers, June 17-21 and June 24-28. This two-week summer workshop will cover selected topics from the physics and chemistry content areas of the South Carolina academic standards in high school science. For those who live more than 60 miles from Winthrop, room and board accommodations will be provided free of charge. Click here for more info.

JUNE 7, 5 pm: Registration closes for #ALCDW2019
JUNE 12: SCRA Launch & Learn: Quickbooks 102
JUNE 13: NSF SBIR Phase I and STTR Phase I
JUNE 14: Prelim proposal: NSF Next Generation Networks for Neuroscience (NeuroNex): Technology-enabled, Team-based Neuroscience
JUNE 24: LOI - NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC)
USDA/NIFA Opps for Clemson and SC State:
• Renewable Resources Extension Act-National Focus Fund Projects (RREA-NFF), due June 21
• Sun Grant Program, due June 27
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Funding Opps: 
• DOE 
• NIH 
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