July 10, 2019
Two South Carolina faculty members have been named Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) recipients. Since 1996, the PECASE has been acknowledging the contributions of scientists and engineers who have been advancing STEM education and community service through scientific leadership, public education and community outreach. This is the highest honor given by the US Government. Recipients are scientists and engineers beginning independent research careers and demonstrating exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology. Recipients are nominated by a federal funding agency.

Suzanne Adlof is a faculty member in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. Her research "aims to improve understanding of language and reading impairment and develop effective interventions to improve literacy outcomes." She was nominated by the US Department of Education. 

Mark Blenner is a faculty member in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clemson University. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the agency nominated him for his work pioneering the use of synthetic biology.

According to Blenner, “The nomination came from NASA, but was a culmination of the work I’ve done as a junior faculty. Part of that work included the projects funded by SC INBRE and a SC EPSCoR Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program award.”
Turning Viruses from Parasites to Medical Cures

Dr. Wang will discuss how the co- evolution of virus and human immune systems can help scientists to develop novel biomaterials using viruses as building blocks. In particular, virus can be used for vaccine development and cancer immunotherapy.

Midlands Science on Tap
Sat, Aug 10, 7:30 pm
Hunter-Gatherer Brewery

1402 Jim Hamilton Blvd, Columbia 29205

Open to the public. Hosted by the SC State Museum and Midlands Astronomy Club. Weather permitting, telescopes will be available after the talk to observe the night sky.

Focus On

SBIR/STTR Matching Grant Funding

South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) recently opened the solicitation for matching grant funds to companies who have been granted federal SBIR or STTR Phase 1 awards. This funding enables startups to complete projects crucial to positioning the company to obtain Federal Phase II SBIR/STTR funding or to fund certain costs not covered or allowed under the Phase I Federal award. Says SCRA, “These matching grants are highly competitive, and only reviewed twice a year.”

Application Deadlines:
  • Solicitation Period: July 1 to August 14
  • Submission Deadline: August 14, 5 pm EST
  • Applicant Presentation: August 27-28 in Columbia, SC
View Application and Solicitation

News, Opportunities and Deadlines

The 26th NSF EPSCoR National Conference will welcome faculty, researchers, students and staff from EPSCoR jurisdictions around the country for enriching speakers, engaging breakout sessions and bustling student poster presentations on October 27-30. This biennial conference is being held in here in Columbia. Let’s get a good showing of South Carolina researchers and students to show the rest of the nation the excellent work being done right here in the Palmetto State. Early bird registration ends on July 15. Learn more 

JULY 23: LOI – NSF HBCU-Undergrad Excellence in Research (EiR
JULY 25 (Clemson & SCSU only): USDA NIFA Youth Support and Internship Program (YSIP)
JULY 31: NSF CyberCorps(R) Scholarship for Service (SFS)
AUG 6: LOI – NSF Smart & Connected Communities (S&CC)
AUG 13: 
NSF Cognitive Neuroscience (CogNeuro)

NSF Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) Phase I Awards and New/Renewal Phase II Centers
AUG 14: NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)
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