Monthly Update – September 2022

As the COVID-19 case rate in Los Angeles County has dropped in community-level transmission, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has revised guidelines on mask requirements and recommendations. FACULTY ENGAGEMENT: Office of Research – Requests for Proposals (RFP): We are happy to announce the RFP for the  Core Laboratory / Shared Instrumentation Fund, which supports acquisition of shared instrumentation…

Monthly Update – August 2022

Los Angeles County is now categorized by the CDC as having moderate transmission of Covid. Surgical masks and N95 respirators are available and fully supported for use in indoor spaces and crowded spaces indoors and outdoors. As temperatures rise here in LA, the temperature of the room or building you are in may also rise…

Monthly Update – July 2022

Exciting news! Jeri Muniz has been appointed as the new interim Associate Vice President, Research Administration (AVPRA) in the Office of Research, effective July 1, 2022.  Jeri’s new responsibilities include oversight of key areas of research administration, including the Department of Contracts and Grants, Office of the Protection of Research Subjects, Department of Animal Resources,…

Monthly Update – June 2022

Covid-19 cases continue to be tracked and contact traced at USC. As a reminder, if any employee or student has been on campus in the 48 hours prior to symptoms, they should complete the tracing form in MySHR and inform their personal close contacts. Moving into the fall semester, the primary series vaccination plus booster…

Core Instrumentation Special Solicitation – Small Equipment

The Core Instrumentation Fund Special Solicitation – Small Equipment aims to provide USC researchers with greater access to shared equipment and key resources, including datasets and repositories, in addition to core instrumentation already available through existing core facilities.  The solicitation will consider requests up to $30,000 (smaller budgets welcomed) and invites proposals from core facilities for the acquisition…

Art, Religion, and History Collaborative Group

Religions and their historical contexts underlie a broad span of human activity from the creation of great art and architecture to deep-seated gender and racial bias, as well as the interrelationships between humanity, other living beings, and the natural environment. The academic study of religion, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, is an urgent priority…

Center for Sleep Health using Bioengineering

Sleep health is increasingly recognized as an essential part of human health and well-being. The long-term goal of the Center for Sleep Health using Bioengineering (“SleepHuB”) is to position USC nationally as the leading institution that employs transdisciplinary approaches to solve important medical and societally relevant problems related to sleep deficiency. SleepHuB will be unique…

Zumberge Research Coordination & Team Building Award

The Office of Research is launching a new Zumberge grant program! The Zumberge Research Coordination & Team Building (RCTB) Award provides opportunities to foster new collaborations between USC faculty, as well as between USC and other research institutions nationally, with the goal to support faculty teams working on collaborative, multidisciplinary new research projects. The RCTB award does…

Monthly Update – April 2022

Cases in Los Angeles County continue to rise; however, hospitalizations due to COVID-19 remain relatively low. At USC, many protocols (including masking) are optional in most settings. Masking is still required in healthcare and public transportation settings. Researchers should consult with their PI to ensure that masking is not required based on the specific hazards…

Monthly Update – March 2022

As of March 7, 2022, indoor masking is strongly recommended, but not required, for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals to protect them against COVID-19. Masking is still required in some areas such as healthcare and public transportation. Researchers should consult with their PI to ensure that masking is not required based on the specific hazards in…