University of Southern California



New Research Integrity and Ethics Appointments

May 6, 2019 — The Office of Research is committed to advancing a culture of ethical research at USC, including: (more…)

Investigations of Unapproved Foreign and other External Research Relationships

April 18, 2019 — As has been publicized, the National Institutes of Health is actively investigating cases where faculty failed to disclose outside research relationships.  Francis Collins reported to Congress that  "[t]here are multiple instances of faculty members who will not be faculty members anymore."  (more…)

New Funding for Innovation at USC

March 29, 2019 — Yesterday, at the USC Stevens Center Innovation Summit, I was pleased to announce two new programs supporting innovation at USC: (more…)

Appointments of Julie Slayton, David Bateshansky and Ari Aycock-Williams to OPRS, IRB & Animal Resources Leadership

March 14, 2019 — Ethics and integrity are cornerstones of academic research.  They provide a foundation for how we treat research participants, serve the public, and advance knowledge and understanding. Sound policy, training, guidance, oversight and expertise guide how we meet our ethical commitments.  Last fall, I announced a critical appointment to serve this purpose, when Dr. Michael Bowdish was selected as chair of the IRBs for Health Sciences.  I am now writing to let you know about additional appointments and changes.  (more…)

Promote Your Research through “The Conversation” and See USC Research Culture Survey Results

February 15, 2019 — In our assessment of research culture at USC, one request from faculty has been to offer more avenues to publicize the university’s great research. Toward that end, the provost office has executed an agreement with The Conversation (TC) that gives our faculty priority access and attention to promote placement of articles in media outlets.  (more…)

Data Sharing, Privacy, Security and Open Scholarship

December 6, 2018 — As you may have heard, the National Institutes for Health has requested input regarding a possible expansion of its scientific Data Management and Sharing Policy, which will likely require a data management and sharing plan as a condition of award.  In this memo, I provide background on activities at USC and elsewhere related to data sharing, and convey their significance. (more…)

Service Commitments, Faculty Commitments and NIH/FBI Focus on Foreign Relationships

October 15, 2018 — Creation and dissemination of impactful research depend on a shared commitment from the entire research community, including faculty and staff.  Toward that end, this memo covers three topics:  (more…)

Research Culture: Engagement, Integrity, Freedom and Mentorship

October 1, 2018 — This year, the University Research Committee (URC, a joint Provost/Academic Senate committee) will focus on USC’s research culture.  Yaniv Bar-Cohen and I are pleased to work with our co-Chairs (Andy McMahon, Michelle Povinelli and John Wood) to explore ways to engage more faculty, staff and students in research and scholarship, while promoting a culture of integrity, academic freedom and mentorship.  (more…)

USC Funding for Faculty Led Research & Alan Alda Wants Your Input on Science Communication

October 1, 2018 — The USC Office of Research -- with funding from the Provost, Rose Hills Foundation and the Ming Hsieh Institute endowment – offers peer-reviewed financial support for research and scholarship, as described below.  (more…)

USC Research YouTube Channel, Research Instrument Awards, CER, Diversity, Collaboration Groups

August 15, 2018 — As we start the new academic year, I’m happy to relay some news: (more…)