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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…)

Chair of Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Health Sciences

July 31, 2018 — USC is seeking a new chair for its health sciences IRB. Nominations and applications are requested. Please see our position announcement.

Integration of IRB and DCG Offices

May 31, 2018 — USC has historically operated separate offices for the Department of Contracts and Grants and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) on the Health Science and University Park Campuses. At one time, it was important to have physical presences on the two central campuses because of the paper-flow between academic departments and the research offices. (more…)

Distribution of USC Software

May 9, 2018 — The Stevens Center, working with its Faculty Advisory Committee, has created new guidance documents on open source software. Please save and consult these documents for information on how best to protect and share software without sacrificing commercialization potential, while meeting legal requirements. Read more here and here.

Private Secrets, Data Sharing and Trust in Science

November 28, 2017 — Privacy, transparency and trust are all important to science and research. Watch a video presentation Vice President Randolph Hall gave on these topics at the Elsevier conference here. Password: elsevier2017

All Faculty Email – Awards 2017

August 23, 2017 — The Office of Research has added a new USC research solicitation focused on diversity to this list of sponsored solicitations for the upcoming year. Read more here.

Changes in IRB Procedures

April 24, 2017 — Procedures in place aimed at a more efficient IRB review process: faster review, prioritizing time sensitive funding, simplified exempt review and reduced burden to provide financial information. Read full MEMO here.

International Collaborations Policy

March 2, 2017 — New policy to help faculty, staff & students understand how federal regulations apply to USC-related research, instruction, student outreach & other partnerships & affiliations. Full MEMO here.

MestreLab’s MestaReNova 11.0.2 officially released

January 24, 2017 — MestreLab’s MestReNova 11.0.2 NMR/mass spec data processing software is a free service that is now available for all USC users. For more info, click here.

USC Grant Programs

December 12, 2016 — We are alerting faculty of various competitions for funding available from the Office of Research. See the USC Grant Programs Memo here and read more here.

Fulfilling Our Commitments Memo

October 28, 2016 — Technology transfer sometimes entails the establishment of new businesses that further develop technology that created USC. Obligations regarding potential conflicts of interest, proper disclosure of inventions, and intellectual property are discussed regarding technological innovation. Read full memo here.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Memo

September 7, 2016 — Services available that support innovation and entrepreneurship in the university: USC Stevens Center for Innovation is our technology transfer office, Incubate USC is USC’s portal to all university innovation and entrepreneurship programs, the DTLA Business Improvement District has launched an “Innovate LA” initiative to develop an innovation strategy to attract technology industries and startups into the downtown district. Full MEMO

Updates on Office of Research Activities:

June 10, 2016 — Internal Awards to Faculty, New Research Software (NVIVO and Atlas.ti), Elsevier CEO Visit, Training, Guides to Research Funding, Reminder on Institutionally Limited Competitions, Macarthur100&Change and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Full Announcement Here.

Rigor and Transparency in Research

May 4, 2016 — The Academic Senate has passed a resolution endorsing a report of the Joint Academic Senate/Provost Committee on Research that recommends best practices and strategies for USC to excel in research through rigor and transparency, in light of what technology offers today. Read More

Commercializing Intellectual Property

March 29, 2016 — Intellectual property can be protected through patents or copyright and commercialized for public benefit. Examples at USC include technologies and software used in mobile phone displays, joint replacement surgeries, digital modeling of human faces, and language translation. Here is a Memo

MOU with the Center for Open Science (COS)

March 17, 2016 — COS will provide training and infrastructure to support research at USC. The center's Open Science Framework (OSF) is a data sharing network that facilitates collaborative research providing individual researchers a means for centralizing data storage integration and sharing across the research lifecycle. More information

Initiation of Clinical Trials Office in Keck School of Medicine

December 21, 2015 — As announced previously by Dr. Randolph Hall, on January 1, 2016, the USC Clinical Trials Office will move from the USC Office of Research into the Office of the Dean in the Keck School of Medicine.Full MEMO

Announcing USC’s Center for Health Systems Innovation

September 18, 2015 — The Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI), a new university-level Organized Research Unit, will be led by Dr. Carol Peden. CHSI will serve as a bridge between Keck Medicine of USC & faculty & students interested in research & education aimed at improving the quality & efficiency of health care delivery. More information here.

Expansion of Corporate Research Collaboration Support at USC Stevens

June 18, 2015 — Addition of two new staff within Corporate Collaborations group at USC Stevens focusing on the Life Science industry and on Physical and Information Science industries. These appointments reflect the mission of USC Stevens to maximize the translation of USC research into products for public benefit through licensing. MEMO

USC Stevens Process Review Update

April 21, 2015 — USC is exceptional in metrics of IP creation, particularly in patents issued. USC is also in the top 10 among private universities in patent applications and invention disclosures.Full announcement.

New Single Molecule Microscope

March 17, 2015 — The Office of Research, through its Core Instrumentation Fund, has partnered with the NCCC to acquire an N-Storm single molecule microscope. This new microscope complements USC's rapidly expanding capabilities in super-resolution microscopy. For more information.

Clinical Trials Directory

March 4, 2015 — Keck Medicine has launched a new directory to help patients and doctors find clinical trials at USC.

USC Hosts Biotech Summit

February 11, 2015 — USC is hosting the Los Angeles Biotech Summit on February 26, envisioning biotech development and jobs near Health Sciences Campus. More Information.

NEW Web Portal for Inventions

March 26, 2014 — USC Stevens launches new web portal, simplifying tech transfer. Faculty, disclose your invention now. More Information

New Super Resolution Microscope System

August 26, 2013 — USC is installing a new DeltaVision OMX super resolution microscope in its Center for Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis (CEMMA) in September, providing 3D structured illumination. This acquisition is supported by the provost's core instrumentation fund along with the Dornsife College and Viterbi School.