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SC INBRE network institutions receive national recognition

Two of the South Carolina IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (SC INBRE) institutions were recently recognized by the Council on Undergraduate Research. Furman University and Clemson University were in the top three schools to receive the 2016 Campus-wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment (AURA). In its second year, the annual award recognizes institutions that have developed exemplary programs providing high-quality research experiences for undergraduates. The award requires campuses to have depth and breadth in their undergraduate research initiatives and evidence of innovation of a sustained nature. “Diversity, interdisciplinarity, and close attention to program assessment are some of the hallmarks of this year’s AURA class,” said CUR’s Executive Officer Elizabeth Ambos and President Susan Larson. “CUR is proud to honor these academic institutions that have embraced and excelled in promoting and expanding undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry on their campuses.”

This award is significant in showcasing the success of the SC INBRE program – SC INBRE, an $18.2 million five-year NIH grant supporting biomedical research throughout the state of South Carolina, has been continuously administered through the University of South Carolina, lead institution in the program since its inception in 2001. Institutions in the SC INBRE network receive financial support to fund Summer Undergraduate Research programs and to support individual faculty through competitive grants such as the Developmental Research Project Program (which is currently receiving requests for applications from the SC INBRE network and outreach institutions). SC INBRE also funds network-level activities such as symposia, workshops, pre-review of grant applications and a Bioinformatics Pilot Project Program open to investigators from all over South Carolina.

Dr. Lucia Pirisi-Creek, professor in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at the USC School of Medicine-Columbia and SC INBRE program director stated, "SC INBRE has been instrumental in helping to develop biomedical research at Furman and is also a sponsor of research at Clemson. This award and recognition for two of our network institutions is very important in showing just how much INBRE's support means to furthering biomedical research throughout our South Carolina."

"In only the second year of CUR’s AURA award program, both Furman and Clemson received this national recognition as the winners in their respective institutional categories, claiming two of the three winning spots in 2016 (two of the first six schools in the nation to be recognized by this prestigious award since its inception)." said Dr. John Wheeler, SC INBRE program director at Furman. "To have two schools in the same state recognized in the same year is remarkable; that they are located 30 miles apart, and in an EPSCoR/IDeA jurisdiction, is even more remarkable, and a testament to the effectiveness of programs like NIH INBRE, NSF EPSCoR and others."

Dr. Martine LaBerge, SC INBRE program director at Clemson said, “Bioengineering has greatly contributed to this award – all undergraduate students involved in the SC INBRE DRP projects participated in the Creative Inquiry program for the past years. Drs. Delphine Dean, Frank Alexis and Alexey Vertegel, previous INBRE target faculty have been pillars in the program.”

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To learn more about SC INBRE, visit http://www.scinbre.org/
To learn more about the AURA award, visit http://www.cur.org/cur_recognizes_campuses_with_characteristics_of_excellence_in_undergraduate_research/

Cyndy Buckhaults
SC INBRE Manager for Communications, Public Relations and Finances
cyndy.buckhaults@uscmed.sc.edu

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NOW OPEN: SC INBRE DRP Request for Applications

The South Carolina IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (SC INBRE) solicits applications for the Developmental Research Project Program (DRP) designed to promote the career development of SC INBRE Target Faculty. DRP proposals must focus on Biomedical Science and fit within at least one of the broad scientific focus areas of SC INBRE: Regenerative Medicine; Cell and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience; and Bioinformatics.

Up to 12 new Awards/Competitive Renewals will be made: seven to Faculty at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs) and five to faculty from USC, MUSC and Clemson University. DRP Awards support independent research and mentored career development of each Target Faculty.

SC INBRE Target Faculty will utilize SC INBRE support to establish their independent research programs and, in the process, provide research training to students and/or postdoctoral fellows in the Biomedical Sciences.

Learn more at http://www.scinbre.org/drp2016
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I am INBRE...

"As the campus program director for the College of Charleston, SC INBRE has allowed me to get to know better a number of students and faculty from within the College of Charleston. I enjoy helping others to succeed. In addition, I have made friends across the state with other members of the SC INBRE steering committee.” 


Jim Deavor has been the associate dean for the School Sciences & Mathematics at the College of Charleston since 2010. He is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry and had previously served as the chair of that department over two stretches totaling 13 years. He came to the College in 1983 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He is an analytical chemist and did research in the area of atomic spectroscopy. Jim has been involved with INBRE since the first award to South Carolina and was also participated with its predecessor, BRIN. Currently, he is secretary-treasurer for the South Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society and is on the organizing committee for the 2016 Southeast Regional Meeting of the ACS (see announcement above).
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Using Instagram - for science?

FromTheLabBench.com recently published an article on Instagramming and Science: "According to Pew Internet data published in August 2015, 55% of online adults ages 18 to 29 use Instagram. What's more, an increasing percentage of young audiences (under 34 years) are getting their science news from online-only sources. Is Instagram one of those sources? It might be, but scientifically we know very little about the extent or type of science-related content currently being shared on Instagram."

SC INBRE has a new Instagram account and we are interested to receive your feedback about this article and how SC INBRE might use Instagram in spreading the word about the program and the science of our participants.

Read the article at http://www.fromthelabbench.com/from-the-lab-bench-science-blog/2016/10/1/featuring-a-science-instagrammer-tdthesciencemom
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#SCINBRE thanks two of our Comprehensive Research Universities (USC Columbia and Clemson University) for sheltering students from our coastal schools during #HurricaneMatthew! #scstrong

A special thanks to #UofSC for sending busses to #CollegeofCharleston to evacuate 50+ students and keeping them safe at the USC Columbia campus and to #ClemsonUniv for housing almost 60 #CoastalCarolinaUniversity students and staff during the hurricane.
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Council on Undergraduate Research Event

From Dr. Beth Ambos, executive director, Council on Undergraduate Research:

I wanted to make you aware of another professional development opportunity that CUR is offering this fall, the “Beginning a Research Program in the Natural Sciences at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions.” Although the workshop formally closed earlier this week, we have a limited number of spaces for early career natural science faculty to join the session. We intend to hold the deadline open until Monday, October 10th, but may close earlier, if we fill to capacity. I encourage you to share information about the workshop with colleagues in biology and chemistry departments, in particular.

Learn more at http://www.scinbre.org/Council_on_Undergraduate_Research_Event

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Hoping all of our SC INBRE members are safe during the upcoming hurricane. Visit South Carolina Emergency Management Division's web site for more information: http://www.scemd.org/

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