Research News Archive & Items of Interest | 2012

USC tourism researchers say Aiken horse park a good bet
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Office of Research awards close to $2.5M in ASPIRE awards
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Magellan Scholars Program Surpasses $2 Million In Grants Awarded.
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USC lands $10.1 million NIH grant to study inflammation, establish center

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USC leads in energy research, names new SmartState Chair
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PFRC lands $3.17 million grant for clinical trial

The USC Parenting & Family Research Center has landed a 5-year $3.17 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to conduct a clinical trial with families in the child welfare system. PFRC director Ron Prinz and Amanda Fairchild, both in psychology, will conduct the study in collaboration with Leslie Wilson and LRADAC treatment centers in Richland and Lexington counties.

Child maltreatment is often complicated by drug/alcohol problems in the family, which occur in as high as 70 per cent of child protective services cases. The clinical trial will test treatment strategies for this serious public health problem affecting children and families. "Surprisingly few such studies have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, despite the obvious detrimental effects on families and on children's long-term development," Prinz said. "This type of study combines treatment and prevention goals in helping parents to overcome personal challenges and in promoting positive family relations to prevent children from developing behavioral and emotional problems."

This new grant is one of several funded projects taking place at the Parenting & Family Research Center. Faculty members in the PFRC are all active in USC's Research Consortium on Children and Families.

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Five members of the faculty have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
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Electron Microscopy Center received $95K to purchase a cryo-ultramicrotome. The instrument will be available for use early next year.
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USC Sumter professor Dr. James E. Privett receives the Governor's Award for Excellence in Scientific Awareness.
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James M. Sodetz receives 2011 Governor's Award for Excellence in Scientific Research.
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Dr. Steven Blair honored for transformative research
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USC names 2012 Magellan Scholars
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