August 3, 2020

August 2020 News

From USC Postdoc Office

The Office of Research ( invites faculty, research staff, and postdoctoral researchers to participate in two research forums (via Zoom):


USC Research During COVID-19Wednesday, August 19, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm: updates & guidance related to policies for research during COVID-19 (Ph.D. students will also be invited to this event).


Navigating Research @ USC, Thursday, Aug 20, 10 am-noon and 1:00 pm-3:00 pm: An opportunity to learn about campus-wide resources available to support research and scholarly work at USC. Topics will include diversity, external and internal funding sources, grant proposal writing, grants management, research integrity & compliance, technology transfer, and research communication, among others.

Both events will include ample time for participant Q&A.


An invitation with agendas and links to RSVP for each event will be distributed shortly.  We look forward to your participation!


Maja Matarić

Interim Vice President of Research


Work from Home Stipends

USC is implementing a COVID-19 technology stipend for postdocs who are working from home. It is to cover a reasonable percentage of the cell phone, internet and other technology expenses that may be generated by working from home during the pandemic.

Please contact Dan Carino, Director of Postdoc Affairs,


Postdoctoral Networking Tour in Artificial Intelligence

The Postdoc-NeT-AI offers you the opportunity to participate in one week of on-site visits to leading universities, research institutes and companies; including in depth discussions and networking opportunities.

Apply now to this year’s tour until 16 August 2020 (midnight CET).

For more information on the project and application please visit us at

If you have any questions, please contact us at


R Bootcamp for Scientific Computing 2020

The Division of Biostatistics will be holding a bootcamp for the PM community on the R programming Language. This R bootcamp will be online featuring other R users within the PrevMed department. Because of

COVID-19, this year’s version will be completely online and will consist of three one-hour long presentations.


The bootcamp will be scheduled as follows:

Lecture 1: What is R? A motivating example of data viz Tuesday, August 11

Lecture 2: Data wrangling with R Wednesday, August 12

Lecture 3: Automatic Reports with RMarkdown Thursday, August 13

All sessions will be held online (and recorded) with Zoom between 10 and 11 AM. The event ( is password-protected. The password will be provided with RSVP.

RSVP and More info

While we are focusing on incoming M.S. and Ph.D. students, PM faculty and staff are also invited to participate.

Please RSVP here (

For more details, including a detailed version of the program, please visit our website

(, or send an email to