Arts and Sciences dean
elected to national board
Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) for a three-year term. This national association was founded in 1965 to provide opportunities for deans of arts and sciences to discuss issues and to advocate for their programs of study. Fitzpatrick has served on the Research Board for the Association, made presentations and led the national summer seminar for new deans. The board represents the interests of more than 1,600 deans from institutions of higher education.
Terry A. Wolfer
honored for social-work education
Dr. Terry Wolfer, professor in the University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work, has been honored with the Distinguished Recent Contributions in Social Work Education Award by the Council on Social Work Education. Wolfer is editor of Arete, associate editor of Social Work & Christianity and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Social Work in End of Life and Palliative Care and the Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work--Social Thought. He was cited as a “reliable and supportive colleague, who holds a high standard of excellence in his work and encourages others through mentoring and collaboration” and for making “a significant recent contribution to social work education.”
Geographer awarded NASA grant
to conduct research on Alabama’s Mobile Bay
Dr. Jean Ellis, an assistant professor of geography at the University of South Carolina, has been awarded a grant from NASA to conduct research on the history of landscapes and land use in Alabama’s Mobile Bay from 1974 – 2008.
The two-year, $398,000 award calls for using images from NASA’s Landsat satellites to understand urbanization and wetland-degradation trends in Mobile Bay over past 30 years and identify opportunities for conservation and restoration by the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program. The research project is a collaboration between scientists and coastal managers and builds on Ellis’ previous research along the Gulf of Mexico.
Before joining the university’s faculty in 2009, Ellis worked in the Applied Science Program at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center after earning her doctorate from Texas A&M University in 2006.
Professor publishes book
on foreign policy of Carter administration
Dr. Betty Glad, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of South Carolina, has written a new book on President Carter’s administration and U.S. foreign policy. “An Outsider in the White House: Jimmy Carter, His Advisors, and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy” will be released in early December by Cornell University Press.
An authority on political psychology, political leadership styles and the U.S. presidency, Glad wrote an earlier book on Carter, titled “Jimmy Carter: In Search of the Great White House.” In addition to her forthcoming book, she has written a series of articles on the leadership styles of six recent American presidents, as well as Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Wilhelm deKlerk and Nelson Mandela.
Glad is a former president of the International Society for Political Psychology and vice president of the American Political Science Association.
win national design awards
The University of South Carolina’s student-run newspaper and Garnet and Black magazine were cited for excellence in a national competition among student newspaper, magazine and yearbook publications. The Daily Gamecock placed third overall and first place in the “best nameplate and standing heads” category in the annual Best of Collegiate Designs competition sponsored by College Media Advisors Inc. The Garnet and Black was awarded fourth place in the “best content pages spread” category. Staff members from the two publications were recognized at the National College Media Convention Oct. 28 in Austin, Texas. Nearly 1,300 entries were submitted from 77 colleges and universities nationwide.
Scholar featured in journal
for research on the impact of documentaries
A special issue of the leading journal, Mass Communication and Society, will feature an article by University of South Carolina professor of political science Dr. David Whiteman on the impact that film and television documentaries have on society. Whiteman’s article, titled “Documentary Film as Policy Analysis: The Impact of ‘Yes, In My Backyard’ on Activists, Agendas and Policy,” focuses, in part, on the documentary, “Yes, In My Backyard,” which looks at the impact of rural prisons. The journal, to be released Nov. 23, features articles on documentaries as commercial enterprise on for-profit cable television networks and the Internet and as a tool to mold public opinion and shape policy.