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McKissick exhibits USC Chernobyl Research Initiative

The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum examines Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster and the university’s involvement with subsequent research in the exhibit, “USC Chernobyl Research Initiative: 25 Years after the Disaster.”

The exhibit will be on display until May 7 on the third-floor lobby of the museum, located on the east end of the historic Horseshoe on the Columbia campus.

After Chernobyl’s nuclear reactors exploded on the morning of April 26, 1986, massive amounts of radioactive material spread across the landscape, still causing problems for the people of Ukraine and surrounding countries today. In the late 1990s, USC organized a team of scientists to study the impact of exposure to radioactivity on health and nature and to assist in treating those who were affected.

This exhibit is a collaboration between McKissick Museum and Rudy Mancke, a USC naturalist who was a member of the Chernobyl Research Initiative.

For more information on this and other McKissick Museum exhibits, contact Ja-Nae Epps, community-relations coordinator, at 803-777-2876 or

'USC Chernobyl Research Initiative: 25 Years after the Disaster'

  • What: McKissick Museum exhibit
  • Who: USC naturalist Rudy Mancke, member of the initiative, collaborated with McKissick on the exhibit
  • When: Through May 7
  • Where: Third-floor lobby of the museum

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 03/25/11 @ 1:45 PM | Updated: 03/25/11 @ 1:49 PM | Permalink