USC geographer named interim associate dean
Dr. Will Graf, a University Foundation Distinguished Professor and chairman of the geography department at the University of South Carolina, has been named interim associate dean for research and graduate education of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Graf is one of the nation’s top experts on America’s river systems and policy for public land and water use. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a national associate of the National Academy of Sciences. Graf is a former president of the Association of American Geographers, an officer for the Geological Society of America and a board member for the National Research Council. He has earned Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, and his professional awards include the Founders Medal by the Royal Geographical Society and the John Wesley Powell Award from the U.S. Geological Survey.
The College of Arts and Sciences is USC’s largest college, with more than 500 faculty and 8,200 students.
International Association of Chiefs of Police name USC professor to advisory panel
The International Association of Chiefs of Police has appointed Dr. Geoff Alpert, a professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of South Carolina, to its Research Advisory Committee.
The committee helps guide the IACP’s research agenda, advising the organization on how to integrate quality research and analysis of emerging critical issues that police leaders can use to make informed decisions on policies and procedures. The IACP established the Research Advisory Committee in 2004; committee members serve three-year terms.
Alpert is an international authority on police use of force, deadly force and pursuit driving. Last year, he released a three-year U.S. Department of Justice-funded study on conducted electrical devices (CEDs), such as Tasers; it was one of the largest epidemiological studies to look at injuries from police use of force.
University’s ACE program wins national academic-support award
The University of South Carolina’s Academic Centers for Excellence (ACE) program has received a Bronze Excellence Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). The award recognizes “excellence and Innovation in Student Affairs Programs and Initiatives.”
ACE won the excellence award in the category for careers, academic support, service-learning, community service and related programs. ACE offers all Carolina students the opportunity to learn and apply skills needed to succeed in college. Its services include free academic success coaching, writing consultation and math tutoring. Visit the Web site www.sc.edu/ACE