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South Carolina Honors College

Faculty Fellows: Gothe, Miller, Gardner, Filaseta, Moss, Goode, Gadala-Maria, Buchan

Faculty Fellows

The Faculty Fellows for the Honors College, who are appointed by the provost, are tenured/tenure-track faculty with outstanding records of teaching, research and service. 

Our Fellows

Besides teaching, cultivating and developing Honors courses, they advise the dean on Honors matters and help Honors students in their respective disciplines and fields. Half of their teaching and half of their service are assigned to the Honors College for the duration of their two-year appointments.

Claudia Benitez-Nelson, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Marine Science Program

USC’s 2013 Distinguished Professor of the Year, Benitez-Nelson focuses on the biogeochemical cycling of phosphorus and carbon, studying how these elements are influenced by natural and anthropogenic processes. Her expertise ranges from radiochemistry to harmful algal bloom toxins. Benitez-Nelson is the recipient of the American Geophysical Union’s 2014 Sulzman Award for Excellence.

Nancy Buchan, International Business

Associate dean of undergraduate programs at the Darla Moore School of Business, Buchan also is associate professor of international business and a Moore Research Fellow. Her research combines the methodology of experimental economics with theory from psychology, sociology and political science to understand the factors that influence the development of trust and cooperation in cross-cultural relationships. Buchan taught international negotiations and cross-cultural communications seminars for Fortune 100, mid-size and entrepreneurial companies as well as not-for-profit organizations. Besides teaching at the undergraduate level, Buchan teaches International Negotiations at the graduate level and in the executive education programs at USC, Technological de Monterrey in Guadalajara and the Mediterranean School of Business in Tunis.

Greg Carbone, Geography

Carbone’s research includes climate variability and change and climate impacts. He is an investigator with the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA) program, a NOAA-sponsored center designed to work with decision makers to improve the use of climate information in resource management. His most recent work examines the spatial and temporal nature of drought and the use of climate change scenarios for decision making. Carbone has won university teaching awards for his instruction of weather and climate courses.

Michael Filaseta, Math

Assistant chair of the mathematics department, Filaseta has many interests: number theory, including analytic, classical algebraic, combinatorial, computational, elementary; and transcendence topics, particularly in results associated with lattice points close to or on a curve or surface. Others are the distribution of special sequences of integers in short intervals; applications of Pade approximations to number theory; the irreducibility of polynomials over the rationals; computations with sparse or lacunary polynomials; and covering systems of the integers. Filaseta received the 2010 Michael J. Mungo Award for Teaching Excellence and the Distinguished Award of the Hardy-Ramanujan Society (with Ognian Trifonov) in 1991.

Hunter Gardner, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Associate professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, Gardner was recently named a McCausland Fellow by USC’s College of Arts and Sciences. She is the author of Gendering Time in Augustan Love Elegy (2013) and co-editor of a collection of essays on Homer’s Odyssey and the tradition of nostos (“homecoming”) narratives (Odyssean Identities in Modern Cultures, 2014). Along with courses on Greek and Latin literature, Gardner teaches classical civilization courses on sex and gender in Rome, Greeks and Romans in the cinema, and mythology. She is currently developing a seminar on the ancient plague narrative and its impact on discourses of contagion in contemporary films, novels, and visual arts.

Scott Goode, Chemistry

Goode’s research interests include analytical atomic spectroscopy, plasma spectroscopy, laser atomization, chemical instrumentation, automated and interactive computer control over analytical experiments; environmental analytical chemistry, analytical chemistry of radioactive wastes; laboratory design and infrastructure, chemical safety and chemical safety education. He is currently studying microwave-induced plasmas, inductively coupled plasmas and laser- induced plasmas to learn the fundamental plasma processes and to use them as excitation sources in atomic spectroscopy. He is the recipient of the 1991 Amoco Teaching Award, 2000 Ada Thomas Advising Award, 2013 USC Distinguished Service Award, and a member of ChemMatters editorial advisory board.

Ralf Gothe, Physics and Astronomy

To understand the essence of more than 98 percent of all visible mass and how nature confines and binds colored quarks, Gothe and his team have built a large-scale time-of-flight detector at USC with unprecedented time resolution that will ensure proper particle identification in all CLAS (CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer) experiments. This will enable them to carry out the next generation of experiments at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF) in Virginia, where they currently investigate nucleons and their excitations via electron scattering experiments to probe nature’s strong secrets. Among other honors, Gothe is the recipient of the 2013 Russell Research Award for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering and the 2008 Michael J. Mungo Graduate Teaching Award.

Francis Gadala-Maria, Chemical Engineering

Gadala-Maria’s research focuses on relating the microstructure of materials to their macroscopic properties. Current projects include the rheology of bulk molding compounds and natural polysaccharides and the economics of the production of hydrogen from nuclear power. Listed in the 2007 edition of “Who’s Who in the World,” Gadala-Maria is the recipient of the 2003 Joseph M. Biedenbach Distinguished Service Award and the 1994 Samuel Litman Distinguished Professor of Engineering Award.

David Lee Miller, English

Miller is Carolina Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature and director of the Center for Digital Humanities. He is editing a new three-volume edition of “The Collected Works of Edmund Spenser” and preparing text and commentary for the first edition of “The Faerie Queene” (1590) for volume 2, and building a digital archive for the study and teaching of Spenser’s work. His honors include the 2012-13 SCHC Michael A. Hill Award for Outstanding Faculty Member and the USC Department of English 2008-09 Teacher of the Year, as well as National Endowment of the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships.

Melissa Moss, Biomedical Engineering

Moss is an associate professor who researches Alzheimer’s disease, studying how interactions between AΒ and endothelial cells, which line the cerebrovasculature, contribute to an increased adhesion of immune cells to the cerebrovascular endothelium. Correlating the mechanism of action of inhibitors with cellular effects will help research efforts to design effective therapeutic agents for Alzheimer’s therapy. Moss received the 2012 Governor’s Young Scientist Award for Excellence in Scientific Research, the 2011 USC Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award and the 2007 USC Mortar Board Society’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Rekha Patel, Biology

Patel is an associate professor whose research focuses on regulation of cell survival and apoptosis by interferon-induced, double-stranded RNA activated protein kinase PKR. She and her team study the regulation of PKR’s kinase activity by its activator protein PACT (DYT16) in response to stress signals that include oxidative stress, growth factor withdrawal, and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. Their work has major implications on origin, progression, and treatment of many human diseases and disorders including cancer, neurodegeneration, diabetes, and aging. Her honors include the Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year Award in 2014, USC Mortar Board Society’s Excellence in Teaching Awards in 2006 and 2013, Two Thumbs Up Awards in 2007 and 2012, Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award in 2008, Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award Teaching Award in 2004, and Best Faculty Advisor Award in 2002.