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October 16, 2016, Steven Powell
Immediately following the October 2015 flood in South Carolina, USC researchers began looking at issues related to the once-in-a-lifetime catastrophe. In Part 6 of our "after the flood" series, we look at the flood's impact on the state's schoolchildren.
October 02, 2016, Steven Powell
Immediately following the October 2015 flood in South Carolina, USC researchers began looking at issues related to the once-in-a-lifetime catastrophe. In Part 4 of our "after the flood" series, we look at the flood as an economic stimulus.
October 02, 2016, Steven Powell
Immediately following the October 2015 flood in South Carolina, USC researchers began looking at issues related to the once-in-a-lifetime catastrophe. In Part 5 of our "after the flood" series, we look at the flood's impact on the state's coastal estuaries. The SC Floods Conference, initially scheduled for Friday (Oct. 7), has been postponed due to Hurricane Matthew.
September 25, 2016, Steven Powell
Immediately following the October 2015 flood in South Carolina, USC researchers began looking at issues related to the once-in-a-lifetime catastrophe. In Part 3 of our "after the flood" series, we look at stages of loss and resilience.
September 16, 2016, Steven Powell
Immediately following the October 2015 flood in South Carolina, USC researchers began looking at issues related to the once-in-a-lifetime catastrophe. In Part 2 of our "after the flood" series we look at preventing tomorrow’s floods.
September 09, 2016, Steven Powell
Immediately following the October 2015 flood in South Carolina, USC researchers began looking at issues related to the once-in-a-lifetime catastrophe. In Part I of our "after the flood" series we look at the effective use of social media during the crisis.
September 01, 2016, Steven Powell
Even the likes of Einstein and Darwin made major mistakes, but it’s all part and parcel of progress. That’s the theme of “Brilliant Blunders,” one of two public lectures that best-selling author and astrophysicist Mario Livio will give when he comes to campus next week.
September 01, 2016, Steven Powell
With as much as $175,000 in potential annual savings for just one building on campus, a group of graduate students kicked off an energy conservation initiative in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry last week. It draws attention to how much energy is literally blown out of ventilation stacks every year by a common laboratory fixture: the fume hood.
August 26, 2016, Steven Powell
Marine scientist Claudia Benitez-Nelson and a team of international colleagues recently published a review of the state of the oceans five years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The same team is working to help fellow researchers develop the unique skill set required to track radiological spills in the ocean.
August 22, 2016, Steven Powell
Consumers are getting a dose of something new with quantum dots, a nanomaterial that is rendering particularly rich colors on some recently released TVs, computer displays and e-readers. The department of chemistry and biochemistry’s Andrew Greytak, an innovator in the field, is working to push the nanotechnology’s reach even further.
August 11, 2016, Steven Powell
One of USC’s most successful home-grown research programs has a new name, a new commercial partner and will soon move to a new building with ten times the floor space it currently occupies. The Center for Predictive Maintenance is launching a new chapter under director Abdel Bayoumi.
July 21, 2016, Steven Powell
Igor Roninson brought 10 scientists and Senex Biotechnology, a cancer drug discovery company, to USC in 2011 when he was named the new SmartState Endowed Chair in Translational Cancer Therapeutics. But the South Carolina College of Pharmacy professor, who was named a Breakthrough Leadership in Research awardee by the Office of the Vice President for Research, was just getting started in building infrastructure that would enhance cancer research throughout the state.
July 20, 2016, Steven Powell
Saurabh Chatterjee’s Environmental Health and Disease Laboratory has shown how obesity elevates health risks toward a contaminant that is common in the developed world’s water supply. The result can be a liver that looks a lot like that of a long-term alcoholic.
July 15, 2016, Steven Powell
When starting his career as an independent scientist studying allergies and asthma, Greg Gomez shifted his laboratory focus from animal models to human tissue. The transition helped the School of Medicine researcher uncover a surprising effect that a common heart medication has on mast cells, which are key components of the allergic response.
June 30, 2016, Steven Powell
As a structural biologist, Maksymilian Chruszcz is uniquely positioned to collaborate widely across the academy, and he’s made the most of that potential at Carolina. Since his arrival in 2012, the associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has used his expertise in protein crystallography to develop collaborations with colleagues in chemistry and biochemistry, medicine, public health, biology and chemical engineering.
June 29, 2016, Steven Powell
Mathematics involves a lot of abstract thinking, but its potential can be quite solid. The research of USC Beaufort’s Kasia Pawelek on the modeling of infectious diseases caused by influenza and West Nile viruses is a manifestation of that potential.
June 24, 2016, Steven Powell
Lasers, rail guns and space stations have unique engineering needs that Carolina research is serving. Joining the faculty of the College of Engineering and Computing in 2009, Chen Li founded the Micro/Nanoscale Transport Lab, which is a world leader in cutting-edge heat transfer and energy production research.
June 24, 2016, Steven Powell
Mechanical engineering professor Jamil Khan founded the Enhanced Heat Transfer Laboratory when he arrived at Carolina in 1990. It has been helping modern technology run cool ever since.
June 17, 2016, Steven Powell
Working in Norma Frizzell’s laboratory in the School of Medicine, doctoral student Allison Manuel is getting down to brass tacks with a chronic disease that afflicts some 30 million Americans. Her research is resolving details of a detrimental cellular consequence of diabetes that was discovered here at the University of South Carolina: an indiscriminate modification of proteins that can overwhelm a cell’s ability to function properly.
June 10, 2016, Steven Powell
Nanoscale research in South Carolina got a big boost with last year’s installation of a Small-Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) laboratory in the Horizon building. The state facility sports a powerful, automated, rapid-throughput instrument that director Morgan Stefik (right) describes as a “game changer.”
June 03, 2016, Steven Powell
Mechanical engineer Joshua Tarbutton doesn't see the classroom as a place just to convey information. He uses it to try to instill a credo in his students that will serve them the rest of their lives.
May 25, 2016, Steven Powell
Guoan Wang, an assistant professor in the department of electrical engineering, brought plenty of real-world experience to the table when he arrived at the University of South Carolina. The first five years of his professional career were in industry, where he developed insight proving invaluable at a major research university.
May 20, 2016, Steven Powell
Aaron Provence’s doctoral research in the South Carolina College of Pharmacy might be focused on a very specific disorder, overactive bladder, but he hopes that the insight he’s gaining as a research scientist might have even wider medical impact.
May 02, 2016, Steven Powell
Biological anthropologist Sharon DeWitte (right) studies ancient skeletons that can open a window onto the human history she hopes to illuminate. But as she and graduate student Samantha Yaussy show in a recently published study, some of the markers on the skeletons that scientists use to decipher the past might need to be looked at in a new light.
April 25, 2016, Steven Powell
The Chernobyl disaster struck 30 years ago. The devastating radiation spill created a huge radio-ecological laboratory where biological sciences professor Tim Mousseau and colleagues have been studying the effects of radiation on organisms since 2000.
April 14, 2016, Steven Powell
Success in the engineering laboratory opened an unexpected door to the world of forensic science for undergraduate Shana Mussel. She and mechanical engineering professor Joshua Tarbutton reconstructed a crime scene with a 3-D-printed model that might soon serve as evidence in court.
April 14, 2016, Steven Powell
Graduate student Jimmy Nye hopes that the neuroscience-centered approach he and psychology professor Jennifer Vendemia are using to study deception will make lie detection a more reliable source of courtroom evidence in the next decade or so.
April 08, 2016, Steven Powell
Graduate student Blaire Umhau’s time spent on ocean cruises involves hard work in the serious business of defining how mercury contamination makes its way through the marine environment. But she still describes sleep-deprived days out on the sea as “the best thing in the world.”
April 05, 2016, Steven Powell
Senior marine science major Riley Brady earned a DOE fellowship in computational studies that will cover all tuition and fees plus provide a $36,000 stipend for four years in graduate school. He says UofSC provided conditions for a perfect storm that is giving him a head start as an independent researcher in his field of climate science.
April 01, 2016, Steven Powell
David “Clay” Mettens is already hitting high notes—or, more precisely, writing them as a composer—in his young career in music. Not even three years since finishing his undergraduate degree at the School of Music, he has composed a mini-opera that was part of a sold-out performance at the Kennedy Center.
March 04, 2016, Steven Powell
A team of faculty from UofSC is traveling to Ecuador in mid-March to work out details of an exchange program and collaboration with Universidad San Francisco de Quito. The universities are working together to bring a sustainable tourism approach to the management of the Galápagos Islands.
March 04, 2016, Steven Powell
Growing up the daughter of an itinerant Israeli ambassador, Ronit Elk can count India, Turkey and Uganda, among other countries, as childhood homes. The College of Nursing professor is applying what she has learned from years of observing how cultures collide to address long-standing ethnic differences in end-of-life care in rural South Carolina.
February 18, 2016, Steven Powell
The College of Nursing's Bernardine Pinto is spearheading a research study aimed at getting breast cancer survivors a healthy dose of exercise. Getting them in touch with fellow survivors as mentors was a key element of the success of an earlier iteration of the study.
February 07, 2016, Steven Powell
History professor Tom Lekan is working on a book describing how conservation and tourism merged in post-WWII Africa during the formation of parks intended to protect the Serengeti. It is, in part, an origin story for some of the ideas underpinning today’s sustainable tourism and development movements.
February 05, 2016, Steven Powell
Lamar Hunter's scholarship to attend USC’s School of Medicine in Greenville was provided by a generous benefactor who prefers to remain anonymous — to the larger public, anyway. He has been more than happy to get to know the scholarship winners whose lives he has impacted.
January 31, 2016, Steven Powell
Vernon Pryor came to Carolina through the Gamecock Gateway program, and the sophomore electrical engineering major has since earned a scholarship that covers all of his educational costs until graduation. The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship also guarantees him a job as a civilian employee in the Department of Defense for three years after graduation.
January 22, 2016, Steven Powell
The College of Nursing’s Cancer Survivorship Center is focused on helping improve life for survivors of every manner of cancer, both in years lived and in the quality of those years. Co-directors Sue Heiney (pictured) and Swann Arp Adams lead a diverse faculty research group that covers the entire trajectory of the disease.
January 14, 2016, Steven Powell
Alumna Meghan Conroy hasn’t taken long to make a mark in the field of counter-terrorism. The 2014 graduate cultivated the research skills that were planted at Carolina to put together a prize-winning master’s thesis on ISIS’s organizational evolution at the University of Nottingham’s School of Politics and International Relations.
December 10, 2015, Steven Powell
International refugees are one of the most vulnerable populations in the world. New faculty member Rajeev Bais is helping the School of Medicine lead in the effort to ensure that victims of the worst that humanity has to offer can find access to health and wellness programs that will help them rebuild their lives.
December 04, 2015, Steven Powell
Over the past 20 years, medical scientists have developed evidence showing a strong link between gum disease and cardiovascular problems. The School of Medicine’s Souvik Sen is leading a new clinical study, called PREMIERS, that is now enrolling patients throughout the Carolinas to better define just how many strokes, heart attacks, and other devastating cardiovascular events might be prevented with better oral care.
November 30, 2015, Steven Powell
A research team led by biology professor Jeff Dudycha recently published a paper showing that larger eye size is the source of a sizable reproductive advantage for a tiny freshwater crustacean. The research provides hard data for eye microevolution that, until now, were lacking.
November 18, 2015, Steven Powell
Associate professor Subrahmanyam Bulusu is part of an international team collecting hydrographic data in pirate-infested waters to better understand the northern Arabian Sea circulation. Key to the effort, and an essential element of the team’s variant of a widely recognized acronym, NASC-ar, is autonomous research.
November 03, 2015, Steven Powell
Microscopic creatures come to artistic life in alumna Alicia Leeke’s colorful traveling exhibition. The Columbia-based artist collected and photographed phytoplankton from local waters with the help of professor Tammi Richardson, then created abstract renderings of the micrographs.
October 30, 2015, Steven Powell
Associate professor Xiao-Dong Zhou is part of a research team that aims to use solar or wind power to produce carbon-based fuels. With a starting material of carbon dioxide, which can be dragged out of the air, the approach is as green as it gets.
October 23, 2015, Steven Powell
Chemistry professors Micky Myrick and Steve Morgan are developing a potential rival to the storied forensics tool luminol. Their technique, “steam thermography,” combines thermal imaging with a hand steamer to highlight where crime scene investigators need to look more carefully — and it works in some places luminol can’t.
October 14, 2015, Steven Powell
Many of the more than 46 million sound recordings archived throughout the U.S. carry the risk of being destroyed during an attempt to digitize them, because magnetic audiotape can deteriorate over time. Chemistry professor Steve Morgan leads a team of researchers developing a means to readily assess the structural condition of magnetic tape, using non-destructive infrared spectroscopy to identify tapes that suffer from ‘sticky-shed syndrome’ and will fall apart on playback.
September 25, 2015, Steven Powell
The words ‘summer’ and ‘vacation’ go together like peanut butter and jelly for a lot of college students, but in the famously hot months the University of South Carolina offers meatier sandwiches than that on its academic menu. This summer the university’s Center for Colon Cancer Research brought undergraduates from around the country into a brand-new biomedical research experience.
September 18, 2015, Steven Powell
Exercise has a reputation for doing a body good, and some Carolina research recently showed just how far even a little bit goes. Xuemei Sui of the Arnold School of Public Health led a research team that showed that staying in shape can keep the heart and circulation young, slowing — by some 15 to 20 years — the natural process that causes cholesterol levels to rise with age.
September 04, 2015, Steven Powell
Watching their teams climb in the rankings is a cherished pastime of many Gamecocks, but competitive talent at Carolina is hardly restricted to the sporting life. Over the past several years, the University of South Carolina has been a fixture near or atop the leaderboard in producing Hollings scholars, fielding a group of academic talent that, once again this year, is second to none in the country.
August 11, 2015, Steven Powell
Competing in a marathon calls for the right training regimen. John Eberth of the School of Medicine and his colleagues are coming up with a vascular conditioning program they hope will help surgeons train bypass grafts for success in the long run.
July 14, 2015, Steven Powell
Many an injury will heal, but the damaged spinal cord is notoriously recalcitrant. There’s new hope on the horizon, though. A team of researchers led by the University of South Carolina’s Jeff Twiss just reported an innate repair mechanism in central nervous system axons that might be harnessed to regenerate nerves after brain or spinal cord injuries.
July 01, 2015, Steven Powell
After years of study in graduate school, Evan Phelps recently joined the workforce in an area far afield from the particle physics research that defined his daily routine at the University of South Carolina. Although working toward a Ph.D. in physics might be a road less traveled on the way to a position in the health sciences, from his point of view the effort had a lot of merit.
June 23, 2015, Steven Powell
Chemistry professor Linda Shimizu oversees a series of crowd-pleasing chemistry demonstrations in middle and high schools throughout central South Carolina every year. They are spirited affairs, and her research in the laboratory is just as dynamic — but with a sense of order that really keeps atoms in line.
June 17, 2015, Steven Powell
Alumna Joni Jordan cleared a lot of roadblocks to make a career as a high school chemistry teacher. Now Dr. Jordan at Orangeburg’s Edisto High School, she’s a master teaching fellow in a new UofSC program designed to strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in high-needs and rural districts throughout the state.
June 02, 2015, Steven Powell
Caroline Roberts has identified two things that are central to her development as a leader: her faith, and challenges that put that faith to the test. In the University of South Carolina, she has found a home where the latter is strengthening the former.
May 19, 2015, Steven Powell
Biologist Jennifer Fill’s doctoral research may help identify surrogate habitats for the eastern diamondback rattlesnake’s dwindling numbers. A famous emblem of revolutionary-era America featured on the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, the eastern diamondback’s current population is estimated to be just three percent of what it was when Europeans first arrived.
May 05, 2015, Steven Powell
Senior Kara Jones is graduating this May, and the light at the end of her academic tunnel is shining bright from the nation’s capital. A few weeks after commencement, the public health major will start work as an analyst for The Galen Institute, a nonprofit health policy research organization located in the D.C. suburb of Alexandria, Va.
April 21, 2015, Steven Powell
Many sports involve intended or unintended contact, and with that comes the inevitable risk of an injury that is getting well-deserved attention at the moment: concussion. In the medical and scientific faceoff against this form of traumatic brain injury, the University of South Carolina has developed an extensive playbook to achieve success.
March 31, 2015, Steven Powell
The high-tech teaching facility in the basement of the Coker Life Sciences building — the ACE lab — doesn’t involve novice cardsharps learning the latest in sleight-of-hand. There’s a much more serious kind of training going on in the South Carolina College of Pharmacy’s Aseptic Compounding Experience laboratory.
March 10, 2015, Steven Powell
A team of researchers led by senior Kari Benson and associate professor Kate Flory just published a meta-analysis showing that one in six college students misuse the stimulant drugs prescribed for ADHD, such as Ritalin and Adderall, considerably more than reported in several of the earlier studies.
February 10, 2015, Steven Powell
Dinosaurs went the way of the dodo a long time ago, but their modern-day descendants, birds, are spectacularly adaptable. The secret of their global success is largely the result of a single protein: variations on an initial theme that evolved more than a hundred million years ago resulted in an array of building blocks that helped the dinosaur’s progeny really take off.
February 02, 2015, Steven Powell
All the rivers worldwide might constitute a relative trickle compared with an unseen back-and-forth torrent below the surface. Emeritus professor Willard Moore is part of a team that just showed that rivers might represent as little as 20 percent of the water flowing every day into the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific Oceans from the continents — the remainder is the outflow from what Moore has termed the “subterranean estuary.”
January 26, 2015, Steven Powell
After finishing a final exam, more than a few students might want to send it hurtling away at a few hundred miles an hour. In master teacher Ed Donovan’s classes, they get to do just that, but by no means out of frustration. Donovan has found that a final exam assignment to build and launch a model rocket is a sure-fire way to get students excited about everything from hands-on craftwork to trigonometry to Newton’s Three Laws of Motion.
January 19, 2015, Steven Powell
Toyota’s public response during its numerous recalls beginning in 2008 is a textbook case of how to thoroughly botch a crisis in consumer confidence, according to University of South Carolina researchers Shannon Bowen and Yue Zheng. Bowen’s quantitative study of print media underscores the importance of ethical conduct and an ethical response from any company when questions arise about the safety of its products.
January 13, 2015, Steven Powell
What Edison was to the light bulb, Roman Vishniac was to the art and science of making films and photos with a microscope. Emeritus professor of biology John Herr Jr. had the good fortune to convince Vishniac’s daughter, Mara, to donate a historic collection of her father’s work to the Moving Image Research Collection in 1994 rather than to a similarly acronymed university in southern California.
January 06, 2015, Steven Powell
A doctorate in epidemiology often opens doors to academia or government agencies, but for Kelly Johnson it started him on a promising career in the private sector. Now a fellow at a major pharmaceutical company, Johnson is putting his Carolina degree to work to help bring cost-effective vaccines to countries across the globe.
December 09, 2014, Steven Powell
As a child growing up in Paris, Carole Oskeritzian nearly died from asthma attacks. Now she’s leading an immunology research team that is teasing out the complexities of human inflammation in hopes of finding a way to prevent asthma’s occurrence.
November 18, 2014, Steven Powell
Herbarium curator John Nelson knows you don’t have to travel to a remote Amazon rainforest to discover a new species of plant. He and alumnus Douglas Rayner uncovered a rare hedge-nettle just 50 miles from Charleston, and they named it Stachys caroliniana, after the only state where it has been found.
November 11, 2014, Steven Powell
Alumna Pam Brown has been to every Sprint Cup race on the NASCAR schedule over the past four years. She didn’t know it at the time, but her degree in athletic training at Carolina was the first step in a journey that led to a full-time career in the world of stock car racing.
November 04, 2014, Steven Powell
Alumnus Yohance Omar Whiteside is exactly where he wants to be now, tracking HIV infections and identifying high-risk populations for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But when he graduated with an English degree, he needed some time to find himself before he could find his way there.
October 28, 2014, Steven Powell
Millions of plant specimens collected in America over the past several hundred years are making their way to a global stage. The University of South Carolina is playing a leadership role in making botanical data contained in herbarium cabinets scattered across the United States accessible across the world.
October 21, 2014, Steven Powell
Nearly a thousand middle and high school students will come to the College of Engineering and Computing on Thursday for the Edison Lecture Series. Presentations and interactive demonstrations will focus on human-robot interactions and how gaming and virtual reality can be used to make lives better.