February 07, 2016, Megan Sexton
Steve Harvey turned his Miss Universe announcement blunder into a winning Super Bowl ad for T-Mobile. That’s the verdict from the 100 students and faculty in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications who gathered Sunday night to watch the game and critique the commercials.
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 04, 2016, Olivia Currey
Carla Damron writes what she knows. With more than 30 years of experience in social work, this University of South Carolina alumna’s novels center on characters in the midst of crises — whether they are dealing with grief, mental illness or a mixture of both.
January 31, 2016
The University of South Carolina is hosting the 30th annual Student Leadership and Diversity Conference this month as well as the first SEC Universities: Uniting Voices for Social Change. We caught up with the folks at the Leadership and Service Center at UofSC to learn more.
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 28, 2016, Patrick Ingraham
On Feb. 7 students and faculty will meet in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications’ state-of-the-art multimedia room to watch Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. But the focus for those in attendance will not be the game, but rather, the advertisements during the game.
January 27, 2016, Megan Sexton
More than 16,000 reels of film documenting the operational history of the Marine Corps from World War II through Vietnam is moving from Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia, to the University of South Carolina, home of one of the largest public film archives in the U.S.
January 25, 2016, Brad Muller
Former Gamecock football defensive linemen Langston Moore and Preston Thorne knew all about reading an opposing offensive line. Now they want families to spend more time reading together. To that end, Moore, ’02, and Thorne, ’04, teamed up with fellow USC alumnus Kev Roche, a freelance illustrator, to hatch the Gamecock-themed children’s book “#JustaChicken.”
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 22, 2016, Peggy Binette
Ada B. Thomas, for whom the university’s top undergraduate adviser award is named, believed in Carolina and believed in preparing students who would make a difference as leaders in communities across South Carolina. To Dr. Lisa Bishara (’88, ’93) Thomas was more than an adviser. She was her grandmother.
January 21, 2016, Glenn Hare
Michaela Pilar Brown's intensely personal exploration of the effects of psychological trauma and physical movement among black women comes to life tonight as Brown presents “Mother Wound,” a live performance that explores the genetic memory of trauma. The performance and exhibition reception is at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21.
January 19, 2016, Peggy Binette
Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.” Four individuals, emboldened by King to ensure social, political and economic equality for all people, were honored by the University of South Carolina for their community service and social justice work at the annual MLK commemoration breakfast.
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.
January 14, 2016, Olivia Currey
During Sunday evening’s Martin Luther King Jr. Gospel Festival at the Koger Center, choirs will be singing in honor of the past and for the future. For Carl Wells, director of the USC Gospel Choir, the event offers the chance to understand King’s legacy through music and explore its relevance today.
January 13, 2016, Chris Horn
When heavy rain hits hard surfaces like highways or parking lots, the resulting runoff can cause trouble — as it did three months ago during South Carolina’s historic flooding. But what if those hard surfaces allowed some of the water to soak through to the ground underneath? That’s the concept behind civil engineering senior Fedora Nwachukwu’s independent project through the Sustainable Carolina initiative.
January 12, 2016, Chris Horn
Columbia’s start-up culture is getting hotter, and Carolina is helping fan the entrepreneurial flames. Incubating companies is only part of the start-up equation. There’s a thriving entrepreneurial vibe now among students — enrollment in entrepreneurship classes has doubled and membership in the Entrepreneurship Club is at an all-time high — and the university has built an ecosystem on campus to foster that interest.
January 11, 2016, April Blake
The University of South Carolina’s online graduate program in nursing started 15 years ago. The curriculum was one of the first online programs the university offered, targeting working nurses who wanted to join the ranks of nurse leaders, conduct research and teach. We sat down with College of Nursing Dean Jeannette Andrews to discuss the program's success and plans for the future.
January 07, 2016, Megan Sexton
State Sen. Marlon Kimpson will bring his personal story of education and equity to the University of South Carolina on Tuesday when he speaks at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium.
January 06, 2016, Page Ivey
Gamecock Guarantee scholarship recipient Jaime Ortega of Gaffney, S.C., is so grateful to donors like Sam Moore ('54), who recently donated $1 million to endow a Gamecock Guarantee scholarship, that Ortega plans to become a donor to the program himself when he graduates in the spring.
December 17, 2015
USC’s Speech and Hearing Research Center isn’t located on campus — it’s situated on the second floor of the Keenan Building in downtown Columbia — but step through the center’s glass doors into the reception area and you discover an entire new world.
December 16, 2015, Page Ivey
For 35 years, South Carolina business executives and owners have turned to the Darla Moore School of Business research economists and the Economic Outlook Conference to help them plan and make crucial decisions.
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 09, 2015, Thom Harman
Pennsylvania native Victoria Garefino is the first recipient of the Richard C. Morris Marine Science Endowed Scholarship. She says the scholarship, which also reduces her out-of-state tuition, has made her dream of studying marine science at UofSC a reality.
December 08, 2015, John Brunelli
Will Muschamp was introduced as the University of South Carolina's 34th head football coach in a news conference held at Williams-Brice Stadium on Monday. Regarded as an outstanding defensive mind, the 44-year-old Muschamp is a 21-year coaching veteran, including 13 years in the Southeastern Conference.
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.
December 02, 2015, Glenn Hare
Like many UofSC music students, Jason Wright, a doctoral candidate in choral conducting, adds to the city's music soundscape by offers his talents to many local music organizations and churches in the Midlands.
December 01, 2015, Page Ivey
Elizabeth Cassidy West has been telling and curating the story of the University of South Carolina for more than 15 years as the university’s archivist. But nowhere is the university’s story more clearly told than in the buildings of the Horseshoe, the original campus for South Carolina College and the heart of today’s sprawling downtown Columbia campus.
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 30, 2015, Glenn Hare
"Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbolism and Signs," a new dance production by UofSC choreographers Thaddeus Davis and Tanya Wideman-Davis. The work investigates historic and contemporary perspectives of the Confederate flag and the Confederacy.
November 19, 2015, Peggy Binette
Monday, Nov. 23 marks 12th year that engineering professor Abdel Bayoumi and his students will watch their design and construction of a gigantic Clemson tiger burn in effigy on the intramural field adjacent from the Colonial Life Arena as part of Tiger Burn.
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 17, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
One Friday a month the University of South Carolina School of Law welcomes 40 of the youngest law students you’ll ever meet. Welcome to the law school’s Constitutional Scholars Pipeline Program, which pairs seventh and eight graders with USC law students who teach them about the law and coach them for a moot court.
November 12, 2015, Ore Oluwole
Imagine several teams of aspiring innovators pitching a product or service they believe to be “the next big thing” to a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs before a live audience. On the line is up to $20,000 to make their startup idea a reality. No, you’re not watching an episode of the popular ABC-TV show, “Shark Tank.” It’s the final round of The Proving Ground, the University of South Carolina’s annual entrepreneurial competition.
November 11, 2015
Hailed as a huge victory for women’s rights, the Supreme Court of Uganda made international headlines in August when it ruled the custom of refunding “bride price” unconstitutional. However, Aparna Polavarapu, a law professor and scholar with the University of South Carolina’s Rule of Law Collaborative, says changing that practice will be difficult.
November 04, 2015, Glenn Hare
Sean Heely transferred to UofSC’s School of Music to continue his violin training under William Terwilliger and to refine his playing of classical composers. He has found that, but also discovered a world of opportunities. “The musical progress I’ve made in classical and my new ventures in bluegrass and Gypsy jazz couldn’t have happened elsewhere,” he says.
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.
November 02, 2015
Xiaoming Li is a professor and SmartState Endowed Chair in Translational Clinical Research. He also is director of the South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality in Arnold School of Public Health. His research includes HIV behavioral prevention and intervention.
October 30, 2015, Ore Oluwole
Sustainability. We all know what it means, but when do we see it in action on campus? EcoReps put this into action by introducing and challenging people to live a sustainable life through the fifth annual No Impact Week Nov. 2-7.
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 29, 2015, Maegan Gudridge
The Carolinian Creed was born in the late 1980s, following a series of disturbing incidents at colleges and universities across the U.S. Learn the history of the creed as UofSC prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Nov. 2-6.
October 28, 2015
Law professor Seth Stoughton is a former police officer who understands the many pressures that law enforcement officers face. He wants his law students to understand it as well, that is why he requires his criminal procedure students to take a police ride-along.
October 27, 2015, Chris Horn
Students often separate education from ‘real life’,” says Irma Van Scoy, director of USC Connect. “We try to help students connect the dots, to understand that the things they do outside of the classroom — service projects, research and internships, for example — can be transformational experiences that dovetail with their formal education.
October 26, 2015
Amir Karami is a new professor in the School of Library and Information Science. His primary research interest is in text data in medical, social networks and cybersecurity.
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 20, 2015, Chris Horn
In Vicki Vance’s lab, the expression “You are what you eat” might soon take on new meaning. The veteran molecular plant scientist thinks genetically modified plants could become useful weapons in the war against human cancer. To test the idea, she’s turning plants into bio-factories that make tumor-suppressing micro-RNA (miRNA).
October 15, 2015, Page Ivey
Students, faculty and staff were out and about in the days after the massive Columbia flooding that destroyed homes, businesses and claimed more than a dozen lives.
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.
October 12, 2015
Visitors to the 2015 South Carolina State Fair will get a front-row glimpse of the academic excellence of four University of South Carolina civil engineering students when they enter the fair gates this week.
October 12, 2015
Angela Neal is a new assistant professor of psychology at USC Lancaster. The Ohio native specializes in social psychology, specifically researching the dynamics of romantic relationships.
October 12, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
The so-called "large lecture" has been a part of the undergraduate experience for years, but when you're one of 250 students in a packed auditorium it's easy to feel invisible. English professor David Miller is part of a movement to flip the traditional large lecture on its head and reinvent the student experience in the process.
September 30, 2015
Tamara Sheldon is a new assistant professor in the economics department at the Darla Moore School of Business. The Boulder, Colo., native is blending her interests in the environment and business to study how the economy affects the environment and how better to provide incentives for sustainability.
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 24, 2015, Glenn Hare
UofSC theatre professor Stan Brown is featured in the short film "The Bespoke Tailoring of Mr. Bellamy."
September 23, 2015, Glenn Hare
For 20 years, Theatre 99 has been the epicenter of improvisational theatre in Charleston, attracting a cross-section of the city looking for something “edgy” to do on date night. The attic-turned-bare-bones theater above a Meeting Street bicycle shop is also where you’ll find Greg Tavares and Brandy Sullivan, both 1991 University of South Carolina theater graduates, making people laugh three nights a week.
September 22, 2015
Gregory Gay is a new assistant professor in the department of computer science and engineering. He comes from Morgantown, W.Va., by way of Minnesota. Gay’s research focuses on how better to build software, especially the software that is essential to our daily lives.
September 20, 2015, Glenn Hare
There are no music stands in Rooms 106 at the School of Music. There’s no podium either. What you will find are spaces for brainstorming and planning — whiteboards and corkboards, flip charts and Post-it notes, books on finance and leadership. And just in case there’s a need play out those ideas, the room has a seven-foot Baldwin piano.
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 16, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
University President Harris Pastides introduced "Carolina 2025" during his State of the University address. Dean of undergraduate studies Helen Doerpinghaus explains how this 10-year plan will affect the student experience.
September 15, 2015, Chris Horn
The campus community called Capstone Scholars is celebrating its 10th year as one of the university’s most popular programs for high-achieving students looking for something more in the college experience. Based on comments from alumni and current students, it sounds like they’re finding it.
September 10, 2015, Page Ivey
New classrooms and labs, additional faculty and more responsive advising are all part of the “Carolina 2025” roadmap for the next 10 years, university President Harris Pastides says. Pastides introduced the ambitious plan during his 2015 State of the University address.
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.
September 03, 2015, Page Ivey
It's not often college students get to ask one of their classmates for an internship, but that's just what happened when Charleston hotelier Linn Lesesne decided to return to Carolina to finish her degree more than 30 years after she started it.
September 02, 2015
Eliza Allen is a new assistant professor of elementary education in the College of Education. The Savannah, Ga., native is research better ways to provide equal opportunities for language learning among diverse student populations.
August 27, 2015, Peggy Binette
The University of South Carolina will usher in the college football season for the fourth consecutive year Thursday (Sept. 3), when the Gamecocks take on the North Carolina Tar Heels in the inaugural Belk College Kickoff in Charlotte. The season opener, which is set for 6 p.m., marks the 57th meeting on the gridiron for the two Carolina teams and the first time the two teams will battle in Charlotte.
August 26, 2015
Joan T.A. Gabel began her tenure as the University of South Carolina’s provost this week. We caught up with her to learn a little more about her and her plans for the future.
August 25, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
The University of South Carolina's McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research boasts state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, a team of highly accomplished researchers and industry partnerships with manufacturers from around the world. The center's primary mission, however, is education.
August 20, 2015, Glenn Hare
The McMaster Gallery is exhibiting "Return of the Wanderer." The exhibit features 30 works of art by UofSC emeritus professor Boyd Saunders. The exhibition is on view through Oct 9, and includes lithographs, paintings, etchings, sculptures and drawings.Description
August 19, 2015, Liz McCarthy
Every summer the University of South Carolina’s faculty, staff and students travel the world to conduct research, learn about cultures and take on new challenges that can have a big impact. Here’s just a quick look at what some Gamecocks have been up to this summer.
August 14, 2015, Kimberly Washington
Coryn Bejema came to the University of South Carolina to play soccer, but it was her talent off the field that has drawn the attention of the campus community lately. Students, faculty and staff might just notice her work across campus this year.
August 13, 2015, Liz McCarthy
For the first year, other students will be lending a helping hand to get the freshman class settled as a part of the Move-In Crew. In year’s past this duty has fallen solely to faculty and staff members, carrying armfuls of belongings up stairs or on elevators and through hallways.
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.