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 24, 2016, Dan Cook
A few years ago, artist Dawn Hunter stumbled upon the medical drawings of 19th-century Spanish neuroscientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Since then, her work has taken a completely new turn — and she’s helping neuroscientists learn more about one of their own field’s pioneers.
May 23, 2016, Page Ivey
Linda Shimizu fell in love with science at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, but she fell in love with teaching as a grad assistant at MIT. The University of South Carolina chemistry professor has been named the 2016 Mungo undergraduate teacher of the year – one of the university’s most prestigious teaching awards.
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 16, 2016, Craig Brandhorst
Like many new college students, Tamaragail Tarrant, Trevor Prioleau and Kennette Smalls came to the University of South Carolina with few connections and plenty of nervous energy. Navigating a campus the size of UofSC can be intimidating, and all three students describe themselves as shy, whether or not they seem that way when you meet them. Luckily, the three got involved with the university’s Multicultural Assistance Peer Program, a peer-to-peer student mentoring program for students with multicultural backgrounds, and found everything they need to fit in, have fun and get the most from their college experience.
May 13, 2016, Page Ivey
For today’s college students, a big part of their education happens outside the classroom, in the “real world.” But finding the time — and sometimes, more importantly, the money — for such real-world experiences can be difficult. Now USC’s best and brightest students have that opportunity thanks to the Stamps Carolina Scholars program
May 12, 2016, Erin Mikes
Looking for a 4-foot Santa lawn ornament? How about a basket in the shape of the state of Virginia? Surely someone in your family needs an alligator costume. All this and more is available at this year’s Give It Up For Good yard sale.
May 11, 2016, Craig Brandhorst
Maintaining classroom discipline is important, but so is maintaining student civil rights. Carolina law professor Derek Black says in his new book “The End of Zero Tolerance in Schools” that public education’s current hardline approach to the one is a threat to the other.
May 10, 2016
The College of Nursing’s Global Health initiatives include improving Latino and children’s mental health and expanding study abroad opportunities.
May 09, 2016
The School of Medicine has welcomed Amy M. Allen, M.H.S, Ed.S, PA-C, as the founding director of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program. She also holds a clinical faculty appointment in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.
May 04, 2016
All UofSC campuses are celebrating commencements this spring and we have captured images from each of them. Whether you're a Gamecock or a Fire Ant, commencement always ends with "Forever to Thee."
May 04, 2016, Chris Horn
Carolina is one of the few large public universities that still announces each graduate by name at its commencement ceremonies, even as the number of graduates has increased dramatically in recent years. For Harvie Nachlinger, it’s just a matter of speed and diction to enunciate each student's name.
May 03, 2016, Peggy Binette
French professor Lara Lomicka Anderson loves being part of and building communities. As the newly named principal of Preston Residential College, she and her family will move into the residence hall, where they will experience the college journey with undergraduates for the next three years.
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 28, 2016, Dan Cook
Five years ago, there was no Gamecock Sailing Club. Today, there’s an active club with up to 80-plus members during any given semester. Meanwhile, the club’s president, a senior finance major who graduates this week, hopes to turn her passion into a career in the sailing industry.
April 28, 2016, Megan Sexton
Rosa and Winton Eugene married in 1968 and moved from South Carolina to Chicago and back home again, with careers in carpentry, nursing, carpet installation and farming along the way. But it’s the work they are doing now – making elegant, functional pottery in their Upstate studio – that has brought them attention. Each will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree at commencement.
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 21, 2016, Megan Sexton
The University of South Carolina presented its top honors, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Steven N. Swanger awards, to four graduating seniors during the university’s annual Awards Day ceremony Thursday on the historic Horseshoe.
April 20, 2016
Junior geography and marine science major Jory Fleming has been named a 2016 Truman Scholar, one of the most prestigious national scholarships in the U.S.
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, Peggy Binette
Reconstruction was the first chapter in America’s civil rights movement. And its influence on race relations continues across the country and on college campuses, although few may realize its connection. Now 150 years later, the University of South Carolina’s History Center and Historic Columbia hopes to deepen public understanding of Reconstruction’s history and racial legacy with a symposium April 21–22.
April 14, 2016, Jeff Stensland
The University of South Carolina and IBM announced a broadening of their collaboration, applying cognitive capabilities and the Internet of Things (IoT) to develop new solutions for predictive analytics and maintenance. On Thursday the two organizations are hosted the grand opening of the $25 million Center for Applied Innovation, where university, IBM and private sector researchers—including Fluor Corporation—will use the technology for a host of real-world applications.
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 12, 2016, Chris Horn
It’s probably not a record, but third-year medical student Dustin Rawlinson still marvels at how much experience he got in his recent obstetrics rotation — delivering 20 babies in two weeks. Rawlinson is among the inaugural cohort of M-III students at the School of Medicine’s Florence regional campus, and they and the other M-IIIs are getting a full dose of hands-on learning.
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 07, 2016, Craig Brandhorst
William Shakespeare’s First Folio, an anthology of 36 plays compiled by the playwright’s friends seven years after his death, is considered one of the most important books in the English language and is widely credited for preserving Shakespeare’s for the future. From April 14 to April 30, one of the few remaining copies will be on display at University of South Carolina’s Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
April 07, 2016, Olivia Currey
Back when Parker Moore was in high school, he and his friends spent upwards of three hours driving to and from the closest big city to get fitted for, pick up and return their rented tuxes for prom. Now a senior marketing and management major in the Darla Moore School of Business, Moore launched a business to reduce prom tux frustration. He is testing his Tux on Trux this prom season in South Carolina.
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 31, 2016, Dan Cook
Nearly 450 years after it was established, the Spanish settlement of Santa Elena — situated on Parris Island in Beaufort County — has yet to fully reveal its secrets. Scholars know when it was founded and have unearthed thousands of artifacts at the site. But public awareness of the site remains limited, and relatively little is known about the actual layout of the settlement.
March 31, 2016, Glenn Hare
Influenced by the likes of opera stars Leontyne Price and Kathleen Battle, USC music student Valencia Callens has high standards. But the master of music in theatre performance is undaunted by the challenge. Callens will showcase what’s she’s learned at Carolina this weekend when performs in “Speed Dating Tonight!” presented by Opera at USC in the School of Music recital hall.
March 30, 2016, Page Ivey
Helping her peers, especially other young women, find their leadership voice is Caroline Westberg’s passion. She has spent the past year – her senior year at the University of South Carolina – creating Women LEAD. On Wednesday, Westberg was named the 2016 Outstanding Woman of the Year.
March 28, 2016, Page Ivey
For researchers, little else is more gratifying than studying something that helps someone else — whether it’s finding a sustainable healthy diet, a better way to motivate workers or a way to make coursework more engaging. For some professors and researchers that means taking their scholarly work into the blogosphere, where they can reach not just others in their profession, but those who might learn from their work.
March 24, 2016, Peggy Binette
Alondra Nelson, the dean of social science at Columbia University, will discuss how the science and technology of ancestry analysis has placed the double helix of DNA in the middle of social issues surrounding race as this year’s Robert Smalls lecturer on March 30 at the University of South Carolina.
March 21, 2016
Amy V. Cockcroft was a leader in nursing, always pushing for better-educated and better-prepared nurses and then for nurses who were ready to take on leadership positions. It’s why she established the College of Nursing’s Nursing Leadership Development program more than 20 years ago, to provide nurses with the skills, strategies, knowledge and techniques in becoming successful health care leaders within a generation of rapid change.
March 17, 2016, Peggy Binette
History professor Marjorie Spruill will give a public talk about how the events that divided American women in the 1970s are connected to the polarized politics that has gripped America since 1980. Her talk, which will take place at 6 p.m. March 22 in Capstone House, is based on forthcoming book with Bloomsbury Press, titled “Divided We Stand: Women’s Rights, Family Values & the Polarization of American Politics.”
March 16, 2016, Page Ivey
In her 15 years at the Arnold School of Public Health, epidemiology and biostatistics professor Angela Liese has not only done ground-breaking research in the area of nutrition, food security and diabetes, but also mentored dozens of junior faculty both in the Arnold School and in other colleges and disciplines. Liese has been named a 2016 Breakthrough Leadership Award winner by the Office of Research.
March 15, 2016, Page Ivey
Very few disciplines have as much real-world immediate impact as public health, and the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health has increased its reach and impact in each of its 40 years, going from seven faculty members and 34 students in 1975 to more than 2,500 students and 137 faculty who last year garnered $36 million in research dollars.
March 10, 2016, Megan Sexton
“Spotlight,” the Oscar-winning movie that tells the story of The Boston Globe’s investigation of sexual abuse by Catholic priests, has been praised by journalists for its authentic portrayal of the work it takes to do in-depth reporting. “Everyone should see the movie and should be cheering for good journalism,” said Charles Bierbauer, dean of the College of Information and Communications.
March 07, 2016, Ore Oluwole
Alexandria Caputo was the first student from the University of South Carolina to travel to Oman. The senior political science major with a minor in Islamic studies and a concentration in Arabic also has traveled to lso to Morocco and Israel. “All of the places that I’ve traveled have provided the best learning experiences for me,” she says.
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 29, 2016, Chris Horn
It probably isn’t surprising that beer purchases increase just after food stamp recipients receive their benefit cards. But researchers are looking at other connections to the food-assistance program that are a little more surprising.
February 28, 2016
Jill Goodtree, Olivia Currey and Richard Lipkin are interns for the university’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs. The three public relations majors in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications had the opportunity to work for CNN during the television network’s two “town hall” events at the UofSC law school, leading up to the Republican and Democratic presidential primaries held in South Carolina in February.
February 25, 2016, Peggy Binette
Rudolf Jaenisch has dedicated his life to helping people who are battling neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease. And while his parents and grandparents chose careers in medicine, he chose the healing path of cellular science.
February 24, 2016, Jeff Stensland
the University of South Carolina, along with a consortium of leading industry, academic, and government partners, announces the creation of SC Cyber. SC Cyber is a statewide initiative, housed at USC, committed to securing our state’s critical infrastructure and training those on the front lines of the fight to protect technological assets.
February 23, 2016, Luci Clemens
After competing in the Proving Ground competition last semester, three University of South Carolina students are turning their business pitch into a reality — and they’re starting with your salad. John Stewart, Erin Ryan and Bri Matthews are introducing fresh, local lettuce to the Columbia campus dining with an agricultural method called hydroponics.
February 22, 2016, Glenn Hare
Noted Gullah storyteller and singer Anita Singleton-Prather, along with the Gullah Kinfolk, will share stories and songs at “Shared Traditions: Sacred Music in the South,” a two-day symposium featuring shape-note singing, African-American spirituals and other music traditions unique to the South. The symposium starts with a meet-and-greet with Singleton-Prather at 3:30 p.m. Friday (Feb. 26) in the McKissick Museum on the historic Horseshoe.
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 18, 2016, Dana D'Haeseleer
University of South Carolina’s First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides wears many hats – cook, author and gardener to name a few – but during Heart Health Awareness month, Moore-Pastides will don yet another: award recipient. On Tuesday (Feb. 23), the Palmetto Center for Women, formerly the YWCA of the Midlands, will honor Moore-Pastides for her commitment to health and wellness in the Carolina community.
February 15, 2016, Chris Horn
If it's a disaster, whether natural or manmade, the Hazards and Vulnerabilities Research Lab at the University of South Carolina has probably considered the ramifications of it from every angle. It's what they do — studying vulnerability to potential disasters across the U.S. while also interpreting data from past disasters.
February 14, 2016, Megan Sexton
Eric Bringley believes the best way he can change the world is through science. The senior in the South Carolina Honors College will take another step toward that goal next fall in the U.K. after being awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship –one of the world’s most prestigious international scholarships. Bringley will pursue a doctorate in chemical engineering focused in theoretical chemistry and stochastic modeling at the University of Cambridge.
February 12, 2016, Peggy Binette
President Harris Pastides is passionate about helping students develop their leadership skills. That’s why he created the Carolina Leadership Initiative in 2010, which includes an annual President’s Leadership Dialogue that makes leaders from various fields and backgrounds available to students and the campus community.
February 10, 2016, Glenn Hare
Fred is the ideal companion. He’s always eager to help out. He’s entertaining and he’s great with people. Fred and his human partner Becky Sullivan are featured in “A Helping Paw, ” a short film directed and edited by University of South Carolina media arts student Faith Cox. The documentary is the inaugural winner of the Walt Hanclosky Social Issue Production Award for Media Arts in the School of Visual Art and Design.
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 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.
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.