March 24, 2017, Jeff Stensland
March 24, 2017, Chris Horn
If a key component in a car goes bad, the car won’t go for long. That’s roughly what happens in the human body when mutations and other insults disrupt the mitochondria, the essential energy-making components of human cells. Norma Frizzell has devoted much of her career to understanding how and why mitochondria go haywire and sometimes lead to fatal maladies.
March 17, 2017, Chris Horn
Li Cai is often teaching and conducting experiments — his expertise is in synthesizing rare sugars. When he’s not busy with those activities, he’s reviewing manuscripts for 31 scholarly journals and mentoring undergraduate students at USC Salkehatchie.
March 14, 2017, Craig Brandhorst
Wikipedia is an increasingly trusted reference resource, even among academics, but it’s not without biases, particularly when it comes to gender. “An Entry of Her Own: UofSC’s 2017 Wikipedia Edit-a-thon” is part of a larger effort to correct the imbalance.
March 10, 2017, Page Ivey
Virginia Shervette gets some groans from her biology students at USC Aiken when she introduces a new fish species to her class with the phrase, “Oh, that’s a tasty one.” But she makes it very clear that a big part of her research is to focus on managing commercial fish populations.
March 08, 2017, Peggy Binette
No one knows for certain why the Clovis people and iconic beasts -- mastodon, mammoth and saber-toothed tiger – living some 12,800 years ago suddenly disappeared. However, a discovery of widespread platinum at archaeological sites across the United States by three University of South Carolina archaeologists has provided an important clue in solving this enduring mystery. The research findings are outlined in a new study released Thursday (March 9) in Scientific Reports, a publication of Nature.
January 30, 2017, Page Ivey
South Carolina's most recent Rhodes Scholarship winner credits his mother and his UofSC experiences with helping him be successful.
January 26, 2017, Melinda Waldrop
Tonya Colpitts’ profession is a real conversation-starter — or ender. Colpitts, a molecular virologist and assistant professor in the School of Medicine, spends her days surrounded by mosquitoes.
January 26, 2017, John Brunelli
Yellow fever patients in Charleston died by the hundreds in the mid-19th century. "Black Medicine White Bodies," a new exhibit at McKissick Museum shows how traditional treatments saved people during the epidemics that plagued the Lowcountry.
January 11, 2017, Adena Rice
Living and experiencing different parts of the world gave Stefanie Feltwell, an international business and economics senior, a competitive edge to receive one of just 12 Women in Business scholarships from the Zonta International Foundation. Feltwell has used the global and leadership experience she gained at the University of South Carolina to develop her passion for helping others into a future career in international policy and global development.
January 10, 2017, Chris Horn
Nearly 90 years ago, astronomer Edwin Hubble discovered that the universe is expanding. Now we know, thanks to research by Adam Riess and other scientists, that this cosmic expansion is speeding up. The Nobel-winning astrophysicist will explain the phenomenon of a faster-expanding universe in a Jan. 17 public lecture at Carolina.
December 15, 2016, USC Times
A is for alphabet, at least according to USC Times. To help close out 2016, the University of South Carolina’s monthly magazine for faculty and staff devoted its entire December issue to the ABCs of 2016 — with each letter representing a different accomplishment, announcement or notable arrival from the past year.
December 14, 2016, Page Ivey
If you’re of a certain age, you might remember the row of dusty encyclopedias in your parents’ den — books that were the Google of their day but limited in what they could convey. Now you can open the “South Carolina Encyclopedia” and hear Dizzy Gillespie talk about be-bop or watch qualifying for a 1970s Southern 500 stock car race. That’s because the encyclopedia has gone digital.
December 02, 2016, Dan Cook
In the spring, the University of South Carolina School of Medicine joined forces with Palmetto Health to create the largest multi-specialty medical group in the Midlands. The partnership vastly expands the services available to patients and is making the city of Columbia a medical destination.
December 01, 2016, Peggy Binette
The impact that interest rates, industry trends and new presidential administrations have on South Carolina’s economy are among the topics that have drawn the state’s business leaders to the Darla Moore School of Business’ Annual Economic Outlook Conference (EOC) since 1980. More than 150 leaders will be at this year’s EOC on Thursday.
November 18, 2016, Jo Jo Winkelmann
Graduate business student Brittany VanderBeek was put on a project of epic proportions during her internship at Michelin: Bring Carolina and Clemson students together to help reduce waste at a tire manufacturer. Next semester, the first joint class of students will begin working on solutions thanks to VanderBeek's hard work.
October 19, 2016, Lynn Schutte
Scott O’Dell’s 1960 book “Island of the Blue Dolphins” has been a classroom favorite, despite some potentially controversial elements. The University of South Carolina’s Sara Schwebel, associate professor of English, is working to help explain that controversy. With the help of students, Schwebel has edited and published a critical edition of the book, complete with an introduction and essays to help place the narrative in its correct historical and cultural context.
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 09, 2016, Chris Horn
For Michael Dowdy, there’s a familiar ring to this year’s political rhetoric about border walls and deportation of Latinos. “Latinos have a different story than most in coming to the United States and a unique perspective on the American dream,” says Dowdy, a recently appointed associate professor whose specialty is Latino literature and poetry.
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.
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.
September 28, 2016, John Brunelli
The Office of Research will host the S.C. Flood Conference Oct. 7 to release results from 34 flood-related projects. Researchers from academic disciplines across the university studied last year's historic floods, and how to prepare for and lessen the damage from future storms.
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 20, 2016, Craig Brandhorst
Julie Smithwick began laying the groundwork for PASOs as part of a field placement project for her master’s in social work in 2005. Now based at the Arnold School of Public Health, the statewide organization provides health care education and resource navigation to 8,500 Latinos a year and boasts a budget of $1.3 million.
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 16, 2016, Dan Cook
When Virginia Scotchie was asked to created dinnerware for an exclusive, $700-per-plate experimental gastronomy event, she didn't think twice. Scotchie was attracted not only to working with top chefs and a Dutch arts collective, but also to the artistic puzzle of translating her sculptural skills into functional artworks.
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 23, 2016, Craig Brandhorst
Archaeologist Steve Smith is continuing to pursue his lifelong fascination with one of South Carolina’s most famous Revolutionaries, Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox. Smith and colleagues are investigating Fort Motte, the Colonial plantation where Marion and “Light Horse” Harry Lee won a major victory against the British.
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.
August 03, 2016, Craig Brandhorst
Aphasia, a communication disorder caused by damage to the left hemisphere of the brain, robs people of their ability to process language. A team of researchers led by SmartState Endowed Chair of Memory and Brain Function Julius Fridriksson is using state-of-the-art MRI, machine learning and new therapies to help those people find their words again.
August 01, 2016, Dan Cook
With South Carolina still recovering from last October’s historic floods, it might seem incongruous to study drought. But this state has faced serious drought in the past — and it will again. Enter the the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessment team, which works to improve our understanding of drought over time and space.
July 28, 2016, Augusta Bauknight
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has named University of South Carolina professors Scott R. Goode and Susan D. Richardson 2016 ACS Fellows. Goode and Richardson, faculty in the department of chemistry and biochemistry, are among 57 national fellows chosen for their exceptional accomplishments in chemistry and service to the ACS community.
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 20, 2016, Craig Brandhorst
Slavery, the Civil War, abolition, Reconstruction — University of South Carolina Beaufort history professor J. Brent Morris spends a lot of time contemplating the 19th century. That doesn’t mean, however, that the 2016 Breakthrough Star recipient is living in the past.
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.
July 11, 2016, Rob Schaller
“Without marriage, there could be no stable family units, no children, and no future. And without mail-order brides, one could argue, there might not be a United States of America. The entire colonial endeavor hinged on marriage,” says University of South Carolina law professor Marcia Yablon-Zug, whose new book, “Buying a Bride: An Engaging History of Mail-Order Matches,” traces the phenomenon as far back as our nation’s first permanent English settlement, Jamestown.
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 15, 2016, Page Ivey
Michy Kelly’s fascination with how brains work began in high school when she noticed that she and her brother were polar opposites when it came to cognitive abilities. Finding the physical difference in brains that have an inability to consistently create new memories — or find old ones — is a key focus of her work, which earned her recognition as one of the University of South Carolina’s 2016 Breakthrough Stars.
June 14, 2016, Chris Horn
The Cold Case Project, an initiative in the Children’s Law Center, focuses on a select group of adolescents who have lingered in the S.C. foster system and are at risk for aging out of foster care without achieving legal permanency — that is, without a family. Partnering with DSS and the family courts, Cold Case staff find ways to reunite these at-risk foster children with responsible family members or to match them with a new family. With children’s lives at stake, giving up is not an option.
June 13, 2016, Erin Mikes
In a study published in the American Chemical Society’s “Environmental Science and Technology,” Carolina chemistry professor Susan D. Richardson, together with EPA collaborators, details the potential health impacts that can result when pool and hot tub disinfectants combine with bodily fluids.
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 08, 2016, Chris Horn
Ralph White’s story could be told in numbers — journal papers published, graduate students who completed their degrees under his tutelage, or years of service as a department chair and dean and mentor and colleague. Or it could be told in international honors. Whatever the case, it's easy to see why he is a recipient of the 2016 Leadership in Research Award.
June 06, 2016, Dan Cook
Biology professor Beth Krizek fell in love with research years before she gave much thought to teaching. Two decades into her career as a plant biologist, research remains her passion — but she's also the recipient of a Mungo teaching award.
May 30, 2016, Craig Brandhorst
Dan Reger, a distinguished professor emeritus in the University of South Carolina’s department of chemistry and biochemistry who won a 2016 Breakthrough Leadership Award, says he has learned through his long career that leadership in more than a buzzword.
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 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 12, 2016, Glenn Hare
Julie Hubbert is a film buff, and this summer she's headed to Hollywood. But not to stalk the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio or Jennifer Lawrence. A recipient of a National Endowment of Humanities Summer Stipend and a music historian in the School of Music, Hubbert will busy her days in Tinsel Town combing the documents of legendary filmmakers from the New Hollywood era, also dubbed the American New Wave.
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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.