Like a lot of college students, Natalie Pita believes in finding her passion -- but she's taking a pluralistic approach. "I'm very passionate about everything I get involved with," says Pita, a sophomore majoring in international business, economics and Spanish and minoring in dance and public relations.
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.
Gregory Garret stumbled into his career after an apprenticeship at a salon turned him on to hairstyling while attending the University of South Carolina. It wasn't the traditional path for a college graduate but as the owner, manager and head stylist of Columbia's newest salon, Garret isn't just styling hair.
For University of South Carolina students who want to be doctors, Timmy Global Health gives them real life experience, while helping others.
Andy Hayes and Dale McCants, two alumni of the University of South Carolina's doctoral program in mechanical engineering, are the masterminds behind the nanofluid coolant Ice Dragon, which is used by online gamers to cool high-end PCs. Now the two hope to use the same coolant on a larger scale to cool everything from motorcycle engines to office buildings.
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. Their 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.
For the whole of her 28-career at the University of South Carolina, Helen Doerpinghaus has focused primarily on undergraduate students — and they’ve benefited from the attention. Doerpinghaus’ newest role as interim provost of the university will dramatically broaden the scope of her duties, but she’s confident that the undergraduate initiatives under her purview won’t suffer in the meantime.
You cannot speak with Anna Scheyett for more than five minutes without realizing her passion to help people and, soon thereafter, her indignation at the obstacles to getting that help to those who need it most. It is the hallmark combination for any good social worker: individual well being and social justice.
Poet, associate professor of English and director of Women's and Gender Studies Ed Madden has been named the inaugural poet laureate for the City of Columbia. During his four-year term he plans to promote public art and the growth of the city's literary community.
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 persuade Vishniac’s daughter, Mara, to donate a historic collection of her father’s work to the university’s Moving Image Research Collections in 1994 rather than to a similarly acronymed university in southern California.
Four months ago, Summer Swindle didn't know a Bugatti from a Bentley or a Maybach from a McLaren. Now she's managing events that draw more than 20,000 car enthusiasts to see some of the world's most exotic automobiles.
Have you already stumbled in your New Year's resolutions to lose weight, exercise more and be healthier? Have no fear, Campus Wellness is here to provide you with all the support you need to keep those resolutions in tact.
Andy Akiho's love of percussion began in the mid 1980s when his sister convinced him to play drums in a rock band. During his first performance on the high school drum line, he instinctively knew that "music had to be [his] life." The S.C. native was accepted into USC's School of Music where he says it all started.
The University of South Carolina was again recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its commitment to community engagement activities, making it one of only 40 public universities to earn both the top-tier research classification and the community engagement classification from Carnegie.
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 pharmaceutical giant Merck, Johnson is putting his Carolina degree to work to help bring cost-effective vaccines to countries across the globe.
Silence is golden -- unless it's your own tongue that has become mute as the result of brain injury or stroke.
"The University of South Carolina was a proving ground for me," says Joseph Young, the recently appointed assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. "I was tested in every aspect of my education. From playing in the marching the band, trying my hand at composing and singing in the choir to performing in the wind ensembles and student teaching, the university was critical in my development."
It has been a must-read for University of South Carolina students since publication began more than a century ago, and now The Gamecock archive is just a mouse click away for everyone. The keyword searchable collection of student newspapers that dates back to 1908 can be highly entertaining and addictive.
University of South Carolina assistant professor of Mexican literature Raul Diego Rivera Hernandez volunteers once a week with Freedom University in Atlanta. Started in 2011 by a group of University of Georgia professors, Freedom University provides free college-level courses for undocumented youth in Georgia who have been denied entry at the state’s top five public universities and denied in-state tuition at all public state universities by the Georgia Board of Regents.
Biological Sciences professor Timothy Mousseau has made more than 30 trips to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site in Ukraine since 1999. In the past few years, he has traveled a dozen times to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear site in Japan to study the aftereffects of that catastrophe. Mousseau, as a part of UofSC's Chernobyl Research Initiative, is focused on the health and environmental outcomes of radiation effects in wildlife.
As 2014 comes to a close, the university's writers share some of their favorite Carolina stories of the year.
As a geochemistry professor, Michael Bizimis knows plenty about rock, but his first true love? That was heavy metal.
Felipe Thomaz is a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and brings a "family tradition" of marketing and sales to his position as an associate professor of marketing at the Darla Moore School of Business.
Music major Lonnie Russell came to the University of South Carolina to study piano with Charles Fugo, but ever since his senior year at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, his longterm plan has been to go to medical school following his undergraduate education. Next year, he will embark on the next phase of that journey as a first-year medical student at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.
Health communication researchers from an array of disciplines are teaming up with the Richland County (S.C.) Library to help give people information about the Affordable Care Act. The law, also known as Health Care Reform and Obamacare, has some requirements that people need to know to make health care, insurance and financial decisions.