This spring break, while many students take a breather from classes, some Gamecocks will be getting hands-on health care experience, helping rural villagers and getting a taste for world travel. The service-learning trip to Belize promises to be a life-changing experience for the 24 students.
Courtney Wheeler rattles off the ingredients of a lightweight concrete mixture like someone reciting a treasured family recipe. She knows the amounts, what each ingredient does and why it works to create a structure light enough to float with four people in it, but sturdy enough to hold those people. An Air Force Reservist, Wheeler's know-how and leadership skills made her a natural captain for the College of Engineering and Computing's entry in this year's Concrete Canoe Competition.
The University of South Carolina's College of Education has launched a campaign to recruit more math and science teachers. Using a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education will use the funds to recruit, place and train teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics--commonly called "STEM" education. Keenan High School math teacher Anthony Myers is a graduate of the program, and gets an "A" from his students on how he runs his class.
Science fairs in the United States have a long and storied history, one that reflects trends and attitudes in the larger American culture. They also embody the spirit of childhood imagination and ingenuity. Graduate student Sarah Scripps' dissertation-in-progress, "Science Fairs before Sputnik," puts that history under the microscope.
What's a ceramics professor got to do with a TV show about pharaohs and sorcerers? OK, she's not actually in the show, but Virginia Scotchie and her former student, Bri Kinard, can take credit for some of the props when the TV drama "Hieroglyph" that premiers this fall.
For two hours every Tuesday, Gabriel Crawford is a jazz master, sharing his love of the genre with listeners on WUSC. He prepares for his weekly show - "Swing Swang Swung" - the way a professor prepares for class.
Nursing student Ben Thomas knew only that he wanted a degree from the University of South Carolina. What he charted out in his four years here is a unique path to becoming a physician that starts first with a nursing degree and includes a few years working as a critical care nurse.
Five public relations seniors take on the unique opportunity of researching, creating and implementing a corporate public relations campaign for a national client as part of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication's Bateman Team.
Taylor Dietrich discovered her love for Dance Marathon as a freshman. At first, it was just a booth during the annual Student Organization Fair, but an illness and hospital visit led Dietrich to see firsthand how important the University of South Carolina's student-run philanthropy event is to Palmetto Health Children's Hospital.
University of South Carolina history professors and students worked with members of Historic Columbia to shape the vision for the newly reopened Woodrow Wilson Family Home. Displays in the Columbia museum shine light on the 28th president's adolescence and offer insights into the pivotal era of Reconstruction.
Looking for something new this year? Try group exercise classes at the Strom Thurmond Fitness and Wellness Center. Ali Herlong, a junior advertising major with a minor in hotel, restaurant and tourism management, teaches Zumba at 8:30 a.m., Monday and Wednesday, and Bodypump at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Google, nitrogen dioxide, the Navajo Nation and graphene: For senior electrical engineering major Hani Gomez, they're all part of harnessing the laboratory to make the world a better place.
The title of psychology professor Steven Harrod's undergraduate course, Drug Use and Effects, tends to pique students' interest. What they encounter is a course that deals with complex neurochemistry and the ethical complexities of drug laws, treatment and enforcement.
Priyanka Juneja has always had a passion for women empowerment issues, and early this summer, she decided to channel that passion into something bigger -- a way to help people face-to-face. Her student organization, Girls for Tomorrow, hosts workshops for middle school girls.
During the week of Feb. 10, 2014, snow and ice closed the University of South Carolina. But employees from across the campus made personal sacrifices to ensure that our students were taken care of.
The President's Leadership Dialogue is in its third year and welcomes civil rights-era Freedom Rider Diane Nash for a conversation with USC President Harris Pastides. The president answered a few questions for us about the dialogue and what he hopes to see come from the event and the university's Leadership Initiative.
Alumnus George Kessler traveled to Urbino, Italy, on a study abroad program as an undergraduate and fell in love with all things Italian, from the language to the culture to the food. After a career in the restaurant and travel industries, Kessler and his wife, Monica, returned to Columbia two years ago to open Il Giorgione, an intimate restaurant specializing in the types of authentic Italian fare Kessler fell in love with 35 years ago as a student.
Senior Narong Phal has witnessed the same problem in two very different parts of the globe: buildings that can't stand up to rare but powerful natural events. He hopes his undergraduate research at USC can help bring safer structures to his native Cambodia, the U.S. and many nations in between.
Not just anyone can tend to hogs, chickens and goats in the morning and incorporate that experience into a classroom lecture later the same day. But Joe Jones, the new faculty principal of the Green Quad residence Hall, does it all the time.
At USC, the historic Horseshoe has been witness to the beginnings of many love stories. It's no surprise that some choose this special spot as the perfect place to get down on one knee.
Students in the College of HRSM often land cool jobs and internships across the country. But 20 students in the college are getting a closer look this semester at opportunities close to home: nonprofit performing arts and entertainment organizations in Columbia.
To commemorate 50 years since the desegregation of the University of South Carolina, the university has invited a panel of successful African-American alumni to discuss their experiences on campus and inspire the next generation.
When the American athletes parade through the Olympic village in Sochi, Russia, this week, you won't find any Gamecocks on the teams. Stephen Garbett hopes that won't be the case in 2018 in South Korea. The 2010 sport and entertainment management alumnus and skeleton competitor has been training day and night for the games since 2012.
More than 200 University of South Carolina alumni, staff, students and supporters met one-on-one with state lawmakers, asking them to support a tuition timeout.
Alumni Sam and John Drew have bonded over a mutual interest in astronomy their whole lives. Now, they are taking their hobby to the next level.
For many students, college is a time to make new friends, find a career path and discover interests and passions. It also can be a difficult time for managing money and staying financially stable. One out of three college students experience financial stress each year. But the University of South Carolina's Student Success Center helps Gamecocks keep that financial stress in check with its Financial Literacy Program.
Julie Morris had a difficult time when she pursued research as an undergraduate at Michigan State. But the lessons learned from the experience have added to her effectiveness as the director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, which is poised to award its 1,000th Magellan Scholar grant this semester.
As a life coach and psychologist, Lisabeth Saunders Medlock knows exactly what to say to people who have experienced life-changing trauma. Nearly four years ago, she began repeating those words to herself after a freak accident.
Henry Price has seen a lot of changes at the University of South Carolina's School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He has been a student, a graduate student, an alumnus, a faculty member and even an interim dean. This week, the school will celebrate a big milestone as it begins construction on its new, 21st century home. But Price, who retired in 2002 as a distinguished professor emeritus, has a lot to say about where the school has been.
USC ceramics students turn a class project into a work of art for all to enjoy. A collection of spherical sculptures in varying sizes has been erected on the McMaster Art College's front lawn, calling attention to the creative minds at work behind the brick walls.
Erin Derrick's seismology research in geologist Jim Knapp's laboratory is providing essential information for planning the emergency response to an earthquake near Charleston. If anything like the magnitude-7 temblor of 1886 strikes again, public safety officials need to take into account a fault line she has identified under Interstate 26, the major transportation artery in the area.
Spanish moss, pinching blue crabs and resort villages distinguish Josh Eagle's passion for the law. As a USC law professor he is knee-deep in the rising tide of coastal law, a new field of knowledge that combines environmental sciences, land development and public policy. Through his research, Josh seeks to understand the relationship of economic development and nature preservation.
Peter Brews, the Darla Moore School of Business' new dean, plans to be 'all ears' in his first few weeks on the job, listening and assessing before announcing any new initiatives for the university's internationally ranked business school.
Alumnus and Free Times editor Dan Cook, media historian Kathy Roberts Forde and student journalist Austin Price discussed the future of print media for the debut installment of USC Times' new roundtable discussion, Meet & Three.
John Knox first set out to write his dissertation on British romantic literature. He didn't expect rare books and manuscripts in the University Libraries' collections to influence his studies. Then he came across USC Libraries' G. Ross Roy Collection of Scottish Literature, considered the largest collection outside the United Kingdom, while conducting research on narrative poems.
After-school programs have been tasked with providing children healthier snacks, but budgetary concerns can make that hard to do. Arnold School of Public health professor Michael Beets has stepped up with a plan that pairs such programs with local grocery stores to make healthier snacks more affordable.
Sophomore Charlotte Eckmann's summer of marine fieldwork is just one step along the way toward a career in marine science. From the bay scallop to marine bacteria, her research experiences are giving her what she needs to pursue a doctoral degree and establish a laboratory of her own.
Of all the threats afflicting children in South Carolina, one is more prevalent than diabetes, autism, sickle cell and even pediatric cancer. It is child abuse and neglect, and Olga Rosa has made it her mission to better identify and treat the thousands of little ones in South Carolina who become victims every year.
International Student Services director Jody Pritt helps students from around the world feel at home at South Carolina. She hopes their good experiences will bring even more international students here to study and learn more about the university, the state and the U.S. She calls it "person-to-person diplomacy."
Mike Vinson joined South Carolina this summer as the employee relations manager for the entire university system. His office handles many employee issues including monitoring the Employee Performance Management System, coordinating Employee Assistance Program services and mediating workplace disputes.
Brianna Cassidy enjoys taking on challenges in two fields that many see as worlds apart: science and art. And as a graduate student at South Carolina, she has found a way to contribute to both.
For 40 years, there's been one place on the University of South Carolina campus to get the big picture -- the Electron Microscopy Center.
Celebrating its 25th year of publication, USC Times is featuring in its January edition 25 faculty and staff members who joined the university in the past 25 years. USC Times writers asked the faculty and staff featured in "25 Arrive" about their impressions of the campus when they arrived, their accomplishments in the years since and any advice they might proffer to future faculty and staff.
Allan Bolin's first goal when he's on duty is to keep Carolina students, faculty and staff safe and secure. It's a goal he has been working toward since before he graduated from USC in 2010. As a patrol sergeant with the USC Police Department, Bolin and his team handle all incidents on campus - fire alarms, burglaries, auto break-ins.
A geography professor and a team of volunteers are taking the most comprehensive survey of champion trees in the Congaree National Park in nearly 20 years.
Heart failure affects more people than all cancers combined. Now a research program on cardiovascular biomarkers led by Francis Spinale is paving the way for personalized treatment of heart disease.
Health Sciences South Carolina, a consortium in which USC plays an integral role, is pioneering the use of S.C. health data to define best practices for a range of health conditions.
Starting Jan. 1, the Columbia campus is tobacco-free. That means all tobacco use is banned on all university property. Campus Wellness is offering students, faculty and staff a range of resources to quit smoking or manage tobacco cravings while on campus.