Stories for Faculty and Staff

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Going dark

August 20, 2017, Chris Horn

Naturalist-in-residence Rudy Mancke has never witnessed a total solar eclipse, so he’s especially looking forward to the Aug. 21 event, not only to see what’s happening in the sky but to learn how it affects the animal life he’s studied for so long

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Brew it yourself

August 15, 2017, Craig Brandhorst

Before he finished college, Kevin Varner, ’93, was working in a brewery. By his mid-20s, he had started one himself. Now, a quarter century later, the founder of Columbia’s Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Ale House is back at it, opening a second brewery, this one so big you could fly a plane through the front door — or at least taxi in.

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Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award winner: Mindi Spencer

August 11, 2017, Megan Sexton

In her nine years at the University of South Carolina, Mindi Spencer has focused on adapting her teaching to better serve students’ needs. During that time, the Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching award winner says she has grown from an instructor into a teacher in the classroom, and from a teacher into a mentor outside the classroom walls.

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Countdown to totality

August 10, 2017, Jalena James

Solar eclipses have long captured people’s imaginations throughout the ages, and the university will host special events dedicated to exploring the historical fascination surrounding such astronomical events Aug. 17-21.

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Cause and reflect

August 09, 2017, Chris Horn

An innovative program at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department aims to prevent post-traumatic stress disorder among its officers — and change the culture in law enforcement that makes it difficult to ask for help.

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Age of discovery

August 01, 2017, Craig Brandhorst

Study abroad can be a revelatory experience, and the rewards only increase with the passage of time. USC Times tracked down several USC faculty and staff members who studied abroad when they were students and asked them to reflect on what they learned — not just about the world but about themselves.

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Wellness revealed

August 01, 2017, Chris Horn

With its soothing interior colors, lush plants, comfy seating and walls of windows, the new student health center might become the next cool place for students to hang out. And if that happens, executive director of student health services Debbie Beck will be more than a little pleased.

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When tracking math students doesn't add up

July 21, 2017, Kathryn McPhail

Education professor Rhonda Jeffries and graduate student Hope Reed wanted to close the achievement gap for underrepresented students, specifically those tracked to be in remedial classes. So, they took a risk with a group of freshman students at Blythewood High School and conducted a secret experiment of sorts that proved to be powerful.

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Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year: Cliff Leaman

July 21, 2017, Megan Sexton

Clifford Leaman's love of teaching and performing is obvious to Leaman’s students and colleagues, who describe him as a master performer and teacher. This year, the university presented Leaman, who has taught saxophone at Carolina for the past 17 years, with its highest teaching honor: the Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year Award.

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A hand up

July 06, 2017, Melinda Waldrop

After a year-and-a-half of work, Carolina graduate student Derek Bedenbaugh is a chapter away from finishing his dissertation examining disability and gender roles in 19th century British literature. Bedenbaugh’s journey to that momentous occasion has been made smoother thanks to the Bilinski Educational Foundation.

Sharon DeWitte

Black Death's detective

June 28, 2017, Peggy Binette

Armed with a new NSF grant, anthropologist Sharon DeWitte is embarking on research that builds on nearly 15 years of studying the Black Death and will create a new approach to understanding a population’s vulnerability to infectious disease. UofSC caught up with DeWitte to discuss how she decodes death.

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The hidden parents of South Carolina

June 26, 2017, Kathryn McPhail

Raised by a Cuban father and Colombian mother in Boston, Massachusetts, Julia López-Robertson experienced first-hand the challenges that come with being a member of an underrepresented population in America. Now as a professor in the College of Education, she is helping other Latino families through her research and outreach.