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The Impact of the Mellon Foundation Grant on Women's and Gender Studies at USC

The University of South Carolina's Department of Women's and Gender Studies has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through its "Affirming Multivocal Humanities" initiative, which, according to its website, strives to “further address the continuing need for nuanced scholarship on the breadth of the human experience through race, ethnic, gender and sexuality studies."

Teaching Award Spotlight: Amanda Murphy, Department of Statistics

When it's time to sign up for classes, statistics students at the University of South Carolina eagerly advise, "Make sure you get into Murphy's class!" This enthusiastic endorsement highlights Amanda Murphy's dedication and engaging teaching methods, which have earned her the 2024 Professional Track Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Teaching Award Spotlight: Joshua Meyer-Gutbrod, Department of Political Science

Since joining the College of Arts and Sciences in 2020, Joshua Meyer-Gutbrod has revolutionized the experience for political science students. He created a semester-long Senate simulation class, enabling students to practice politics by role-playing as senators.

Arts and Sciences boasts trio of MIRA winners

Earning the Maximizing Investigators' Research Award is a rare accomplishment. The MIRA is a prestigious honor bestowed annually by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, and only those researchers at the cutting edge of their field are considered.

USC's Edsel Peña, incoming statistics department chair, elected IMS Fellow

Edsel Peña has reached a high point in his nearly 40-year career. The professor in USC's Department of Statistics has been named a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), one of the biggest honors for a statistician. In addition, Peña has received an award from the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering.

USC biologist revives historic moth and butterfly collection

What started as a hobby taking photos of butterflies at a community garden gave Allie Fletcher a jumpstart to a future in ecology research. Now, she's helping build one of the largest single-site insect databases in the country, while discovering and identifying species never documented in South Carolina.

Archaeologists uncover new evidence for prehistoric comet

At dig sites in South Carolina, Maryland and New Jersey, shock-fractured quartz hints at a violent cosmic impact almost 13,000 years ago.

Support and passion bring Honors College alumna into the 'ocean twilight zone'

Honors College alumna Kayla Gardner’s passion for protecting the ocean and teaching others to do the same led her to pursue a career in marine science. Unlike many young people who are drawn to dolphins, turtles or sharks, much smaller creatures sparked Gardner’s interest.

2-time James Beard Book Award finalist rescues food staples of yesteryear

Carolina Distinguished Professor David Shields is a finalist for the 2024 James Beard Book Award for his book The Ark of Taste: Delicious and Distinctive Foods that Define the United States.

Public history alumna helps developers preserve historic buildings

Historic preservation consultant Janie Campbell, 2016 public history, has made a career of going into opportunities with low expectations and coming out of them realizing they were exactly what she needed at the time.

Cyber policy and ethics students shine in global competition

A team of University of South Carolina students had to solve an international crisis as part of a competition called Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge. The situation was fictional, but their solution to the problem had to be based on real-world policy dealing with technology that crosses borders. The experience gave them a taste of what their future careers may be like.

Unique experiences make graduating Cocky's time as mascot worth it

When Tramont Miles first read the email, he thought someone was pulling an April Fools' prank on him. It was April 1, 2022 and the email was telling him he was selected for one of the most undercover jobs at South Carolina.

2010 international studies graduate runs wine school in Colorado

Kellie Martin can still remember the moment when she changed her mind about wine. She was in college, sitting in a French café with a friend and overwhelmed by the expansive menu and wine list. Her friend stepped in, offering to order wine for them.

Supporting 'democracy' is hard for many who feel government and the economy are failing them

A recent survey shows that a substantial portion of people across countries feel unrepresented by their governments and are dissatisfied with how their democracy is functioning. Political science professor Matthew Wilson writes for The Conversation about this pattern of "democratic backsliding."

Here's to the class of 2024!

Hear from members of the College of Arts and Sciences' graduating class as they share their best memories, advice and hopes for the future.

Senior Spotlight: How Katie McBride discovered a love for chemistry

As a premedical student, Katie McBride found support and a path to success through chemist Natalia Shustova's research group. From a tough start with chemistry, McBride became one of the department's top students and was honored with the university's Outstanding Senior Award.

Double honor: USC historian lands Guggenheim Fellowship, Rome Prize

Carol Harrison is headed to Rome for the upcoming school year thanks to two major fellowships supporting her research on the First Vatican Council (1869-1870). A professor in USC’s Department of History, Harrison recently won both the Guggenheim Fellowship — one of the world’s most prestigious grants for scholars — and the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome.

Susan Cutter elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Susan Cutter, director of the Hazards Vulnerability and Resilience Institute at the University of South Carolina, has been elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Autism-related research part of wide-ranging USC focus on neuroscience

The University of South Carolina is focused on the brain. From autism and aphasia to Alzheimer’s and other related dementias, university researchers are working across several academic disciplines to better understand how the brain works and to develop solutions that will improve people’s health.

Father's writing 'to survive' loss of young son turns into inspirational book

USC alumnus Stephen Panus has written an inspirational book about surviving the loss of his teenage son Jake. Panus, who also established a scholarship for football walk-ons to honor the memory of his son, will be in town to talk about his book "Walk On."

Sullivan Award winner plans to continue volunteerism as physician

Edgar Lemus Rivera plans to continue his dedication to volunteerism and service as he works his way through medical school to become a physician. The biochemistry and molecular biology major from Toms River, New Jersey, is one of two winners of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award — the university’s highest student honor.

USC's student-run design studio nurtures creativity and industry experience

Students lead a new design studio and incubator to innovative learning opportunities beyond the classroom and bring community visibility to the work of student designers, thanks to a grant from the McCausland Innovation Fund.

Biology major's research experiences inspire her to help others

When Vrutti Patel transferred to the University of South Carolina, she wanted to expand her horizons and get out of her comfort zone. In pursuit of her goal, the fourth-year biological sciences major has participated in undergraduate research and gotten involved with the on-campus organization the Alliance for Women in STEM.

MPA student launches Special Olympics student organization at USC

Keaton Bentley started the new USC Special Olympics College Club through an internship for his MPA degree. When he graduates this May, he'll take that experience with him as he begins his dream job in a director role for Special Olympics North Carolina.

USC chemist wins highest honor for scientists awarded in Germany

This spring, chemist Natalia Shustova's work on light harvesting gained the support of Germany's Humboldt Foundation, which honored her with the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. The most prestigious honor of its kind in Germany, the award is given to scientists who exemplify excellence in research and innovation throughout their career.

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