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From art to science: New initiatives span the gamut

College of Arts and Sciences launches two high-impact projects

The College of Arts and Sciences is known for research and programming that not only pushes the boundaries of scientific discovery, but also answers important questions that help people lead better lives. That’s the goal of two recently-funded outreach projects that truly exemplify the interdisciplinary nature of the college.
The Globe at UofSC: A National Partnership for the Arts
Robert Richmond, Department of Theatre and Dance
This project will serve as a symbol of innovation, promoting transformative teaching, research, creative activities and community engagement in the arts. Situated on campus, the Globe at UofSC will be a portable, outdoor theater that will provide students and the community a unique experience to watch performances outdoors. After its monthlong debut on campus during the 2020 Maymester, the theater will be housed in the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., as the centerpiece of their exhibition, and will serve as the performance venue for the Folger Shakespeare Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The portability of the Globe at UofSC will enhance cross-cultural exchange and provide students with training experiences and connections to artists worldwide.
Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders Center
Jane Roberts, Department of Psychology and Jeff Twiss, Department of Biological Sciences
The new center will bolster the university’s expertise in autism and neurodevelopmental disorders, making strategic faculty hires and encouraging multi-disciplinary research projects that benefit patients, families and caregivers. The Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders Centerwill serve as a home for research with artificial intelligence, big data and neuroimaging programs to provide the best possible outcome for the community and patients and families dealing with neurodevelopment disorders.
The depth and breadth of these projects reflect extremely well on our faculty members and their commitment to work that makes an appreciable difference in the world. These projects from the College of Arts and Sciences promise to be transformative to the University of South Carolina and beyond.

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