November 23, 2020, Bryan Gentry
Three faculty members in the University of South Carolina College of Arts and Sciences have been elected fellows in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The recognition is an honor bestowed by a scientist’s peers to recognize distinguished contributions to science.
November 23, 2020, Chris Horn
Dress codes and curfews persisted at the University of South Carolina until well into the 1960s, but in the waning years were mainly focused on female students. Kit Smith, a 1967 graduate, recalls the dire consequences of returning to campus 15 minutes late.
November 19, 2020, Chris Horn
The Carolina-Clemson football game of 1961 was a close game that ended with an exciting goal-line stand, but this story is about what took place before the game ever started — what’s been hailed as one of the best pranks ever pulled in the history of college football.
November 18, 2020, Allen Wallace
The University of South Carolina’s sport science programs are ranked No. 1 in the United States for the fourth consecutive year in the Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments.
November 17, 2020, Alyssa Yancey
A center based at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia is working to put boots on the ground to improve access to health care for South Carolinians in rural communities.
November 17, 2020, Chris Horn
Most school assignments get turned in for a grade and are soon forgotten. But the speech Gweneth Gough wrote for a class at the University of South Carolina became the foundation for new legislation on mental health education recently signed by the governor.
November 17, 2020, Communications and Public Affairs
The University of South Carolina is currently undertaking an effort to improve the accessibility of its digital content. Doug Foster, VP for information technology, and Kim Hodges, director of digital accessibility, offer insights into why the initiative is important and how it’s being undertaken.
A new data-driven model shows that wearing masks saves lives - and the earlier you start, the better
November 13, 2020, Biplav Srivastava
Professor of computer science Biplav Srivastava and his team have developed a data-driven tool that helps demonstrate the effect of wearing masks on COVID-19 cases and deaths. In this interview with The Conversation, he explains how the model works, its limitations and what conclusions we can draw from it.
November 12, 2020
"Being first generation has given me such a greater appreciation for college education. I hope that when I do become an educator, I can inspire my students to pursue further education in a field that they love. Whatever you do in life, find your passion and truly commit yourself to it, and you will find success and happiness."
November 12, 2020, Megan Sexton
As the spread of COVID-19 closed campus and changed life in Columbia, a team of researchers from University Libraries has stepped up to document the official actions and personal stories at the university.
November 12, 2020, Megan Sexton
Sister Carol Keehan has been a major player in the national health care debate for decades. And while her faith and her training as a nurse predate her time at the University of South Carolina, her education in insurance and finance began 40 years ago on the Columbia campus.
November 12, 2020, Laura Kammerer
Yaw Addei-Boadu sees chances to innovate, well, everywhere — from event rentals to biogas stoves to fashionable emergency alert devices. Now he's one of a growing number of University of South Carolina students and alumni entrepreneurs who are shaking up the startup scene.
November 10, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
Knowledge is constructed, not passively received. That, in a nutshell, is Anna Swartwood House’s teaching philosophy. But the art history professor isn’t the sole architect of her students’ education; everyone shares in the heavy lifting.
November 09, 2020, Margaret Gregory
Two members of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia Class of 2024 are bringing unique perspectives as they train for their future careers in medicine. Before entering medical school, Ian MacLeod and Shane Weatherford served their country in the U.S. armed services. Both are able to pursue their education thanks to the Veterans Healing Veterans Scholarship.
November 09, 2020, Bryan Gentry
Marco Hernandez's research as a doctoral student in biological sciences at the University of South Carolina shares a thread with his service in the Navy ― his commitment to a purpose higher than himself, looking beyond the moment.
November 06, 2020
It's the last month of programming for the semester, so Gamecock Entertainment did not disappoint with the next couple weeks of events. Mark your calendars and enjoy these free events and activities.
November 05, 2020, Carol J.G. Ward
For the fifth straight time, the University of South Carolina received the highest rating among public school honors programs. The rating is from the publication, "Inside Honors 2020-2021: Ratings and Reviews of 40 Public University Honors Programs."
November 05, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
In a Q&A originally published in Breakthrough magazine, Greg Trevors, an assistant professor of educational psychology and research at the College of Education, discusses his research on belief correction as it relates to COVID-19. Trevors helped develop an online game to help people correct misconceptions about COVID-19.
November 04, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
Sharon Lee White finished her bachelor’s degree 21 years after she started, then thanks to a UofSC program that she now leads, she continued through to earn her doctorate.
November 03, 2020, Page Ivey
Growing up in Indian Land, South Carolina, Dawson Tate’s vision of college came mostly from what he saw in the movies. But during his time in the Opportunity Scholars Program at South Carolina, Tate has decided he likes what he sees and wants to continue his education through the doctorate level so he can return to his hometown and become a teacher and principal.
November 03, 2020, Megan Sexton
Trey Capps, a first-generation college student from the small town of Aynor, South Carolina, has returned to his alma mater to pursue his doctorate in history.
October 30, 2020, Chris Horn
University of South Carolina architect Derek Gruner says walking across the Carolina campus is like a visual lesson in American architecture from the past two centuries. Join us for a stroll and learn more about some of the university's most iconic buildings.
October 30, 2020, Chris Horn
Patricia Wilson Witherspoon and her siblings might never have made it to college had it not been for their father’s resolve that his children would get a better education than he did, no matter what. Patricia didn't stop until she had earned a medical degree.
October 29, 2020, Chris Horn
Retail sales in the U.S. account for about one-half of personal consumer spending and nearly one-third of the country’s gross domestic product. But COVID-19 and its accompanying ripples — social distancing, lockdowns, layoffs and changes in consumer behavior — have unleashed turmoil in the retail sector. Jeff Campbell, an associate professor and chair of the retailing department in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, offers his perspective on the current landscape in retailing and what lies ahead.
October 28, 2020, Megan Sexton
Military-affiliated students play an important role at the University of South Carolina. Veterans and active duty Gamecocks excel in the classroom and beyond, including alumni like Candace Terry who earned her Master of Social Work degree in May and now is the director of governmental affairs for the S.C. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
October 27, 2020, Amanda Hernandez
The School of Music’s Southern Exposure New Music Series is devoted to exploring contemporary classical music and masterworks of the 20th century. Assistant professor Claire Bryant shares how an upcoming performance ties into the School of Music’s new initiative, Bridging our Distances.
October 27, 2020, Page Ivey
The University of South Carolina has the best Navy ROTC program in the country. That recognition comes as no surprise to the midshipmen and alumni of the program that began at Carolina in 1940. And it comes as the result of hard work by a team of staffers and the university’s support for it and other military-affiliated programs on campus.
October 27, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
Andy Schumpert got his first taste of teaching in graduate school at the University of South Carolina. Now an instructor and lab coordinator for the university’s Department of Biological Sciences, he credits his early experience as a graduate teaching assistant with kickstarting his career.
October 26, 2020, Chris Horn
Attending college as a first-generation student was a life-changing experience for Myisha Eatmon, and now, as an assistant professor of history at South Carolina, she encourages her students to use this time to figure out who they are and what they want out of life.
October 22, 2020, Caleigh McDaniel
Check out these tips for voting and navigating the upcoming election with resilience from now until after election day.
October 21, 2020, Carol J.G. Ward
You can take a virtual trip to 18th-century Rome through the works of enigmatic artist Giovanni Piranesi as the University of South Carolina makes a rare set of his complete works accessible through digital technology.
October 21, 2020, Jeff Stensland
The University of South Carolina will expand rapid saliva-based COVID-19 testing to other colleges and universities across the state.
October 16, 2020, Chris Horn
Buckle up for a time traveling excursion to 1840 and a sensory experience of 19th century life on campus.
October 15, 2020, Chris Horn
In this age of COVID-19 concerns, what’s the safest indoor environment? One without humans, of course. In a practical world the answer lies partly in understanding how the virus moves and where it lands in indoor spaces because air ow and surfaces are important routes for transmission of COVID-19.
October 14, 2020, Nükhet Varlik
Since the beginning of the pandemic, epidemiologists and public health specialists have been using mathematical models to forecast the future in an effort to curb the coronvirus’s spread. History professor Nükhet Varlik writes for the The Conversation to give historical insight into how and when pandemics end.
October 13, 2020, William Hauk
Recessions are always painful in terms of how they affect our economic well-being. Like all bad things, fortunately, they eventually end and a recovery begins. Economics professor William Hauk writes for The Conversation about the "shapes" of recessions and recoveries
October 13, 2020, Thom Harman
The University of South Carolina will host its first ever virtual TEDxUofSC event Wednesday, Oct. 21. Guided by TED’s goal of sharing “ideas worth spreading,” TEDxUofSC 2020 will be broadcast from the Columbia campus via Facebook Live from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
October 13, 2020, Chris Horn
Andrew Greytak isn’t content with his students learning chemistry two or three times a week in class. He wants them to realize the world outside the classroom and many of the things they do in it are examples of the chemical concepts they’re studying.
October 12, 2020, Chris Horn
It’s often referred to as the Roaring ‘20s — the third decade of the 20th century that’s generally associated with prosperity, Prohibition, jazz music and flappers. It’s also the theme of this year’s virtual Homecoming at the University of South Carolina, which takes place Oct. 16-18. In the spirit of that celebration, here’s a look back at what life was like in America and at the university a century ago.
October 12, 2020, Chris Horn
Students in the Carolina Global Scholars Program are drawing attention to the plight of refugees one listener at a time through their "Seeking Refuge" podcast.
October 09, 2020, Dana Woodward
The university’s Board of Trustees met on Friday (October 9), as well as several board committees. Here’s a rundown of what actions they took.
October 09, 2020, Caleigh McDaniel
By now most students have heard about the university’s free Saliva Assay Free Expedited (SAFE) testing program, but we wondered what happens behind the scenes. We spoke with Carolyn Bannister, who serves as the manager for the College of Pharmacy’s Diagnostic Genomics Lab, to gather insights on what happens to your saliva sample between getting tested for COVID-19 on campus and receiving your results.
October 09, 2020
An international food program run by University of South Carolina alumnus David Beasley won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to combat hunger in regions facing conflict and hardship and at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has driven millions more people to the brink of starvation.
October 08, 2020, Page Ivey
Kjahna O knew from the time she was a young girl, growing up in Southern California, that she wanted to be involved in football. After earning her master’s degree in the sport and entertainment management program at the University of South Carolina, O earned a spot with the Atlanta Falcons, helping that team find the best college players to round out its roster each year.
October 07, 2020, James Kirylo
While online education is not new, its mass proliferation amid the pandemic is, and it’s radically changing the face of education. In The Conversation,College of Education professor James Kirylo writes about why we should consider what the late Brazilian educational philosopher Paulo Freire would have thought about the global normalization of virtual learning.
October 06, 2020, Tenell Felder
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The University of South Carolina has a number of faculty members who are available to offer their expertise in breast cancer stories. To coordinate an interview, contact the staff member listed with each expert entry.
October 01, 2020, Caleigh McDaniel
Gamecock Guides are newly hired student employees that will soon become familiar faces on UofSC social media channels. The guides are working to create content that will amplify university messages, build virtual relationships that engage fellow students and serve as representatives of UofSC.
October 01, 2020, Office of Communications and Public Affairs
To make the University of South Carolina more affordable and more accessible to state residents, President Bob Caslen announced a tuition freeze for the coming academic year during his first State of the University address.
September 30, 2020, Bryan Gentry
In “At War with Ourselves: 400 Years of You,” Nikky Finney, the poet and English professor, covers four centuries of American history, recounting uncomfortable truths about racism and violence. But she also sings of success and resilience.
September 29, 2020, Megan Sexton
Catherine Gustafson was working as a general manager at a private club in Columbia in 1993 when a Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management faculty member became ill halfway through the spring semester. She was asked to step in and finish teaching the club management class.
September 29, 2020, Chris Horn
Remembering the Days podcast Episode 14: What was it like in America and on the Carolina campus a hundred years ago during the Roaring '20s? Contrary to popular belief, not everyone was having a roaring good time, but that memorable decade brought lasting change to the university and the nation.
September 28, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
Instead of contemplating retirement, longtime Columbia attorney, Board and Trustees member and past president of the American Bar Association William Hubbard is focused on his new tenure as dean of his alma mater’s School of Law.
September 25, 2020, Dan Cook
As the university develops plans during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is seeking ongoing input from faculty, staff and students about mental and emotional health. Below, members of the Mental and Emotional Well-Being Committee answer questions about the university’s efforts in this area.
September 25, 2020, Bryan Gentry
Marius Valdes, a University of South Carolina studio art professor and Charleston native, created murals that reflect the wildlife of his hometown and brighten the day for children and families at MUSC's new children's hospital.
September 25, 2020, Communications and Public Affairs
Podcast Episode 1: In the inaugural episode of "State of the University with Bob Caslen," the university president and host Sally McKay discuss the university's new strategic plan and have a conversation with student-athlete Jay Urich.
September 24, 2020, Carol J.G. Ward
University of South Carolina law students Jasmine Caruthers and Anna Catherine Parham say their research on no-knock warrants to assist the lawyers representing Breonna Taylor’s family in a wrongful death lawsuit was enlightening and emotional.
September 23, 2020, Megan Sexton
Julia Fowler, who earned her degree from UofSC as a theater and dance major, has made the move from South Carolina to Broadway to Los Angeles, where she created the Southern Women Channel on YouTube and is a writer on a Netflix television show.
September 22, 2020
For psychology and linguistics professor Amit Almor, the job always circles back to the students. While maintaining a robust research agenda in experimental psychology and publishing at a steady clip, he sees his role in the classroom as a responsibility, “a kind of a sacred obligation to serve.”
September 18, 2020, Chris Horn
When President Bob Caslen established the Presidential Commission on University History last year, he tasked it with leading a research effort “into the complex history of the university.” That task is every bit as challenging as one might expect for an institution whose nearly 220-year history was shaped first by the antebellum South, the Civil War and decades of state-sponsored racial segregation.
September 18, 2020, Chris Horn
The Mighty Sound of the Southeast, the University of South Carolina's Marching Band, celebrates its 100th anniversary this fall, and what a century it's been! Find out what the band has in common with Elvis Presley and how you can enjoy a virtual concert on Facebook.
September 15, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
Students with intellectual disabilities face an array of challenges as they navigate their way through high school and transition to adulthood. Anthony Plotner, an assistant professor of special education in the College of Education, is working to ease that transition in practice and research.
September 13, 2020, Dana Woodward
The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees met on Friday (Sept. 11) along with several of the newly-formed board committees. Here’s a roundup of actions they took.
September 10, 2020, Caleigh McDaniel
Student Health Services’ weekly podcast, “Hear Me Out,” has just begun its third season with new student hosts who are highlighting diverse perspectives on mental health topics.
September 10, 2020, Page Ivey
As women reach new heights in the political arena, a third-wave of feminism begins to take on persistent inequities beyond gender.
September 09, 2020
What began as "a wilderness of lofty pines and wild shrubs" in the early 1800s became a refined college quadrangle now known as the Horseshoe. Join us for a short walk among these shady trees — and learn how you can have your very own piece of this paradise.
September 03, 2020
As the number of COVID-19 cases has increased among the student body, questions have arisen about the contact tracing process as it pertains to faculty members. Rebecca Caldwell, director of Strategic Health Initiatives, discusses the university’s efforts in this area and what faculty members can expect to see as it relates to their students.
September 03, 2020, Caleigh McDaniel
With 42% of undergraduate classes currently online and the upcoming asynchronous remote class day for Labor Day, it is important to check-in with how you are managing online work. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your virtual coursework.
September 02, 2020, Franklin G. Berger
The tragic death of Chadwick Boseman at age 43 following a four-year battle against colorectal cancer reminds us it is a difficult and emotional disease for people at any age. Franklin G. Berger, distinguished professor emeritus of biological sciences, writes for The Conversation that awareness of signs and symptoms, along with screening, will lead to the eventual eradication of the disease as a major form of cancer.
August 26, 2020, Rebekah Friedman
COVID-19 has meant putting a hold on in-person programming, but Cocky’s Reading Express hasn’t stopped – it’s gone online. Since April, its Virtual Storytime YouTube playlist has featured a line-up of guest readers, including former mascots, Miss Gamecock 2020, and even famed talk show host and University of South Carolina alumna Leeza Gibbons.
August 26, 2020
Forty years ago, Cocky was born. But that feisty garnet-feathered bird wasn't the University of South Carolina's first mascot.
August 24, 2020, Todd Shaw
“Give people light,” Joe Biden said, beginning his acceptance speech at the conclusion of the Democratic Party’s online convention on Aug. 20. In an analysis for The Conversation, political science professor Todd Shaw calls it a good speech that was evocative and full of passion with a crisp, effective delivery.
August 23, 2020, Chris Horn
Development of a saliva COVID-19 test might never have happened if not for the efforts of a spontaneous coalition of scientists in South Carolina and across the country who worked nearly nonstop and shared results and materials with one another in the weeks before and after the initial lockdown in March.
August 20, 2020, Page Ivey
South Carolina’s few but dedicated suffragists were no doubt disappointed that the state was not among the first 36 to ratify the 19th amendment, but they almost immediately set about the business of turning their suffrage organizations into education and advocacy groups. In the process, these bold women kicked off the era of “firsts.”
August 20, 2020, Megan Sexton
A podcast-a-thon Aug. 28 will highlight Black excellence at UofSC through conversations with students, alumni and faculty. The live-streamed event will raise money for the One Creed, One Carolina campaign.
August 18, 2020, Christian Anderson
This is a time when there is an intensified movement – particularly at America’s colleges and universities – to remove statues and names from buildings or organizations that pay homage to Confederate leaders and others with racist views. In The Conversation, education professor Christian Anderson examines the question of what – if anything – should be put up in their place.
August 17, 2020, Kelsey Hagon
University of South Carolina junior Cole Falkenstine recently completed the U.S. Army’s prestigious Combat Diving Supervisor Course, preparing him to oversee combat dive operations in the Army.
August 17, 2020, Carol J.G. Ward
A summer camp for fifth- and sixth grade-students in South Carolina’s Gullah/Geechee community will introduce Gullah/Geechee students to STEM content from their own community and provide opportunities to interact with professionals who look like them, working in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
August 14, 2020, Carol J.G. Ward
University of South Carolina Libraries partnered with more than 50 other academic libraries in South Carolina to launch a new shared library services platform this summer. The transition to the new system is an example of a trend in academic libraries nationwide to leverage technology, work more collaboratively and strategically, improve the user experience, and maximize the benefits of collections and limited resources.
August 13, 2020, Chris Horn
Getting around on campus by bus and bicycle — or both — will be easier this academic year, thanks to ongoing campus infrastructure and transportation improvements and a planned reconfiguration of a portion of South Main Street.
August 12, 2020, Page Ivey
The push for women's suffrage began in earnest in South Carolina right after the Civil War, during Reconstruction. We look at a few of these efforts in the second in a series of stories commemorating 100 years of women’s suffrage.