October 29, 2019, Office of Communications and Public Affairs
In October, crime novelist James Ellroy visited the University of South Carolina for the 2019 Fall Literary Festival, sponsored by University Libraries and the English department. On his last day on campus, Ellroy sat down with junior English and theater major Susan Swavely for an interview at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications’ Kennedy Greenhouse Studio.
October 28, 2019, Chris Horn
For Juan Tellez, a new assistant professor of political science at the University of South Carolina, conflicts within countries and peace agreements associated with them aren’t merely an academic interest. The native Colombian saw first-hand what violent conflict can do to a country.
October 22, 2019, Carol J.G. Ward
Based on research at White Pond near Elgin, South Carolina, UofSC archaeologist Christopher Moore and 16 colleagues present new evidence of a controversial theory that suggests an extraterrestrial body crashing to Earth almost 13,000 years ago caused the extinction of many large animals and a probable population decline in early humans.
October 11, 2019, Page Ivey
What does a gene sound like when it mutates? That seemingly absurd question is one that biology and music students work together to answer in a course that combines big data and sound to let researchers “hear” a mutation.
October 10, 2019, Annika Dahlgren
When Joyce Hansen, an award-winning young adult author, was learning to read, she and her mother picked up "Alice and Wonderland" and read it over and over again. Those early reading experiences inspired her passion for storytelling, a joy that turned into a career. Hansen is among a trio of authors coming to campus for this month's Fall Literary Festival.
October 03, 2019, Chris Horn
Add this to the growing list of side effects wrought by climate change — fish in parts of the warming Atlantic Ocean are growing faster. That might seem like a good thing, but two fish biologists at the University of South Carolina say the phenomenon of younger, bigger fish could muddy the waters of vital fisheries management.
September 19, 2019, Amanda Hernandez
Valerie Smith, Swarthmore College’s first African American president in its 155-year history, is committed to deepening human understanding through the process of learning and discovery. She will share her passion and perspective to South Carolina as the 2019 Adrenée Glover Freeman Lecturer.
September 17, 2019, Chris Horn
Gary Gardiner and Sudeep Menachery never met each other during their time at South Carolina. But nearly 30 years later their paths crossed in an emergency room in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
September 13, 2019, Craig Brandhorst
If you think you hate statistics or they make you nervous, you might just be the perfect student for Amanda Fairchild. The associate professor of psychology is out to demystify statistics for University of South Carolina master’s and Ph.D. candidates, who need Fairchild’s courses to complete their degrees but do not always see themselves as numbers people.
September 13, 2019, Page Ivey
Myisha Eatmon has joined the university as a research fellow in the history department and will begin as an assistant professor of African American history in fall 2020. The North Carolina native's research focuses on black legal culture in the face of white-on-black violence under Jim Crow and black civil litigation’s impact on civil law.
September 12, 2019, Chris Horn
If you’re a junior faculty member, landing that first external research grant is a game changer, a jump-start for your research agenda. Getting a National Science Foundation CAREER award is a career changer, but the only catch — and it’s a big one — is that CAREER awards are hard to come by.
September 11, 2019, Amanda Hernandez
The tumultuous decades of the 1950s and ‘60s inspired an artistic reaction from black female musicians whose work often emoted the mourning and anger they felt inside as a result of the struggle for civil rights. Musicologist Tammy Kernodle will explore that soul-stirring music as this year’s Robert Smalls lecturer.
August 28, 2019, Caleigh McDaniel
Hannah Bauer’s time at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo was full of the experiences you’d expect from semester on the big island. However, she went beyond the typical experiences of a study away program by taking advantage of several opportunities to immerse herself into Hawaiian culture.
August 20, 2019, Chris Horn
The successful sale of physics professor Thomas Crawford’s startup company is a testament to the university’s SmartState Center for Experimental Nanoscale Physics, one of more than two dozen centers established to foster research that leads to commercialization, economic development and job creation.
August 19, 2019, Page Ivey
When Conor Harrison went to Colgate University as a soccer player, he had no thoughts about becoming a professor — or anything else for that matter. So he majored in political science and worked for a company that sold soccer equipment after he graduated.
August 12, 2019, Chris Horn
When Donna Chen first taught physical chemistry at the University of South Carolina, the mood among students could only be described as bleak. Quantum mechanics — the specific focus of the course — has a reputation for being extraordinarily difficult to understand, and the students steeled themselves from day one.
August 05, 2019, Craig Brandhorst and Megan Sexton
You don’t need a degree from the University of South Carolina to get elected mayor in the Palmetto State, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. This summer, Carolinian magazine traveled the state, from the Lowcountry to the Upstate, from the Midlands to the Pee Dee, interviewing South Carolina alumni who hold the esteemed office.
July 31, 2019, Caleigh McDaniel
Illustrating a book that espouses optimism by changing your worldview of rich and poor is no easy feat. That was the challenge for senior-level graphic design students, participating in a contest to design a new cover for this year’s First-Year Reading Experience selection.
July 29, 2019, Megan Sexton
From a thousand-year flood to deadly hurricanes, South Carolina is no stranger to disasters. That’s why University of South Carolina researchers are working to better understand why dams fail, how to quickly map disaster areas and ways to improve how people with disabilities navigate natural disasters.
July 26, 2019, Megan Sexton
When Daniel Speiser tells people that he studies the structure, function and evolution of eyes, they typically envision two eyes on one head. But Speiser, an assistant professor of biological sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, specializes in marine invertebrates with many eyes — sometimes hundreds of eyes distributed across their bodies.
July 16, 2019, Josh German
Six rising juniors have been chosen as 2019 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholars. The program exposes students to the mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
July 12, 2019, Page Ivey
One way or another, most life on Earth is affected when one of humanity’s most volatile inventions — the nuclear power plant — catastrophically fails. Biology professor Tim Mousseau leads a team of researchers studying the impact of radiation released from those disasters on animal life, including insects, birds, dogs and humans who live near the failed power plants.
July 05, 2019, Julie Smith Turner
You don’t have to understand Paula Vasquez’s mathematical experimentalism to appreciate what it can do. Her mathematical models bring theoretical and computational reasoning to ultra-complex biological functions such as mucus flow in the lungs and cellular dynamics in yeast cells.
June 21, 2019, Chris Horn
You never know where you might find Virginia Scotchie’s art. Head of ceramics in the School of Visual Art and Design since 1992, Scotchie’s iconic spheres and intricately glazed sculptural forms are in public and private collections across the country and around the world.
June 20, 2019, Josh German
For the 18th consecutive year, the University of South Carolina will be represented abroad by Fulbright U.S. student grantees conducting research, studying and serving as English teaching assistants.
June 08, 2019, Page Ivey
Andrew Greytak works with very small objects that emit brilliant light. These objects —nanocrystal quantum dots — can be altered for different uses ranging from color-saturated television and screen displays to improved cancer detection and solar cells.
June 06, 2019, Kathryn McPhail
Education alumna, Chanda Jefferson, was recently named the 2020 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. Her passion for serving others began when she drove the church van as a teenager. Now a decade into her career as an educator, she finds herself teaching much more than biology to her students.
June 01, 2019, Chris Horn
It isn’t a common disease, but ovarian cancer is usually fatal, accounting for more deaths than all other female reproductive cancers. That makes Mythreye Karthikeyan’s research all the more relevant as she zeroes in on the cancer’s Achilles' heel.
May 13, 2019
"As someone who tends to stress out a good bit about school, yoga was a great way for me to quiet my mind and take an hour of the day away to relax."
May 09, 2019, Page Ivey
For Priest, who finishes her MFA in poetry at the University of South Carolina this May, the spring semester has been one incredible offer after another. She turned them all down except for a highly coveted seven-month fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
May 02, 2019, Amanda Hernandez
Three juniors in the College of Arts and Sciences join the prestigious list of South Carolina Goldwater Scholars. A total of 56 Goldwater Scholarships have been awarded to UofSC students since 1990. Jeremy LaPointe, Jana Liese and Sarah Beth Pye are this year's recipients.
May 02, 2019, Chris Horn
“Introduction to Drones for Airborne Spatial Data,” a new geography course offered for the first time this semester, gives University of South Carolina students an overview of aerial mapping with drones — and a leg up on using a technology that’s finding myriad commercial applications.
April 29, 2019, Carol J.G. Ward
Honors College junior Adriana Bowman is one of 30 recipients nationwide of the Pickering Fellowship awarded to students interested in a foreign service career. Multiple study abroad experiences have allowed the S.C. native to immerse herself in foreign languages and cultures.
April 26, 2019, Alyssa Yancey
Graduating medical students Laine Way and Parker Edison have done their clinical education in Florence at the UofSC School of Medicine's Florence Regional Campus, and now they'll be completing their residencies in Florence at McLeod Health.
April 18, 2019, Page Ivey
The University of South Carolina presented its top student honors, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Steven N. Swanger awards, to three graduating seniors during the university’s annual Awards Day ceremony Thursday on the historic Horseshoe.
April 02, 2019, Jeff Stensland
Eight new research and outreach projects have been selected for funding as a part of the Excellence Initiative, a competitive grant program launched by the Board of Trustees last year to identify and fund proposals with the potential to be transformative and have a lasting impact on the university.
March 21, 2019, Helen Dennis
As violence in Rwanda escalated in the spring of 1994, the United States government ordered all of its citizens to return home, but Carl Wilkens chose to stay. Wilkens will tell his story, among other stories of rebuilding and reconciling, at this year’s Solomon-Tenenbaum lecture. He will present his talk, “Legacies of Genocide: From the Holocaust to Rwanda and Beyond,” at 7 p.m. Sunday (March 24) in the UofSC Alumni Center.
March 18, 2019, Page Ivey
As a gemologist and old-school goldsmith who has made jewelry in Columbia for more than 40 years, Ron Koenig used to look down on “rock hounds” — those folks who like to dig for their own gems. That is, until a friend suggested a place where they could dig up amethyst and Koenig found several hundred pounds of it.
March 13, 2019, Dana Woodward
The Rev. Gary Mason is a Methodist minister and internationally known peacemaker who has worked on reconciliation between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland for more than 20 years. Mason will present his talk, “Maintaining peace in Northern Ireland: Brexit and the Good Friday agreement,” at 3:30 p.m. on March 22.
March 12, 2019, Craig Brandhorst
On the second-to-last Thursday of each month, at Columbia’s War Mouth restaurant and bar, the Carolina Archive of Storytelling hosts an open mic event where amateur storytellers share personal narratives with nothing to lean on but a microphone, their memory and the vocal support of a standing room-only crowd.
March 05, 2019, Julie S. Turner
Assistant professor of aqueous geochemistry Susan Lang will travel to the ends of the earth for her research — or at least to the middle of the ocean. In 2018, Lang was co-lead researcher on a major research expedition to one of the most remote parts of the Atlantic — an unusual hydrothermal field dubbed Lost City.
February 28, 2019, Allen Wallace
A year ago, University of South Carolina Dance Marathon made history, raising more than a million dollars for the kids at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital (then known as Palmetto Health). Just days after that success, they began working to do it again. That yearlong effort concludes Saturday with the student organization’s annual Main Event.
February 25, 2019, Megan Sexton
A new global studies course, Best Practices in International Development, is team taught by faculty from across the university, offering both an exploration of how economies around the world can be developed through sound investment and smart advice, and a critique of development policy and practice.
February 04, 2019, Chris Horn
At the Charleston Woodworking School, Sam Sprouse teaches his students the right way to make fine furniture, using traditional tools and a craftsman’s sensibility. To succeed here, the only school of its kind in the Palmetto State, students make lots of mistakes — and learn from each one.
January 29, 2019, Amanda Hernandez
Provost Joan Gabel has named Claudia Benitez-Nelson and Hans-Conrad zur Loye from the College of Arts and Sciences, and Gloria Boutte from the College of Education, as this year’s recipients of the Carolina Distinguished Professorship.
January 17, 2019, Dana Woodward
The University of South Carolina’s MLK Weekend event series culminates Sunday, Jan. 20, with Freedom Rings, an artistic celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. The university partnered with the Columbia nonprofit Auntie Karen Foundation to bring together Midlands musicians, artists and spoken word performers to honor the civil rights leader in an event designed to bring the audience to its feet.
January 15, 2019, Chris Horn
As curator of collections at McKissick Museum, Christian Cicimurri is accustomed to handling old documents and artifacts. But thanks to an ASPIRE II grant and subsequent funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Cicimurri has got her hands on new touch screen technology, which is being incorporated into McKissick’s exhibits.
January 07, 2019, Chris Horn
The University of South Carolina Press celebrates 75 years of publishing in 2019, which is a pretty big deal in itself, but there’s more going on than a diamond anniversary. A new director, a new acquisitions editor and a more tightly focused editorial direction promise dynamic changes at one of the country’s foremost academic presses.
January 04, 2019, Craig Brandhorst
USC Times had lunch with the university's vice president for finance, the director of the Center for the Education and Equity of African American Students and a graphic design professor to talk about the value of a well balanced college education.
December 19, 2018, Annika Dahlgren
The South Carolina Honors College is known for offering an expansive array of courses. English professor Paula Feldman's nature writing class brought together students and turtles, which resulted in an appreciation for the environmental and interest in advocacy.
November 28, 2018, Ross Stevens
University of South Carolina chemistry professor Donna Chen has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS fellow is one of the most prestigious honors awarded in academia.
November 23, 2018
Gail Wagner believes students should leave her classroom with something concrete, a skill they can carry with them long after the semester ends.
November 01, 2018, Keisa Gunby
A summit on talking about race in America grew naturally out of a conversation. Jennifer Gunter, ’17 Ph.D. history and director of the S.C. Collaborative on Race and Reconciliation, wanted to bring together a group of community leaders dedicated to equity and inclusion to learn from one another about projects that were working.
October 28, 2018, Kathy Henry Dowell
A 1951 University of South Carolina graduate who loved literature and libraries, Dorothy Smith made a proposal to University Libraries and the English department 20 years ago: If the two groups would work together to host an annual literary festival, she would establish an endowment to support it financially.
October 26, 2018
As a doctoral student, Steven Rodney was confident in his knowledge of astronomy. But the prospect of teaching the material to students seemed more like a black hole — Rodney didn’t know if he had the right stuff.
October 26, 2018, Page Ivey
Matt Schreiber didn’t come to Carolina expecting to become a private wealth manager. In fact, his degrees, a bachelor’s in history (’03) and a master’s in teaching (’04) are more often associated with less financially lucrative careers. But the 2018 Distinguished Young Alumnus puts his two degrees to work every day, using historic trends to map investment strategy and helping educate his clients on how best to navigate the market.
October 24, 2018, Megan Sexton
As he conducted research for the civil rights history project Columbia SC 63, history professor Bobby Donaldson started discovering largely untold stories about the struggle as it played out in Columbia. The material he and his students unearthed and the people he met helped guide the formation of the South Carolina Center for Civil Rights History and Research.
October 23, 2018, Page Ivey and Joshua Burrack
“Frankenstein,” Mary Shelley’s tale of a scientist pushing the boundaries of knowledge and ethics to reanimate lifeless flesh, turns 200 this year, and the University of South Carolina is celebrating the anniversary by reaching into its rare books collection and tapping faculty expertise to tell the story of Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein and the creature that has spawned many reincarnations throughout popular literature, film and television.
October 12, 2018, Craig Brandhorst
James Dickey arrived at the University of South Carolina 50 years ago and spent nearly three decades as USC’s writer-in-residence. And while his tenure at Carolina was sometimes tumultuous, the celebrated poet, novelist and teacher left a legacy that still reverberates 20 years after his death.
September 14, 2018, Julie Smith Turner
Media arts professor Evan Meaney is a self-described game-player who holds a bachelor’s in cinema and photography and an M.F.A. in film and video production. He’s been teaching in the School of Art and Visual Design since 2013 and received a 2018 Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award.
September 07, 2018
Political science professor Brad Epperly says teaching is a conversation that extends well beyond the scheduled class time. For his efforts, he has been awarded a 2018 Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award.
August 28, 2018, Chris Horn
David Lankes, Riley’s dad, is director of the university’s School of Library and Information Science, and this past fall was diagnosed with lymphoma, his third bout with the cancer of the immune system. Help is on the way in the form of a bone marrow transplant from his son, an incoming freshman at Carolina.
August 01, 2018, Chris Horn
Wendy Bashnan’s career began in her rural S.C. hometown 25 years ago, but quickly sprouted wings. Since 1994, she’s worked in Washington, D.C., Miami, and New York, and has spent more than half of her professional life abroad in South America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.