Stories for Faculty and Staff
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 08, 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 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 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 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.
August 12, 2020
University leaders have been preparing all summer for a safe return to campus. Student Health Services director Deborah Beck gives an overview of the university's efforts and addresses the responsibility of each member of our community to do their part.
August 11, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
This spring, as COVID-19 spiked in New York City, the nation’s largest metropolitan area became the face of the U.S. pandemic. Nurses from across the U.S. — including UofSC alumni — descended on the region, enduring personal hardship and risking their own health to help stem the tide.
August 07, 2020, Agnes Mueller
Some might take solace in religion at a time of uncertainty, such as a pandemic, but literary texts suggest that this is not always the case: Faith may deepen for some, while others may reject or abandon it altogether. Agnes Mueller,professor of German and Comparative Literature, examines pandemics in literature in The Conversation.
August 06, 2020, Page Ivey
The month of August marks 100 years since the ratification of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote in the United States. South Carolina women were a part of the fight for suffrage that started here in the years after the Civil War. Historians and librarians at the University of South Carolina have played a major role in documenting and preserving their stories.
August 06, 2020, Allen Wallace
COVID-19 has hit the restaurant industry hard as businesses work to find safe and sustainable ways to keep serving. School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Director Robin DiPietro shares her expertise on the challenges facing owners, employees and customers in South Carolina and beyond.
August 03, 2020, Megan Sexton
As a teenager growing up in France, Fabienne Poulain was always interested in human behavior, fascinated by how the brain develops and works. Now, as an assistant professor in biological sciences, she works to understand neural development and disorders by studying how neurons form connections during development.
July 30, 2020, Carol J.G. Ward
Rodrianna Gaddy took her love of learning about different cultures, combined it with her passion to help people and channeled both into her academic path at the University of South Carolina with a double major in international business and human resources management with a minor in Japanese. Gaddy was scheduled to study abroad in Japan this spring. Then COVID-19 hit.
July 29, 2020, Page Ivey
Lydia Carnesale knew just where to start to help members of her tight-knit Latino community in northeast Columbia when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The education Ph.D. candidate had worked five years earlier to help the same community during Columbia’s thousand-year flood event.
July 27, 2020, Page Ivey
Millions of American children have serious mental health and behavioral challenges that could be improved with psychological counseling and support. Samuel McQuillin wants to provide people who work with these children every day — parents, teachers, community- and church-based volunteers — with science-based resources and tools to help.
July 22, 2020, Anna Swartwood House
No one knows exactly what Jesus looked like, and there are no known images of him from his lifetime. Art history professor Anna Swartwood House writes in The Conversation that the portrayal of Jesus as a white, European man has come under renewed scrutiny during this period of introspection over the legacy of racism in society.
July 22, 2020
The U.S. Office of Naval Research has awarded the partnership of the University of South Carolina and Navatek LLC a $9.2 million contract for the research of power and energy systems and the development of digital twin prototypes. Advanced power control systems will be developed to intelligently manage the power and energy resources on ships that use directed energy weapons, such as railguns, lasers and missile defense radars.
July 16, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
As the coronavirus threatens health and upends daily life throughout the world, UofSC Today is turning to our faculty to help us make sense of it all. While no one can predict exactly what will happen in the coming months, our faculty can help us ask the right questions and put important context around emerging events. Simon Hudson, a professor of tourism in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management and author of the new book "COVID-19 and Travel: Impacts, Responses and Outcomes," keeps us up-to date on the pandemic’s travel sector impact.
July 14, 2020, Megan Sexton
Robin Waites, who earned her master's in art history from the University of South Carolina, has made her mark at Historic Columbia by rethinking the way the city looks at its history.
UofSC announces Nicole and David Tepper Scholarship to support sport and entertainment management education, diversity and COVID-19 relief
July 13, 2020, Allen Wallace
The University of South Carolina has announced the establishment of The Nicole and David Tepper Scholars Program in the university’s acclaimed Department of Sport and Entertainment Management. The program will provide four-year scholarships to a cohort of four incoming freshmen each year. Tepper Scholars will receive $10,000 per year toward their education and will gain access to additional enrichment opportunities.
July 13, 2020, Chris Horn
Ask any Fortune 500 company what it takes to get ahead in today’s marketplace, and you’ll probably hear something about workforce training and recruitment — the fundamentals of human resources. Rob Ployhart has made it his business to understand exactly how those factors translate into competitive advantage, and in the process he’s become one of the country’s most-cited scholars on the topic.
July 09, 2020, Annika Dahlgren
This fall, the College of Arts and Sciences begins its new themed semester initiative that encourages faculty and students from across the university to explore ideas related to the core subject of justice. The theme is meant to combine work from the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural and mathematical sciences to bear on today's challenging issues and problems.
July 08, 2020, Communications and Public Affairs
For the eighth-consecutive year, the University of South Carolina stands among the top 100 universities in the world, based on the number of U.S. utility patents faculty members received in 2019. South Carolina ranks 90th worldwide, named as the lead on 31 patents last year.
July 07, 2020, Dan Cook
Julian Williams is the University of South Carolina’s first vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion. He comes to UofSC from Virginia’s George Mason University, where he served as vice president of inclusion and diversity. UofSC Today asked Williams about the challenges and opportunities of this moment.
June 30, 2020, Christian Anderson
John C. Calhoun’s legacy until now has been quite prominent in American society – and not just in the South, but Calhoun’s days as a revered icon in the public sphere are gradually coming to an end. Education professor Christian Anderson addresses the issue of Calhoun’s legacy in The Conversation as we are in the midst of a nationwide reappraisal of our past that also affects UofSC.