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DC at 25: Heidi Brooks, alumna

January 10, 2017, Craig Brandhorst

The Washington Semester Program celebrates its 25th anniversary of providing full-time, semester-long internships at congressional offices, federal agencies, nonprofits and other D.C.-based organizations. In the last of our series of stories talking to alumni and current participants in the program, we talk to alumna Heidi Brooks, chief operating offering of the Schott Foundation for Public Education.

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Allison Marsh: Public History in 3D

January 06, 2017, Craig Brandhorst

If you want to break down the traditional classroom wall, look no further than public history, a discipline with one foot outside the academy already. Ask Allison Marsh, director of the University of South Carolina’s public history program, whose forays into the virtual world bring an added dimension to online learning and whose real world “classroom” stretches from the Carolina campus to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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DC at 25: Kimberly Medina, senior

January 02, 2017, Craig Brandhorst

The Washington Semester Program celebrates its 25th anniversary of providing full-time, semester-long internships at congressional offices, federal agencies, nonprofits and other D.C.-based organizations. In our series of stories talking to alumni and current participants in the program, we talk to Kimberly Medina, a senior political science and international studies major.

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DC at 25: Katie Schwichtenberg, senior

December 12, 2016, Craig Brandhorst

The Washington Semester Program celebrates its 25th anniversary of providing full-time, semester-long internships at congressional offices, federal agencies, nonprofits and other D.C.-based organizations. In our series of stories talking to alumni and current participants in the program, we talk to Katie Schwichtenberg, a senior political science and history major.

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DC at 25: Meghan Hickman, alumna

December 05, 2016, Craig Brandhorst

The Washington Semester Program celebrates its 25th anniversary of providing full-time, semester-long internships at congressional offices, federal agencies, nonprofits and other D.C.-based organizations. In the third of our series of stories talking to alumni and current participants in the program, we talk to program alumna Meghan Hickman, executive director of Engenuity SC.

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DC at 25: Greg Ferrante, alumnus

November 29, 2016, Craig Brandhorst

The Washington Semester Program celebrates its 25th anniversary of providing full-time, semester-long internships at congressional offices, federal agencies, nonprofits and other D.C.-based organizations. In the second of our series of stories talking to alumni and current participants in the program, we talk to program alumnus Greg Ferrante, Chief financial officer, Global Policy and Advocacy Division, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; chair of the audit and finance committee of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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DC at 25: Seth Ismail, junior

November 08, 2016, Craig Brandhorst

The Washington Semester Program celebrates its 25th anniversary of providing full-time, semester-long internships at congressional offices, federal agencies, nonprofits and other D.C.-based organizations. In the first of our series of stories talking to alumni and current participants in the program, we talk to Seth Ismail, a junior in economics and global supply chain management.

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American Politickers

October 18, 2016, Craig Brandhorst

South Carolina Political Collections, housed at the University of South Carolina’s Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, is home to the papers of 11 governors and more than 25 members of Congress, plus those of notable judges, civil rights activists, state legislators and the League of Women Voters.

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PASOs: Step by step

September 20, 2016, Craig Brandhorst

Julie Smithwick began laying the groundwork for PASOs as part of a field placement project for her master’s in social work in 2005. Now based at the Arnold School of Public Health, the statewide organization provides health care education and resource navigation to 8,500 Latinos a year and boasts a budget of $1.3 million.

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21st century fox hunt

August 23, 2016, Craig Brandhorst

Archaeologist Steve Smith is continuing to pursue his lifelong fascination with one of South Carolina’s most famous Revolutionaries, Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox. Smith and colleagues are investigating Fort Motte, the Colonial plantation where Marion and “Light Horse” Harry Lee won a major victory against the British.

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Sacred space

August 17, 2016, Craig Brandhorst

As an urban campus, the University of South Carolina intersects with the city at every turn. USC Times invited university architect Derek Gruner and two colleagues to McCutchen House for a lunchtime conversation about historic preservation, campus growth and our place in the larger community.

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Brains on the brain

August 03, 2016, Craig Brandhorst

Aphasia, a communication disorder caused by damage to the left hemisphere of the brain, robs people of their ability to process language. A team of researchers led by SmartState Endowed Chair of Memory and Brain Function Julius Fridriksson is using state-of-the-art MRI, machine learning and new therapies to help those people find their words again.

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There's a M.A.P.P. for that

May 16, 2016, Craig Brandhorst

Like many new college students, Tamaragail Tarrant, Trevor Prioleau and Kennette Smalls came to the University of South Carolina with few connections and plenty of nervous energy. Navigating a campus the size of UofSC can be intimidating, and all three students describe themselves as shy, whether or not they seem that way when you meet them. Luckily, the three got involved with the university’s Multicultural Assistance Peer Program, a peer-to-peer student mentoring program for students with multicultural backgrounds, and found everything they need to fit in, have fun and get the most from their college experience.

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The Folio's the Thing

April 07, 2016, Craig Brandhorst

William Shakespeare’s First Folio, an anthology of 36 plays compiled by the playwright’s friends seven years after his death, is considered one of the most important books in the English language and is widely credited for preserving Shakespeare’s for the future. From April 14 to April 30, one of the few remaining copies will be on display at University of South Carolina’s Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

Andy Hayes and Dale McCants, two graduates of the University of South Carolina's doctoral program in mechanical engineering, are developing new nanofluids for cooling everything from personal computers to large buildings.

Enter the Ice Dragon

November 25, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

Andy Hayes and Dale McCants, two alumni of the University of South Carolina's doctoral program in mechanical engineering, are the masterminds behind the nanofluid coolant Ice Dragon, which is used by online gamers to cool high-end PCs. Now the two hope to use the same coolant on a larger scale to cool everything from motorcycle engines to office buildings.

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All rise

November 17, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

One Friday a month the University of South Carolina School of Law welcomes 40 of the youngest law students you’ll ever meet. Welcome to the law school’s Constitutional Scholars Pipeline Program, which pairs seventh and eight graders with USC law students who teach them about the law and coach them for a moot court.

McNAIR: Imagination takes flight

August 25, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

The University of South Carolina's McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research boasts state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, a team of highly accomplished researchers and industry partnerships with manufacturers from around the world. The center's primary mission, however, is education.

Mike Devlin, who graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2014 with a degree in finance, is the man behind the new charter fishing boat booking agency, Lureboats.

Mike Devlin's maiden voyage

August 07, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

Mike Devlin, who graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2014 with a degree in finance, is the man behind the charter fishing boat booking agency, Lureboats. The startup launched earlier this year and currently serves the New England coast, but Devlin hopes to expand the operation nationwide in the coming years.

Paul Bliese, a former researcher at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, has brought his take on applied statistics to the Darla Moore School of Business.

Man in transition

July 24, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

Paul Bliese, a former researcher at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, spent 22 years designing statistical models to study such issues as PTSD and soldier wellbeing. Now, he's brought his applied statistics expertise to the Darla Moore School of Business.

Julie Whitehead, founder and CEO of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library and Museum, has made it her life work to excite readers about the work of her favorite author.

God Bless You, Mrs. Whitehead

July 10, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

Alumna Julie Whitehead is the founder and CEO of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library and Museum in Indianapolis. She has made it her life's mission to excite readers about the work of her favorite author.

University of South Carolina conflict archaeologist Steven Smith searches the Revolutionary War battlefield at Fort Motte, looking for clues about how the famous battle unfolded in May of 1871.

Burning questions: the Siege of Fort Motte

July 07, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

University of South Carolina conflict archaeologist Steven Smith has been hot on the trail of Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion for years, but recent discoveries at Fort Motte, the site of an important battle in May 1871, are now fanning the flames.

School of Medicine alumnus Randy Bolton is the new chief of surgery at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn V.A. Medical Center in Columbia.

Raising the mainsail

June 19, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

School of Medicine alumnus Randy Bolton has enjoyed a long career in surgery and hospital administration. Now, the S.C. native has returned home to be the new chief of surgery at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn V.A. Medical Center in Columbia.

Columbia attorney and University of South Carolina alumnus Luther Battiste has helped shape his alma mater for forty years. Now, as president of University Associates, he is helping guide the conversation between the university and the larger Midlands community.

Lifetime associate

June 12, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

Columbia attorney and University of South Carolina alumnus Luther Battiste has helped shape his alma mater for forty years. Now, as president of University Associates, he is helping guide the conversation between the university and the larger Midlands community.

Alumni Amy Coquillard and David Chadwell, a librarian and curriculum coordinator, respectively, at Cairo American College, spend graduation day at the pyramids.

Checking out Egypt

June 05, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

Alumni Amy Coquillard and David Chadwell arrived at their new jobs at Cairo American College in 2013, just weeks after the ouster of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi. Despite nightly curfews and the occasional sound of gunfire in the streets, the couple stuck it out and is now thoroughly enjoying life abroad.

Public history professor Robert Weyeneth is a 2015 Governor's Award winner.

Politics of memory

June 01, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

Robert Weyeneth, a professor of public history and preservation, has devoted much of his career at the University of South Carolina to the study of public spaces, particularly those related to race, the Civil Rights movement and segregation. In recognition of his work, Weyeneth has been awarded the 2015 Governor's Award in Historic Preservation.

Graduating senior Alexander Keene is enjoying his last days on the Carolina campus before heading to India this summer to study Hindi at the American Institute for Indian Studies in Jaipur.

Keene on India

May 01, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

As a sophomore, history major Alexander Keene participated in a study abroad program at the University of Warwick in Great Britain. Meeting members of the international student community there led to an interest in all things Indian and, later, a decision to further his studies after graduation by attending the American Institute for Indian Studies in Jaipur, where he plans to learn Hindi.

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award winner Connor Bain sits on the stoop of Rutledge College, the senior's home at Carolina for the past two years.

Connecting the dots

April 24, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

Graduating senior Connor Bain is a 2015 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award winner. The computer science and math major used his time at Carolina to connect his various interests in science, math, the environment and teaching as he prepares for a career in education.

Alumna and professional stuntwoman Jennifer Mobley (stage name, Jasi Lanier) is literally on fire.

Landing hard, burning bright

April 14, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

Alumna and Hollywood stuntwoman Jennifer Mobley, known professionally as Jasi Lanier, makes her living as a human projectile, punching bag and blowtorch — and she loves every minute of it.

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Bajo's intention

April 03, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

David Bajo’s latest novel, “Mercy 6,” is a literary take on a medical thriller set in a California hospital — “I tried to address the tropes of the genre and invert them rather than falling into them,” says Carolina's creative writing MFA director — but that’s only one aspect of what Bajo intends to discuss April 18 at the Open Book series.

Midlands Craft Beer Supporters Nick McCormac, Whitney McCormac and April Blake promote Soda City Suds Week during a bottle share event at Craft and Draft, a Columbia craft beer retailer.

Heads up: Something's brewing

March 18, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

University of South Carolina alumni Nick McCormac, Whitney McCormac and April Blake are part of a nonprofit responsible for planning Soda City Suds Week, a weeklong series of events designed to highlight Columbia's growing craft beer industry.

Civil rights leader Ralph David Abernathy, Juanita Abernathy, Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King and Abernathy's children leading the famous Selma to Montgomery march in 1965.

Turn around for justice

March 06, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

In March of 1965, 23-year-old seminary student Carl Evans joined thousands of other civil rights activists in Selma and Montgomery, Ala., in support of voting rights for African-Americans. Fifty years on, the University of South Carolina religious studies professor emeritus looks back at how those events shaped his lifelong commitment to social justice.

Preston Residential College Principal Bobby Donaldson strategizes with social work sophomore Allison Ryan, one of Preston's resident mentors.

Better living through leadership

February 27, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

In recent years, Preston Residential College has become a proving ground for young leaders on the University of South Carolina campus. Through community service programs, group arts projects and other endeavors, residents are learning what it means to take charge and make a difference.

Lyrical ballads 2.0

February 06, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

When the Romantic Era Lyrics Project website launches later this year, people will be able to hear recordings of famous poems set to period music for the first time in 200 years.

Sally Bartelmo, a civil engineering graduate student, is also on a quest to run a marathon in each of the 50 states before the age of 30.

Seeing America, 26.2 miles at a time

January 30, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

Civil engineering graduate student Sally Bartelmo works full time at the Savannah River Site but spends her weekends on the run. Inspired by her father and a lifelong love of travel, the 23-year-old plans to run 50 marathons in 50 states before the age of 30.

Andy Hayes and Dale McCants, two graduates of the University of South Carolina's doctoral program in mechanical engineering, are developing new nanofluids for cooling everything from personal computers to large buildings.

Enter the Ice Dragon

January 22, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

Andy Hayes and Dale McCants, two alumni of the University of South Carolina's doctoral program in mechanical engineering, are the masterminds behind the nanofluid coolant Ice Dragon, which is used by online gamers to cool high-end PCs. Now the two hope to use the same coolant on a larger scale to cool everything from motorcycle engines to office buildings.

Ed Madden, the new city poet laureate for Columbia, at his day job, talking to students on the first day of the spring semester.

One vision, many voices

January 14, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

Poet, associate professor of English and director of Women's and Gender Studies Ed Madden has been named the inaugural poet laureate for the City of Columbia. During his four-year term he plans to promote public art and the growth of the city's literary community.

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Let there be rock

December 18, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

As a geochemistry professor, Michael Bizimis knows plenty about rock, but his first true love? That was heavy metal.

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Identifying with education

December 16, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

University of South Carolina assistant professor of Mexican literature Raul Diego Rivera Hernandez volunteers once a week with Freedom University in Atlanta. Started in 2011 by a group of University of Georgia professors, Freedom University provides free college-level courses for undocumented youth in Georgia who have been denied entry at the state’s top five public universities and denied in-state tuition at all public state universities by the Georgia Board of Regents.

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Med school étude

December 16, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

Music major Lonnie Russell came to the University of South Carolina to study piano with Charles Fugo, but ever since his senior year at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, his longterm plan has been to go to medical school following his undergraduate education. Next year, he will embark on the next phase of that journey as a first-year medical student at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.

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Meet new faculty member J.D. Shaw

November 20, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

J.D. Shaw joined UofSC's School of Music this fall. A longtime touring performer, Shaw plays the French horn and hopes to raise the profile of the School of Music's French horn studio in the years to come.

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Rediscovering Catawba

November 19, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

Beckee Garris grew up on the Catawba Reservation near Rock Hill, S.C. After decades away, she returned to the reservation several years ago and began exploring her own heritage as a student at the University of South Carolina Lancaster, where she also works as the visitors' coordinator at the Native American Studies Center.

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For the love of fundraising

November 12, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

Students in Annette Hoover's class on fundraising and event planning for non-profits spend the entire semester coordinating an event benefitting a non-profit of their choosing. This fall, the class is putting on a concert, silent auction and pet adoption to benefit the Humane Society of S.C.

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Finding Fort Congaree II

November 06, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

In July of 2014 University of South Carolina archeologist Jonathan Leader and a team of volunteers located the remnants of Fort Congaree II, an 18th century earthen fortification in Cayce, S.C., long considered lost to history.

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Vocal witness

October 29, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

UofSC alumna Sara Barber was recently named executive director the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Assault. A 13-year veteran of the fight against domestic violence and a mother of two daughters, Barber wants to make her community a safer place for this generation and the next.

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Meet new faculty member Hannah Rule

October 14, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

Assistant professor of English Language and Literature Hannah Rule joined the faculty at Carolina this fall. She researches how individuals acquire and practice writing as well as how writing is taught in college and K-12 contexts.

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Art and the city

October 03, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

As deputy director of the Columbia Museum of Art, Joelle Ryan-Cook has had a front row seat for the ongoing revitalization of Columbia's Main Street and the recent growth of the Capital City's art scene. The University of South Carolina alumna has also played a key role in building the partnerships that have made that revitalization and growth possible.

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A family affair

September 25, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

Parents Weekend at the University of South Carolina has grown over the years from a simple tailgate to a full weekend of activities for the whole family. The 2014 event, which coincides with ESPN College GameDay, is expected to draw nearly 10,000 students, parents and other family members.

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Professors 'retire' but keep on working

September 17, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

Harvey Starr is currently working on three or four different book projects — “depending on how you want to count it,” he says. “A colleague and I are waiting to hear back about one proposal.” He’s also overseeing three active dissertations, having just hooded another new Ph.D. this summer. The catch? He officially retired June 30.

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Operation med school

September 10, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

After four tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, former United States Air Force pilot Seth Howell is beginning a brand new mission as he enters the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. The decorated captain says his time in the military helped him develop the leadership skills and the perspective to help him succeed as he pursues a career in medicine.

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Big impact: Concussion awareness can save lives

August 21, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

In 17 years as an athletic trainer at South Carolina’s Pelion High School, UofSC graduate George Wham has seen his share of sports-related concussions. In fact, last year, student athletes at his school experienced at least 30 of them, 12 just in football. Because of Wham, those students and hundreds just like them across the state will get better assessments and treatment following their injuries.

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Farm to Market Place

August 06, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

Restaurateur and chef William Dissen is a big believer in the farm-to-table philosophy. At his Asheville, N.C., restaurant, The Market Place, the University of South Carolina HRTM alumnus champions fresh flavors, sustainable agricultural practices, community involvement and the constant pursuit of the perfect meal.

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Nothing to hide

July 10, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

Aisha Haynes overcame a stuttering affliction on her way to a doctorate in curriculum instruction and a position at UofSC's Center for Teaching Excellence as an instruction designer.

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A house undivided

July 02, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

Mount Vernon has captured the American imagination for centuries. Now University of South Carolina professor Lydia Brandt is researching how and why.

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Mosquito math

June 25, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

University of South Carolina Beaufort professor Kasia Pawelek uses mathematical models to predict mosquito population growth and measure the effectiveness of Beaufort County's mosquito control program.

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How many fish in the sea?

June 11, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

University of South Carolina Aiken associate professor of biology and geology Virginia Shervette traveled to Puerto Rico in May to research coral reef fish populations through a collaboration with the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources. Her efforts will help the federal government set fishing guidelines that promote sustainable populations of grouper, snapper, porgy and triggerfish.

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No Mickey Mouse class

June 05, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

Scott Smith's HRSM Maymester class on theme park management featured a week in Florida where students visited a range of parks and got the inside scoop from park managers about what it takes to succeed in the multibillion dollar industry.

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Carolina rugby on the rise

May 29, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

arolina's rugby team won the 2014 Southeastern Collegiate Conference Rugby Championship in April, but for the players and coaching staff, the camaraderie of the sport is as important as the competition.

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UofSC alum lands big story, big prize

May 14, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

University of South Carolina alumnus and current Tampa Bay Times reporter Michael LaForgia and fellow reporter Will Hobson won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting in April. Their series of articles about Tampa-area slumlords who took advantage of a dysfunctional public agency while providing the homeless with substandard housing led to the agency's closure.

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Science fairs in America

March 05, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

Science fairs in the United States have a long and storied history, one that reflects trends and attitudes in the larger American culture. They also embody the spirit of childhood imagination and ingenuity. Graduate student Sarah Scripps’ dissertation-in-progress, “Science Fairs before Sputnik,” puts that history under the microscope.

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Reconstructing the Reconstruction: Historic home gets new life

February 26, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

University of South Carolina history professors and students worked with members of Historic Columbia to shape the vision for the newly reopened Woodrow Wilson Family Home. Displays in the Columbia museum shine light on the 28th president's adolescence in Columbia and offer insights into the pivotal era of Reconstruction.

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Building the Future, plus cake!

February 07, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

To commemorate 50 years since the desegregation of the University of South Carolina, the university has invited a panel of successful African-American alumni to discuss their experiences on campus and inspire the next generation.

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Meet & Three: a second helping

January 24, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

Alumnus and Free Times editor Dan Cook, media historian Kathy Roberts Forde and student journalist Austin Price discussed the future of print media for the debut installment of USC Times' new roundtable discussion, Meet & Three.

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Healthy snacks, healthy kids

January 22, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

After-school programs have been tasked with providing children healthier snacks, but budgetary concerns can make that hard to do. Arnold School of Public health professor Michael Beets has stepped up with a plan that pairs such programs with local grocery stores to make healthier snacks more affordable.

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25 Arrive: Carolinians share 25 years at USC

January 10, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

Celebrating its 25th year of publication, USC Times is featuring in its January edition 25 faculty and staff members who joined the university in the past 25 years. USC Times writers asked the faculty and staff featured in “25 Arrive” about their impressions of the campus when they arrived, their accomplishments in the years since and any advice they might proffer to future faculty and staff.

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Measuring champions

January 08, 2014, Craig Brandhorst

A geography professor and a team of volunteers is taking the most comprehensive survey of champion trees in the Congaree Swamp National Park in nearly 20 years.

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At home in the wild

December 20, 2013, Craig Brandhorst

Creative writing professor James Barilla had his property declared a “certified wildlife habitat” by the National Wildlife Federation. The story of his journey to create a hospitable environment for creatures of the wild is told in “My Backyard Jungle,” published in 2013.

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Return of the Scottish journal

December 04, 2013, Craig Brandhorst

When people think of Scottish literature, they might not automatically think of the University of South Carolina, but they should. Scholars in the field certainly do — and have for decades.

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Zoning out, zooming in

November 20, 2013, Craig Brandhorst

Filmmaker Steve Daniels started making home movies as a teenager and studied media arts and film theory at the University of South Carolina. Now, years later, his absurdist horror shorts are racking up awards at film festivals around the world.

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A Gamecock in Kosovo

November 20, 2013, Craig Brandhorst

As a political affairs officer for the United Nations mission in Kosovo, political science Ph.D. candidate Joe Chen serves as an advocate for ethnic Serbs, the war torn region's minority population. He's also spreading the word about how his time at Carolina prepared him for the job and made him who he is today.

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It's easy being green

November 14, 2013, Craig Brandhorst

Jessica Parker is trying hard not to have an impact—and all week she’s been doing less and less. In fact, on Thursday she barely even turned on the lights or booted up her computer. But make no mistake. The sophomore isn’t some hopeless slacker who can’t be bothered to get out of bed.

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Teach your teachers well

November 06, 2013, Craig Brandhorst

When Christy Friend taught her first class as a 24-year-old graduate student she had no idea how tough the job could be. Years later, as the director of USC's Center for Teaching Excellence, she helps a new generation of teachers find their footing in the classroom.