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5 questions for the maestro

5 questions for the maestro

Maestro Donald Portnoy answers a few questions about his conducting career. Portnoy is a 2015 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award recipient.

Outstanding Woman of the Year: Jacquline Plyler

Outstanding Woman of the Year: Jacquline Plyler

Jacquline Plyler has always had an affinity for animals, her mother says, even though she was once kicked while trying to vaccinate a cow. Now the biomedical engineering senior wants to make a career out of studying and creating vaccines for farm animals. "I didn't decide to pre-vet until between my freshman and sophomore year," says Plyler, who was honored this week as the university's Outstanding Woman of the Year.

Building a path beyond the classroom

Building a path beyond the classroom

Elizabeth Moore has always been interested in science and math. Health care was something she was naturally drawn to but watching her grandmother struggle with Alzheimer's Disease sparked a passion for research that the University of South Carolina junior hopes to pursue in her career.

A business built on sweat

A business built on sweat

You could say that Jamie Scott has built his business on sweat -- his own and his customers'. But there's a lot more to Jamie Scott Fitness than perspiration, and that's why the former Gamecock football player has been so successful with his boutique-style gym in Columbia.

Carolinians on the Run

Carolinians on the Run

Social work alumna Mary Lohman directs Girls on the Run Columbia, a nonprofit that develops self-esteem and other positive attributes in young girls while training them to run a 5k. Social work assistant professor Aidyn Iachini is conducting research that's helping making the program even better.

Portrait of a leader

Portrait of a leader

When he began considering a setting for a portrait of University of South Carolina alumna and benefactress Darla Moore, Heimans and Moore both looked to the new building for the business school that bears her name.

Half a million, half the time

Half a million, half the time

Leslie Knight doesn't consider herself a dancer. The dancing isn't why she first got involved with Dance Marathon. It's all about the cause; it's all for the kids.

Heads up: Something's brewing

Heads up: Something's brewing

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.

Print that: Bringing lessons to life in 3D

Print that: Bringing lessons to life in 3D

Students in Carlina De La Cova's intro anthropology class learn best when they can touch and hold artifacts they are discussing in class. The problem is those artifacts are rare, sometimes one-of-a-kind links to the past that may not fare well in freshmen hands. The solution? Recreate the artifacts on a 3D printer, including the wear and tear of being in the ground for hundreds or thousands of years.

USC police department keeps officer close to their hearts

After losing Lt. Vinny Bocchino to heart disease, the USC police department has taken steps to ensure that they are all aware of their own health. The department has formed a team for the Midlands Heart Walk to honor Vinny and those who suffer from heart problems.

A career across the campuses

A career across the campuses

A compass would have been handy for Chris Plyler during his 37-year career at Carolina, which initially took him south to USC Salkehatchie, then west to USC Aiken, east to USC Beaufort, and, finally, north to the flagship campus in Columbia.

Liberal arts education: Q&A with Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

Liberal arts education: Q&A with Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

Longtime College of Arts and Sciences Dean Mary Anne Fitzpatrick has been tapped to participate in a panel discussion about the role the humanities play in public life as part of the National Humanities Alliance's Advocacy Day. She talked with us recently about the vital role the humanities play in a range of disciplines and why it is important to keep teaching these disciplines to college students.

A break for service

A break for service

Shelby Clemmer wants to show everyone that giving back to the community can make a difference. That's why the junior psychology major is spending her spring break helping various organizations in Charlotte, N.C., and leading an alternative break trip with five other students.

'The lesson of more'

'The lesson of more'

The words of University of South Carolina broadcast professor Richard Uray have stuck with Leeza Gibbons for nearly 40 years, teaching her the lesson of "more." The 1978 alumna recently won TV's "Celebrity Apprentice" and plans to use her prize money to renovate a home for families dealing with chronic illnesses or diseases.

Running risks

Running risks

A team of researchers led by senior Kari Benson and associate professor Kate Flory just published a meta-analysis showing that one in six college students misuse the stimulant drugs prescribed for ADHD, such as Ritalin and Adderall, considerably more than reported in several of the earlier studies.

Blowing in the wind

Blowing in the wind

The answer to South Carolina’s quest for renewable energy might be blowing in the wind — about a dozen miles off the coast. The University of South Carolina’s Earth Sciences and Resources Institute (ESRI-SC) is partnering in a study of potential sites for offshore wind turbines that could generate enough electricity to power nearly 6 million homes.

Turn around for justice

Turn around for justice

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.

Finding the American family in the tax code

Finding the American family in the tax code

Just what makes an American family? The answer or answers, for Tessa Davis, can be found in the tax code. Tax law may seem far afield from Davis' bachelor's and master's degrees in anthropology, but she says the two disciplines fit together very nicely.

Just say 'Yes'

Just say 'Yes'

For Erin Steiner, saying 'Yes' to Carolina has led to research and study across the globe. The senior double majoring in political science and women’s and gender studies has been to Ghana, Thailand, India and places in between.

Spreading the science of healthy soil

Spreading the science of healthy soil

Unless you're a farmer, or just really into dirt, you're probably not familiar with the YouTube videos Robin "Buz" Kloot has produced for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But Kloot's work is generating attention from farmers and soil scientists interested in an emerging agricultural practice with dramatic results.

Better living through leadership

Better living through leadership

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.

Students aim for

Students aim for "A's" in state dance class

L.M. Drucker remembers growing up in the 1950s with her mom taking her to Myrtle Beach, S.C. She recalls people dancing, and she would join in. "I didn't know it, but that was the early heyday of classic shag," she says. "So I was there for it, I just didn't realize it until much later."

VIDEO: IBM, UofSC break ground on innovation center

VIDEO: IBM, UofSC break ground on innovation center

The University of South Carolina and IBM break ground for the new Center for Applied Innovation. The center will include IBM and Fluor Corp. as inaugural tenants and will provide application services to both public and private sector organizations across North America with specialties in data analytics and curriculum technology for higher education.