Maestro Donald Portnoy answers a few questions about his conducting career. Portnoy is a 2015 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award recipient.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Like many undergraduate students, David Kneas studied abroad during his college experience. But Kneas never expected his semester away to change the entire course of his study.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
On March 18, students will have the chance to sign cards thanking alumni for giving to the Carolina's Promise campaign.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.