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University of South Carolina to Support Schools Districts in Responding to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Crisis

Schools throughout South Carolina now have a new way to prepare teachers and other staff to support student mental health.

Remembering Rosamond Kent Sprague

Rosamond Kent Sprague, a pioneering professor of philosophy, died September 10, 2022, at the age of 100.

Students learn from faculty leading NSF-funded physics research

As a first-generation college student at UofSC, Alan Rowland wondered whether he would find a place in academia. But by the end of his freshman year, he was researching the biggest questions about the smallest particles known to science. It started with a lab class taught by Professor Yordanka Ilieva, who studies protons.

New biological sciences labs foster collaborative learning

Three new biology labs in the Jones Physical Science Center are giving students hands-on experience with exploring science.

New academic unit leaders share what brought them to the College of Arts and Sciences

Four new leaders recently joined the College of Arts and Sciences, bringing a combined 76 years of experience in teaching, research and leadership.

Theatre students star in, produce Carolina-based indie film

Carly Siegel is one of 13 students who worked on and off camera to create Hero, a feature-length film produced by the Department of Theatre and Dance

Remembering F. John Vernberg, founder of UofSC marine science program

John Vernberg, a longtime University of South Carolina professor of biological sciences, died on August 19 at the age of 96.

Art student finds joy of play in 'life-changing' summer experience

Catalina Marin made a home at Penland School of Craft this summer. She spent two weeks studying clay-making among artists from around the world, thanks to support she received from the Ethel S. Brody Scholarship.

New cyber intelligence program prepares students for battlefield of the future

On Aug. 1, Jack Sadle became the first University of South Carolina student to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Cyber Intelligence — a field where issues of cyber and national security meet.

New leadership team drives positive change for the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences begins the Fall 2022 semester with several new academic leaders who will sharpen the college's focus on strategic initiatives, diversity, equity and inclusion, research, undergraduate studies and the sciences. 

Researchers map Columbia's hottest neighborhoods

Local citizens and scientists are looking for Columbia's hottest neighborhoods, places where people can face a higher risk of heat-related health problems.

Statistics alumna aims high with national research

New York Times, NBC News, Axios and more cite work by Kiley Hurst. Just two years out from graduating from the University of South Carolina with her statistics degree, Hurst works as a research assistant for the highly regarded Pew Research Center in Washington D.C.

UofSC sets the stage for Midsummer Shakespeare in Washington, D.C.

Gamecocks are behind the scenes and on stage this summer for a groundbreaking Shakespeare performance in Washington, D.C.

How Octavia E. Butler mined her boundless curiosity to forge a new vision for humanity

Butler was the first science fiction writer to be awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. A pioneering writer in a genre long dominated by white men, her work explored power structures, shifting definitions of humanity and alternative societies.

UofSC researchers unpack identity politics in feminism, anger and COVID

Political science professor Elizabeth Connors and her students set out to answer a simple question: what factors influenced how Americans responded to information about the pandemic?

McCausland Fund awardees to innovate online learning in dance education, sociology

South Carolina's first master's degree in dance studies and an online sociology minor are under development thanks to two new McCausland Innovation Fund awards.

Three from UofSC receive Governor's Awards for the Arts

Two College of Arts and Sciences alumni and one faculty member received South Carolina's highest award for the arts for their work in the local community and beyond.

German and political science major finds first-rate education by way of a second choice

Jahleel Johnson discovered opportunities in-state that allowed him to study around the world.

UofSC scholars work toward brighter future through nuclear research

Undergraduate researchers Gigi Jones and Pilar Zamorano are learning how to grow crystals. Practicing these reactions will teach them the skills they need to do research with UofSC chemistry professor Hans-Conrad zur Loye, with the goal of innovating safer ways to store nuclear waste.

Educators Angela Davis and Nikky Finney deliver powerful conversation on race, social justice and Black creativity

The packed-out Pastides Alumni Center could hardly contain the buzzing excitement that Angela Davis and Nikky Finney brought to the University of South Carolina at the Robert Smalls Annual Lecture on April 21.

Rongyin Jin leads UofSC to new heights in quantum science and tech

Rongyin Jin and her students are discovering the computing materials of the future. Known as topological superconductors, such materials will allow quantum computers to function at unimaginable speeds.

Film and media studies director researches stunt work across the globe

Lauren Steimer researches the history of stunt work in Hollywood and beyond. Now, she wants to help her students find their footing in Tinseltown.

Psychology alumna recognized for advancing her field with life-changing work

BJ Casey is a psychologist who has dedicated decades to the study of cognitive neuroscience, a field she shaped and influenced alongside her mentors who founded the field. Now she is committed to giving back to society and mentoring the next generation.

2022 McCausland Innovation Fund projects to enhance learning and community

The College of Arts and Sciences is announcing 21 McCausland Innovation Fund Awards to programs that will meet the emerging needs of our students and will serve as models of interdisciplinary, interactive learning. "Everything we do in the College of Arts and Sciences connects to the impact we have on our students and our community, and these projects will expand that impact in important ways," says Joel Samuels, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Author, activist Angela Davis to speak at UofSC with Nikki Finney

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina will welcome Angela Y. Davis as guest speaker for the 2022 Robert Smalls Annual Lecture.


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