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Discovering a passion for science

Libby Davenport came to the University of South Carolina on the pre-med track, but experience in a biological sciences laboratory pointed her in a new direction focused on basic research in disease ecology.

Dance Professor Receives National Leadership Award

Dr. Stephanie Milling, professor in the dance program, has been honored by the National Dance Education Organization with its 2020 Outstanding Leadership Award.

Outreach program for racial reconciliation moves to Arts and Sciences

The South Carolina Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation fosters conversations that help people foster better relationships between races. It's led by Jennifer Gunter, a UofSC history Ph.D. graduate.

History department staff wins international award for comic book writing

IT consultant by day, comic book writer by night. Chuck Brown's comic book series "Bitter Root" took a 2020 Eisner Award for "Best Continuing Series."

Opportunity and community

Issy Rushton promised herself to make UofSC her home by saying "yes" to as many opportunities as possible. Now she's leading student government through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Competence and compassion

Loren Knapp's career has been focused on helping students gain the knowledge and skills they need for a career and extending the helping hand they need to meet their challenges.

What literature can tell us about people’s struggle with their faith during a pandemic

Professor Agnes Mueller wrote for The Conversation about how pandemics impact religion, according to literature. She is teaching a Theme Semester course about pandemics in literature.

Dean's welcome message for students — Fall 2020

Dean Lacy K. Ford welcomed students to the Fall 2020 semester, encouraging them to see the unusual semester as an opportunity for growth.

ROTC cadet proves himself in combat diving courses

Cole Falkenstine created a club that helps ROTC cadets prepare for elite military training programs. Then he became UofSC's first ROTC cadet to complete the Army's combat diving supervisor training.

How the Rollin Sisters started the women's suffrage movement in South Carolina

African American women were some of the early activists in the women's suffrage movement in South Carolina. History professor Valinda Littlefield presented a webinar about the Rollin Sisters on August 10, 2020.

Barra brings environmental justice study to South Carolina

Monica Barra has studied the cultural consequences of rising tides in Louisiana for years. Now she is bringing that study to the Atlantic Coast with the support of a national fellowship.

Remembering Congressman John Lewis

The College of Arts and Sciences joins the nation in remembering the late congressman John Lewis for his legacy of leadership and civil rights activism.

Professor receives comic book industry award

English professor Qiana Whitted's book about EC Comics received an Eisner Award for Best Academic/Scholarly Work. The book explores how EC Comics shared shared social justice messages alongside its popular horror and fantasy comics.

How Renaissance art led to white European image of Jesus

Writing for The Conversation, art history professor Anna Swartwood House shared how historical Christian art that gravitated toward a white, European image of Jesus.

UofSC and health care providers unite to increase colon cancer screenings

A new $3.8 million award from the Centers for Disease Control will help the university's Colorectal Cancer Prevention Network and health care providers to improve colon cancer screening rates in the most medically underserved parts of the state.

English alum leads educators as SC Teacher of the Year

Sarah Gams says her English professors inspired her student-centered focus. The high school English teacher is the 2020-2021 South Carolina Teacher of the Year.

How performing artists and educators are keeping the lights on

How will theatre and dance thrive during a pandemic? Jim Hunter and Tanya Wideman-Davis discussed innovative ways for artists to keep performing and teaching in this webinar that attracted viewers around the world.

Teaching plague literature when plague is no longer a metaphor

"The narratives we choose to believe and retell will reflect and affirm what we value as a species -- a daunting task, but also an empowering one."

UofSC receives $11.2 million grant to design crystals to keep nuclear waste safe

Scientists in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering and Computing are designing waste forms to safetly contain radioactive waste for thousands of years.

UofSC research uncovers details foraminifera fossils and life cycle

While completing a postdoctoral assignment in the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment, Kate Davis and her research team became the first to document the entire lifecycle of planktic foraminifera.

Narrative Filmmaking class shows resilience in pandemic

It was scene change no one expected ― producing their film class final projects at home with smartphones instead of on campus with professional equipment. But the students and award-winning instructor used creativity to make it work.

How war, peace and a pandemic changed the senses

History professor Mark Smith began the college's summer 2020 webinar series with a discussion about sensory history, the Civil War, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Telly Awards honor episode with UofSC oceanographer

Claudia Benitez-Nelson appeared on an episode of "Voice of the Sea" filmed during her 2018 research cruise. That episode has now won a Telly Award.

Chemistry professor named AAAS fellow

Caryn Outten's research on iron has been recognized by her election as a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Studio art professor shares resource for art educators during COVID-19

Naomi Falk has co-launched a new website that helps art instructors shift their teaching online during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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