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Faculty Research

Combining the strength of tradition with the energy of innovation, our faculty and staff equips students with critical thinking skills necessary for careers in today’s global economy.   

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AI and data science: The new frontier of autism research

Analyzing large datasets of heart rhythms and brain wave activity with AI and machine learning,  a team of University of South Carolina professors is making progress toward better understanding of autism spectrum disorder and identification of ASD diagnostic biomarkers.

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Tackling opioid addiction in South Carolina

Our state’s opioid overdose deaths doubled in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Psychology professors Sayward Harrison and Sam McQuillin created the state’s first program to train psychologists in treating addiction disorders. 

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Dance series portrays AFAM history

Thaddeus Davis and Tanya Wideman-Davis' performance series, Migratuse Ataraxia, explores how enslaved Africans were erased from Antebellum existence, while engaging live audiences in cities across the South.

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Understanding autism

Faculty across the University of South Carolina work together to understand all aspects of autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopment differences. From the formation of nerve cells to early diagnosis and effective intervention, our faculty aim to improve.

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Civil rights research

The Center for Civil Rights History and Research provides educational programming, public engagement and research guidance into USC’s growing collection of primary documents and oral history interviews for students and scholars interested in civil rights history.

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Nanoscale technology

Rongyin Jin is leading efforts to discover new nanoscale materials that will allow quantum computers to function at unimaginable speeds.  Such advanced technology could lead to big impacts on a national and global scale.

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Clean energy, safe waste

The future of nuclear power depends on finding a reliable, safe way to store radioactive waste. Chemistry professor Hanno zur Loye leads a research team that collaborates with national laboratories in the search for a solution. 


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