December 17, 2015
USC’s Speech and Hearing Research Center isn’t located on campus — it’s situated on the second floor of the Keenan Building in downtown Columbia — but step through the center’s glass doors into the reception area and you discover an entire new world.
December 16, 2015, Page Ivey
For 35 years, South Carolina business executives and owners have turned to the Darla Moore School of Business research economists and the Economic Outlook Conference to help them plan and make crucial decisions.
December 10, 2015, Steven Powell
International refugees are one of the most vulnerable populations in the world. New faculty member Rajeev Bais is helping the School of Medicine lead in the effort to ensure that victims of the worst that humanity has to offer can find access to health and wellness programs that will help them rebuild their lives.
December 09, 2015, Thom Harman
Pennsylvania native Victoria Garefino is the first recipient of the Richard C. Morris Marine Science Endowed Scholarship. She says the scholarship, which also reduces her out-of-state tuition, has made her dream of studying marine science at UofSC a reality.
December 08, 2015, John Brunelli
Will Muschamp was introduced as the University of South Carolina's 34th head football coach in a news conference held at Williams-Brice Stadium on Monday. Regarded as an outstanding defensive mind, the 44-year-old Muschamp is a 21-year coaching veteran, including 13 years in the Southeastern Conference.
December 04, 2015, Steven Powell
Over the past 20 years, medical scientists have developed evidence showing a strong link between gum disease and cardiovascular problems. The School of Medicine’s Souvik Sen is leading a new clinical study, called PREMIERS, that is now enrolling patients throughout the Carolinas to better define just how many strokes, heart attacks, and other devastating cardiovascular events might be prevented with better oral care.
December 02, 2015, Glenn Hare
Like many UofSC music students, Jason Wright, a doctoral candidate in choral conducting, adds to the city's music soundscape by offers his talents to many local music organizations and churches in the Midlands.
December 01, 2015, Peggy Binette
Even historic flooding in 2015 couldn’t wash away South Carolina’s highest rate of growth in the last six years – a level of growth that University of South Carolina economists at the Darla Moore School of Business say will persist in 2016. Doug Woodward and Joseph Von Nessen, economists in the Moore School Division of Research, will present their full economic forecast at the upcoming 35th Annual Economic Outlook Conference (EOC) Thursday, Dec. 17.
December 01, 2015, Jeff Stensland
The University of South Carolina was recognized Wednesday as one the leading universities in the country for improving graduation rates for minority students, and ranks in the top five among flagship universities for closing the graduation gap between minority and white students over the past decade.
December 01, 2015, Page Ivey
Elizabeth Cassidy West has been telling and curating the story of the University of South Carolina for more than 15 years as the university’s archivist. But nowhere is the university’s story more clearly told than in the buildings of the Horseshoe, the original campus for South Carolina College and the heart of today’s sprawling downtown Columbia campus.
November 30, 2015, Steven Powell
A research team led by biology professor Jeff Dudycha recently published a paper showing that larger eye size is the source of a sizable reproductive advantage for a tiny freshwater crustacean. The research provides hard data for eye microevolution that, until now, were lacking.
November 30, 2015, Glenn Hare
"Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbolism and Signs," a new dance production by UofSC choreographers Thaddeus Davis and Tanya Wideman-Davis. The work investigates historic and contemporary perspectives of the Confederate flag and the Confederacy.
November 19, 2015, Peggy Binette
Monday, Nov. 23 marks 12th year that engineering professor Abdel Bayoumi and his students will watch their design and construction of a gigantic Clemson tiger burn in effigy on the intramural field adjacent from the Colonial Life Arena as part of Tiger Burn.
November 18, 2015, Steven Powell
Associate professor Subrahmanyam Bulusu is part of an international team collecting hydrographic data in pirate-infested waters to better understand the northern Arabian Sea circulation. Key to the effort, and an essential element of the team’s variant of a widely recognized acronym, NASC-ar, is autonomous research.
November 17, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
One Friday a month the University of South Carolina School of Law welcomes 40 of the youngest law students you’ll ever meet. Welcome to the law school’s Constitutional Scholars Pipeline Program, which pairs seventh and eight graders with USC law students who teach them about the law and coach them for a moot court.
November 13, 2015, Ore Oluwole
Several teams of young entrepreneurs will pitch their startup ideas to business leaders in the final round of The Proving Ground competition Tuesday (Nov. 17) at the University of South Carolina.
November 13, 2015, Harris Pastides
Prepared remarks for the Yale School of Public Health Centennial Reunion
November 12, 2015, Ore Oluwole
Imagine several teams of aspiring innovators pitching a product or service they believe to be “the next big thing” to a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs before a live audience. On the line is up to $20,000 to make their startup idea a reality. No, you’re not watching an episode of the popular ABC-TV show, “Shark Tank.” It’s the final round of The Proving Ground, the University of South Carolina’s annual entrepreneurial competition.
November 11, 2015
Hailed as a huge victory for women’s rights, the Supreme Court of Uganda made international headlines in August when it ruled the custom of refunding “bride price” unconstitutional. However, Aparna Polavarapu, a law professor and scholar with the University of South Carolina’s Rule of Law Collaborative, says changing that practice will be difficult.
November 04, 2015, Glenn Hare
Sean Heely transferred to UofSC’s School of Music to continue his violin training under William Terwilliger and to refine his playing of classical composers. He has found that, but also discovered a world of opportunities. “The musical progress I’ve made in classical and my new ventures in bluegrass and Gypsy jazz couldn’t have happened elsewhere,” he says.
November 03, 2015, Steven Powell
Microscopic creatures come to artistic life in alumna Alicia Leeke’s colorful traveling exhibition. The Columbia-based artist collected and photographed phytoplankton from local waters with the help of professor Tammi Richardson, then created abstract renderings of the micrographs.
November 02, 2015
Xiaoming Li is a professor and SmartState Endowed Chair in Translational Clinical Research. He also is director of the South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality in Arnold School of Public Health. His research includes HIV behavioral prevention and intervention.
October 30, 2015, Ore Oluwole
Sustainability. We all know what it means, but when do we see it in action on campus? EcoReps put this into action by introducing and challenging people to live a sustainable life through the fifth annual No Impact Week Nov. 2-7.
October 30, 2015, Steven Powell
Associate professor Xiao-Dong Zhou is part of a research team that aims to use solar or wind power to produce carbon-based fuels. With a starting material of carbon dioxide, which can be dragged out of the air, the approach is as green as it gets.
October 29, 2015, Maegan Gudridge
The Carolinian Creed was born in the late 1980s, following a series of disturbing incidents at colleges and universities across the U.S. Learn the history of the creed as UofSC prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Nov. 2-6.
October 28, 2015
Law professor Seth Stoughton is a former police officer who understands the many pressures that law enforcement officers face. He wants his law students to understand it as well, that is why he requires his criminal procedure students to take a police ride-along.
October 27, 2015, Chris Horn
Students often separate education from ‘real life’,” says Irma Van Scoy, director of USC Connect. “We try to help students connect the dots, to understand that the things they do outside of the classroom — service projects, research and internships, for example — can be transformational experiences that dovetail with their formal education.
October 26, 2015, Peggy Binette
The University of South Carolina has added a concentration in emergency management to its Master of Public Administration degree that will expand the number of professionals in governmental, nonprofit and profit sectors who can plan for and respond to natural and man-made disasters.
October 26, 2015
Amir Karami is a new professor in the School of Library and Information Science. His primary research interest is in text data in medical, social networks and cybersecurity.
October 23, 2015, Steven Powell
Chemistry professors Micky Myrick and Steve Morgan are developing a potential rival to the storied forensics tool luminol. Their technique, “steam thermography,” combines thermal imaging with a hand steamer to highlight where crime scene investigators need to look more carefully — and it works in some places luminol can’t.
October 20, 2015, Chris Horn
In Vicki Vance’s lab, the expression “You are what you eat” might soon take on new meaning. The veteran molecular plant scientist thinks genetically modified plants could become useful weapons in the war against human cancer. To test the idea, she’s turning plants into bio-factories that make tumor-suppressing micro-RNA (miRNA).
October 15, 2015, Page Ivey
Students, faculty and staff were out and about in the days after the massive Columbia flooding that destroyed homes, businesses and claimed more than a dozen lives.
October 14, 2015, Steven Powell
Many of the more than 46 million sound recordings archived throughout the U.S. carry the risk of being destroyed during an attempt to digitize them, because magnetic audiotape can deteriorate over time. Chemistry professor Steve Morgan leads a team of researchers developing a means to readily assess the structural condition of magnetic tape, using non-destructive infrared spectroscopy to identify tapes that suffer from ‘sticky-shed syndrome’ and will fall apart on playback.
October 12, 2015
Visitors to the 2015 South Carolina State Fair will get a front-row glimpse of the academic excellence of four University of South Carolina civil engineering students when they enter the fair gates this week.
October 12, 2015
Angela Neal is a new assistant professor of psychology at USC Lancaster. The Ohio native specializes in social psychology, specifically researching the dynamics of romantic relationships.
October 12, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
The so-called "large lecture" has been a part of the undergraduate experience for years, but when you're one of 250 students in a packed auditorium it's easy to feel invisible. English professor David Miller is part of a movement to flip the traditional large lecture on its head and reinvent the student experience in the process.
October 02, 2015, Peggy Binette
My Carolina Alumni Association is offering a limited number of free wristbands for faculty and staff to see country music star Brad Paisley perform at Friday, Oct. 16, as part of the alumni association’s homecoming and grand opening for the university’s new Alumni Center.
September 30, 2015
Tamara Sheldon is a new assistant professor in the economics department at the Darla Moore School of Business. The Boulder, Colo., native is blending her interests in the environment and business to study how the economy affects the environment and how better to provide incentives for sustainability.
September 28, 2015, Peggy Binette
Alumni, students and fans of the University of South Carolina will have the opportunity to see country music star Brad Paisley perform Friday, Oct. 16, as part of My Carolina Alumni Association’s homecoming activities and grand opening for the university’s new Alumni Center.
September 25, 2015, Steven Powell
The words ‘summer’ and ‘vacation’ go together like peanut butter and jelly for a lot of college students, but in the famously hot months the University of South Carolina offers meatier sandwiches than that on its academic menu. This summer the university’s Center for Colon Cancer Research brought undergraduates from around the country into a brand-new biomedical research experience.
September 24, 2015, Glenn Hare
UofSC theatre professor Stan Brown is featured in the short film "The Bespoke Tailoring of Mr. Bellamy."
September 23, 2015, Glenn Hare
For 20 years, Theatre 99 has been the epicenter of improvisational theatre in Charleston, attracting a cross-section of the city looking for something “edgy” to do on date night. The attic-turned-bare-bones theater above a Meeting Street bicycle shop is also where you’ll find Greg Tavares and Brandy Sullivan, both 1991 University of South Carolina theater graduates, making people laugh three nights a week.
September 22, 2015
Gregory Gay is a new assistant professor in the department of computer science and engineering. He comes from Morgantown, W.Va., by way of Minnesota. Gay’s research focuses on how better to build software, especially the software that is essential to our daily lives.
September 20, 2015, Glenn Hare
There are no music stands in Rooms 106 at the School of Music. There’s no podium either. What you will find are spaces for brainstorming and planning — whiteboards and corkboards, flip charts and Post-it notes, books on finance and leadership. And just in case there’s a need play out those ideas, the room has a seven-foot Baldwin piano.
September 18, 2015, Steven Powell
Exercise has a reputation for doing a body good, and some Carolina research recently showed just how far even a little bit goes. Xuemei Sui of the Arnold School of Public Health led a research team that showed that staying in shape can keep the heart and circulation young, slowing — by some 15 to 20 years — the natural process that causes cholesterol levels to rise with age.
September 16, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
University President Harris Pastides introduced "Carolina 2025" during his State of the University address. Dean of undergraduate studies Helen Doerpinghaus explains how this 10-year plan will affect the student experience.
September 15, 2015, Chris Horn
The campus community called Capstone Scholars is celebrating its 10th year as one of the university’s most popular programs for high-achieving students looking for something more in the college experience. Based on comments from alumni and current students, it sounds like they’re finding it.
September 10, 2015, Page Ivey
New classrooms and labs, additional faculty and more responsive advising are all part of the “Carolina 2025” roadmap for the next 10 years, university President Harris Pastides says. Pastides introduced the ambitious plan during his 2015 State of the University address.
September 04, 2015, Steven Powell
Watching their teams climb in the rankings is a cherished pastime of many Gamecocks, but competitive talent at Carolina is hardly restricted to the sporting life. Over the past several years, the University of South Carolina has been a fixture near or atop the leaderboard in producing Hollings scholars, fielding a group of academic talent that, once again this year, is second to none in the country.
September 03, 2015, Page Ivey
It's not often college students get to ask one of their classmates for an internship, but that's just what happened when Charleston hotelier Linn Lesesne decided to return to Carolina to finish her degree more than 30 years after she started it.
September 02, 2015
Eliza Allen is a new assistant professor of elementary education in the College of Education. The Savannah, Ga., native is research better ways to provide equal opportunities for language learning among diverse student populations.
August 27, 2015, Peggy Binette
The University of South Carolina will usher in the college football season for the fourth consecutive year Thursday (Sept. 3), when the Gamecocks take on the North Carolina Tar Heels in the inaugural Belk College Kickoff in Charlotte. The season opener, which is set for 6 p.m., marks the 57th meeting on the gridiron for the two Carolina teams and the first time the two teams will battle in Charlotte.
August 26, 2015
Joan T.A. Gabel began her tenure as the University of South Carolina’s provost this week. We caught up with her to learn a little more about her and her plans for the future.
August 25, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
The University of South Carolina's McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research boasts state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, a team of highly accomplished researchers and industry partnerships with manufacturers from around the world. The center's primary mission, however, is education.
August 20, 2015, Glenn Hare
The McMaster Gallery is exhibiting "Return of the Wanderer." The exhibit features 30 works of art by UofSC emeritus professor Boyd Saunders. The exhibition is on view through Oct 9, and includes lithographs, paintings, etchings, sculptures and drawings.Description
August 19, 2015, Liz McCarthy
Every summer the University of South Carolina’s faculty, staff and students travel the world to conduct research, learn about cultures and take on new challenges that can have a big impact. Here’s just a quick look at what some Gamecocks have been up to this summer.
August 14, 2015, Kimberly Washington
Coryn Bejema came to the University of South Carolina to play soccer, but it was her talent off the field that has drawn the attention of the campus community lately. Students, faculty and staff might just notice her work across campus this year.
August 13, 2015, Liz McCarthy
For the first year, other students will be lending a helping hand to get the freshman class settled as a part of the Move-In Crew. In year’s past this duty has fallen solely to faculty and staff members, carrying armfuls of belongings up stairs or on elevators and through hallways.
August 11, 2015, Steven Powell
Competing in a marathon calls for the right training regimen. John Eberth of the School of Medicine and his colleagues are coming up with a vascular conditioning program they hope will help surgeons train bypass grafts for success in the long run.
August 11, 2015, Glenn Hare
Sherard Duvall, '01, is a local hip-hop advocate and a founder of Hip-Hop Family Day. He will join other music advocates to discuss the vitality of home-grown music in our state at Folkfabulous 2015 this Saturday on the historic Horseshoe.
August 10, 2015, Chris Horn
In a perfect world, all of Gabrielle Olexa’s neighbors would own cats and drive whisper-quiet electric cars. None of those things happens, of course, which is why Olexa’s budding career as an audio book narrator hits the pause button whenever the noise level spikes outside her home recording studio.
August 07, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
Mike Devlin, who graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2014 with a degree in finance, is the man behind the charter fishing boat booking agency, Lureboats. The startup launched earlier this year and currently serves the New England coast, but Devlin hopes to expand the operation nationwide in the coming years.
August 06, 2015, Liz McCarthy
When Tatiana Chin walks across the stage at the University of South Carolina’s commencement this August, she’ll be one step closer to a path she started down when she was 8 years old. As she graduates, Chin won’t be worrying about finding a job: She will start working for IBM as a global security consultant.
August 06, 2015, Jeff Stensland
The University of South Carolina’s McNair Aerospace Center is teaming up with Boeing — the world’s largest aerospace company — to conduct advanced research projects that could deliver the next generation of aerospace technology.
August 04, 2015, Chris Horn
Sarah Leverette, a 1943 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, enjoyed a long and productive legal career, even serving as the law school's first female faculty member. Now the alumna is giving back, establishing a scholarship in memory of her parents and with a memorial gift to the Children's law Center in honor of her colleague Beverly Lovejoy Boyer.
August 04, 2015, Page Ivey
Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal, ’68 law, has seen a lot of firsts in her life, from being the first woman to chair a legislative committee to being the first woman on the state Supreme Court. She sat down with us to chat about her time at Carolina, her extraordinary career as an attorney, lawmaker and justice, and the future as she prepares to retire in December.
August 03, 2015, Chris Horn
Patti Marinelli has helped create what she thinks is a great textbook and online curriculum for teaching Spanish. But you don’t have to take her word for it. A pilot study conducted at Carolina confirmed that "Conectados” helped students learn to write and speak Spanish better .
July 30, 2015, Page Ivey
In preparation for his biggest court appearance to date, Perry MacLennan, ’14 law, recalled one of his last classes at the University of South Carolina. In a trial by fire, MacLennan got to put what he had learned to use into real life in front of the South Carolina Supreme Court, arguing successfully on behalf on his client less than a year after he graduated.
July 30, 2015, John Brunelli
With four alums in the family, the Barnhills decided to pool their gifts and create the Barnhill Family Engineering Endowment to fund scholarships as a way to say thank you to the university. With company matches, the goal is to have the endowment reach $1 million within 20 years.
July 29, 2015, Liz McCarthy
Temisha Simpkins is one of four University of South Carolina students serving across the city this summer as a part of the AmeriCorps VISTAs program. She has spent her summer days helping children younger than 12 read at St. Lawrence Place, a nonprofit organization in Columbia.
July 28, 2015, Jeff Stensland
Leaving the legal profession to pursue a career in academia was a tough, but life-changing experience for John T.A. Gabel. “We prepare students for success, we answer questions and we positively impact our community at home and around the world - where else can you say that?" Gabel was named new executive vice president of academic affairs and provost at the University of South Carolina on July 28.
July 24, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
Paul Bliese, a former researcher at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, spent 22 years designing statistical models to study such issues as PTSD and soldier wellbeing. Now, he's brought his applied statistics expertise to the Darla Moore School of Business.
July 21, 2015, Glenn Hare
During his 25-year career as a registered piano technician, Paul Williams has tuned, voiced and repaired the School of Music's 120 pianos. He has worked on instruments used in ensembles featuring the likes of Itzhak Perlman, Yo Yo Ma and Winton Marsalis.
July 16, 2015, Page Ivey
Some of the world’s oldest artifacts are located in some of the world’s most volatile locations, making them vulnerable to destruction either intentionally or as collateral damage. Digitally preserving those historic items and locations is the goal of technology startup PIVOT.
July 14, 2015, Steven Powell
Many an injury will heal, but the damaged spinal cord is notoriously recalcitrant. There’s new hope on the horizon, though. A team of researchers led by the University of South Carolina’s Jeff Twiss just reported an innate repair mechanism in central nervous system axons that might be harnessed to regenerate nerves after brain or spinal cord injuries.
July 10, 2015, Peggy Binette
Nikky Finney, a National Book Award winner, South Carolina native and the John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair in Southern Letters and Literature at UofSC wrote a poem to mark the historic milestone of the Confederate flag being removed from the South Carolina Statehouse.
July 09, 2015, Peggy Binette
The apex of the new University of South Carolina School of Law building was reached Thursday (July 9) when construction crews set in place a 40-foot steel beam weighing more than 700 pounds. The raising of the beam was part of a Topping Off ceremony to signify the highest point in the structural or “steel” phase of the building had been met.
July 07, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
University of South Carolina conflict archaeologist Steven Smith has been hot on the trail of Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion for years, but recent discoveries at Fort Motte, the site of an important battle in May 1871, are now fanning the flames.
July 01, 2015, Steven Powell
After years of study in graduate school, Evan Phelps recently joined the workforce in an area far afield from the particle physics research that defined his daily routine at the University of South Carolina. Although working toward a Ph.D. in physics might be a road less traveled on the way to a position in the health sciences, from his point of view the effort had a lot of merit.
July 01, 2015, Chris Horn
Carolina’s Promise, the University of South Carolina’s $1 billion campaign launched in 2008, has reached its goal on time and on target, securing private funds for many key university goals, including new scholarships, professorships, academic programs and facilities.
June 24, 2015, Page Ivey
When Ondina Miranda came to South Carolina from Honduras, she wanted to learn English, to finish school and to offer her future children a better life. But, she needed a little help, especially when she was pregnant with her first child.
June 23, 2015, Steven Powell
Chemistry professor Linda Shimizu oversees a series of crowd-pleasing chemistry demonstrations in middle and high schools throughout central South Carolina every year. They are spirited affairs, and her research in the laboratory is just as dynamic — but with a sense of order that really keeps atoms in line.
June 17, 2015, Steven Powell
Alumna Joni Jordan cleared a lot of roadblocks to make a career as a high school chemistry teacher. Now Dr. Jordan at Orangeburg’s Edisto High School, she’s a master teaching fellow in a new UofSC program designed to strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in high-needs and rural districts throughout the state.
June 12, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
Columbia attorney and University of South Carolina alumnus Luther Battiste has helped shape his alma mater for forty years. Now, as president of University Associates, he is helping guide the conversation between the university and the larger Midlands community.
June 11, 2015, Page Ivey
The doctor of nursing practice program at the University of South Carolina is marking 15 years this year and is expanding to include a psychiatric/mental health specialty starting in the fall. It is just one of the innovative changes made since UofSC’s doctorate became just the fourth such program in the nation.
June 10, 2015, Liz McCarthy
Lauren Brown decided after graduate school that being a counselor wasn’t the career for her. At the University of South Carolina, though, she’s found the perfect way to put her counseling skills to work by helping students in University 101.
June 05, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
Alumni Amy Coquillard and David Chadwell arrived at their new jobs at Cairo American College in 2013, just weeks after the ouster of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi. Despite nightly curfews and the occasional sound of gunfire in the streets, the couple stuck it out and is now thoroughly enjoying life abroad.
June 02, 2015, Steven Powell
Caroline Roberts has identified two things that are central to her development as a leader: her faith, and challenges that put that faith to the test. In the University of South Carolina, she has found a home where the latter is strengthening the former.
June 01, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
Robert Weyeneth, a professor of public history and preservation, has devoted much of his career at the University of South Carolina to the study of public spaces, particularly those related to race, the Civil Rights movement and segregation. In recognition of his work, Weyeneth has been awarded the 2015 Governor's Award in Historic Preservation.
May 28, 2015, Liz McCarthy and Rachel Brunson
Nathan Harris did not anticipate that his on-campus leadership role would open doors in the real world. The rising senior credits his time as a peer instructor with the University of South Carolina’s Student Success Center with helping him land a coveted summer internship with the Seattle Seahawks.
May 27, 2015, Megan Sexton
Dashiell Hammett was famed for creating the epitome of the hardboiled detective, Sam Spade, and turning the detective novel into literature. “He wasn’t just a crime writer,” his granddaughter Julie M. Rivett says. “The best of his work is not so much about crime as it is about human nature, and it defies genre.” Rivett and her family unveiled a comprehensive collection of Dashiell Hammett’s works, including the Hammett Family Archive.
May 20, 2015, Liz McCarthy
When Kate Boyd first entered the library profession, there weren’t many libraries in the digital world. But a class project in graduate school led Boyd to discover a new realm for information science and, eventually, to University Libraries at the University of South Carolina.
May 19, 2015, Steven Powell
Biologist Jennifer Fill’s doctoral research may help identify surrogate habitats for the eastern diamondback rattlesnake’s dwindling numbers. A famous emblem of revolutionary-era America featured on the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, the eastern diamondback’s current population is estimated to be just three percent of what it was when Europeans first arrived.
May 18, 2015, April Blake
Stacey Olden has always had a sympathetic ear for family and friends with troubles – even when she thought she wanted to be a Wall Street financier.
May 18, 2015, Chris Horn
There are newer school buildings in more affluent school districts in South Carolina, but Hampton Elementary School has something this year that’s the envy of them all. Her name is Melonee Ginn Mattie, a fifth-grade teacher whose commitment to educational excellence netted her the 2015 Milken Educator Award, the only one given in the Palmetto State.
May 11, 2015, Chris Horn
Along with learning how to tell stories, several of Northrop Davis’ former students are writing the beginning chapters of their own successful careers — in TV, the animation industry and the popular Japanese artform of manga. Their success stems from a mixture of talent and personal mentoring from a professor whose contacts have helped open doors.
May 07, 2015, Liz McCarthy
Not many college graduates land their dream job before their diploma is in hand but Chris Rosa’s hard work at the University of South Carolina landed him that coveted gig. Just a few weeks after graduation, Rosa, a senior public relations major, will move to the Big Apple to work for VH1 as an entertainment writer.
May 05, 2015, Steven Powell
Senior Kara Jones is graduating this May, and the light at the end of her academic tunnel is shining bright from the nation’s capital. A few weeks after commencement, the public health major will start work as an analyst for The Galen Institute, a nonprofit health policy research organization located in the D.C. suburb of Alexandria, Va.
May 04, 2015, Page Ivey
Four years ago when Katie Jerald started classes at the University of South Carolina, her mother, Lisa, was trying to finish up her own degree, which had been put on hold decades earlier for marriage and a family. Now, mother and daughter will graduate on the same weekend: Lisa with a degree in sociology and Katie with a business degree in marketing and human resources.
May 04, 2015, Chris Horn
James Wilton Holiday never doubted he would earn a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of South Carolina. Not when he struggled in his first year of studies. Not when a car accident nearly ended his life, and not when he missed three consecutive semesters.
May 04, 2015, Chris Horn
James Wilton Holiday never doubted he would earn a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of South Carolina. Not when he struggled in his first year of studies. Not when a car accident nearly ended his life, and not when he missed three consecutive semesters.
May 01, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
As a sophomore, history major Alexander Keene participated in a study abroad program at the University of Warwick in Great Britain. Meeting members of the international student community there led to an interest in all things Indian and, later, a decision to further his studies after graduation by attending the American Institute for Indian Studies in Jaipur, where he plans to learn Hindi.
April 27, 2015, Page Ivey
Anyone who has watched the Netflix series “House of Cards” knows that Kevin Spacey is supposed to be from the South Carolina Upstate, but what many people outside the state and outside linguistics circles don’t realize is that his accent is all wrong.
April 24, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
Graduating senior Connor Bain is a 2015 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award winner. The computer science and math major used his time at Carolina to connect his various interests in science, math, the environment and teaching as he prepares for a career in education.
April 24, 2015, Chris Horn
If it weren’t for a rare winter snow in South Carolina four years ago, Adam Mayer would never have come to Carolina. And that would have been a shame because the exercise science major from Wisconsin has had a huge impact on the university — and vice versa.
April 23, 2015, Liz McCarthy
Lindsay Richardson didn’t come to Carolina looking for an opportunity to become a student leader, much less to become student body president. That path led her to be a finalist for Outstanding Woman of the Year and to receive the university’s top honor, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.
April 23, 2015, Liz McCarthy
The University of South Carolina promises opportunities for its students. In the last month, Venisha Pendergrass and two friends have found this to be true. Just before spring break, Pendergrass and a few friends noticed a need to have more professional development opportunities for young women on campus.
April 23, 2015, Megan Sexton
The University of South Carolina, recently named as South Carolina’s site for the “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” national tour, will host the exhibition April 11-May 1, 2016.
April 21, 2015, Steven Powell
Many sports involve intended or unintended contact, and with that comes the inevitable risk of an injury that is getting well-deserved attention at the moment: concussion. In the medical and scientific faceoff against this form of traumatic brain injury, the University of South Carolina has developed an extensive playbook to achieve success.
April 20, 2015, Chris Horn
Amber Williams has painful, personal experience with carbon monoxide poisoning — she lost her 11-year-old nephew and nearly lost her sister-in-law in a deadly incident two years ago. And that's why she's made it her mission to make people more aware of the danger.
April 17, 2015, Page Ivey
Pharmacy students Alexas Polk and Sarah DeMott researched nearly 5,000 medical orders given on television medical shows since 1989 (Doogie Howser, M.D.). What they found was that fictional TV doctors were wrong about 12 percent of the time. They will present their findings at Discovery Day.
April 13, 2015, Chris Horn
Kassandra Solsrud is taking the academic road less traveled in her quest to earn a degree in international business enroute to medical school. Then again, the sophomore from Atlanta, Ga., hasn’t exactly set her sights on a traditional career in medicine.
April 13, 2015, Glenn Hare
The Southeastern Conference has named UofSC pianist and professor of music Marina Lomazov a winner of a 2015 Faculty Achievement Award. The annual awards honor one faculty member from each SEC university who has excelled in teaching, research and scholarship.
April 09, 2015, Page Ivey
The U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay has had some seriously bad press over the past dozen years as the detention center for people deemed enemy combatants following the 2001 terrorist attacks. But the base was there for a century before that and was home to thousands of service members, their families and civilian contractors from both the U.S. and other countries.
April 09, 2015, Jeff Stensland
Scientists from South Carolina's leading public universities—the University of South Carolina and Clemson University—have made a discovery that could dramatically improve the efficiency of batteries and fuel cells.
April 06, 2015, Chris Horn
“If you had to write down the specifications of what you’d expect of a son, he would come as close to meeting them as anyone could,” says Jim Pearce, a 1942 Carolina graduate who endowed a UofSC professorship to memorialize his son Mac, a 1972 Carolina grad. “I like the fact that this professorship will continue to honor Mac for generations to come.”
April 03, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
David Bajo’s latest novel, “Mercy 6,” is a literary take on a medical thriller set in a California hospital — “I tried to address the tropes of the genre and invert them rather than falling into them,” says Carolina's creative writing MFA director — but that’s only one aspect of what Bajo intends to discuss April 18 at the Open Book series.
April 03, 2015, Megan Hayes
Lindsay Sexton began her undergraduate career at the University of South Carolina with plans to attend medical school after graduation. It was not until a professor asked Sexton to help with research and development that she realized she could pursue a career path in chemistry.
March 31, 2015, Steven Powell
The high-tech teaching facility in the basement of the Coker Life Sciences building — the ACE lab — doesn’t involve novice cardsharps learning the latest in sleight-of-hand. There’s a much more serious kind of training going on in the South Carolina College of Pharmacy’s Aseptic Compounding Experience laboratory.
March 30, 2015, Chris Horn
CS First, created by a Google team in South Carolina, is a curriculum geared for children in grades 4 through 8 that’s organized around themes such as art or game design and includes easy-to-use programming software called Scratch. JameSue Goodman, the project lead, is a 1997 Carolina grad who took her first computer science course in her last semester of college. She finished with a degree in English but a passion for computer programming, a skill she taught herself after graduation. When the company she was working for was acquired by Google in 2011, Goodman transferred to Google’s data center in Berkeley County, S.C., to become the CS First project lead.
March 26, 2015, Page Ivey
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.
March 25, 2015, Liz McCarthy
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.
March 24, 2015, Chris Horn
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.
March 20, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
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.
March 18, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
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.
March 17, 2015, Page Ivey
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.
March 17, 2015, April Blake
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.
March 15, 2015, Page Ivey
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.
March 12, 2015, Liz McCarthy
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.
March 10, 2015, Steven Powell
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.
March 09, 2015, Chris Horn
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.
March 06, 2015, Collyn Taylor
Sam Spina has always wanted to make a living out of his doodles. Now, thanks to an opportunity to make a short cartoon for Nickelodeon, he works everyday as a storyboard artist on Cartoon Network’s “The Regular Show.”
March 06, 2015, Page Ivey
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.
March 06, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
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.
February 27, 2015, Natalie Pita
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.”
February 27, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
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.
February 26, 2015, John Brunelli
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.
February 26, 2015, Megan Sexton
The foremost playwright in English history shuffled off this mortal coil nearly 400 years ago, but the first collection of his plays was not assembled and published until some years later. Now a copy of that book, Shakespeare's First Folio, will make its way around the U.S., including a stop at Carolina.
February 24, 2015, Page Ivey
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.
February 19, 2015, Page Ivey
When you think of track stars as leaders, you typically think of them leading from the front with their followers trailing behind. But University of South Carolina sprinter Sanura Eley-O’Reilly knows a little about leading from the bench.
February 18, 2015, Thom Harman
The next time you marvel at the natural-looking forest in a movie or the realistic environments in a video game, you can thank Michael Sechrest and Chris King. And you won’t be alone. The movie industry just thanked them, too — with an Academy Award. In fact, their work prompted the academy to create a new category. For these Carolina grads, it was unfamiliar territory.
February 16, 2015, Chris Horn
It’s common knowledge that people suffering from addiction and isolation often find healing in recovery groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous. The key is meeting regularly and, more importantly, having a willingness to share openly — dynamics that also are at play in many ordinary civic or church groups.
February 11, 2015, Liz McCarthy
Professor Thomas Brown’s history class is bringing Civil War lessons to life by “live-tweeting” Sherman’s historic march to Columbia 150 years later. They scoured historical documents to find the most compelling 140-character nuggets.
February 10, 2015, Steven Powell
Dinosaurs went the way of the dodo a long time ago, but their modern-day descendants, birds, are spectacularly adaptable. The secret of their global success is largely the result of a single protein: variations on an initial theme that evolved more than a hundred million years ago resulted in an array of building blocks that helped the dinosaur’s progeny really take off.
February 09, 2015, April Blake
She never imagined that she would enjoy cooking, much less getting so hands-on in the kitchen as to write a cookbook. As an alumnae of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Michelle Margocee Gainey has put a lot of the skills she learned into action as she releases her first book.
February 05, 2015, Page Ivey
What would rising sea levels do to South Carolina’s coast? Bradley Dean, a 2013 master of earth and environmental resources management, has created a preview that the public can see on the Internet. Put together with the mounds of data NOAA collects about perigean spring tides — also known as King Tides — the maps should provide policymakers with information they need to create sound coastal management plans.
February 03, 2015, Chris Horn
Ruben Galloway dealt with high blood pressure for years, ultimately taking eight medications to try to lower the runaway readings. But with three tiny incisions on Galloway’s back, Dr. Fernando Navarro, a University of South Carolina medical school surgeon, removed a benign tumor on the left adrenal gland, which had been causing Galloway’s uncontrollable blood pressure. With the tumor gone, so, too, were many of Galloway's medical problems.
February 02, 2015, Steven Powell
All the rivers worldwide might constitute a relative trickle compared with an unseen back-and-forth torrent below the surface. Emeritus professor Willard Moore is part of a team that just showed that rivers might represent as little as 20 percent of the water flowing every day into the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific Oceans from the continents — the remainder is the outflow from what Moore has termed the “subterranean estuary.”
January 30, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
Civil engineering graduate student Sally Bartelmo works full time at the Savannah River Site but spends her weekends on the run. Inspired by her father and a lifelong love of travel, the 23-year-old plans to run 50 marathons in 50 states before the age of 30.
January 29, 2015, Jeff Stensland
Dr. Helga Rippen brings a wealth of experience in using technology to improve health care to the new position of president and chief executive officer of Health Sciences South Carolina. Health Sciences is the nation’s first statewide health care research collaborative made up of health systems, research universities and medical schools.
January 29, 2015, Page Ivey
If you work in advertising, Sunday was the "Super Bowl of" … well, it was the Super Bowl, and that is about as big as it gets for football, live television viewership and advertising. Advertising alumna Jennifer Hammond discusses her company's Super Bowl ad for Kia Motors and how ads are judged.
January 27, 2015, Chris Horn
Like a lot of college students, Natalie Pita believes in finding her passion — but she’s taking a pluralistic approach. “I’m very passionate about everything I get involved with,” says Pita, a sophomore majoring in international business, economics and Spanish and minoring in dance and public relations.
January 26, 2015, Steven Powell
After finishing a final exam, more than a few students might want to send it hurtling away at a few hundred miles an hour. In master teacher Ed Donovan’s classes, they get to do just that, but by no means out of frustration. Donovan has found that a final exam assignment to build and launch a model rocket is a sure-fire way to get students excited about everything from hands-on craftwork to trigonometry to Newton’s Three Laws of Motion.
January 23, 2015, Liz McCarthy
Gregory Garret stumbled into his career after an apprenticeship at a salon turned him on to hairstyling while attending the University of South Carolina. It wasn’t the traditional path for a college graduate but as the owner, manager and head stylist of Columbia’s newest salon, Garret isn’t just styling hair.
January 23, 2015, Mackenzie Grant
For University of South Carolina students who want to be doctors, Timmy Global Health gives them real life experience, while helping others.
January 22, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
Andy Hayes and Dale McCants, two alumni of the University of South Carolina's doctoral program in mechanical engineering, are the masterminds behind the nanofluid coolant Ice Dragon, which is used by online gamers to cool high-end PCs. Now the two hope to use the same coolant on a larger scale to cool everything from motorcycle engines to office buildings.
January 19, 2015, Steven Powell
Toyota’s public response during its numerous recalls beginning in 2008 is a textbook case of how to thoroughly botch a crisis in consumer confidence, according to University of South Carolina researchers Shannon Bowen and Yue Zheng. Bowen’s quantitative study of print media underscores the importance of ethical conduct and an ethical response from any company when questions arise about the safety of its products.
January 15, 2015, Page Ivey
You cannot speak with Anna Scheyett for more than five minutes without realizing her passion to help people and, soon thereafter, her indignation at the obstacles to getting that help to those who need it most. It is the hallmark combination for any good social worker: individual well being and social justice.
January 14, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
Poet, associate professor of English and director of Women's and Gender Studies Ed Madden has been named the inaugural poet laureate for the City of Columbia. During his four-year term he plans to promote public art and the growth of the city's literary community.
January 13, 2015, Steven Powell
What Edison was to the light bulb, Roman Vishniac was to the art and science of making films and photos with a microscope. Emeritus professor of biology John Herr Jr. had the good fortune to convince Vishniac’s daughter, Mara, to donate a historic collection of her father’s work to the Moving Image Research Collection in 1994 rather than to a similarly acronymed university in southern California.
January 07, 2015, Kathy Gardner-Jones
Andy Akiho’s love of percussion began in the mid 1980s when his sister convinced him to play drums in a rock band. During his first performance on the high school drum line, he instinctively knew that “music had to be [his] life.” The S.C. native was accepted into USC’s School of Music where he says it all started.
January 07, 2015, Jeff Stensland
The University of South Carolina was again recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its commitment to community engagement activities, making it one of only 40 public universities to earn both the top-tier research classification and the community engagement classification from Carnegie.