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April 11, 2019, Chris Horn
As political leaders pay final respects this week to former U.S. Sen. Ernest “Fritz” Hollings, who died April 6 at age 97, the University of South Carolina community has much to reflect on in its myriad connections with one of the state’s most beloved public servants.
April 03, 2019, Chris Horn
When Wendy Rothermel’s son Cade was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, her family life was upside down, punctuated by his frequent temper tantrums. But when the family connected with Project HOPE and Cade’s therapy began, positive changes followed. The nonprofit foundation, launched by two university alumnae, is bringing hope to families across the state.
April 02, 2019, Chris Horn
They don’t look like a NASCAR pit crew, but South Carolina's Research Computing team is speeding up the data-crunching capabilities of UofSC scientists, bringing faster analytical results and more efficient computing to those who work with very large and complex data sets.
February 12, 2019, Chris Horn
Antibiotic resistance, a public health threat that already endangers millions worldwide, is on track to become a much deadlier problem in the years ahead. Part of the challenge, says a University of South Carolina public health scientist, is that bacterial resistance to antibiotic medications is fostered not only in clinical settings but also in the environment.
February 04, 2019, Chris Horn
At the Charleston Woodworking School, Sam Sprouse teaches his students the right way to make fine furniture, using traditional tools and a craftsman’s sensibility. To succeed here, the only school of its kind in the Palmetto State, students make lots of mistakes — and learn from each one.
January 24, 2019, Chris Horn
Most of us look at a pile of mulch and see ground-up tree bark and wood fibers. Andreas Heyden sees a potential energy source. The chemical engineering professor’s research is focused on developing specialized catalysts capable of breaking down biomass such as mulch and animal waste into renewable fuels.
January 24, 2019, Chris Horn
Imagine how many threads of social media a professional sports team might generate in a single day. Now imagine tracking each one — every tweet, every Facebook comment, every Instagram post — every day for every team in Major League Baseball. If you can get your mind wrapped around that, welcome to Nick Watanabe’s world.
January 17, 2019, Chris Horn
Allen Montgomery could do a fair impersonation of the Energizer bunny — he just keeps going and going. The 80-year-old audiology professor in the Arnold School of Public Health has run more than 100 marathons, the last one just a couple of years ago, and he has no immediate plans for retirement. He’s even figured out a creative way to help his academic department consolidate in one space on campus — something that’s never happened since communication sciences and disorders was created as an academic unit in 1972.
January 15, 2019, Chris Horn
As curator of collections at McKissick Museum, Christian Cicimurri is accustomed to handling old documents and artifacts. But thanks to an ASPIRE II grant and subsequent funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Cicimurri has got her hands on new touch screen technology, which is being incorporated into McKissick’s exhibits.
January 11, 2019, Chris Horn
When Virginia Shervette hangs a ‘GONE FISHING’ sign on her door, it’s more than an afternoon jaunt. The USC Aiken fisheries biologist investigates the health of commercial and recreational fish populations in the Caribbean basin in hopes that fisheries managers will use the information when developing accurate assessments of which species are being overfished.
January 07, 2019, Chris Horn
The University of South Carolina Press celebrates 75 years of publishing in 2019, which is a pretty big deal in itself, but there’s more going on than a diamond anniversary. A new director, a new acquisitions editor and a more tightly focused editorial direction promise dynamic changes at one of the country’s foremost academic presses.
December 11, 2018, Chris Horn
Eddie, a 40-foot-tall statue in Columbia's EdVenture children's museum, has been hard to keep clean. But a team of mechanical engineering students at the University of South Carolina have designed, built and tested a robotic drone that can whisk away the dust bunnies from Eddie's massive body.
December 11, 2018, Chris Horn
Things have been falling neatly into place for Charles Rodriquez in the past 18 months — he started working on a bachelor’s degree in information studies at the University of South Carolina and completed an internship earlier this fall that has paved the way for a new job he’ll begin after graduation in December.
November 09, 2018, Chris Horn
Carolina recently relocated a group of granite-and-bronze markers that memorialize 28 students and alumni who died during World War I and the Mexican border dispute. Thirteen markers have been placed on the front lawn of the War Memorial Building (Sumter at Pendleton), and plans call for installation of 15 more to replace markers that were lost decades ago.
November 07, 2018, Chris Horn
In the nearly 30 years since the first Gulf War in Kuwait and Iraq, medical professionals have struggled to identify the cause for symptoms collectively referred to as Gulf War illness that have persisted among a quarter-million military veterans. Saurabh Chatterjee can’t identify the cause, but he thinks his research team at USC’s Arnold School of Public Health has found the locus of medical dysfunction.
September 19, 2018, Chris Horn
In the past year, the university’s McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research has nearly doubled in size, taking under its wing new laboratories for drone design, combustion research and a data analytics program focused on Army helicopter maintenance.
August 28, 2018, Chris Horn
David Lankes, Riley’s dad, is director of the university’s School of Library and Information Science, and this past fall was diagnosed with lymphoma, his third bout with the cancer of the immune system. Help is on the way in the form of a bone marrow transplant from his son, an incoming freshman at Carolina.
August 07, 2018, Chris Horn
Alan Decho’s research sometimes takes him to the tropics to study thick, slimy mats of bacteria that survive in extreme heat and drought. Turns out, the conditions those hardy bacterial colonies call home might provide clues in the search for life on other planets.
August 01, 2018, Chris Horn
Wendy Bashnan’s career began in her rural S.C. hometown 25 years ago, but quickly sprouted wings. Since 1994, she’s worked in Washington, D.C., Miami, and New York, and has spent more than half of her professional life abroad in South America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
June 26, 2018, Chris Horn
University of South Carolina researchers across multiple disciplines are putting data analytics to work to tackle an array of real-world challenges — from keeping helicopters flying safely to improving health care and detecting deadly fungal outbreaks in corn.
June 22, 2018, Chris Horn
Growing up in a small Russian town, Dmitry Peryshkov was fortunate to have a dynamic high school chemistry teacher who accelerated Peryshkov's love of the science, much like a catalyst speeds up a chemical reaction. Now Peryshkov is the one who is spurring on students with an enthusiasm that's almost palpable.
June 21, 2018, Chris Horn
Michelle Androulakis understands the debilitating pain of migraine headaches and is looking for ways to help fellow sufferers. The neurologist and med school professor has conducted clinical trials for a non-invasive migraine procedure involving a tiny nasal catheter as well as for a new migraine drug.
June 01, 2018, Chris Horn
It sounds like a motorist's dream come true: Microorganisms that make gasoline. If you think it sounds farfetched, talk to Tom Makris. The assistant professor of chemistry is focusing his research on natural product biosynthesis pathways, which include not only fuel-producing microbes but also the antibiotic-making capabilities of microorganisms.
May 30, 2018, Chris Horn
The definition of a grand piano is simple — a large piano with the body, strings and soundboard arranged horizontally and supported by three legs. But what makes a piano “grand?” Willson Powell and Karen Brosius can point to the piano they bought 37 years ago — and have now donated to the University of South Carolina's School of Music.
May 29, 2018, Chris Horn
Religious studies professor James Cutsinger has wrestled with life’s deep questions of sin, faith and suffering, pondering the existence of God and the meaning of life with thousands of students over the course of nearly four decades at the University of South Carolina. Now, at age 65, Cutsinger is facing a final exam of sorts — the test of his own theological insights in the face of a stage IV cancer diagnosis.
May 25, 2018, Chris Horn
Beau Bergman is still several months shy of his first birthday, but he already has an indelible connection to Carolina. The little guy rocks a garnet-and-black sweatshirt and baseball cap, and he’s tailgated with some of the university’s most dedicated fans.
April 27, 2018, Chris Horn
When Mitzi Nagarkatti joined the School of Medicine as chair of pathology, microbiology and immunology in 2005, the department was bringing in about $600,000 a year in NIH funding, 81st among all such departments across the nation. The department now garners some $9.5 million per year in NIH grants (No. 17 in the country) and Nagarkatti continues to build research capacity not only in that unit but in the entire School of Medicine and across the university.
April 24, 2018, Chris Horn
When Nick Santamaria says he got to do some incredible things in his four years at Carolina, he's not kidding. The Honors College student earned the university's second highest student award, was named a Truman Scholar finalist and graduated with a 3.975 GPA. And that's just for starters.
April 20, 2018, Chris Horn
Parastoo Hashemi wants to know what's going on inside our heads — neurochemically speaking, that is — and she and her research team are well on their way toward figuring out how to do it. Her pioneering research on measuring neurochemical levels in the brain have far-reaching implications for treatment of depression and other neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease.
March 08, 2018, Chris Horn
Jana Liese had her sights set on an internship at the National Institutes of Health but no students in the Washington Semester Program had ever landed an internship in a research lab. "At first, I was a little dejected," Liese says. "But then I decided I'm going to make this happen."
February 27, 2018, Chris Horn
Students in Ray Torres’ Earth Surface Processes course use their bare hands to build dams, scoop out river beds and mold mountain ridges — all in a sandbox the size of a small table. Called an augmented-reality sandbox, it's a hands-on tool to teach concepts such as topography and land surface processes.
February 21, 2018, Chris Horn
Richard T. Greener’s larger-than-life story is one of academic achievement, professional success and civic service, played out mostly in the tumultuous years after the Civil War. It’s a story of firsts — in addition to being USC’s first black professor, Greener was also Harvard’s first black graduate and America’s first black diplomat to a country of white citizenry.
February 20, 2018, Chris Horn
Getting into the Peace Corps wasn't so difficult years ago. Now the competition is stiff — only one in three applicants is selected. USC's Peace Corps Prep program is giving students a leg up on the competition while they gain valuable experiences and perspectives to prepare them for life in the field.
January 25, 2018, Chris Horn
Insects are regularly consumed by an estimated 2 billion people, a practice that has its roots in culture and sometimes necessity. Law professor Marie Boyd studies the regulation of insects as food as part of her research on the Food and Drug Administration. She says insect-based food has a long way to go, both from a cultural and regulatory standpoint, in the U.S.
January 17, 2018, Chris Horn
Every day for more than 60 years, students and faculty from USC’s geography department have gathered downtown weather data for the National Weather Service. That daily routine won’t change, but the university’s weather station is going to move, and geography students will have a hand in determining the new site.
January 09, 2018, Chris Horn
Marcus Brown is a fictional high school student athlete whose medical history is the centerpiece of a teaching module in anatomy and biology courses at 20 middle and high schools that participated in a joint venture with USC’s School of Medicine and the College of Education. The project gives students an interesting case study that guides them through an exploration of various physiological conditions that might have contributed to the star athlete’s untimely death.
January 02, 2018, Chris Horn
The forecast for Benjamin Marosites’ professional goals while attending Carolina went from “foggy” to “sunny and clear” in just one semester. The undeclared major enrolled in the geography department’s weather and climate course, which ignited his curiosity about meteorology, prompted him to change majors and helped launch his career as an emergency planner for Richland County.
December 12, 2017, Chris Horn
It’s been 13 years since Billy Buckner played baseball for the University of South Carolina, memorably striking out 16 batters one afternoon against Clemson and winning seven games in the 2004 season. Now, after taking several online classes and on campus, he has a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies from the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management.
December 11, 2017, Chris Horn
The Pastides are celebrating their 10th holiday season in the President’s House, and part of the house’s extensive decorations this year are 30 hand-painted ornaments that celebrate some of the university’s milestone accomplishments of the past decade.
December 05, 2017, Chris Horn
The names of enslaved workers and acknowledgement of their contributions at the University of South Carolina during its antebellum era are now immortalized on two bronze historic markers that will be unveiled in a ceremony Dec. 5 at Rutledge Chapel on the Horseshoe.
December 04, 2017, Chris Horn
It’s estimated that 6 percent to 10 percent of K-12 students — some say as many as 20 percent — struggle with reading disorders of some kind. Carolina psychology professor Scott Decker has a grant to assess every school district in South Carolina to see how well they are doing in identifying and helping students with dyslexia.
December 04, 2017, Chris Horn
The martial arts craze of the 1970s had hundreds of students signing up for Carolina's karate course. Many of those students including Keith Vitali and his younger brother, Steve, competed successfully in tournaments around the country, making Columbia and the University of South Carolina an important center of karate competition.
November 28, 2017, Chris Horn
John Simmons finished his law degree at Carolina 30 years before the opening of the School of Law’s new building. His days as a walk-on for the men’s baseball team were at the now defunct Sarge Frye Field, long before Founders Stadium was built. But the passage of time and campus construction haven’t diminished Simmons’ ties to the university.
October 31, 2017, Chris Horn
Just because lung cancer patients are living longer and sometimes even cured of the disease, long-term survivors of the disease often cope with distressing symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, depression and anxiety. Karen Kane McDonnell, a nursing professor in USC’s College of Nursing, plans to test an intervention to reduce their symptom burden.
October 25, 2017, Chris Horn
Without consistent medical supervision, HIV patients remain infectious and often have dire health outcomes. But two Arnold School of Public Health professors and an interdisciplinary team from the University of South Carolina have a plan to help reduce HIV infections in South Carolina and make medical care more responsive for those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
October 03, 2017, Chris Horn
USC astronomy professor Steve Rodney and doctoral student Justin Roberts-Pierel are part of a NASA-funded project that could locate stellar explosions so far away that their light has taken more than 13 billion years to reach us. That means those stars exploded — give or take a few million years — near the dawn of time.
September 26, 2017, Chris Horn
Kimberly Becker joined the psychology department this year with a research focus of evidence-based treatment for a variety of problems that youth and families face. She's particularly interested in innovations in treatment design.
September 19, 2017, Chris Horn
The School of Law is launching two new legal clinics this academic year. A medicolegal clinic will team law students with medical students, medical residents and physicians to improve health outcomes for pediatric patients, while a domestic violence clinic will focus on protection, advocacy and community education.
September 15, 2017, Chris Horn
At the tender age of 11, Ralf Gothe got his first taste of tutoring students at the elementary school where his father was principal. That early exposure to pedagogy paid off. Gothe is one of four faculty members to receive the 2017 Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award.
August 29, 2017, Chris Horn
USC’s new food service contract with Aramark promises to bring big changes to the campus dining scene, both in restaurant options and dining facilities.One of the highlights of the 15-year contract is $79 million in dining facility improvements and new construction
August 04, 2017, Chris Horn
When Sourav Banerjee talks about teaching numerical and mathematical methods to engineering students, his enthusiasm is nearly palpable. The Calcutta, India, native is one of four recipients of the 2017 Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award.
August 01, 2017, Chris Horn
With its soothing interior colors, lush plants, comfy seating and walls of windows, the new student health center might become the next cool place for students to hang out. And if that happens, executive director of student health services Debbie Beck will be more than a little pleased.
June 09, 2017, Chris Horn
If there’s a problem with too much heat in an electronic system, Chen Li probably has a plan to cool it down. The mechanical engineering associate professor has five patents related to heat dissipation technology for applications ranging from computer chips to power plants.
June 02, 2017, Chris Horn
When the School of Law moves out of the well-worn Law Center on South Main for a spacious new home on Gervais Street, there will be high-fives all around. But this isn’t the first time in the law school’s 150-year history that it has traded old for new.
May 23, 2017, Chris Horn
Established about three years ago in the Children’s Law Center with funding from the Casey Family Programs, Cold Case goes to bat for S.C. children who have lingered in foster care for years. The goal is to help them to be adopted or to establish meaningful contact with a family member or adult friend who will be there for them down the road.
April 20, 2017, Chris Horn
University of South Carolina chemistry professor Chuanbing Tang is using the versatile soybean as the primary ingredient in plastic film and molded plastic. He has a patent pending for a chemical formula to convert soybean oil into “green” plastic.
March 24, 2017, Chris Horn
If a key component in a car goes bad, the car won’t go for long. That’s roughly what happens in the human body when mutations and other insults disrupt the mitochondria, the essential energy-making components of human cells. Norma Frizzell has devoted much of her career to understanding how and why mitochondria go haywire and sometimes lead to fatal maladies.
March 17, 2017, Chris Horn
Li Cai is often teaching and conducting experiments — his expertise is in synthesizing rare sugars. When he’s not busy with those activities, he’s reviewing manuscripts for 31 scholarly journals and mentoring undergraduate students at USC Salkehatchie.
January 24, 2017, Chris Horn
Most people see only bent sprockets and broken chains when they look at the pile of abandoned bikes collected from across the campus. But Lauren Earle, a marketing and management senior, envisions an opportunity for recycling and bicycle refurbishment, and she’s working to make that happen.
January 10, 2017, Chris Horn
Nearly 90 years ago, astronomer Edwin Hubble discovered that the universe is expanding. Now we know, thanks to research by Adam Riess and other scientists, that this cosmic expansion is speeding up. The Nobel-winning astrophysicist will explain the phenomenon of a faster-expanding universe in a Jan. 17 public lecture at Carolina.
January 03, 2017, Chris Horn
Helping faculty members build online and blended courses is only one aspect of the Center for Teaching Excellence, an initiative the university launched 10 years ago as part of a broader effort to enhance student learning by fostering a culture of effective and innovative teaching.
December 15, 2016, Chris Horn
Ever since grade school, Terry Wolfer knew he wanted to teach. But it wasn’t until he had earned three degrees and started his career as a social work professor at USC that he found a teaching approach that resonated with him and his students.
December 07, 2016, Chris Horn
When he’s not working to save the Amazon, Tom Mullikin climbs mountains, hikes volcanoes, dives with sharks, explores the effects of climate change, leads the S.C. State Guard ... and occasionally sits in a rocking chair in his Camden, S.C., law office.
December 06, 2016, Chris Horn
Franklin D. Roosevelt called it “a date which will live in infamy” — Dec. 7, 1941, the day Japan attacked the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor, dragging America into a cataclysmic world war and dramatically altering the course of history. For USC students like Jim Pearce, the event had personal ramifications, as the immediate effect of the Sunday morning attack changed the mood on campus from pre-holiday gaiety to frenetic patriotism.