UofSC economic forecast for 2021: Palmetto State's economy largely rebounded, but significant gaps still remain
November 25, 2020
With a current unemployment rate of 4.2 percent — less than two percentage points away from its pre-pandemic low of 2.5 percent — South Carolina’s economy has largely recovered from the pandemic-induced recession of 2020, but UofSC economists caution that a COVID-19 vaccine will be required to return to full strength across all sectors in 2021.
August 06, 2020, Allen Wallace
COVID-19 has hit the restaurant industry hard as businesses work to find safe and sustainable ways to keep serving. School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Director Robin DiPietro shares her expertise on the challenges facing owners, employees and customers in South Carolina and beyond.
July 08, 2020, Communications and Public Affairs
For the eighth-consecutive year, the University of South Carolina stands among the top 100 universities in the world, based on the number of U.S. utility patents faculty members received in 2019. South Carolina ranks 90th worldwide, named as the lead on 31 patents last year.
March 26, 2020, David Lee
A collaborative effort involving Prisma Health and the University of South Carolina has resulted in emergency use authorization for a ventilator expansion device to support multiple patients during times of acute equipment shortages such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.
January 14, 2020, Kathryn McPhail
More than 5,300 teachers left South Carolina public schools at the end of the 2018-19 school year. That seems like a staggering number, but it’s not an anomaly. It puts students at risk of missing out on the quality instruction they need and deserve, and the University of South Carolina’s College of Education is stepping in to help with a new initiative aimed at recruiting and retaining teachers.
October 02, 2019, Jeff Stensland
The Office of Economic Engagement, with its corporate and government partners, has created over $790 million in indirect economic impact since its founding in 2013. The figure includes ongoing industry partner investments along with grant generation, software gifts, and new job creation.
August 24, 2019, Jeff Stensland
Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation has joined forces with the University of South Carolina College of Engineering and Computing to design and implement an automation process that significantly boosts production of pre-filled medication, reducing the physical burden on workers and increasing patient safety.
August 20, 2019, Chris Horn
The successful sale of physics professor Thomas Crawford’s startup company is a testament to the university’s SmartState Center for Experimental Nanoscale Physics, one of more than two dozen centers established to foster research that leads to commercialization, economic development and job creation.
August 08, 2019, Kathryn McPhail
The Accelerator for Learning and Leadership for South Carolina (ALL4SC) is an outreach project that will bring together researchers and professionals from 12 academic and professional units at the university to create a strategy to close achievement and opportunity gaps for all students
August 06, 2019, Megan Sexton
Andrea Benigni and his college in the College of Engineering and Computing's Integrated Grids Lab are working to develop a system that would change the traditional power grid, creating a resilient system of micro-grids that locally manage energy storage and resources.
April 05, 2019, Kathryn McPhail
Efforts to recruit and retain teachers in South Carolina go beyond the four years students spend on campus. For College of Education alumna LeAnn Haga, a high school outreach program inspired her to pursue a teaching career, a scholarship allowed her to earn a degree debt-free and now, her alma mater continues to support her in her first year as a teacher.
December 31, 2018, Page Ivey
The university has entered two new partnerships — the Industrial Internet of Things Research Lab, which is a partnership with IBM, and the 15,000-square-foot Digital Transformation Lab, which will serve as a research showplace for projects with an array of real-world industrial and consumer applications. USC Times asked Bill Kirkland, director of the Office of Economic Engagement, to help us understand both ventures.
December 19, 2018, Page Ivey
Corporate sponsorships, scholarships, support for grant applications and endowed faculty positions — companies invest in the University of South Carolina in a variety of ways. They also help new graduates prepare for the job market and in return get top-notch talent in the form of interns and full-time employees.
October 01, 2018, Allen Wallace
A recent American Horse Council study finds that the U.S. equine industry is responsible for about $122 billion in economic impact and 1.74 million jobs that generate $79 billion in salaries, wages and benefits. How much of that is felt in South Carolina? That’s the question University of South Carolina researchers will answer after receiving a $46,500 grant from the state agriculture department.
September 27, 2018, Jeff Stensland
The University of South Carolina announced Thursday (Sept. 27) several expansions of partnerships with corporate giants IBM, Samsung, Siemens and Yaskawa, including a partnership agreement with IBM for a new Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Research Lab.
August 30, 2018, Allen Wallace
Beginning Sept. 6, McCutchen House will be open for lunch Tuesday-Friday and for dinner each Thursday night. The on-campus, student-run restaurant offers a variety of dining experiences while serving as a hands-on training ground for hospitality management majors in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management.
August 06, 2018, Allen Wallace
If you’re planning a vacation, odds are Uzbekistan has not been at the top of your list. That could change very soon, though, as the University of South Carolina enters a partnership to nurture the burgeoning tourism industry and service economy in the former Soviet republic.
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 13, 2018, Jeff Stensland
The University of South Carolina is again listed as one the top patent-producing universities in the world, a distinction it has held for six years in a row.
March 21, 2018, Taylor Evans
The community is invited to cheer students and alumni of the University of South Carolina as they compete for startup prizes and support in The Proving Ground Thursday, March 29.
February 19, 2018, Kathryn McPhail
A collaborative effort between the College of Education and the South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy, housed in the College of Information and Communications, is helping one community unify its literacy efforts.
February 07, 2018, Page Ivey
For the past eight years, University of South Carolina students and recent grads have had the opportunity to turn their brilliant ideas into something tangible with the Proving Ground — a startup business pitch competition along the lines of ABC’s “Shark Tank” television program.
January 12, 2018, Kathryn McPhail
A cherished, childhood friendship led Tori Vaeth to study special education at the University of South Carolina. Now, the College of Education double alumna is leading a program that’s training and placing young adults with intellectual disabilities in rewarding careers.
November 27, 2017, Allen Wallace
Imagine going shopping and having your phone or fitness tracker make product recommendations for you based on your breath or the current physical state of your body. It is not science fiction. It’s the future of retailing and health care digitization according to researchers at University of South Carolina’s College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management.
September 20, 2017, Mike Ettlemyer
The University of South Carolina has been named the first Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site in the state with a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to accelerate entrepreneurship.
May 17, 2017, Peggy Binette
The University of South Carolina has tapped tech entrepreneur, marketer and educator Dirk Brown to lead its recently established McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise.
December 03, 2016, Dan Cook
In the spring, the University of South Carolina School of Medicine joined forces with Palmetto Health to create the largest multi-specialty medical group in the Midlands. The partnership vastly expands the services available to patients and is making the city of Columbia a medical destination.
October 31, 2016, Dan Cook
From bank accounts to presidential campaigns, it seems that nothing is off-limits for computer hackers these days. That's why SC Cyber — a statewide cybersecurity initiative housed in the Office of Economic Engagement — is working to improve our defenses and raise awareness about how cybersecurity issues impact all of us.
August 30, 2016, Dan Cook
When Gene Crawford was a student at USC in the early ’90s, he knew he wanted to combine graphic design with computers. He ended up forging a path in web design — and two decades later, he helps others enter the still-growing field.
July 21, 2016, Steven Powell
Igor Roninson brought 10 scientists and Senex Biotechnology, a cancer drug discovery company, to USC in 2011 when he was named the new SmartState Endowed Chair in Translational Cancer Therapeutics. But the South Carolina College of Pharmacy professor, who was named a Breakthrough Leadership in Research awardee by the Office of the Vice President for Research, was just getting started in building infrastructure that would enhance cancer research throughout the state.
April 14, 2016, Jeff Stensland
The University of South Carolina and IBM announced a broadening of their collaboration, applying cognitive capabilities and the Internet of Things (IoT) to develop new solutions for predictive analytics and maintenance. On Thursday the two organizations are hosted the grand opening of the $25 million Center for Applied Innovation, where university, IBM and private sector researchers—including Fluor Corporation—will use the technology for a host of real-world applications.
February 24, 2016, Jeff Stensland
the University of South Carolina, along with a consortium of leading industry, academic, and government partners, announces the creation of SC Cyber. SC Cyber is a statewide initiative, housed at USC, committed to securing our state’s critical infrastructure and training those on the front lines of the fight to protect technological assets.
February 23, 2016, Luci Clemens
After competing in the Proving Ground competition last semester, three University of South Carolina students are turning their business pitch into a reality — and they’re starting with your salad. John Stewart, Erin Ryan and Bri Matthews are introducing fresh, local lettuce to the Columbia campus dining with an agricultural method called hydroponics.
January 12, 2016, Chris Horn
Columbia’s start-up culture is getting hotter, and Carolina is helping fan the entrepreneurial flames. Incubating companies is only part of the start-up equation. There’s a thriving entrepreneurial vibe now among students — enrollment in entrepreneurship classes has doubled and membership in the Entrepreneurship Club is at an all-time high — and the university has built an ecosystem on campus to foster that interest.