July 22, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
Geography alumna Tracy Swartout, ’95, has been with the National Park Service 21 years. In May, she became the first female superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
July 21, 2021, David Lee
The Arnold School of Public Health set a school record for research funding last fiscal year (2020-21), enabling faculty to conduct impactful research and continue to gain national recognition for their work.
July 19, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
Health disparities between rural and urban children can have long term consequences. Elizabeth Crouch and her colleagues at the Rural and Minority Health Research Center don’t just study those disparities; they want to address them head on.
July 15, 2021, Abe Danaher
Academic advising at South Carolina has undergone a complete makeover. And the university’s students are feeling the benefits of its overhauled advising system, which was recognized recently with a national award from the National Academic Advising Association.
July 14, 2021, Chris Horn
If Xiaoming Li was a professional athlete instead of a public health professor, he would make the All-Star team every year. Since joining the university in 2015 as director of the South Carolina SmartState Center for Health Care Quality, Li has authored or co-authored 179 scholarly publications and instituted an interdisciplinary campuswide Junior Scholar program that has successfully trained 41 doctoral students from different disciplines.
July 09, 2021
Lydia Brandt in the College of Arts and Sciences and Kasie Whitener in the Darla Moore School of Business are winners of SC Humanities Fresh Voices in the Humanities Award.
June 29, 2021, Chris Horn
Researchers have learned a lot about autism spectrum disorder, and there are troves of research findings on infant development. Jessica Bradshaw is combining the two fields to better understand what autism looks like from birth through the first six months of life.
June 23, 2021, Chris Horn
For associate professor of hotel, tourism and retail management Marketa Kubickova, the hospitality industry has been a passion of hers and she wants to prepare students to be future industry leaders.
June 22, 2021, Dan Cook
Todd Shaw, associate professor of political science and African American studies, has been on the University of South Carolina faculty since 2003. He served from 2017 to 2019 as the chairman of the political science department and recently served as interim associate dean of diversity, equity and inclusion in the College of Arts and Sciences.
June 16, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
Literacy is as much a reflection of a student’s cultural experience as it is a measure of what they have learned in school. As education professor Eliza Braden explains, “Students come into our classrooms as literate individuals in different ways. We want to honor those literacies.”
June 16, 2021, Megan Sexton
As a professor of chemical and biomedical engineering, Melissa Moss combines both engineering theory and hands-on learning in the classroom. She was chosen as a Mungo undergraduate teaching award winner.
June 15, 2021, Chris Horn
Simulation and computing is a mainstay in engineering design, a mathematical modeling process that allows engineers to predict the behavior of a machine or system in real-world conditions. But if the datasets are huge and complex, modeling can take days or even weeks to sort out. That’s why Yi Wang is using a method called reduced-order models to speed things up.
June 14, 2021, Page Ivey
Allie Trice was an outstanding undergraduate student at the University of South Carolina, excelling in class and conducting publishable research. But a dedication to the pursuit of truth is even more important for the university’s first recipient of the Barry Scholarship, which opened the door to graduate school at the University of Oxford.
June 10, 2021, Page Ivey
Mungo undergraduate teaching award winner Lori Ziolkowski adapts her style to meet students' needs.
June 01, 2021, Megan Sexton
Simply by chance, Bankole Olatosi attended a business training session in 2009 that covered the use of analytics for everything from combating credit card fraud to monitoring deep well drilling in oceans. It was, says the assistant professor trained in health services research, his “lightbulb moment.”
May 26, 2021, Abe Danaher
David Cárdenas has been named the interim dean of the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, effective July 1. He takes over for the current interim dean, Matt Brown, who has been in the position since July 2020.
May 20, 2021, Chris Horn
Students in the Moore School of Business quickly learn that maximum effort on their part is a co-requisite for courses taught by Sanjay Ahire. They soon discover that the return on their investment is even higher.
May 20, 2021, Abe Danaher
Mark Weist's refusal to accept the status quo as necessity has made him one of the leading mental health researchers in the nation. And now, it has led to him receiving the SEC’s 2021 Faculty Achievement Award for the University of South Carolina.
May 18, 2021, Page Ivey
Shelley Welton wanted no part of the law after watching her mother work tirelessly in children’s law and come up against structural issues that day-to-day lawyering couldn’t fix. But after getting a master’s degree in environmental policy work, she realized that she needed a better understanding of the law to make progress.
May 11, 2021, Megan Sexton
Growing up in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Jay Pinckney spent a lot of time in the outdoors, hunting and fishing with his father. By the time he was in the eighth grade he knew he wanted to be a marine biologist, part of the generation fascinated by Jacques Cousteau’s undersea adventures.
May 07, 2021, Page Ivey
In just four years at the College of Information and Communications, Vanessa Kitzie has made quite a name for herself as a researcher. She focuses on how information institutions like libraries can better serve LGBTQIA+ people and communities, particularly in South Carolina.
May 05, 2021, Page Ivey
Jaden Sorbie wasn’t really interested in her “family business” of flying — at least not when she arrived at the University of South Carolina campus with a goal of working in live event management. All it took was a year of working with the pilots in the South Carolina Air National Guard and Sorbie was hooked.
May 03, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
When Joey Driskell crosses the stage to receive his physician’s assistant degree from the School of Medicine this May, he will be 40 years old. His wife will be watching. So will his kids. But if you think for one second he’s getting a late start, think again.
April 23, 2021, Madyn G. Coakley
Senior Allie Salrin came to the University of South Carolina intent on studying international business, but after taking a job in the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity during her first semester, she quickly realized her interest in public policy and service. Salrin is the recipient of the 2021 Undergraduate Student of the Year Award presented by the Association for Student Conduct Administration for her dedication to promoting the values of community, inclusion, integrity and education.
April 23, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
Former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley, a two-time UofSC graduate, was at a loss for words when he learned the international organization he helms won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2020. Beasley has served as the executive director of the World Food Programme since 2017.
April 14, 2021, Office of Communications and Public Affairs
Adarsh Shidhaye says he “hit the ground running” thanks to a pre-medical summer camp offered by the Office of Pre-Professional Advising. The program was so valuable to him that he started working as an ambassador during his freshman year, providing that same help to incoming students. Shidhaye’s service to his fellow students while earning a degree in public health as well as minors in business administration and medical humanities and culture has also earned him the university's highest undergraduate honor, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.
April 14, 2021, Office of Communications and Public Affairs
Payton Ramsey of Hammond, Louisiana, has overcome a visual disability from childhood to become the first member of her family to attend college. The biological sciences major is also a member of the South Carolina Honors College who has spent her time at UofSC perfecting her leadership skills and expanding her mind through research. For her efforts over her four years at South Carolina, Ramsey received the 2021 Steven N. Swanger Award, the university’s second-highest undergraduate honor.
April 14, 2021, Office of Communications and Public Affairs
Issy Rushton was installed as president of the student body at the University of South Carolina just as the COVID-19 pandemic was shutting down the world. The native of the Gold Coast in Australia was half a world away when she went to work helping her fellow students and the university navigate the pandemic and focus on returning to campus. For her leadership, Rushton was one of two members of the Class of 2021 to receive the university's highest undergraduate honor, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. The award, named for a 19th-century New York lawyer and philanthropist, is given each year for outstanding achievements, campus leadership, exemplary character and service to the community.
April 07, 2021, Carol J.G. Ward
Most of Barnett Berry’s career has been about advancing what he calls the profession that makes all other professions possible – teaching. As a scholar and researcher, he is an advocate for teachers and how they can and must be more instrumental in the future of education. Berry is the 2021 recipient of the James A. Kelly Award for Advancing Accomplished Teaching.
April 05, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
When it comes to leadership, nursing professor and researcher Bernardine Pinto’s biggest impact might come in the form of her mentorship, which to her mind is almost as important as the work she does with cancer survivors themselves.
March 31, 2021, Carol J.G.Ward
Research opportunities, passionate faculty mentors and the chance to explore diverse interests drew the University of South Carolina’s 2021 Goldwater Scholarship recipients to the Columbia campus. The prestigious scholarships are awarded annually to undergraduate STEM majors across the country who are interested in pursuing research careers in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.
March 30, 2021, Megan Sexton
The School of Medicine Columbia is the top medical program in the country for graduates who are practicing in areas where there is a shortage of health care professionals, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate School rankings. The rankings also show that UofSC is now home to more than 60 nationally ranked programs.
March 22, 2021, Carol J.G. Ward
For three and a half decades, University of South Carolina education professor Gloria Boutte has dedicated her work to creating school experiences that are more equitable for students of color. Her scholarship, teaching, leadership and service have been recognized with the 2021 Legacy Award from American Educational Research Association.
March 02, 2021, Madyn Coakley
Romina Pinto, a proud mother of three and a Peruvian immigrant, is a believer in lifelong learning and personal growth. That motivation led her to the University of South Carolina where she is now a third-year international studies and linguistics student.
February 19, 2021, Carol JG Ward
Tayloe Harding, dean of the School of Music was honored with a 2021 Governor’s Award for the Arts for his work in arts education. Harding was one of seven recipients of the award, the state’s highest recognition for achievement in practicing or supporting the arts.
January 26, 2021, CJ Lake
Chaz Bear (born Chazwick Bundick), a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, has received his first Grammy nomination for a 2020 single by his musical project Toro y Moi.
January 11, 2021, Megan Sexton
An endowed chair in the School of Information Science, an associate professor of higher education who directs the university’s Museum of Education, and a Gamecock football player who proclaimed “’Matter’ is the Minimum” during last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests are the university’s 2021 Social Justice Awards winners.
December 22, 2020
Sarah Sellhorst never imagined not going to college, had minimal challenges earning her three degrees and never attended an institution with fewer than 30,000 students. Now she’s a professor at USC Lancaster with its 1,500 students.
December 19, 2020
It’s been a year — but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty to celebrate, recognize and honor at the University of South Carolina in 2020. UofSC rose to each and every challenge this year and raised the bar for the year to come.
December 15, 2020, Page Ivey
Teaching graduate students involves more than passing along technical knowledge. Professors are mentoring, modeling behavior and helping create tomorrow’s thought leaders in their fields. For chemical engineering professor Michael Matthews, it is about creating what he calls “the well-dressed Ph.D.”
December 08, 2020, Page Ivey
Wendy Valerio prepares many of South Carolina’s public school music teachers, so it might be a little confusing to hear the Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award winner’s philosophy. “I don’t believe in teaching when it comes to music education,” Valerio says.
December 01, 2020, Chris Horn
Take a criminal justice course with Hayden Smith, and at some point in the semester, you’ll probably find yourself behind bars, inside a 6-by-9-foot cell. You might also hear voices and see hallucinations, just like inmates diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
November 27, 2020, Caleigh McDaniel
Students have have faced many challenges due to COVID-19, and their stories of resilience have become prominent topics in our weekly "Campus Conversations." Check out these students who have adapted to and overcome obstacles brought on by the pandemic.
November 25, 2020, Megan Sexton
Catherine Howland will earn her Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in music education summa cum laude in December. The School of Music and Honors College grad will start her career as a choir teacher at a middle school in South Carolina starting in January.
November 19, 2020, Allen Wallace
The University of South Carolina’s sport science programs are ranked No. 1 in the United States for the fourth consecutive year in the Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments.
November 12, 2020, Megan Sexton
Sister Carol Keehan has been a major player in the national health care debate for decades. And while her faith and her training as a nurse predate her time at the University of South Carolina, her education in insurance and finance began 40 years ago on the Columbia campus.
November 10, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
Knowledge is constructed, not passively received. That, in a nutshell, is Anna Swartwood House’s teaching philosophy. But the art history professor isn’t the sole architect of her students’ education; everyone shares in the heavy lifting.
November 03, 2020, Megan Sexton
Trey Capps, a first-generation college student from the small town of Aynor, South Carolina, has returned to his alma mater to pursue his doctorate in history.
October 27, 2020, Page Ivey
The University of South Carolina has the best Navy ROTC program in the country. That recognition comes as no surprise to the midshipmen and alumni of the program that began at Carolina in 1940. And it comes as the result of hard work by a team of staffers and the university’s support for it and other military-affiliated programs on campus.
October 27, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
Andy Schumpert got his first taste of teaching in graduate school at the University of South Carolina. Now an instructor and lab coordinator for the university’s Department of Biological Sciences, he credits his early experience as a graduate teaching assistant with kickstarting his career.
October 13, 2020, Chris Horn
Andrew Greytak isn’t content with his students learning chemistry two or three times a week in class. He wants them to realize the world outside the classroom and many of the things they do in it are examples of the chemical concepts they’re studying.
October 09, 2020
An international food program run by University of South Carolina alumnus David Beasley won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to combat hunger in regions facing conflict and hardship and at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has driven millions more people to the brink of starvation.
September 30, 2020, Bryan Gentry
In “At War with Ourselves: 400 Years of You,” Nikky Finney, the poet and English professor, covers four centuries of American history, recounting uncomfortable truths about racism and violence. But she also sings of success and resilience.
September 29, 2020, Megan Sexton
Catherine Gustafson was working as a general manager at a private club in Columbia in 1993 when a Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management faculty member became ill halfway through the spring semester. She was asked to step in and finish teaching the club management class.
September 22, 2020
For psychology and linguistics professor Amit Almor, the job always circles back to the students. While maintaining a robust research agenda in experimental psychology and publishing at a steady clip, he sees his role in the classroom as a responsibility, “a kind of a sacred obligation to serve.”
September 15, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
Students with intellectual disabilities face an array of challenges as they navigate their way through high school and transition to adulthood. Anthony Plotner, an assistant professor of special education in the College of Education, is working to ease that transition in practice and research.
August 17, 2020, Kelsey Hagon
University of South Carolina junior Cole Falkenstine recently completed the U.S. Army’s prestigious Combat Diving Supervisor Course, preparing him to oversee combat dive operations in the Army.
August 11, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
This spring, as COVID-19 spiked in New York City, the nation’s largest metropolitan area became the face of the U.S. pandemic. Nurses from across the U.S. — including UofSC alumni — descended on the region, enduring personal hardship and risking their own health to help stem the tide.
August 03, 2020, Megan Sexton
As a teenager growing up in France, Fabienne Poulain was always interested in human behavior, fascinated by how the brain develops and works. Now, as an assistant professor in biological sciences, she works to understand neural development and disorders by studying how neurons form connections during development.
July 27, 2020, Page Ivey
Millions of American children have serious mental health and behavioral challenges that could be improved with psychological counseling and support. Samuel McQuillin wants to provide people who work with these children every day — parents, teachers, community- and church-based volunteers — with science-based resources and tools to help.
July 14, 2020, Megan Sexton
Robin Waites, who earned her master's in art history from the University of South Carolina, has made her mark at Historic Columbia by rethinking the way the city looks at its history.
July 13, 2020, Chris Horn
Ask any Fortune 500 company what it takes to get ahead in today’s marketplace, and you’ll probably hear something about workforce training and recruitment — the fundamentals of human resources. Rob Ployhart has made it his business to understand exactly how those factors translate into competitive advantage, and in the process he’s become one of the country’s most-cited scholars on the topic.
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.
June 11, 2020, Page Ivey
For her career of work to keep drinking water safe, UofSC chemistry professor Susan Richardson has been elected a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
April 23, 2020, Caleigh McDaniel
Due to COVID-19, Australia native Issy Rushton is fulfilling her student body president duties from across the globe. We caught up with her to see what life is like starting her new position remotely during a pandemic.
April 21, 2020, Page Ivey
Marine science professor Ron Benner took a roundabout route into his field, first majoring in physical education, then traveling for a year on a sailboat. But his efforts to mentor graduate students and younger faculty members in the years since then have been very intentional.
April 13, 2020, Chris Horn
Dawn Wilson-King has devoted her career to helping people pursue active and healthy lifestyles, and what a career it’s been. Since 2001, the psychology professor has collaborated on more than 30 grant-funded projects that brought some $40 million in grant funding to the University of South Carolina and she served as president of two prominent national organizations.
April 06, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
Imagine, if you can, a world without oranges or any fruit or vegetable. When plant pathogens strike, unchecked, the results on agriculture can be devastating. Luckily, researchers like University of South Carolina associate professor of biological sciences Zhengqing Fu are on the case.
April 02, 2020, Carol J.G. Ward, Jan Smoak & Nathaniel Thomas
Two South Carolina Honors College juniors, Ian Bain of Irmo and Zoe Screwvala of Brooklyn have won prestigious Goldwater Scholarships, awarded annually to undergraduate STEM majors across the country.
March 03, 2020
For nearly 40 years, Michael Sutton has been developing and refining his creation of digital image correlation technology to find deformations in a wide variety of materials, from face cream to tanks. The mechanical engineering professor has been recognized for his body of research — all done at UofSC — by electing him to the National Academy of Engineering.
February 03, 2020, Tenell Felder
Innovative technology in the classroom results in better patient care. University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville uses this approach to produce exceptional future physicians.
January 09, 2020, Page Ivey
A community organizer and equity scholar, a three-degree alumna, an education student leader and a professor with a strong record of mentoring younger colleagues are the recipients of the University of South Carolina’s 2020 Social Justice Awards and will be honored at the annual MLK Commemorative Breakfast Jan. 17 in the Russell House Ballroom.
December 11, 2019, Margaret Gregory
In 2002, 8-year-old Wanda Gibbs died after being hit by a car at her bus stop. After her tragic passing, the community came together and launched a fundraising initiative to ensure Wanda’s memory would live on. Their efforts established the Wanda Gibbs Scholarship at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia, which was awarded for the first time earlier this year.
November 15, 2019, Chris Horn
Students who successfully complete Laura Smith’s “Power Producing” course often find themselves in high demand when they’re ready to graduate. That’s because, under Smith’s tutelage, they’ve learned the fundamental skills of TV news producing and hone them further in their final capstone semester.
November 11, 2019, Megan Sexton
School librarian Kathy Carroll likes to be in the middle of the action and that’s where she finds herself every day, whether it’s helping students at Westwood High School in Blythewood or advocating for her profession as president-elect of the American Association of School Librarians.
November 08, 2019, Chris Horn
You won’t find Thomas Nathaniel’s clinical neuroscience students passively watching PowerPoint lecture slides or their professor droning at a lectern. That’s because Nathaniel, a professor at the University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine-Greenville, takes a different approach to teaching and learning.