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Spreading the science of healthy soil

Spreading the science of healthy soil

Unless you're a farmer, or just really into dirt, you're probably not familiar with the YouTube videos Robin "Buz" Kloot has produced for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But Kloot's work is generating attention from farmers and soil scientists interested in an emerging agricultural practice with dramatic results.

Better living through leadership

Better living through leadership

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.

Students aim for

Students aim for "A's" in state dance class

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."

VIDEO: IBM, UofSC break ground on innovation center

VIDEO: IBM, UofSC break ground on innovation center

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.

First Folio will put Shakespeare in spotlight

First Folio will put Shakespeare in spotlight

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.

The final frontier

The final frontier

UofSC marine science student Julia Bennett is the winner of the 2015 Photography Review Show. Her photographs are on view at the Columbia Museum of Art on Main Street.

Teaching our children well

Teaching our children well

The first step toward becoming a great teacher is to know your subject, and after earning her credentials at the University of South Carolina, alumna Emily Brown has the material down cold.

Speaking clearly about cyber security

Speaking clearly about cyber security

There is a demand to explain cyber security concepts in a way that is understandable to the general public, says Csilla Farkas, a computer science professor in the College of Engineering and Computing. "We can't expect business leaders to become cyber security experts, but the experts can learn to express cyber security threats so that business executives can make informed decisions."

Leading from the front and the bench

Leading from the front and the bench

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.

And the winner is ...

And the winner is ...

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.

Canary in a coalmine, crab on a coastline

Canary in a coalmine, crab on a coastline

Steve Borgianini looks millions of years into the past with his research, but what he learns about days long gone has plenty of relevance to the here and now — particularly when it comes to South Carolina's coast.

The benefits of belonging

The benefits of belonging

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.

Beyond the drum

Beyond the drum

UofSC percussionist Greg Stuarts expands the boundaries of the traditional drum repertoire by exploring the realms of experimental music with longtime collaborator composer Michael Pisaro.

Alumna goes gourmet, writes Southern cookbook

Alumna goes gourmet, writes Southern cookbook

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.

Reconstructing history in 140 characters

Reconstructing history in 140 characters

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.

What makes the feather soar

What makes the feather soar

Dinosaurs went the way of the dodo a long time ago, but their modern-day descendants, birds, are spectacularly adaptable. One secret to their global success was the appearance of feathers: variations on this initial theme that evolved more than a hundred million years ago helped the dinosaur’s descendants really take off.

Lyrical ballads 2.0

Lyrical ballads 2.0

When the Romantic Era Lyrics Project website launches later this year, people will be able to hear recordings of famous poems set to period music for the first time in 200 years.

Mapping king tides, sea-level rise

Mapping king tides, sea-level rise

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.

Creativity has  no bounds

Creativity has no bounds

Vera DuBose will pursue unconventional solutions to solve her costuming challenges even if that means spending time in local hardware stores.

Minimally invasive, maximally effective

Minimally invasive, maximally effective

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.

Under the surface

Under the surface

All the rivers worldwide might constitute a relative trickle compared with an unseen 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 into the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific Oceans from the continents -- the remainder traverses what Moore has termed the "subterranean estuary."

Call him Dr. Boombox Guy

Call him Dr. Boombox Guy

What started as a silly idea between two good friends, turned into a character that has been famous on the University of South Carolina Columbia campus for more than 10 years: Boombox Guy.

Seeing America, 26.2 miles at a time

Seeing America, 26.2 miles at a time

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.

Meet new faculty Helga Rippen

Meet new faculty Helga Rippen

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.