Stories for Faculty and Staff
May 28, 2020, Page Ivey
Jeremy LaPointe has been interested in learning more about why people behave in certain ways since he was in high school. He has been able to pursue that interest at the University of South Carolina in the classroom and in research labs as an undergraduate majoring in experimental psychology with a minor in neuroscience.
May 28, 2020, Chris Horn
This past spring semester, Paige Fallon began a study abroad experience in Europe, then got sick with COVID-19 and ended up in quarantine back home in Ohio. But the rising senior made the most of her experience after recovering from the virus that has killed some 350,000 worldwide — she helped save a life.
May 27, 2020, Page Ivey
Professor Marjorie Spruill has studied the politics around the Equal Rights Amendment for 50 years — both as a participant and as a historian and author. Her work is getting attention as the TV series "Mrs. America" has introduced a new generation to the feminist movement of the 1970s.
May 14, 2020, Megan Sexton
Madhura Pande, who graduated in May from the South Carolina Honors College with degrees in biological sciences and Spanish, has been working on research since she arrived on campus as a freshman.
May 13, 2020, Carol J.G. Ward
The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1. Top researchers at the University of South Carolina are available to discuss multiple aspects of the 2020 hurricane season, including forecasting, disaster planning and historical perspectives. To coordinate an interview, contact the staff member listed with each expert entry.
May 12, 2020, Chris Horn
Virginia Scotchie, whose ceramic art is in private collections and galleries around the world, now has another international venue for her work: the U.S. embassy in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo.
May 10, 2020, Chris Horn
Rebekah Cloninger has a lot to tell her future children and grandchildren about her time at the University of South Carolina. Like the night she met A’ja Wilson, the Most Outstanding Player from the 2017 championship team, and got her jersey signed by the former UofSC forward who now plays for the Las Vegas Aces.
May 08, 2020, Stanley Dubinsky, Kaitlyn E. Smith, Michael Gavin
As the coronavirus spreads around the globe, it can cause a fear of others, especially strangers, who may or may not have taken proper precautions against spreading the disease. This fear can cause people to be on heightened alert for anyone who might be different. English professors Stanley Dubinsky, Michael Gavin and doctoral student Kaitlyn Smith write for The Conversation about how language differences can contribute to discrimination.
May 07, 2020, Carol J.G. Ward
When 89-year-old Richard Mims was just a boy in the 1930s, he remembers playing a game he called “Executive” in the abandoned offices of the Santee River Cypress Lumber Co. in Ferguson near his hometown of Eutawville, South Carolina. The once-thriving mill town now lies underwater, part of the region flooded to create Lake Marion. Mims shared his memories in an oral history recorded by South Carolina Honors College graduate Caldwell Loftis.
May 01, 2020, Bryan Gentry and Anna Toptchi
Three students exhibit their MFA thesis works online, fostering the opportunity to build empathy and spark the imaginations of viewers around the world.
April 29, 2020, Mark Smith
The way we see, hear, taste, touch and smell may never be the same again. History professor Mark Smith writes for The Conversation about how we are undergoing a sensory revolution courtesy of COVID-19.
April 28, 2020, Bryan Gentry
The celebrated poet and University of South Carolina professor Nikky Finney was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a prestigious fellowship of artists, scholars and leaders who work together for the public good.
April 27, 2020, Bert Ely and Taylor Carter
Following the coronavirus’s spread through the population – and anticipating its next move – is an important part of the public health response to the new disease. Biological sciences professor Bert Ely and doctoral student Taylor Carter write for The Conversation on how the virus's genetic sequence provides insight into where the virus has been.
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 14, 2020, Communications and Public Affairs
Political scientist Katherine Barbieri considers the effects of COVID-19 on the U.S. political scene and on authoritarian governments around the world.
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 09, 2020, Carol J.G. Ward
The university will continue rehabilitation and preservation of the Booker T. Washington Auditorium Building to create a permanent space for the Center for Civil Rights History and Research’s exhibit “Justice for All: South Carolina and the American Civil Rights Movement.” Funded with a $500,000 grant from the National Park Service, the restoration will advance efforts to create a destination for people to learn the history of Columbia and of the school.
April 07, 2020, Chris Horn
Twitter data could be a useful tool in tracking human movement in this and future disease outbreaks, says a UofSC geography scientist who used Twitter data to track historic flooding in 2015 in South Carolina.
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 27, 2020, Chris Horn
When the University of South Carolina announced plans to switch to online learning only beginning March 23, the nearly 20 sections of U401 were quickly ready to roll, thanks in large part to the efforts of two technology-savvy language professors.
March 25, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to separate communities, families, co-workers and friends — but it is also bringing us together like never before. And it is inspiring University of South Carolina faculty and staff to step up their efforts in a time of need.
March 23, 2020, Chris Horn
Classics professor Hunter Gardner studies plague narratives in Western literature, particularly those of the Roman epic poets.
March 20, 2020, Megan Sexton
Psychology professor Sayward Harrison offers advice on ways individuals, families and communities can nurture resilience in the time of the Coronavirus pandemic.
March 20, 2020, Megan Sexton
Matthew Brashears, an associate professor of sociology at the University of South Carolina, discusses how the coronavirus might affect social networks, both in-person and online.
March 19, 2020, Chris Horn
Nükhet Varlik, an associate professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences at UofSC, studies disease, medicine and public health, particularly in era of the Ottoman Empire. She has written a book and edited another on plague and contagion in the Mediterranean world.
February 18, 2020
With only a few short months until summer, it’s time for parents to find summer activities to enhance the lives and bolster the minds of their children. Fortunately, UofSC offers a wide variety of summer camps for all interests from music to journalism and softball to science.
February 18, 2020, Chris Horn
It's nearly seven feet tall, 3,000 feet long and is made of 160,000 bricks. And it's older than half of the buildings on the University of South Carolina's historic Horseshoe. It's the campus wall, a structure that never succeeded in its original purpose — keeping mischievous 19th century students on campus. But during one tumultuous night in 1865, the wall very likely saved the campus from a fire that consumed one-third of the surrounding city.
February 18, 2020, Carol J.G. Ward
The University of South Carolina’s Moving Image Research Collections in a partnership with the History Division of the Marine Corps is digitizing films shot by more than 50 Marine combat cameramen during the Battle of Iwo Jima, which began Feb. 19, 1945. The goal is to provide public access to the video and expand historical understanding.
February 17, 2020, Chris Horn
UofSC's research office offers internal grant funding up to $100,000 for proposals that include faculty members from three or more disciplines. Colin Wilder, Matthew Brashears and John Rose are using one of these grants to comb through millions of digital library records to explore three centuries of European book publishing.
January 29, 2020, Page Ivey
Public Health professor Katrina Walsmann’s plan for a new research center at the University of South Carolina is all about collaboration. In fact, creating an umbrella for a variety of disciplines to study health, inequalities and the population is the goal.
January 28, 2020, Aida Rogers
University of South Carolina biology graduate and Honors College alumnus Ed Buchanan used his medical knowledge as a pediatric surgeon to write a children’s book that helps young patients understand what it’s like to go through surgery.
January 16, 2020, Page Ivey
Students who are taught by more than one teacher in the same classroom benefit from the differing teaching styles, added expertise and lower student-teacher ratios. But the first step is making sure the partners click, like education professor Christine Lotter and biology professor Bert Ely.
January 14, 2020, Megan Sexton
The university’s Belle W. Baruch Institute for Coastal and Marine Sciences is a national treasure -- a place where students and researchers from the Columbia campus along with universities around the world come to better understand the complexity of coastal and marine environments.
January 06, 2020, Chris Horn
“We know what we are,” Shakespeare once wrote, “but know not what we may be.” If only the old Bard could have sat in on “Mathematics for Shakespeare,” an Honors College course at the University of South Carolina. He would have learned how to take the full measure for measure of his own literary works, using statistical software and linear algebra to probe and pose questions about everything from his sonnets to soliloquies.
December 18, 2019, Carol J.G. Ward
During this season of tradition, it makes sense to serve meals and recipes that connect us with friends, family and memories of years past. We asked English professor and Southern food historian David Shields to indulge us in a bit of nostalgia by offering a glimpse into South Carolina’s holiday food heritage.
December 17, 2019, Page Ivey
Jade Battiste is grateful for her parents’ patient support as she has traveled a nontraditional path to her bachelor’s degree. But she is especially grateful to her father, Luther Battiste, who helped create the African American Studies program at the University of South Carolina 50 years ago.
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.
December 02, 2019, Chris Horn
Not many professors inspire lofty tribute. Some we forget and others are scarcely remembered. James Cutsinger, a religious studies professor who taught at the university for 37 years, earned the respect and admiration of students for decades while helping them to achieve the most noble of goals: the ability to think.
November 21, 2019, Annika Dahlgren
The South Caroliniana Library is home to the South Carolina Historical Cookbooks collection of publications from 1832 to 1921. The collection is a valuable resource for research but also of interest to anyone who is just curious about local dishes and cooking traditions.
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 05, 2019
Attending college is a transformative experience, offering students the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and experiences that lead them to a fuller life. We spoke to first-generation college students, faculty and alumni to learn about their experiences on campus and beyond.