Stories for Faculty and Staff
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.
December 19, 2018, Annika Dahlgren
The South Carolina Honors College is known for offering an expansive array of courses. English professor Paula Feldman's nature writing class brought together students and turtles, which resulted in an appreciation for the environmental and interest in advocacy.
November 28, 2018, Ross Stevens
University of South Carolina chemistry professor Donna Chen has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS fellow is one of the most prestigious honors awarded in academia.
November 23, 2018
Gail Wagner believes students should leave her classroom with something concrete, a skill they can carry with them long after the semester ends.
November 01, 2018, Keisa Gunby
A summit on talking about race in America grew naturally out of a conversation. Jennifer Gunter, ’17 Ph.D. history and director of the S.C. Collaborative on Race and Reconciliation, wanted to bring together a group of community leaders dedicated to equity and inclusion to learn from one another about projects that were working.
October 28, 2018, Kathy Henry Dowell
A 1951 University of South Carolina graduate who loved literature and libraries, Dorothy Smith made a proposal to University Libraries and the English department 20 years ago: If the two groups would work together to host an annual literary festival, she would establish an endowment to support it financially.
October 26, 2018
As a doctoral student, Steven Rodney was confident in his knowledge of astronomy. But the prospect of teaching the material to students seemed more like a black hole — Rodney didn’t know if he had the right stuff.
October 26, 2018, Page Ivey
Matt Schreiber didn’t come to Carolina expecting to become a private wealth manager. In fact, his degrees, a bachelor’s in history (’03) and a master’s in teaching (’04) are more often associated with less financially lucrative careers. But the 2018 Distinguished Young Alumnus puts his two degrees to work every day, using historic trends to map investment strategy and helping educate his clients on how best to navigate the market.
October 24, 2018, Megan Sexton
As he conducted research for the civil rights history project Columbia SC 63, history professor Bobby Donaldson started discovering largely untold stories about the struggle as it played out in Columbia. The material he and his students unearthed and the people he met helped guide the formation of the South Carolina Center for Civil Rights History and Research.
October 23, 2018, Page Ivey and Joshua Burrack
“Frankenstein,” Mary Shelley’s tale of a scientist pushing the boundaries of knowledge and ethics to reanimate lifeless flesh, turns 200 this year, and the University of South Carolina is celebrating the anniversary by reaching into its rare books collection and tapping faculty expertise to tell the story of Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein and the creature that has spawned many reincarnations throughout popular literature, film and television.
October 12, 2018, Craig Brandhorst
James Dickey arrived at the University of South Carolina 50 years ago and spent nearly three decades as USC’s writer-in-residence. And while his tenure at Carolina was sometimes tumultuous, the celebrated poet, novelist and teacher left a legacy that still reverberates 20 years after his death.
September 14, 2018, Julie Smith Turner
Media arts professor Evan Meaney is a self-described game-player who holds a bachelor’s in cinema and photography and an M.F.A. in film and video production. He’s been teaching in the School of Art and Visual Design since 2013 and received a 2018 Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award.
September 07, 2018
Political science professor Brad Epperly says teaching is a conversation that extends well beyond the scheduled class time. For his efforts, he has been awarded a 2018 Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award.
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 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.
July 16, 2018, Mary-Kathryn Craft
Political science alumnus James Anderson credits Gamecock connections for his success as he embarks upon the next phase of his career in foreign policy work. The Air Force officer, who helped found My Carolina’s Veterans Alumni Council, will study U.S. and Canada relations as part of a Fulbright Scholarship in September.
June 26, 2018, Craig Brandhorst
Assistant professor of photography Lauren Greenwald considered becoming a doctor, pursued a career in architecture, lived on a sailboat for a year and worked as a project manager renovating apartments in Paris – all before finally going to graduate school to study photography. Her work is a reflection of that wanderlust, but the lens through which she examines the world could work for anyone, not just the aspiring artist.
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 18, 2018, Mary-Kathryn Craft
Psychology professor Mark Weist is leading efforts to improve behavioral health in public schools across the Palmetto State. He and his team recently received a grant from the South Carolina Department of Education to launch the S.C. School Behavioral Health Alliance, an interdisciplinary initiative to prevent and treat emotional and behavioral concerns.
June 13, 2018, Page Ivey
Storytelling is how we make sense of our world. Whether we’re scientists, mathematicians, poets or preachers, we tell ourselves stories to understand the world around us. The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program helps hone this natural talent into a craft — a craft that turns stories into art.
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 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 14, 2018, Mary-Kathryn Craft
School of Visual Art and Design professors Mary Robinson, Sara Schneckloth and David Voros exhibited work in Norway as part of an international initiative to raise awareness about the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and the cultural importance of seeds in biodiversity.