October 11, 2017, Megan Sexton
For the 21st year, faculty and students at the University of South Carolina will spend a day at the fair with 2,500 high school students from every corner of the state, helping them understand more about physics – while learning to be better teachers themselves.
October 06, 2017, Megan Sexton
Leslie Hendrix, a first-generation college student who earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a doctorate in statistics from the University of South Carolina, works to make sure the students in her classroom have the support and guidance they need to succeed. Hendrix was awarded the university’s Garnet Apple Award for Teaching Innovation this spring.
October 03, 2017, Chris Horn
USC astronomy professor Steve Rodney and doctoral student Justin Roberts-Pierel are part of a NASA-funded project that could locate stellar explosions so far away that their light has taken more than 13 billion years to reach us. That means those stars exploded — give or take a few million years — near the dawn of time.
September 26, 2017, Chris Horn
Kimberly Becker joined the psychology department this year with a research focus of evidence-based treatment for a variety of problems that youth and families face. She's particularly interested in innovations in treatment design.
September 22, 2017, Page Ivey
David Wethey came to Carolina with a mandate to design a graduate program for ecology. That was 37 years ago. Today, Wethey can rattle off the accomplishments of students from the ’80s, the ’90s and just a few years ago. Many of those students were responsible for nominating and supporting him for a Mungo Teaching Award.
September 19, 2017
The University of South Carolina has been preparing students for the workforce for generations. As the state has attracted more high-tech manufacturing operations, the need for more skilled workers has grown rapidly. The university can now increase its reach to help even more South Carolinians take advantage of these opportunities with a $20 million National Science Foundation grant.
September 15, 2017, Chris Horn
At the tender age of 11, Ralf Gothe got his first taste of tutoring students at the elementary school where his father was principal. That early exposure to pedagogy paid off. Gothe is one of four faculty members to receive the 2017 Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award.
September 05, 2017, Melinda Waldrop
The Hansen family's artistic legacy spans three generations at the University of South Carolina. Harry Hansen was a long-time art professor whose son, Danny, and grandson, Kendall, are finding success with their fast-growing handcrafted jewelry business.
August 31, 2017, Mary-Kathryn Craft
Historian Thavolia Glymph will deliver the 20th Annual Robert Smalls Lecture on Sept. 7 focusing on Reconstruction and how we write and remember history.
August 25, 2017, Page Ivey
David Barbeau doesn’t seek to teach students geologic fact so much as he wants them to learn how to learn and how to open their minds to new possibilities and perspectives. For his efforts, he has been awarded a 2017 Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award.
August 22, 2017, Megan Sexton
Meet the Carolinians who have turned their dreams of home into reality in unlikely ways, one converting a sprawling schoolhouse; another turning a warehouse into elegant living space. The third has taken Henry David Thoreau’s admonition “Simplify, simplify” to its logical conclusion, a home built on a philosophy of living that surpasses the physical dimensions of its walls.
August 15, 2017, Craig Brandhorst
Before he finished college, Kevin Varner, ’93, was working in a brewery. By his mid-20s, he had started one himself. Now, a quarter century later, the founder of Columbia’s Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Ale House is back at it, opening a second brewery, this one so big you could fly a plane through the front door — or at least taxi in.
August 11, 2017, Megan Sexton
In her nine years at the University of South Carolina, Mindi Spencer has focused on adapting her teaching to better serve students’ needs. During that time, the Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching award winner says she has grown from an instructor into a teacher in the classroom, and from a teacher into a mentor outside the classroom walls.
July 20, 2017, Megan Sexton
A total solar eclipse – when the moon orbits directly in front of the sun – is the perfect time to test Einstein’s theory of general relativity. A University of South Carolina professor will do that in August, using modern technology, high-powered telescopes and cameras to record the sky over South Carolina.
July 14, 2017, Melinda Waldrop
Mathematics professor Frank Thorne isn’t interested in neat answers. His work in analytic number theory and arithmetic statistics — complicated concepts that having their origins in counting things like prime numbers — bears out his belief that the process is just as fulfilling as the result.
July 06, 2017, Melinda Waldrop
After a year-and-a-half of work, Carolina graduate student Derek Bedenbaugh is a chapter away from finishing his dissertation examining disability and gender roles in 19th century British literature. Bedenbaugh’s journey to that momentous occasion has been made smoother thanks to the Bilinski Educational Foundation.
June 28, 2017, Peggy Binette
Armed with a new NSF grant, anthropologist Sharon DeWitte is embarking on research that builds on nearly 15 years of studying the Black Death and will create a new approach to understanding a population’s vulnerability to infectious disease. UofSC caught up with DeWitte to discuss how she decodes death.
June 26, 2017, Megan Sexton
University of South Carolina alumnus Allan McLeland is in a pretty exclusive club. He’s one of seven people who have swum the English Channel and climbed Mount Everest. He braved the rough, cold waters off England in 2008 and reaching the summit of the world’s tallest mountain this past May.
June 23, 2017, Melinda Waldrop
Complex cultural questions boil down to a pretty simple constant for Jessica Barnes: bread. The assistant professor in both the geography department and the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment at Carolina focuses her extensive research on basic needs that shape societies.
June 05, 2017, Mary-Kathryn Craft
Researchers at the University of South Carolina are working to create a software program that will automatically match prehistoric pottery with whole designs, which will help uncover how Native Americans interacted more than 1,500 years ago.
May 23, 2017, Megan Sexton
D-Day will be marked in early June with parades and commemorations along the beaches in northern France. University of South Carolina alumnus Wade Sellers will be there, too, on the independent filmmaker’s third trip to the French coast. This time, he’ll be screening the film he directed and edited, “Return to Normandy,” in the primetime slot at the Normandy-World War II International Film Festival.
April 20, 2017, Chris Horn
University of South Carolina chemistry professor Chuanbing Tang is using the versatile soybean as the primary ingredient in plastic film and molded plastic. He has a patent pending for a chemical formula to convert soybean oil into “green” plastic.
April 20, 2017, Mary-Kathryn Craft
Three graduating seniors received the university's highest honors at the annual Awards Day ceremony. Jory Mackenzie Fleming and Megan Patricia O’Brien received Algernon Sydney Sullivan awards, the university’s top honor for undergraduates, and Cory Cambridge Alpert received the Steven N. Swanger award, the university’s second-highest undergraduate honor.
April 06, 2017, Maddy Thorn
University of South Carolina students Rebekah Parris and Olivia Reszczynski have been named Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows and will take part in a six-week summer leadership program for rising college juniors in Washington, D.C.
March 31, 2017, Peggy Binette
David Shields, a Carolina Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina, has been named one of 14 SEC professors who have been honored with 2017 SEC Faculty Achievement Awards.
March 31, 2017, Dana D'Haeseleer
Howard University Professor Ivory Toldson will stress the importance of protecting the integrity of research on race during the 33rd Annual Multicultural Symposium on April 7 at the University of South Carolina.
March 30, 2017, Abigayle Morrison
While some Gamecocks played on the national stage for basketball this weekend for the Final Four in Phoenix and Dallas, freshman political science major Michael Senatore stepped on a stage of a different sort. On Saturday (April 1), Senatore gave a TEDx talk at Carnegie Mellon University on how he made the science of flipping a water bottle a national phenomenon.
March 29, 2017, Abigayle Morrison
Kimberly Medina, a University of South Carolina senior from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina who has spent her college years working to improve the lives of Hispanics, was named the university’s Outstanding Woman of the Year 2017. University officials honored Medina and four finalists during a ceremony Wednesday (March 29).
March 27, 2017, Kathryn McPhail
A self-proclaimed “outdoorsy” person, Todd Beasley started his own small business at just 10 years old gardening for other families in his neighborhood. Now three decades later, the College of Education alumnus is the new director of programs at one of the largest botanical gardens in the country — the San Antonio Botanical Gardens.
March 23, 2017, Peggy Binette
Award-winning civil rights documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson Jr. will visit the University of South Carolina March 29-31 to preview his latest documentary and give a series of public talks. We caught up with Nelson to discuss some of the topics he'll explore with university faculty, staff and students.
March 15, 2017, Peggy Binette
As part of a bold health sciences initiative, the University of South Carolina has named David Simmons as faculty principal of the Galen Health Fellows, a new living and learning community for undergraduates studying in the health sciences.
March 14, 2017, Craig Brandhorst
Wikipedia is an increasingly trusted reference resource, even among academics, but it’s not without biases, particularly when it comes to gender. “An Entry of Her Own: UofSC’s 2017 Wikipedia Edit-a-thon” is part of a larger effort to correct the imbalance.
March 10, 2017, Page Ivey
Virginia Shervette gets some groans from her biology students at USC Aiken when she introduces a new fish species to her class with the phrase, “Oh, that’s a tasty one.” But she makes it very clear that a big part of her research is to focus on managing commercial fish populations.
March 08, 2017, Peggy Binette
No one knows for certain why the Clovis people and iconic beasts -- mastodon, mammoth and saber-toothed tiger – living some 12,800 years ago suddenly disappeared. However, a discovery of widespread platinum at archaeological sites across the United States by three University of South Carolina archaeologists has provided an important clue in solving this enduring mystery. The research findings are outlined in a new study released Thursday (March 9) in Scientific Reports, a publication of Nature.
March 02, 2017, Peggy Binette
There’s no better place in Columbia to enjoy spring than the University of South Carolina and its iconic Horseshoe. To officially usher in the season, My Carolina Alumni Association is hosting two public events: A historic Horseshoe tour and reception with University Archivist Elizabeth West on March 9 and an evening of Southern heirloom foods and culture with Carolina Distinguished Professor David Shields on March 16.
February 09, 2017, John Brunelli
Sculptor Naomi Falk and dance choreographer Tanya Wideman-Davis put their visual art and dance collaboration center stage in USC Dance Company's Spring Contemporary Concert, Feb. 15-18.
February 02, 2017, Page Ivey
Rhodes Scholarship winner Jory Fleming says he is probably best known on Carolina’s campus as the student with Daisy. Since he first set foot on campus, Fleming has been accompanied by the yellow lab, who helps him with social challenges associated with autism.
February 01, 2017, Peggy Binette
Samuel Tenenbaum reflects on the impact that the Solomon-Tenenbaum Lectureship has had on the community and in his life for the past 27 years. This year’s lecture will feature Jon D. Levenson of Harvard Divinity School who will explore the shared Abrahamic traditions found in Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths.
January 30, 2017, Page Ivey
South Carolina's most recent Rhodes Scholarship winner credits his mother and his UofSC experiences with helping him be successful.
January 26, 2017, John Brunelli
Yellow fever patients in Charleston died by the hundreds in the mid-19th century. "Black Medicine White Bodies," a new exhibit at McKissick Museum shows how traditional treatments saved people during the epidemics that plagued the Lowcountry.
January 10, 2017, Craig Brandhorst
The Washington Semester Program celebrates its 25th anniversary of providing full-time, semester-long internships at congressional offices, federal agencies, nonprofits and other D.C.-based organizations. In the last of our series of stories talking to alumni and current participants in the program, we talk to alumna Heidi Brooks, chief operating offering of the Schott Foundation for Public Education.
January 10, 2017, Chris Horn
Nearly 90 years ago, astronomer Edwin Hubble discovered that the universe is expanding. Now we know, thanks to research by Adam Riess and other scientists, that this cosmic expansion is speeding up. The Nobel-winning astrophysicist will explain the phenomenon of a faster-expanding universe in a Jan. 17 public lecture at Carolina.
January 06, 2017, Craig Brandhorst
If you want to break down the traditional classroom wall, look no further than public history, a discipline with one foot outside the academy already. Ask Allison Marsh, director of the University of South Carolina’s public history program, whose forays into the virtual world bring an added dimension to online learning and whose real world “classroom” stretches from the Carolina campus to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
January 02, 2017, Craig Brandhorst
The Washington Semester Program celebrates its 25th anniversary of providing full-time, semester-long internships at congressional offices, federal agencies, nonprofits and other D.C.-based organizations. In our series of stories talking to alumni and current participants in the program, we talk to Kimberly Medina, a senior political science and international studies major.
December 15, 2016, USC Times
A is for alphabet, at least according to USC Times. To help close out 2016, the University of South Carolina’s monthly magazine for faculty and staff devoted its entire December issue to the ABCs of 2016 — with each letter representing a different accomplishment, announcement or notable arrival from the past year.
December 14, 2016, Page Ivey
If you’re of a certain age, you might remember the row of dusty encyclopedias in your parents’ den — books that were the Google of their day but limited in what they could convey. Now you can open the “South Carolina Encyclopedia” and hear Dizzy Gillespie talk about be-bop or watch qualifying for a 1970s Southern 500 stock car race. That’s because the encyclopedia has gone digital.
December 12, 2016, Craig Brandhorst
The Washington Semester Program celebrates its 25th anniversary of providing full-time, semester-long internships at congressional offices, federal agencies, nonprofits and other D.C.-based organizations. In our series of stories talking to alumni and current participants in the program, we talk to Katie Schwichtenberg, a senior political science and history major.
December 07, 2016, Chris Horn
When he’s not working to save the Amazon, Tom Mullikin climbs mountains, hikes volcanoes, dives with sharks, explores the effects of climate change, leads the S.C. State Guard ... and occasionally sits in a rocking chair in his Camden, S.C., law office.
December 07, 2016, Peggy Binette
What are the keys to happiness? What is the meaning of life? Philosopher and University of Virginia professor Talbot Brewer will discuss how to find these answers in the humanities in a public talk Dec. 14. The event is offered as part of a $2.1 million funded grant project titled, “Virtue, Happiness and the Meaning of Life,” which is co-directed by Carolina philosopher Jennifer Frey.
November 29, 2016, Craig Brandhorst
The Washington Semester Program celebrates its 25th anniversary of providing full-time, semester-long internships at congressional offices, federal agencies, nonprofits and other D.C.-based organizations. In the second of our series of stories talking to alumni and current participants in the program, we talk to program alumnus Greg Ferrante, Chief financial officer, Global Policy and Advocacy Division, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; chair of the audit and finance committee of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
November 04, 2016, Dan Cook
Anita Lobel, the acclaimed author and illustrator of children’s books, will be honored with the Thomas Cooper Society Medal in recognition of her contribution to the arts on Nov. 17. The award comes as part of Lobel's burgeoning ties to the university — and her longstanding friendship with two alumnae.
November 02, 2016, Page Ivey
Jim Lane is the ultimate Gamecock with a bachelor’s degree in political science and three advance degrees from the College of Education, including a Ph.D. in 1998. Lane recently made a planned gift to benefit both the College of Arts and Sciences as well the College of Education.
October 26, 2016, Lauren McCarthy
Allie Minarik is a senior theater and history major from North Myrtle Beach, S.C. In the class Theater 230-Stage Makeup, Minarik has learned new stage makeup techniques, and now she’s taking those skills offstage. Minarik explains to UofSC how to perfectly blend, brush and bleed for her favorite holiday: Halloween.
October 25, 2016, Chris Horn
Daniel Keenen has tackled the rigors of college and ROTC service with a 4.0 GPA. He was recently ranked the No. 2 ROTC cadet among more than 5,000 cadets in the country — not bad for a guy who wasn't even sure he wanted to be in ROTC when he started college.
October 25, 2016, Dan Cook
Some teachers run from struggling students, but 2009 alumna Kari Croft has staked her career on trying to help them. Now she has a $10 million grant to establish RISE High, a charter school in Los Angeles aimed at serving students who are homeless, in foster care or facing other challenges that make it difficult for them to attend traditional schools.
October 19, 2016, Lynn Schutte
Scott O’Dell’s 1960 book “Island of the Blue Dolphins” has been a classroom favorite, despite some potentially controversial elements. The University of South Carolina’s Sara Schwebel, associate professor of English, is working to help explain that controversy. With the help of students, Schwebel has edited and published a critical edition of the book, complete with an introduction and essays to help place the narrative in its correct historical and cultural context.
October 09, 2016, Chris Horn
For Michael Dowdy, there’s a familiar ring to this year’s political rhetoric about border walls and deportation of Latinos. “Latinos have a different story than most in coming to the United States and a unique perspective on the American dream,” says Dowdy, a recently appointed associate professor whose specialty is Latino literature and poetry.
September 25, 2016, Steven Powell
Immediately following the October 2015 flood in South Carolina, USC researchers began looking at issues related to the once-in-a-lifetime catastrophe. In Part 3 of our "after the flood" series, we look at stages of loss and resilience.
September 22, 2016, Peggy Binette
The History Center will host Dick Lehr, a former Boston Globe reporter and professor at Boston University, Sept. 26 and 27 for a series of discussions about the 1915 film "Birth of a Nation" and book “The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and Crusading Editor Reignited America’s Civil War."
September 16, 2016, Dan Cook
When Virginia Scotchie was asked to created dinnerware for an exclusive, $700-per-plate experimental gastronomy event, she didn't think twice. Scotchie was attracted not only to working with top chefs and a Dutch arts collective, but also to the artistic puzzle of translating her sculptural skills into functional artworks.
September 15, 2016, Dan Cook
Both Lara Ducate and Judith Kalb wanted to be teachers from the time they were small children. Now the two have been awarded the Garnet Apple Award for Teaching Innovation, in part for their work on an online-only course on ethics and literature
September 01, 2016, Steven Powell
Even the likes of Einstein and Darwin made major mistakes, but it’s all part and parcel of progress. That’s the theme of “Brilliant Blunders,” one of two public lectures that best-selling author and astrophysicist Mario Livio will give when he comes to campus next week.
September 01, 2016, Steven Powell
With as much as $175,000 in potential annual savings for just one building on campus, a group of graduate students kicked off an energy conservation initiative in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry last week. It draws attention to how much energy is literally blown out of ventilation stacks every year by a common laboratory fixture: the fume hood.
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.
August 26, 2016, Steven Powell
Marine scientist Claudia Benitez-Nelson and a team of international colleagues recently published a review of the state of the oceans five years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The same team is working to help fellow researchers develop the unique skill set required to track radiological spills in the ocean.