November 23, 2021, Madeline Steiner
A bizarre cast of characters involved in the exotic animal trade returns in ‘Tiger King 2.’ Madeline Steiner, a post-doctoral fellow of history, examines parallels between larger-than-life Joe Exotic and 19th-century circuses and showmen for The Conversation.
November 22, 2021
"I think my experience really allows me to be aware of what I enjoy and what’s not for me, and it has made growing up and maturing a lot more feasible for me."
November 19, 2021, Jeff Stensland
The University of South Carolina announced Friday (Nov. 19) its plan to freeze tuition systemwide for the 2022-23 academic year, making it the fourth year in a row the state’s flagship has held tuition at the same rate.
November 18, 2021, Ismaeel Yunusa
Changes in insulin prescription rates because of the pandemic underscore the challenges that people with diabetes face in accessing care, Ismaeel Yunusa assistant professor of clinical pharmacy and outcomes sciences, writes for The Conversation. The effects of the pandemic on diabetes go beyond insulin prescriptions. As COVID-19 overwhelmed health care systems, people with chronic conditions like diabetes have experienced significant disruptions in routine and emergency medical care.
November 17, 2021, Jabari Evans
A lot could be gained by not overlooking the creativity and ingenuity of teens and young adults like drill music vanguard Chief Keef. Journalism and mass communications professor Jabari Evans writes for The Conversation that drill subculture arose out the ways Chicago's Black youth navigate violence and poverty by innovating within social media.
November 16, 2021, Megan Sexton
As the country marks Rural Health Day this week, the University of South Carolina works — through its School of Medicine, College of Nursing, Arnold School of Public Health and other areas — to understand and improve the delivery of health care in rural and underserved communities.
November 15, 2021, Chris Horn
He loved fly fishing and bird hunting and wrote numerous tales about both of those sporting passions. And when he wasn't doing those things, Havilah Babcock was in the classroom, a favorite English professor for generations of students at the University of South Carolina.
November 15, 2021, Karen Gavigan
The number of school librarians in the United States has dropped about 20 percent over the past decade, and research shows access to school librarians has become a major educational equity issue. Karen Gavin, information science professor, writes for The Conversation about the impact school librarians have on student achievement.
November 15, 2021, Page Ivey
New law professor Etienne Toussaint came to the legal profession after starting out as an engineer, building bridges. After working internationally with Engineers Without Borders, he saw how a legal career would let him help lift those living in extreme poverty in the U.S. and around the world.
November 12, 2021, Abe Danaher
The University of South Carolina has started a fellowship aimed at increasing diversity in its graduate school ranks. Through partnerships with historically black colleges and universities across the state, the Rising Star Fellowship will remove financial barriers for underrepresented students interested in continuing their education.
November 11, 2021, Carol J.G. Ward
When Navy veteran Brooks Herring needed help seeking custody of his son, he turned to the Veterans Legal Clinic at the University of South Carolina’s School of Law.
November 11, 2021, Page Ivey
For the past year, public health researchers at the University of South Carolina and other colleges across the state have worked to provide information about COVID-19’s impact in communities and what people are thinking about the disease, testing and vaccinations.
November 11, 2021, Cam Adams
While the fall semester is far from over, it is time to start thinking about registering for spring 2022 classes. In addition to the essentials all students need to satisfy graduation requirements, we found a few classes open to all majors that you might want to look into.
November 08, 2021, Chris Horn
During her 12 years as a Marine Corps helicopter pilot, Maj. Molly O’Malley flew in a war zone and quickly learned to make split-second decisions up in the air and deal with daily challenges on the ground. But transitioning from full-time military pilot to part-time graduate student at South Carolina hasn’t turned out to be the cakewalk you might imagine.
November 08, 2021, Chris Horn
Nick Peng is an assistant professor in the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment in the College of Arts and Sciences who joined the university this past spring. His research focus is on the interactions of marine microorganisms, and he’s hoping to develop a new course that will enable students to learn the techniques for deciphering the identity and function of microorganisms present in any particular environment.
November 04, 2021, Chris Horn and Dana Woodward
It’s been a little more than a year and a half since the arrival of COVID-19, and the University of South Carolina has weathered the crisis thus far with resolve, ingenuity and a set of guiding principles for every pandemic-related decision.
November 04, 2021, Laura Kammerer
Columbia native Ben Green will speak live at the McNair Entrepreneurship Showcase on Friday (Nov. 12) at the Russell House Underground. The event, sponsored by the university’s McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise, will also feature speakers such as MapQuest founder Chris Heivly, ’84 master’s geography, and Mixtroz co-founder Ashlee Ammons.
November 02, 2021, Chris Horn
Were there always so many squirrels on the Horseshoe? And how else has campus changed in the past 200 years in regards to insects, birds, snakes and such? Take a stroll with naturalist-in-residence Rudy Mancke to learn what's changed and still changing in the natural world of campus.
November 02, 2021, Page Ivey
University of South Carolina alumna Ebony Toussaint joined the university as a faculty member this fall, working with the Rural and Minority Health Research Center in the Arnold School of Public Health. One of her first research projects will be a study of how evictions impact mental health, on which she will work with her husband, Etienne Toussaint, who is a new law professor.
November 01, 2021, Abe Danaher
The Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning is rolling out four grants focused on increasing experiential learning opportunities for South Carolina students. These grants will work to tie what students are learning in class to what’s happening in the larger world around them, and strengthen their connection to the larger campus community.
October 29, 2021, Megan Sexton
From a Ph.D. student who came to college in the U.S. from a Jamaican village to a nursing professor raised by a grandmother with just a third-grade education, first-generation college students bring a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives to campus.
October 29, 2021, Savannah Bennett
Whether you’re enjoying the Mighty Sound of the Southeast during a football game or practicing Vivaldi for a symphony concert, music connects us to each other. The University of South Carolina offers music and non-music majors alike many opportunities to listen, play and get connected to music.
Newly acquired Ray Bradbury collection features books, pulps, fanzines and three decades of literary friendship
October 28, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
Alumna Anne Hardin enjoyed a three-decade friendship with Ray Bradbury. Now, her vast collection of the late author’s books, magazine appearances and other works has found a permanent home at the University of South Carolina’s Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.
October 26, 2021, Rose Cisneros
Columbia native and University of South Carolina English graduate Catherine Baab-Muguira spent four years researching Poe’s life and career. Along the way, she found the strength to overcome one of the darkest periods in her own life and enough material for a book.
October 25, 2021, Megan Sexton
Jabari Evans is an assistant professor of race and media in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He earned his doctorate in media, technology and society from Northwestern University after a 10-year career as a hip-hop artist.
October 25, 2021, Chase Bussell
The USC Columbia Technology Incubator announced Monday (Oct. 25) a $200,000 grant from Truist Financial Corporation through the Truist Charitable Fund, a donor-advised fund at The Winston-Salem Foundation, to provide funding for scholarships and training programs that will support the future information technology (IT) workforce in South Carolina.
October 22, 2021, Nancy Buchan and Orgul Ozturk
A 2020 online study found that people in the United States who were more directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic were 9 percent more likely to donate to charity than others, and they donated 9.2% more money. The study replicated in Italy found similar results, Moore School professors Nancy Buchan and Orgul Ozturk write in The Conversation with co-author Gianluca Grimalda, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
October 21, 2021, Page Ivey
Civic engagement is a two-way street, and that’s particularly true in education. Professor Tia Stevens Andersen's mentorship class that pairs criminal justice students with at-risk high school students is paving the way to better outcomes for everyone involved.
October 20, 2021, Bryan Gentry
With a pair of shears and the occasional use of power hedge trimmers, Mike Gibson — topiary artist-in-residence for UofSC's McKissick Museum — snips bits and pieces of holly bushes and trees to restore the living sculptures at the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden.
October 19, 2021, Savannah Bennett
Alumna Hali Kerr says that environmental law and policy "puts a fire in my belly." Her new job at the Environmental Protection Agency drives that passion.
October 18, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
Law professor Thomas Crocker specializes in constitutional law, criminal procedure, free speech and democracy, national security and the Constitution. His new book, "Overcoming Necessity: Emergency, Constraint, and the Meanings of American Constitutionalism" (Yale University Press) is an analysis of how the concept of necessity, in conflict with constitutional commitments, creates dynamic challenges to constitutional governance, especially during times of emergency.
October 15, 2021, Dan Cook
When Colleen Clark signed up to play drums as an elementary school student, she was initially told to play flute instead. In 2019, she became the first woman — and first drummer — to earn a doctorate in jazz performance from the University of North Texas. At South Carolina, she wants to ensure that the jazz program is welcoming to all.
October 14, 2021, Chris Horn
Like other universities across the nation, the University of South Carolina needed more land in the 1960s to keep up with skyrocketing student enrollment brought on by the Baby Boom. In a previous episode, we talked about the campus migration that created the east campus in the middle of the University Hill neighborhood. This episode explores the underpinnings of the campus expansion into Ward One and Wheeler Hill, which were largely obliterated by 'urban renewal' efforts that acquired more land for the university.
October 14, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
COVID changed the way professors teach, but it has also provided room to grow, according to Darla Moore School of Business professor Sanjay Ahire. Ahire is one of 10 Gamecocks Carolinian magazine spoke to about how the pandemic has changed the way we work.
October 14, 2021, Page Ivey
Political satire — particularly TV shows in that genre — may be a gateway to civic engagement. Satire may also do more to foster engagement than traditional late-night talk shows, says assistant professor of journalism and self-described “news junkie” Jacob Long.
October 13, 2021, 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.
October 13, 2021, Page Ivey
Daniel Heimmermann, who was named the fifth chancellor of the University of South Carolina Aiken this summer, says the experience of leading smaller colleges has opened his eyes to the impact these institutions have on their communities.
October 12, 2021, Matt Edwards
Visual communications instructor Jason Porter knows his students are deserving of the dream jobs they’ve worked hard to prepare for. That’s why he makes careers more accessible to them by welcoming guest speakers into his classroom. When the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to in-person classes in spring 2020, Porter launched his Let’s Get a Job podcast as a way to continue sharing guest speakers with students.
October 12, 2021, Chris Horn
Every year, the University of South Carolina attracts dynamic new faculty in a range of disciplines. Melissa Ellermann, an assistant professor of biological sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, studies the role intestinal microorganisms play in our overall health.
As American independence rang, a sweeping lockdown and mass inoculations fought off a smallpox outbreak
October 11, 2021, Woody Holton
History professor Woody Holton writes for The Conversation about how Americans of the founding era stayed healthy enough to fight the Revolutionary War with lockdowns and mass inoculations to combat a viciously contagious disease.
October 08, 2021
Thanks to generous donors and savvy investment, the University of South Carolina’s endowment reached unprecedented heights in fiscal year 2020-21. This year’s 26 percent increase of $207 million was largely driven by the U.S. economy’s resurgence, fueled by the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine.
October 07, 2021, Page Ivey
COVID’s impact on live theater has been well documented, but for performers like alumna Rebecca Krynski Cox, the show must go on. Cox is one of 10 Gamecocks Carolinian magazine spoke to about how the pandemic has changed the way we work.
October 05, 2021, Lauren Arabis
If you turned to the internet for insights leading up to the 2020 presidential election, there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with Anna Wiederkehr’s work. Wiederkehr, a 2012 visual communications alumna, is the senior visual journalist for FiveThirtyEight, a website that uses statistical data to explore everything from sports to politics.
October 04, 2021
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The University of South Carolina has a number of faculty members who are available to offer their expertise in breast cancer stories. To coordinate an interview, contact the staff member listed with each expert entry.
October 03, 2021, Chris Horn
When students at the University of South Carolina elected a new Student Government president in 1971, the event made national news. That's because, just eight years after the university was desegregated, an African American student won the election, riding a wave of support from white and Black students who were tired of the "establishment" and "the system."
October 01, 2021, Chase Bussell
The University of South Carolina’s Office of Innovation, Partnerships and Economic Engagement will create South Carolina Rising, a new state-wide investment program to identify, qualify and provide equity investments to promising early-stage technology companies based in South Carolina.
October 01, 2021, Chris Horn
In the late 19th century, students at South Carolina College who were stalwart members of the institution's two debate societies felt that their clubs were threatened by the presence of fraternities on campus. They contrived a way to boot the Greek letter organizations off campus, but the ploy ultimately failed.
September 30, 2021, Page Ivey
How long can a crew of astronauts live together and complete rote, and at times mundane, tasks without wanting to strangle each other? That is a question University of South Carolina graduate William Brown is hoping to help answer as one of two U.S. members of a NASA spaceflight simulation study.
September 30, 2021, Page Ivey
During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers in the Darla Moore School of Business began to apply context to the exponential growth in reported cases. Wolfgang Messner and Sarah Payson’s findings could help communities across the U.S. confront future pandemics.
September 28, 2021, Rose Cisneros and Bryan Gentry
Warming oceans are driving some marine populations out of their habitats and into peril, according to new research by University of South Carolina professor Erin Meyer-Gutbrod. The temperature change is affecting creatures large and small, from the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale to more common fish whose habitats are losing oxygen.
September 27, 2021, Brett Robertson
When a disaster strikes, you may have to get by without power, safe running water or help for several days. Brett Robertson, a journalism and mass communications professor, writes for The Conversation that an important safety measure is to have emergency supplies on hand and in a safe place where you can easily get to them.
September 24, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
Sport and entertainment management major Shawnese Cleveland’s internship at the Russell House was a crash course in pandemic protocols. Cleveland is one of 10 Gamecocks Carolinian magazine spoke to about how the pandemic has changed the way we work.
September 23, 2021, Abe Danaher
For 20 years, Distinguished Professor David Shields has been working to bring Southern cooking back to its roots. His new book, co-authored with Kevin Mitchell, touts the richness of South Carolina’s culinary history and looks to reconnect South Carolinians with the recipes and ingredients of their past.
September 23, 2021, Abe Danaher
There’s no denying that college is a time of great change. For the students living on-campus in the International House at Maxcy College, the change is especially pronounced: Not only are they adapting to college, they’re also adapting to living with people from different cultures throughout the world. Breanne Grace, new faculty principal at Maxcy College, hopes to provide a supportive community that will promote learning and expand students’ perspectives as they settle in.
September 21, 2021, Office of Communications and Public Affairs
With an MBA from UofSC, Nathalie Baulain leads the customer innovation lab at Michelin, one of the world’s leading tire companies. The professional MBA program at the Darla Moore School of Business helped Baulain achieve the entrepreneurial and creative problem-solving skills she needed to take on a new role and to be successful in her position.
September 21, 2021, Megan Sexton
John Downs Jr. has had a lifelong passion for the rock bank KISS and has amassed a collection over the years that includes guitars, photographs, original artwork and costumes. He recently donated that collection to University Libraries.
September 21, 2021, Chris Horn
University Terrace Apartments began as a federal housing project, and became married student housing after they were acquired by the University of South Carolina. Alumni Joe and Missie Walker reminisce on what life was really like in their first humble abode.
September 21, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
As an executive vice president and global head of inclusion at ViacomCBS, Marva Smalls plays a crucial role in the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. And while her commitment to advocacy predates her time at the University of South Carolina, Smalls’ undergraduate and graduate experiences shaped her philosophy in profound ways.
September 21, 2021, Christopher Moore
About 3,600 years ago, a giant space rock exploded in a massive fireball in the atmosphere above an ancient Middle Eastern city. The explosion destroyed the city, killing its 8,000 inhabitants and setting off a massive shockwave that ripped through the city and surrounding areas. University of South Carolina archaeologist Christopher Moore and his colleagues explain for The Conversation how they know how this actually happened near the Dead Sea in Jordan thousands of years ago.
September 16, 2021, Page Ivey
UofSC's public history graduates apply their knowledge and love of history to encourage civic engagement by making the past more understandable and accessible to the general public. They also are helping to refine our understanding of our past through new scholarship to tell a more inclusive history.
September 16, 2021, Page Ivey
Mandy Elmore realized early in her career as an engineer that part of her responsibility to the profession was to share her love of engineering, math and science with the next generation. The three-time UofSC graduate is now dean for the Engineering and Industrial Technology Division at Tri-County Technical College.
September 15, 2021, Barnett Berry
Since COVID-19, some parents in search of educational alternatives for their children have turned to microschools. Barnett Berry, a research professor in the College of Education, explains for The Conversation what makes microschools distinct from other schools.
September 14, 2021, Claire Raj
Law professor Claire Raj, who specializes in special education law, offers answers in The Conversation to some questions parents might have about mask mandate bans and students with disabilities.
September 13, 2021, Téa Smith
Children have the internet at their fingertips with phones and tablet, but the ability to discern what’s fact and what’s fiction hasn’t kept pace with advances in technology and accessibility. Faculty and staff in the College of Information and Communications are working to bridge that knowledge gap with a children’s book about news literacy.
September 13, 2021, Megan Sexton
The University of South Carolina has the top first-year student experience of any public college in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report’s annual undergraduate rankings. UofSC also retained its No. 1 ranking in international business for the 23rd straight year.
September 09, 2021, Office of Communications and Public Affairs
September 11, 2001, altered the course of history. It was also a call to action for University of South Carolina faculty seeking to address new challenges in a changing world. Five UofSC professors reflect on the aftermath of 9/11 and how it changed the trajectory of their scholarship and research.
September 07, 2021, Koby Padgett
Thanks to unprecedented state investment in need-based aid, the University of South Carolina awarded financial aid of $3,000 to more than 3,000 students for the 2021-22 academic year.
September 07, 2021, Carol J.G. Ward
Albert Carter and Jessica Robinson-Stinson are among five alumni musicians participating in the Mahogany Music Festival, Sept. 9-11. Presented by the School of Music and the Auntie Karen Foundation, the three-day event also features the Colour of Music Festival orchestra and the Auntie Karen Legends of ... concert with Vanessa Williams.
September 01, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
Singers, teachers and public speakers can feel the effects of the pandemic, whether or not they contract the virus. Enter clinical professor of communication sciences and disorders and voice therapist Jamy Claire Archer, one of 10 Gamecocks Carolinian magazine spoke to about how the pandemic has changed the way we work.
Capstone Scholars faculty principal uses lessons from her own experience to guide living, learning community
September 01, 2021, Chris Horn
When she was a college freshman, Elise Lewis learned firsthand what happens when a student gets lost in the shuffle of a big university. Now, as faculty principal of the Capstone Scholars Program, one of the University of South Carolina’s best-known living and learning communities, Lewis is keen on getting students connected with one another and the university resources that can help them to thrive.
August 31, 2021, Chris Horn
Lizzie Gandy one day will regale her grandchildren with stories about the years she strapped on a hard hat and rode a helicopter to her job on the biggest moored oil platform in the world, anchored deep in the Gulf of Mexico. In her latest position, Gandy doesn’t have to endure the same grind as before when she was supervising hundreds of oil platform workers in the open water. But she continues to find satisfaction in the work that a mechanical engineering degree from South Carolina in 1992 made possible.
August 31, 2021, Megan Sexton
For Gamecock football players, discipline learned perfecting their game, paired with academic advisors, tutors and mentors, prepares them for the rigors of college academics.
August 31, 2021, Brooke McKeever
Journalism professor Brooke McKeever is among four public health and communications experts from Michigan, Indiana, Mississippi and South Carolina who explain for The Conversation how they are teaming up with nonprofits and other partners to encourage more people in their states and local communities to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
August 26, 2021, Jeff Stensland
The University of South Carolina’s Columbia campus is ranked the 12th best employer in South Carolina, according to a new national survey released by Forbes.
August 26, 2021, Megan Sexton
Few professions changed as abruptly in response to the pandemic as teaching. Amy Carter is South Carolina’s Teacher of the Year for 2022 and one of 10 Gamecocks Carolinian magazine spoke to about how the pandemic has changed the way we work.
August 26, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
Assistant professor of studio art Naomi Falk wants her students to create art that is meaningful to their own lives. “Finding ways to change my projects so that they are more relevant to their lives, socially and culturally, whatever — that's become one of the topmost important things about how I teach,” she says.
August 25, 2021, Megan Sexton
USC Upstate is home to about 6,000 students and graduates about 1,300 each year. Studies estimate it has a half-billion-dollar economic impact on the region. As chancellor, Bennie L. Harris hopes the university can lead the way in increasing the number or residents in Spartanburg and Greenville counties who hold a four-year degree, while attracting more companies to a region that already is home to BMW and Michelin.
August 25, 2021, Office of Communications and Public Affairs
First-generation students from low-income families who arrive at the University of South Carolina find a home and support through the Opportunity Scholars Program, where a combination of smaller classes, mentoring, advising and workshops improves students’ academic performance and graduation rates.
August 23, 2021, Chris Horn
A research team led by a UofSC psychology professor has found wide disparities among school districts in the percentage of children identified with learning disabilities and also has discovered that many students’ learning disabilities are not being identified until sixth or seventh grade.
August 23, 2021, Chris Horn
When the Gamecocks take to the football field every fall, Williams-Brice Stadium roars with the full-throated spirit of 80,000-plus diehard fans, a battalion of marching band members, cheerleaders, baton twirlers and dancers and a hyperkinetic mascot, Cocky. It’s a far cry from the first football game played on the University of South Carolina campus in 1898 when a few hundred fans huddled on simple wooden bleachers beside a field situated where the Russell House Student Union now stands.
August 23, 2021, Savannah Bennett
Marjorie Weber was a widow in her 40s when she decided to return to college to earn her teaching degree from the University of South Carolina where her late husband had been an education professor. She also served as a starting point for a string of family members attending South Carolina, including a granddaughter and two great-granddaughters, who are current education students. They are among the hundreds of students who follow family members to become Gamecocks each year.
August 23, 2021, Chris Horn
Jason Caskey was named president and CEO of University Foundations in 2018 after a 28-year career in public accounting. The 1990 Darla Moore School of Business graduate oversees the university’s Educational Foundation and Development Foundation, which include the university’s investments from donors and real estate holdings, respectively.
August 21, 2021, Abe Danaher
The university’s Board of Trustees, as well as three board committees, met Friday (Aug. 20). Learn more about the actions taken during the meeting.
August 19, 2021, Audrey Hill
The start of a new school year brings new adventures, reunions with old friends and all the activities of a bustling campus in the heart of South Carolina's Capital City. Students, particularly those unfamiliar with the Columbia area, should take a few simple precautions to make sure they stay safe while exploring the city and getting to know their classmates.
August 19, 2021, Allen Wallace
South Carolina’s flagship university continues to lead the way in preparing the future leaders of the state’s biggest industry. The University of South Carolina is again among the top 10 in the country in hospitality and tourism management.
August 19, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
Capstone scholar Fatou Diedhiou began her college career in the age of COVID but adapted quickly to the “new normal,” despite contracting the virus early in her first semester. Diedhiou is one of 10 Gamecocks Carolinian magazine spoke to about how the pandemic has changed the way we work.