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New map shows Columbia's hot spots and cooling power of trees

Kristin Dow, a professor in the geography department, recently obtained Columbia's new heat map. Even for a city known for being "famously hot," the map of Columbia's heat held some surprises.

Love of golf and storytelling combine for media arts alum's career

Justin Tupper has built his career on golf and creativity. It's a connection he forged on golf courses in South Carolina's Lowcountry 30 years ago.

Bound by Blood

History professor’s new book looks at cross-cultural ties created by slavery in the U.S. Colonies.

Lessons in geography — and global citizenship

Geography professor Meredith DeBoom is a 2022 Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award winner

Chemistry research fellow explores ways to protect watershed of coastal communities

Gwen Hopper’s research takes her to rivers, drainages and stormwater ponds throughout Horry and Georgetown Counties. She collects water samples to examine the amounts and types of dissolved organic matter in each system.

Psychology fellows take on the opioid epidemic through new training center

Ph.D. psychology students will train with frontline agencies to combat the opioid epidemic through a new fellowship program, funded by HRSA. The program, called Supporting Substance Use Disorder Services in South Carolina, will include a new center at USC.

Art students explore the power of play in new residency program

Four undergraduate students in the School of Visual Art and Design are putting together an exhibition as part of the new Stormwater Collaborative Residency program.

The riddle of autism

New center takes a multifaceted research approach to neuro­developmental disorders

The square root of mathematical learning

As the sort of kid who had a knack for math, Matthew Ballard grew up thinking that was just the way his brain was wired, a widely accepted misperception within American culture.

Hurricanes, history and hauntings

Hugo, Hazel, Floyd, Florence and Joaquin are names seared into the memories of South Carolinians during the past few decades. These hurricanes ripped paths of destruction through the state, but one of the most significant storms in Palmetto State history didn’t have a name.

The creepy clown originated in the crass and bawdy circus clowns of the 19th century

Postdoctoral fellow of history Madeline Steiner writes for The Conversation on the origins of the modern creepy clown

SVAD students bring design and function to legislative committee

A group of design students put their skills into action this semester to help a South Carolina legislative committee streamline its communications.

Dianne Johnson-Feelings on her love of children's literature, advice for writers

Dianne Johnson-Feelings published two children’s books in 2022 under the pen name Dinah Johnson. “H is for Harlem” and “Indigo Dreaming” tell unique and richly wrought stories about the experiences of African American communities.

Alumna Jotaka Eaddy interviews coach Dawn Staley about coaching, advocacy and life

Jotaka Eaddy started a movement with the social media hashtag “WinWithBlackWomen” that reached hundreds of millions of impressions. Eaddy now brings this movement home to South Carolina through Coming Full Circle, a new series that will bring dynamic Black women leaders to speak on campus in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences.

Marine biology professor Tammi Richardson wins top teaching award

Tammi Richardson jokes that she fell in love with phytoplankton as an undergraduate — captivated by the gorgeous shapes and striking colors— but it took a long time to make the tiny organisms her life’s work.

UofSC to support schools in responding to the child and adolescent mental health crisis

Schools throughout South Carolina now have a new way to prepare teachers and other staff to support student mental health.

Remembering Rosamond Kent Sprague

Rosamond Kent Sprague, a pioneering professor of philosophy, died September 10, 2022, at the age of 100.

Students learn from faculty leading NSF-funded physics research

As a first-generation college student at UofSC, Alan Rowland wondered whether he would find a place in academia. But by the end of his freshman year, he was researching the biggest questions about the smallest particles known to science. It started with a lab class taught by Professor Yordanka Ilieva, who studies protons.

New biological sciences labs foster collaborative learning

Three new biology labs in the Jones Physical Science Center are giving students hands-on experience with exploring science.

New academic unit leaders share what brought them to the College of Arts and Sciences

Four new leaders recently joined the College of Arts and Sciences, bringing a combined 76 years of experience in teaching, research and leadership.

Theatre students star in, produce Carolina-based indie film

Carly Siegel is one of 13 students who worked on and off camera to create Hero, a feature-length film produced by the Department of Theatre and Dance

Remembering F. John Vernberg, founder of UofSC marine science program

John Vernberg, a longtime University of South Carolina professor of biological sciences, died on August 19 at the age of 96.

Art student finds joy of play in 'life-changing' summer experience

Catalina Marin made a home at Penland School of Craft this summer. She spent two weeks studying clay-making among artists from around the world, thanks to support she received from the Ethel S. Brody Scholarship.

New cyber intelligence program prepares students for battlefield of the future

On Aug. 1, Jack Sadle became the first University of South Carolina student to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Cyber Intelligence — a field where issues of cyber and national security meet.

New leadership team drives positive change for the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences begins the Fall 2022 semester with several new academic leaders who will sharpen the college's focus on strategic initiatives, diversity, equity and inclusion, research, undergraduate studies and the sciences. 


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