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USC class goes beyond the books to study stats history

History of Probably and Statistics offered students from the Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences an overview of the people and experiments that led to the development of the field of statistics, from the early pioneers of the 17th century to the innovators of the modern era.

Helen Craik's "lost" poetry now found and in print

For more than a century, Helen Craik's poetry has been considered lost. A collection by the Scottish author has been published for the first time thanks to the work of two faculty members in the Department of English. Patrick Scott and Rachel Mann co-edited "Poems by a Lady," which was published in November.

New projects explore AI in art and science

The University of South Carolina College of Arts and Sciences is launching 11 new cutting-edge projects to explore how to use artificial intelligence in fields ranging from art and design to geography and neuroscience.

Dust may help maintain a healthy planet, USC researchers find

Could dust be the answer to global warming? Blake Stubbins, graduate researcher in the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment, recently published evidence that wind systems in South America have been fertilizing the ocean with nutrients for over 8 million years, likely impacting how much carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is present.

South Carolina remembers Rudy Mancke, naturalist in residence, after his passing

Rudy Mancke, a South Carolina naturalist, public television host and longtime Gamecock, died Tuesday night, at age 78.

Are ghosts real? A social psychologist examines the evidence

In an article for The Conversation, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of sociology Barry Markovsky looks at people’s belief in ghosts.

USC research shows discrimination harms more than morale in the workplace

Managers who discriminate may cause all of their employees to become less productive at work, according to a study by University of South Carolina sociologists.

Empowering Change: New Course Tackles Energy and Water Equity in Underserved Communities

More than 14 million Southern households report facing energy insecurity, and more than 1.5 million individuals lack complete plumbing. In South Carolina, rising temperatures and aging infrastructure mean that many households lack access to safe and affordable energy and water. Also, some of the state's lowest-income residents face the highest energy bills.

Michael J. Mungo Award winner April Hiscox

Geography professor April Hiscox wants her students to really understand the material she is teaching, so she encourages them to show what they’ve learned in very creative ways, like making a quilt, creating a board game or even singing a song.

Afro Latina alumna works to expand representation of Caribbean culture in theater

Gabriela Castillo doesn’t often see herself represented onstage or onscreen. But in her career as a professional actor, she hopes that she’ll be able to help shift the portrayal of Caribbean and Afro-Latino cultures to be more accurate and diverse.

50-year partnership powers humanities in South Carolina

In the early 1970s, a USC administrator helped organize a committee to manage funds for humanities-related projects in South Carolina. That small step led to a 50-year relationship between the university and South Carolina Humanities, a statewide nonprofit that works to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of South Carolinians.

South Carolina's premier collegiate dance program named for beloved alumna

The Board of Trustees voted Friday, October 13, to name the program the Betsy Blackmon Dance Program in memory of Elizabeth "Betsy" Blackmon, a member of the Class of 2007. Recognized by Dance Magazine as one of the top non-conservatory programs in the country, the USC's program combines a rigorous dance classroom and studio environment with the depth and breadth of a superior liberal arts education.

History professor documents Latino excellence in horseracing

The next time you watch a horse race, note the accents in the voices, read the names — not just the jockeys and grooms, but the trainers and owners.

Latino/a and Hispanic Faculty Caucus fosters unity, embraces differences

The Latino/a and Hispanic Faculty Caucus is a group of faculty members united by shared heritages and focused on advocacy initiatives to recruit, retain and better support the various needs of Latino and Hispanic faculty members.

Undergraduate research program draws visiting student to USC's criminal justice grad program

Sophia Shaiman enrolled in graduate school at USC after attending an undergraduate summer research program hosted by the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award: Morgan Stefik

Morgan Stefik, an associate professor in the chemistry and biochemistry department, helps guide students through the first formative moments of their STEM careers. Stefik is a 2023 recipient of the Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Arts and Sciences professor will advise the White House on ocean policy

Claudia Benitez-Nelson, a distinguished professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ School of the Earth, Ocean and the Environment, has been named to the Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP).

Gold nanoparticles fight neurodegenerative diseases by helping neurons survive, according to USC and Clene Nanomedicine research

New research conducted by chemists at the University of South Carolina shows how nanoparticles of gold could help fight neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, and ALS.

Professor's mentorship inspires biology graduate fellowship

More than 40 years ago, a biology professor asked his graduate student Richard Youle to gather seeds and nuts from the University of South Carolina campus and local grocery stores.

Digital certificate program offers in-demand career skills

This fall, the university launched its digital studies certificate program, which helps undergraduate students gain in-demand digital skills. The certificate is the first in a series of anticipated interdisciplinary programs that are set to roll out in the spring of 2024.

USC exhibit highlights Latinx history and impact in South Carolina

Narciso Gonzales, with his brothers, founded The State newspaper in 1891. Narciso's fiery op-eds led to his death, but he went down in history as one of the greatest journalists in South Carolina history. This story and more is part of an exhibit at USC during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Mungo Graduate Teaching Award: Micky Myrick

It takes a lot of work on the part of chemistry professor Micky Myrick to give students the individualized attention they need to succeed. But it’s true to form for the 2023 Mungo Graduate Teaching Award recipient — because when it comes to teaching, Myrick does whatever it takes.

Heterodox Academy aims to cultivate free, open debate on campus

From both sides of the political spectrum, the social space for spirited dialogue and debate has been steadily shrinking for years. A new group on campus hopes to expand the conversation.

Alumnus opens the door for tech careers in Charlotte and beyond

A 2013 graduate of the University of South Carolina, Pasha Maher has spent more than half a decade developing the Stiegler EdTech program, which provides training and a clear pathway for people from underrepresented communities to enter technology careers.

Mungo Distinguished Professor the Year: Northrop Davis

Northrop Davis, a media arts professor who teaches TV and screenwriting, along with manga, the Japanese art of cartooning, comics and anime, is the is the winner of USC's top teaching award for 2023.

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