Press Releases

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New dean named for College of Social Work

April 11, 2017, John Brunelli

The University of South Carolina has named Sarah Gehlert as the dean of the College of Social Work. Gehlert comes to Carolina from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity.

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Michael Senatore bottle flips into TEDx Carnegie Mellon

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.

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Arnold School of Public Health to expand to Greenville

March 24, 2017, Jeff Stensland

The University of South Carolina’s nationally-renowned Arnold School of Public Health will open a satellite program in Greenville focused on research and education that tackles some of South Carolina’s most pressing health needs. The expansion will allow students to receive graduate-level education at the intersection of public health and clinical medicine and conduct cutting-edge research into solutions to public health problems.

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Civil rights filmmaker Stanley Nelson to visit UofSC

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.

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UofSC discovery of widespread platinum may help solve Clovis people mystery

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.


Celebrate spring at Carolina

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.

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UofSC economists: 2017 SC economy strong and stable amid political uncertainty

December 07, 2016, Peggy Binette

Steady economic gains are expected for South Carolina in 2017 despite the political uncertainty that comes with new governor and U.S. president. The gains build on positive growth across most of the Palmetto State’s industries and regions, according to University of South Carolina economists at the Darla Moore School of Business.

SC party chairs discuss impact of presidential campaign on state

October 13, 2016, Peggy Binette

South Carolina’s political party chairs will meet at the University of South Carolina Thursday, Oct. 20 to discuss the impact of the presidential campaign on the state. The event takes place the day after the final candidate debate and just weeks before the Nov. 8 general election. Titled, “Campaign 2016: The Impact in South Carolina. A conversation with South Carolina Republican and Democratic State Chairs,” the event will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. in the university’s School of Law auditorium.

Writer to discuss controversial film 'Birth of a Nation'

September 15, 2016, Peggy Binette

The University of South Carolina’s History Center will host writer and journalism professor Dick Lehr Sept. 26–27 for an in-depth look at the controversial 1915 film “Birth of a Nation,” and events surrounding its release and impact. Lehr’s visit, which will include a public talk and seminar, is part of the History Center’s continued commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Reconstruction and exploration of race relations.


Students perform world premiere in New York City

September 12, 2016, Dan Cook

Imagine the stakes when you enroll in an experimental music class and it turns out that you’ll not only be listening to challenging sounds, but actually performing such pieces yourself. Not only that, but performing them in New York City just one month into the semester as part of a world premiere.

2016 UofSC back-to-school faculty experts list

August 03, 2016, John Brunelli

Public schools throughout South Carolina will start the year beginning the week of Aug. 15. The University of South Carolina has a number of faculty members who are available to offer their expertise on education topics.

2016 Hurricane faculty experts list

May 25, 2016, Peggy Binette

Hurricane season officially begins June 1. Top researchers at the University of South Carolina are available to discuss multiple aspects of the 2016 hurricane season, including forecasting, disaster planning and historical perspectives, with news media.

UofSC, IBM open Center for Innovation; announce new collaboration

April 14, 2016, Jeff Stensland

The University of South Carolina and IBM announced a broadening of their collaboration, applying cognitive capabilities and the Internet of Things (IoT) to develop new solutions for predictive analytics and maintenance. On Thursday the two organizations are hosted the grand opening of the $25 million Center for Applied Innovation, where university, IBM and private sector researchers—including Fluor Corporation—will use the technology for a host of real-world applications.

symposium to explore Reconstruction history, racial legacy 150 years later

March 24, 2016, Peggy Binette

The shooting of nine people in a Charleston AME church was a catalyst for South Carolina lawmakers to remove from Statehouse grounds the Confederate flag. Nine months later, the state’s capital city will host a public symposium for people and public officials to explore the history and racial legacy of the Reconstruction era. The April 21-22 event marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Reconstruction era and will feature Rep. James Clyburn, the state’s first African-American member of Congress since Reconstruction, Pulitzer Prize-winning scholar Eric Foner as well as an array of scholars and public historians.

Stroke researcher earns $11 million NIH grant

March 23, 2016, Megan Sexton

University of South Carolina professor Julius Fridriksson has been awarded an $11.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to research stroke recovery and work to improve the lives and communication skills of patients after they suffer strokes. Fridriksson, a professor in the Arnold School of Public Health, studies how a person’s brain recovers from a stroke.

Moore School expands in Charlotte

March 17, 2016, Peggy Binette

For 10 years the Darla Moore School of Business has made earning a top-ranked MBA easier for Charlotte’s working professionals. The Moore School is expanding yet again in the Queen City, moving to a larger location in uptown Charlotte, to accommodate a growing Professional MBA program and the addition of three graduate certificate programs.

UofSC launches statewide cybersecurity effort

February 24, 2016, Jeff Stensland

the University of South Carolina, along with a consortium of leading industry, academic, and government partners, announces the creation of SC Cyber. SC Cyber is a statewide initiative, housed at USC, committed to securing our state’s critical infrastructure and training those on the front lines of the fight to protect technological assets.

UofSC faculty experts: 2016 South Carolina primaries and presidential election

February 05, 2016, Peggy Binette

With the New Hampshire primary just days away, all eyes will turn to South Carolina, site of the first-in-the-South presidential primaries on Saturday, Feb. 20 and Feb. 27. The University of South Carolina’s Office of Public Relations has compiled a list of faculty experts who can discuss topics relevant to the South Carolina primaries and the presidential election.

Sen. Marlon Kimpson to speak at annual MLK breakfast

January 05, 2016, Peggy Binette

South Carolina Sen. Marlon Kimpson will be the featured speaker at the University of South Carolina’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration breakfast Tuesday, Jan. 12. In addition to the breakfast, events include a panel discussion and gospel festival, each supporting the theme of promoting education to ensure equality and justice for all people in the United States.

UofSC economists: South Carolina on solid footing for 2016

December 01, 2015, Peggy Binette

Even historic flooding in 2015 couldn’t wash away South Carolina’s highest rate of growth in the last six years – a level of growth that University of South Carolina economists at the Darla Moore School of Business say will persist in 2016. Doug Woodward and Joseph Von Nessen, economists in the Moore School Division of Research, will present their full economic forecast at the upcoming 35th Annual Economic Outlook Conference (EOC) Thursday, Dec. 17.

Three named 2015 McCausland Fellows

November 24, 2015, Peggy Binette

Three young scholars who are considered rising stars at the University of South Carolina and in academia have been named 2015 McCausland Fellows in recognition for their research and imaginative teaching.

Anonymous donor gives nearly $4M to UofSC

November 24, 2015, Jeff Stensland

On the heels of a successful $1 billion capital fundraising campaign, a donor from Columbia has bequeathed nearly $4 million to a variety of scholarship and educational programs at the University of South Carolina.

'Flood to future' focus of 35th Annual Economic Outlook Conference Dec. 17

November 11, 2015, Peggy Binette

The Darla Moore School of Business’ 35th Annual Economic Outlook Conference, the state’s premier economic event, will take place Thursday, Dec. 17 at the University of South Carolina. In addition to the 2016 economic forecast presented by Moore School research economist Joey Von Nessen, this year’s conference will feature New York Times bestselling author Martin Ford.

Report flood-exposed archaeological sites

November 04, 2015, Peggy Binette

The recent historic flooding in South Carolina may have exposed archaeological and paleontological sites. The South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (SCIAA) at the University of South Carolina and the South Carolina State Museum are urging residents to report these potential sites to appropriate authorities for official identification.

UofSC adds emergency management to MPA degree

October 26, 2015, Peggy Binette

The University of South Carolina has added a concentration in emergency management to its Master of Public Administration degree that will expand the number of professionals in governmental, nonprofit and profit sectors who can plan for and respond to natural and man-made disasters.

Breast cancer experts list

September 30, 2015, Jeff Stensland

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To help reporters develop stories about various aspects of breast cancer and how to detect the disease in its early stages, the University of South Carolina has compiled a list of faculty experts.

My Carolina announces Brad Paisley concert details

September 28, 2015, Peggy Binette

Alumni, students and fans of the University of South Carolina will have the opportunity to see country music star Brad Paisley perform Friday, Oct. 16, as part of My Carolina Alumni Association’s homecoming activities and grand opening for the university’s new Alumni Center.

UofSC joins coalition to improve admission process

September 28, 2015, Media Relations

The University of South Carolina is among a diverse coalition of public and private colleges and universities coming together with the goal of improving the college admission application process for all students. The coalition is developing a free platform of online tools to streamline the experience of planning for and applying to college.

Year of Cotton launches Sept. 24

September 18, 2015, Peggy Binette

The University of South Carolina will launch a yearlong series devoted to exploring cotton – from culture and history to business – Thursday, Sept. 24, with Bancroft Prize Winner and Harvard University scholar Sven Beckert.

UofSC partnership strengthens state's biomedical footprint

September 15, 2015, Jeff Stensland

The University of South Carolina is helping faculty and students at colleges and universities across the state engage in biomedical research projects. The program is part of a five-year, $18 million federal South Carolina IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (SC INBRE) grant designed to strengthen the Biomedical Research capacity in the Palmetto State and boost the number of graduates working in the biomedical field.

UofSC to host symposium on presidential primaries

August 05, 2015, Peggy Binette

To help voters prepare, the University of South Carolina will host a Symposium on Presidential Primaries in South Carolina at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, that will feature a panel of national political reporters, state political party chairmen, polling experts and scholars.

Nikky Finney writes poem to mark historic milestone

July 10, 2015, Peggy Binette

Nikky Finney, a National Book Award winner, South Carolina native and the John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair in Southern Letters and Literature at UofSC wrote a poem to mark the historic milestone of the Confederate flag being removed from the South Carolina Statehouse.

School of Law celebrates topping off of new building

July 09, 2015, Peggy Binette

The apex of the new University of South Carolina School of Law building was reached Thursday (July 9) when construction crews set in place a 40-foot steel beam weighing more than 700 pounds. The raising of the beam was part of a Topping Off ceremony to signify the highest point in the structural or “steel” phase of the building had been met.

Rising global temperatures will have little effect on boreal peatlands

June 08, 2015, Jeff Stensland

To some scientists studying climate change, boreal peatlands are considered a potential ticking time bomb. With huge stores of carbon in peat, the fear is that rising global temperatures could cause the release of massive amounts of CO2 from the peatlands into the atmosphere--essentially creating a greenhouse gas feedback loop. A new study by researchers at the University of South Carolina and University of California Los Angeles challenges that notion.