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Researchers map Columbia's hottest neighborhoods

Local citizens and scientists are looking for Columbia's hottest neighborhoods, places where people can face a higher risk of heat-related health problems.

Statistics alumna aims high with national research

New York Times, NBC News, Axios and more cite work by Kiley Hurst. Just two years out from graduating from the University of South Carolina with her statistics degree, Hurst works as a research assistant for the highly regarded Pew Research Center in Washington D.C.

UofSC sets the stage for Midsummer Shakespeare in Washington, D.C.

Gamecocks are behind the scenes and on stage this summer for a groundbreaking Shakespeare performance in Washington, D.C.

How Octavia E. Butler mined her boundless curiosity to forge a new vision for humanity

Butler was the first science fiction writer to be awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. A pioneering writer in a genre long dominated by white men, her work explored power structures, shifting definitions of humanity and alternative societies.

UofSC researchers unpack identity politics in feminism, anger and COVID

Political science professor Elizabeth Connors and her students set out to answer a simple question: what factors influenced how Americans responded to information about the pandemic?

McCausland Fund awardees to innovate online learning in dance education, sociology

South Carolina's first master's degree in dance studies and an online sociology minor are under development thanks to two new McCausland Innovation Fund awards.

Three from UofSC receive Governor's Awards for the Arts

Two College of Arts and Sciences alumni and one faculty member received South Carolina's highest award for the arts for their work in the local community and beyond.

German and political science major finds first-rate education by way of a second choice

Jahleel Johnson discovered opportunities in-state that allowed him to study around the world.

UofSC scholars work toward brighter future through nuclear research

Undergraduate researchers Gigi Jones and Pilar Zamorano are learning how to grow crystals. Practicing these reactions will teach them the skills they need to do research with UofSC chemistry professor Hans-Conrad zur Loye, with the goal of innovating safer ways to store nuclear waste.

Educators Angela Davis and Nikky Finney deliver powerful conversation on race, social justice and Black creativity

The packed-out Pastides Alumni Center could hardly contain the buzzing excitement that Angela Davis and Nikky Finney brought to the University of South Carolina at the Robert Smalls Annual Lecture on April 21.

Rongyin Jin leads UofSC to new heights in quantum science and tech

Rongyin Jin and her students are discovering the computing materials of the future. Known as topological superconductors, such materials will allow quantum computers to function at unimaginable speeds.

Film and media studies director researches stunt work across the globe

Lauren Steimer researches the history of stunt work in Hollywood and beyond. Now, she wants to help her students find their footing in Tinseltown.

Psychology alumna recognized for advancing her field with life-changing work

BJ Casey is a psychologist who has dedicated decades to the study of cognitive neuroscience, a field she shaped and influenced alongside her mentors who founded the field. Now she is committed to giving back to society and mentoring the next generation.

2022 McCausland Innovation Fund projects to enhance learning and community

The College of Arts and Sciences is announcing 21 McCausland Innovation Fund Awards to programs that will meet the emerging needs of our students and will serve as models of interdisciplinary, interactive learning. "Everything we do in the College of Arts and Sciences connects to the impact we have on our students and our community, and these projects will expand that impact in important ways," says Joel Samuels, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Author, activist Angela Davis to speak at UofSC with Nikki Finney

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina will welcome Angela Y. Davis as guest speaker for the 2022 Robert Smalls Annual Lecture.

Author, activist Angela Davis to speak at UofSC with Nikki Finney

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina will welcome Angela Y. Davis as guest speaker for the 2022 Robert Smalls Annual Lecture.

Two alumni first of UofSC math grads to earn top research fellowships

The National Science Foundation has awarded two University of South Carolina mathematics alumni the highly-competitive Mathematical Science Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.

UofSC researchers discover potential therapeutic strategy for autism subtype

The genetic risk factors of autism spectrum disorders are still largely unknown, but now researchers are one step closer to unraveling those genetic complexities, thanks to the work of Sofia Lizarraga, an assistant professor of biological sciences, and collaborators at the Lizarraga Lab.

Faculty, student-led climate conference coming to Columbia April 1-2

Local action is the best way to combat climate change, says philosophy professor Matt Kisner. He's directing the first Climate Ready Columbia, a free, two-day conference about the Columbia metropolitan area's preparations for climate change.

Political science alumna leads diversity efforts for SC business

Cynthia Bennett, a University of South Carolina political science graduate, is helping South Carolina businesses create a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

Journal for kids condenses whale of an article from UofSC researcher

School-age children can read about ground-breaking environmental research on right whales in a new online article by the Science Journal for Kids, thanks to a University of South Carolina professor's research.

Climate change and lithium mining influence flamingo abundance in the Lithium Triangle

Chile's saltwater lake closest to lithium mining activity has lost 10 to 12 percent of its flamingo population in the past 11 years. As lithium mining increases to supply the metal to electric vehicles and other products, the effect could spread.

Psychology graduate becomes president of American Academy of Forensic Sciences

As a forensic scientist and president of an international science academy, Carl McClary uses creativity in the way he approaches his scientific work.

National group honors UofSC professor for historic accomplishments

Winner of the 2022 Robert Kelley Memorial Award, Constance Schulz has worked as a pioneer of the relatively new field of public history.

AFAM Studies to host Benjamin Crump, renowned civil rights attorney

Benjamin Crump, renowned trial lawyer for justice, is set to be the UofSC AFAM Studies Program guest speaker at 7 p.m., March 24 in the Campus Room at Capstone.


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